The Esoteric is a combination of wonderful music making ability and stunning aesthetics … I was blown-away with their sound. But, I would have to hear them side by side before committing to either ! And, as you said, 5 times the price…! And, you won’t get Ted with the Esoteric DACs !!
I have no dissatisfaction what-so-ever with the music making abilities of P S Audio equipment. I really rate the sound of P S Audio equipment. I do like Paul. I have no axe to grind with Paul. It is just that frustration boils over me when I get all the shit, when all I want to do is to play music, and forget that the boxes are in the room!
It is just this ongoing flakiness of the DMP that rattles my cage - which makes me a malcontent. Saying that, the DMP hasn’t missed a beat since loading 3.10 - sounding marvellous – early day(s) with fingers and toes crossed… I had/still have problems with my PWT ( arrived brand-new and broken – been looked at/investigated a few times by a few people, given a clean bill of health each time, only to arrive back the same ), I have only bought two P S Audio Transports and both have been lemons - hence incurs rancour from me which makes me unsure and nervous to spend big on more new kit.
But, I would find it difficult to pass on the TSS … Ted is * special * and from that aspect I wouldn’t hesitate for a nanosecond. It is just all the problems I’ve had/have with P S Audio equipment that will make me hold-fire until the TSS has been reported on the forum… If I hadn’t had any trouble, or just a few minor things, I wouldn’t hesitate and I would buy the TSS on spec alone simply down to Ted and his fairy dust.
Have to take the dog for a walk now so that both of us can get some fresh air.