I was playing music and in the middle of a track, the music stopped. The screen display shows “net error”. I tried other ethernet cables and check with other devices with these cables and there was no problem with cables or the modem.
I contacted the Esoteric distributor and he say he will have to relay my message to the engineering team in Japan for answer.
My player is still under warranty so no problem. Esoteric even extended the warranty for 3 years for free, so I thought their products was bullet proof, apparently this one is not. I have absolutely no problems with their other components though.
So now I pull out the DMP to fill in while I send the Esoteric for repair.
Boy, what a disappointment this DMP sounds!! The DMP really sounds mediocre compared with the Esoteric. The Esoteric is completely in a different league!! The DMP’s clarity, presence, and freedom from noise smearing the images is not the same. I’ll need time to adjust to this lowered resolution, but I’ll be OK. I will get the Esoteric back. BTW, I used same power cord and the new AQ Dragon HDMI with the DMP plugged into the P20 also.
Now I will have to do the Dragon /RAL shootout with the DMP instead.
Good thing I still have my turntable for serious listening. Only my turntable can compete with the Esoteric. The Esoteric still has the an advantage in vividness and detail, but my turntable beats the Esoteric in fullness especially in the bass and less aggressive, more pleasing sound. There’s a sense of ease the Esoteric can’t match.