Esoteric Grandioso P1/D1

Grandioso P1/D1

SKU: Esoteric Grandioso P1/D1 Category: Tags: ,

Grandioso P1/D1

To create a moving, once-in-a-lifetime connection between music and a listener, the vitality of the music needs to be conveyed in its purest form, without stress.

That is the ultimate mission of top-quality audio.

ESOTERIC’ s  Grandioso P1/D1 source systems combine remarkable new technologies such as ES-LINK4 and 36-bit D/A processing.

It’ s easy to see why these new flagship models are called Grandioso, Italian for “magnificent” or “majestic”, the Grandioso P1/D1 is certainly that.

ESOTERIC has developed an original, state-of-the -art transmission format called ES-LINK4, which allows DSD and 352.8kHz/48bit PCM ultra-wide-band digital transmission using an HDMI cable.

ES-LINK4 performs a large part of the digital signal processing on the sending side, greatly reducing the digital signal-processing load on the D/A converter.

In addition to ultra-wide bandwidth, Esoteric sought high sound quality through their “Pure D/A” concept, in which the D/A converter specialises in its original function of D/A conversion processing.

The D1 applies a 36-bit D/A processing algorithm that converts PCM signals to analogue signals at a high resolution of 36 bits by combining several 32-bit DAC devices.

The tone of the high-bit data is used for faithful analogue conversion.

The resolution of 32-bit encoding is 256 times higher than that of 24-bit encoding, and 36-bit encoding gives an amazing resolution level that is another 16 times higher – a total of 4,096 times higher than the resolution of 24-bit encoding.

Producing even finer bit tones minimises operational error for outstanding expression of even subtle music signals.

The clock circuit, which supplies highly accurate reference clock signals to a digital circuit, can be considered the core unit of a digital player.

The clock circuit of the Grandioso P1/D1 is completely independent of other circuits, including its power source and ground, enabling pure clock signals to be supplied to the system.

The voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) was developed especially for the Grandioso P1/D1 in a joint effort with Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK), a major manufacturer of crystal oscillators.

For a high-precision custom clock device worthy of leading models, high sound quality playback is provided thanks to an extremely low level of phase noise and a crystal element that is even larger than before.


VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S”

ESOTERIC is justifiably proud of this VRDS-NEO transport mechanism.

Remarkable improvements in readout accuracy have been achieved by utilising a high-precision turntable and correcting the disc surface shake occurring during disc rotation.

The P1 features the VMK-3.5-20S VRDS-NEO with a refined drive circuit design.

A pair of selected ball bearings is used in the spindle shaft bearing assembly, and there is a micron-level accuracy duralumin turntable with a 20 mm-thick steel turntable bridge for a total mass of 5.2 kg.

In addition, the highly trusted mechanism of the P1 has been further refined with a high-magnetic-flux-density magnet-driven coreless three-phase brushless spindle motor, thread feed control (which evolved from the concept of the premier P-0 series), and a sliding-shaft-structure pickup that ensures that the laser beam is always at a right angle to the disc.

VS-DD* spindle servo driver

The P1 uses the VS-DD dedicated spindle servo driver to drive the spindle motor that functions as the core unit of the VRDS-NEO mechanism.

Using a three-channel discrete amplifier circuit to optimise the current waveform supplied to the motors, the VS-DD suppresses vibrations, enabling smooth spindle drive operation and highly precise servo control.

The dedicated toroidal power supply unit is mounted in a separate power supply unit housing, enhancing noise isolation effects.
*VS-DD=VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver

Two-chassis structure for main unit and power supply unit

Following the concept employed in their trademark P-0 series, a two-chassis structure is used in the traditional ESOTERIC flagship model.

The power supply unit has been expanded to full-size, making it possible to include even more extravagant power supply circuits.

A total of four independent toroidal power transformers are installed to supply clean and stable DC power to each circuit (VS-DD circuit, drive mechanism drive circuit, digital output circuit, and clock circuit).

Extensive material utilised both internally and externally

The inside of the main unit chassis has a double-deck structure and 3D optimised chassis construction connecting each circuit block with the shortest signal paths.

Thick aluminum materials are used for the exterior, and the 5 mm-thick steel bottom chassis is supported at four points on original ESOTERIC pinpoint feet.

Vibration is effectively controlled and thorough measures have been taken for rigidity.

