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Esoteric Super Audio CD / CD Transport-P-05X

Model #: P-05X
At a Glance

All major components updated from the original model to bring a new level of superiority. The P-05X is a brand-new transport that brings together all the knowledge built up by ESOTERIC during the 10 years since the original P-05 model was released, and almost all of its components have been updated from the original model.

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Get to know this product.

This model includes the world-renowned VRDS-NEO VMK-5 drive mechanism and its digital circuit and clock circuit adopt technology developed for the Grandioso P1 and P-02X. The luxurious power supply circuit with large toroidal transformers has been enhanced to obtain even higher audio quality. Functionality has also been upgraded with support for ES-LINK4 digital transmission. By following the same design principles as higher end models, the chassis of the P-05X has been made more rigid and the exterior has evolved to emphasize an elegant round shape.

  • VRDS-NEO “VMK-5” Mechanism
  • VS-DD spindle servo driver circuit
  • Isolated Clock Technology
  • ES-Link 4
  • Compatible with external WORD clock
  • 4 Toroidal Transformers

Axial Sliding Pick-up Designed to Prevent Optical Axis Tilting

The same axial sliding pick-up assembly, used in the flagship model Grandioso P1, is incorporated in the heart of the data acquisition section. As the lens moves, the laser optical axis is always positioned in a vertical direction, ensuring a highly accurate reading of the recorded material.

Elegantly Designed Robust Chassis

The exterior case is formed from thick aluminum panels, and its steel bottom plate is supported at three points on ESOTERIC's exclusive pinpoint feet. Vibration transmission has also been effectively minimized by the high-precision laser slot processing used in manufacture of its rigid base.


The ES-LINK4 is ESOTERIC's proprietary, super high speed, wide range, and extremely pure LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) digital interface. With this interface, most digital processing is done at the transport side and the three elements of the audio signal (audio data, LR clock, and bit clock signals) are separately transferred to the DAC in a differential mode, by utilizing the multi-conductor structure of the HDMI cable. Since the signal is already pre-processed at the transport side and is transferred without bi-phase modulation, a digital de-coding/oversampling process is not required on the signal receiver side. The DAC is simply dedicated to D to A processing and retrieves a purer analog signal from transferred digital streams.

A Selection of Digital Outputs

The P-05X has a pair of new ES-LINK4 HDMI ports, dual XLR connectors that maintain compatibility with earlier versions of ES-LINK, and a coaxial digital output.

Organic EL Displays

Both units feature smooth-operating, low-consumption electroluminescent (EL) displays that are eminently suited to such state-of-the-art components.

High-Quality Remote Control With a Luxurious Feel

The P-05X's RC-1301 Remote Controller is constructed from a solid aluminum top panel. The brushed finish on its control panel matches that of the unit's front panel and offers a luxurious feel of the highest quality.



Compatible Disc TypesSuper Audio CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW

Digital Audio Outputs

ES-LINK Connector1 pair (L/R)
XLR Connector1 pair (L/R) *During Dual AES connection, one connector each is used for the left and right channels (Lch and Rch).
RCA Connector1

Clock Input

BNC Connector1
Input Impedance50O
Frequencies that can be input44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz (±10 ppm)
Input LevelRectangle wave: equivalent to TTL levels; Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms


AC Power Supply AC 220-240V, 50/60Hz; AC 120V, 60Hz; AC 220V, 60Hz
Power Consumption 16W
External Dimensions (W x H x D, including protrusions)445mm x 131mm x 359mm (17 5/8? x 5 1/4? x 14 1/4?)
Weight13.5kg (29 7/8 lb)

Included Accessories

Power Cord1
HDMI Cable1
Remote Control Unit (RC-1301)1
Batteries for Remote Control (AAA)2
Felt Pads3
Owner's Manual1
Warranty Card1

Misc. Specs

Product Weight29.8800
Width (in.)17.63
Depth (in.)14.25
Height (in.)5.25
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