Press release

Esoteric’s top-of-the-line network DAC, the N-01XD, is now available in the “SE” model for even higher sound quality.


TAMA, TOKYO, JAPAN, JANUARY 9, 2024 – Esoteric Company is proud to announce a new top-of-the-line Network DAC, the N-01XD SE, with a new discrete clock module and upgraded analog section in the DAC circuit. First shipments will start in January 2024.


Product Name Model Name Estimated Delivery Date Sales Region
Network DAC N-01XD SE January 2024 Worldwide





The N-01XD is equipped with a Master Sound Discrete DAC,
developed entirely in-house to achieve the original master sound,
and a high quality network module that delivers a three-dimensional sound
as if you were listening to a vinyl recording.

The N-01XD is now even more advanced
as an SE model with further sound quality updates.

New SE model
Since its inception in 1987, Esoteric has been at the forefront of innovation as a high-end audio brand from Japan, continually pushing the boundaries of high quality sound reproduction. The Esoteric brand is known for its outstanding acoustic engineering that has sustained its reputation and prestige, its massive investment without regard to cost, its “museum quality” craftsmanship, and its beautiful designs worthy of music reproduction.

The legendary VRDS-ATLAS Super Audio CD transport mechanism, Master Sound Discrete DAC and Master Sound Discrete Clock with proprietary discrete circuits, and the most advanced network audio playback technology utilizing a unique linear power supply system provide Esoteric's hallmark sound that is reminiscent of vinyl sound.
It is no exaggeration to say that Esoteric’s history is synonymous with digital playback innovation in high-end audio.

Finally, the SE version of the N-01XD is now available with new discrete clock technology and improved analog circuitry in the DAC. We are proud of our brand and always strive for the best sound.
The SE model we are releasing this time reflects every conceivable technological accumulation from the time the original model was launched to the present. Enjoy the enhanced presence, dynamics, and beautifully organic and musical textures of the new SE model.
The N-01XD SE is a top-of-the-line network DAC model, born from Esoteric’s thorough commitment to the highest quality standards. Utilizing the technologies developed for the original “Master Sound Discrete DAC” in the flagship monoblock DAC, the Grandioso D1X SE, the N-01XD SE features a 2-channel stereo DAC with independent power supplies for the left and right channels. Various digital devices can be connected, and music can be reproduced purely by investing a luxurious amount of material in the circuit. The network module, which supports the 22.5MHz DSD format, delivers vinyl playback quality sound thanks to its linear power supply technology that uses no switching elements.
With the new technological enhancements originally developed for the Grandioso SE models, the N-01XD SE now features the “Master Sound Discrete Clock” and an upgraded analog circuit part of the DAC, allowing you to enjoy an even more advanced sense of presence, dynamics and musicality full of tonal textures.
Main Features
  • Master Sound Discrete DAC with the same circuit scale as the Grandioso D1X SE
  • Esoteric’s proprietary FPGA-based delta-sigma modulator with 64bit/512F support
  • Updated selection of discrete parts in the analog DAC section, including the Esoteric IDM-01 amplifier element
  • ES-Link Analog, our proprietary current signal transmission system that carries all the energy of music
  • High-end network audio engine supporting DSD 22.5MHz
  • Wide range of supported source formats (DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC)
  • Esoteric Sound Stream App for smartphones/tablets provides high level of operational comfort for network audio playback
  • Music server function (USB storage port × 2)
  • Support for multiple streaming services and audio codecs (TIDAL, Qobuz, Roon, MQA, Spotify)
  • Four independent power transformers, channel-independent transformers for left and right DACs
  • Dedicated linear power supply system for network module provides super real, vinyl quality sound
  • Master Sound Discrete Clock for Digital Player
  • 10MHz clock sync function
  • USB input supports DSD 22.5MHz and asynchronous transfer
  • Double-layer chassis construction
  • Semi-floating top panel
  • Patented Pinpoint feet for optimal vibration isolation and open sound
Key Specifications
  • Digital Audio Inputs: ES-Link × 1, XLR × 1, RCA × 2, Optical × 1, USB × 1, Ethernet × 1, USB Drive × 2
  • Analog Audio Outputs: XLR/ES-Link Analog × 1 pair, RCA × 1 pair
  • Clock Sync Input: BNC × 1
  • Clock Sync Output: BNC × 1
  • Power: 120V AC, 60Hz / 220V, 60Hz / 230V, 50Hz
  • Power Consumption: 38W
  • Overall Dimensions: (W×H×D):445 × 162 × 438mm (including protrusions)
  • Weight: 26.3kg