tough call. the esoteric is such a nice piece along with the tri vista sacd player. sony makes a good transport but the sound quality in cd playback (without any external dac) is pretty bad (any sony: scd1, 777es, 9000es, etc...) but with a dac or with mods, they can be very good. try auditioning the esoteric and others inhome and compare to your setup. of course, the above statements are my personal opinions.
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