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Dave,

To repeat, Esoteric is very iffy from a hardware synergy perspective. Auditioning is an absolute must before purchasing.

The only reason I will sell my Cary is to recoup some minor resale value. Maybe $1,000 to $1,500 once serviced and checked out by Cary.

Although I have to think that the Luxman will outperform the 306 in some areas, I still find it very musically compelling / engaging. And it will be 10 years old this April.

Having said that, I don't do much "near field" listening anymore and sit about 20 feet or so away most of the time. The soundstage size is massive (except for minor height restrictions) and very satisfying at volume levels that are much lower than my previous listening levels.

Suffice to say I am a very happy camper.

Gordon
 

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Hi all, A little late to the party here...regarding sacd....I have had a recent revelation I wish to share...a few years ago I acquired a Sony XA 5400 ES with the Modright Truth upgrade. This upped SACD playback considerably....the surprising side benefit was that cd playback, especially earlier (pre-1992) or any well engineered cd (uncompressed) plays nearly as well as sacd (ex: early Leo Kottke). Until recently, I was satisfied with driving this with a Unison Research S6....until I learned of an older Sony proprietary technology going by the acronym of H.A.T.S. that the XA5400 was able to feed via HDMI. I recently happened across a 9 year old Sony STR-DA5700ES receiver that included HDMI input and H.A.T.S. processing. That was three weeks ago.....and the change has been....life changing as far as 2 channel music playback is concerned. Now one question for any readers....I currently use a pair of Opera Seconda speakers in a dedicated listeing room app 14' x 13', resulting so far in what I think is very good sound...clarity, soundstage depth and width...details, etc. Bass is a little shy at the lowest levels, so considering a small sub....but on the speakers, any ML speaker recommendations I should consider based on my current setup?...thank you for your feedback.
 

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I think nearly all Sony players do SACD? I had a bluray player that did. It wasn't an expensive player but sounded much better than regular cd.
 

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Hi all, A little late to the party here...regarding sacd....I have had a recent revelation I wish to share...a few years ago I acquired a Sony XA 5400 ES with the Modright Truth upgrade. This upped SACD playback considerably....the surprising side benefit was that cd playback, especially earlier (pre-1992) or any well engineered cd (uncompressed) plays nearly as well as sacd (ex: early Leo Kottke). Until recently, I was satisfied with driving this with a Unison Research S6....until I learned of an older Sony proprietary technology going by the acronym of H.A.T.S. that the XA5400 was able to feed via HDMI. I recently happened across a 9 year old Sony STR-DA5700ES receiver that included HDMI input and H.A.T.S. processing. That was three weeks ago.....and the change has been....life changing as far as 2 channel music playback is concerned. Now one question for any readers....I currently use a pair of Opera Seconda speakers in a dedicated listeing room app 14' x 13', resulting so far in what I think is very good sound...clarity, soundstage depth and width...details, etc. Bass is a little shy at the lowest levels, so considering a small sub....but on the speakers, any ML speaker recommendations I should consider based on my current setup?...thank you for your feedback.
given your relatively small room size i would lean towards the ESL 9's or 11a's in stats and either the 60's or 40's in the 'Motion' series.

what is your amplification and your budget ?
 

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If you end up buying a sub, the REL T7i is an amazing piece of gear. $1K and a full refund policy, with audition, at Music Direct. Will work with your current speakers or your new ML's.
 

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given your relatively small room size i would lean towards the ESL 9's or 11a's in stats and either the 60's or 40's in the 'Motion' series.

what is your amplification and your budget ?
As of now the amplification is the Sony STR DA5700ES....stereo mode, 130 wpc. Using this with the Sony SA XA 5400 w Modwright to get the HDMI/H.A.T.S. processing for cd/sacd. Also have and tried Unison Research S6 and Jolida 1501RC Hybrid w/ mods...all sound fine, nod go's to the Sony for much clearer definition. Budget up to 9K but needs to include speaker wire upgrade.
 

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Budget up to 9K but needs to include speaker wire upgrade.
so, what is wrong with your present speaker wire that makes you feel you need to 'upgrade' it ?

You will be much further ahead by allocating your $$ towards your speakers as opposed to overpriced 'wire'
 

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so, what is wrong with your present speaker wire that makes you feel you need to 'upgrade' it ?

You will be much further ahead by allocating your $$ towards your speakers as opposed to overpriced 'wire'
Well, the speaker wire upgrade I am going to try is a low cost one....trying a couple lengths of Mogami 14 gauge speaker wire..under 100 bucks. Regarding ML speaker options...I'm looking into Used / new Montis, SummitX, Impression 11... The Impression with ARC is appealing due to ARC, and what appears to be the ability to bring the speakers closer to the front wall.
 

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Since this thread started in 2017, I'm sure the OP has bought his SACD player by now, but others may be interested in another option that I don't think has yet been suggested.

Mark Levinson's new 5101 SACD / CD player / Streamer / DAC. A sort of modern day ML 390S (but sadly without the volume control), probably their best selling product ever. And for Mark Levinson, it's a sensible price.
 

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Since this thread started in 2017, I'm sure the OP has bought his SACD player by now, but others may be interested in another option that I don't think has yet been suggested.

Mark Levinson's new 5101 SACD / CD player / Streamer / DAC. A sort of modern day ML 390S (but sadly without the volume control), probably their best selling product ever. And for Mark Levinson, it's a sensible price.
yes I've landed with a Marantz 'Ruby', hopefully it will be the last player I own.

As for the Levinson 5101, does seem like a nice unit .........

 
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