My current system consists of Amati Anniversario speakers, Boulder 865 integrated amplifier and Esoteric X-03 SE.
I'm interested in digital sources, so I'm thinking of getting the Esoteric D-07 DAC, which I auditioned at my dealer's today with Amatis and Boulder and a hard drive source through USB, as well as with an Esoteric P-05 transport. I'm also thinking about getting an Esoteric G-0Rb master clock, which made a fairly dramatic difference in the presentation with the hard drive source, and a noticable one with the transport. I listened to the G-03X as well, but not as big an effect.
My question is, should I keep the Esoteric X-03 SE, or trade it in for the P-05 transport? I can get full value for the X-03 with the trade-in, but since the X-03 was a demo unit at a steep discount, it would still cost me a couple of thousand dollars.
Also, while auditioning, I listened to the X-05 with and without a clock, to try and set a base. With the G-03X clock, listening to Neil Young's "War of Man" on the X-05, a guitar bend that was barely adudible before became very pronounced, the sound stage appeared to be moved forward a couple of feet. On the other hand, this effect, sound stage moving forward, was not noticable on the D-07+P-05 with G-03X. Any thoughts?