Various digital output terminals

The P1 is equipped with five types and seven channels of digital output terminals (ES-LINK x 2, XLR x 2, coaxial x 1, i.LINK 4p/6p x 1 each), including a new dedicated ES-LINK4 terminal and dual XLR terminals supporting past.versions of ES-LINK.

Luxurious leather-finish remote control

Made of aluminum with just the right heft, the remote control has a leather finish that is supple and comfortable in your hand.

Grandioso P1 Specifications

Power supply AC 220V, 60Hz
Power consumption 24W
External dimensions
(W x H x D, including protrusions)
Main unit:
445 mm x 162 mm x 448 mm
(17 1/2″ x 6 3/8″ x 17 5/8″)
Power supply unit:
445 mm x 132 mm x 452 mm
(17 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 17 3/4″)
Weight Main unit:
27 kg (59 1/2 lbs)
Power supply unit:
24 kg (53 lbs)
Remote control unit (RC-1156) x 1, Batteries (AA) x 2, HDMI cable x 1, Power cord set x 1, Felt pads x 4, Owner’s manual x 1, Warranty card x 1



A monaural configuration for the ultimate evolutionary step toward the ideal stereo

The D1 follows the monaural configuration of the D-01, which we introduced in 2004 as the world’s first monaural D/A converter. The D-01 was deve-loped with the goal of attaining the highest level of channel separation and the ideal power supply to each channel. In the new D1, we have introduced the latest technology and further enhanced the design. The right and left channels can now be link-connected with a single HDMI cable (provid-ed), and easy input from external source devices is possible. With the D1, you can enjoy a world of incredible stereo with the rich stereo image and sonic depth that is only possible with a monaural configuration.

Outstanding sound quality with 36-bit processing resolution

Aiming for the pinnacle of sound quality, we have incorporated the AK4495S, a state-of-the-art 32-bit DAC device developed by Asahi Kasei Microd-evices Corporation. Sixteen circuits per channel are provided to achieve phenomenal linearity and low noise. In addition to direct processing of the DSD signal, a new 36-bit D/A processing algorithm has been adopted for analog conversion of the PCM signal at 36-bit resolution. The result is fine, smooth sound quality as along with high resolution.

ESOTERIC-HCLD*: ESOTERIC’s own output buffer circuit featuring fortified current transmission

A high-speed current transmission capability is the most important factor of an analog output circuit for transmitting a wide dynamic range of music signals downstream without deficiencies. For the ultimate performance as a line driver, the output buffer amplifier circuit of the D1 makes extensive use of materials and is configured with its own board separate from the D/A converter. The curr-ent output capability is high, and the high-perfor-mance elements adopted for the slew rate, which indicates response speed, boast the incredibly high speed of 2000V/μs. The ability to supply instant current is maximized with an extravagant buffer circuit configuration utilizing one circuit for RCA output and one circuit each for hot and cold conn-ections for XLR output. With the ESOTERIC-HCLD, the D1 reproduces the dynamism of music with breathtaking reality.
*HCLD=High Current Line Driver

High sound quality through the separation of digital and analog circuits

All analog circuits (DAC circuit analog portion, HCLD buffer circuit, etc.) are electrically separate from the digital circuits. This further enhances the clarity of sound quality by preventing the intrusion of digital noise.

Large toroidal transformers boasting high speed and surplus power supply capacity

Two large toroidal power supply units are installed for the digital and analog circuits, enabling high-efficiency and high-power drive operation in add-ition to low noise and low distortion. Stable and clean power is supplied to each circuit block by strong power supply circuits incorporating multiple large capacitors.

Seven types and eight channels of digital input that support high sampling rates

To enable connection to an extensive range of devices, the D1 is equipped with wide-ranging dig-ital inputs of seven types and eight channels (ES-LINK x 1, XLR x 1, iLINK 4p/6p x 1, USB x 1, coaxial x 2, optical x 1), and can be used for high-sampling -rate sources of up to 24-bit/192kHz. In addition, XLR x 2 supports high-sampling-rate/high-bit inp-uts of 48-bit/192kHz (ES-LINK3) and 24-bit/384 kHz (Dual AES 8Fs).

Grandioso D1 Monoblock D/A Convertor Specifications

ES-LINK terminal 1 system
Input signal format Linear PCM (ES-LINK4 format)
352.8KHz / 384 kHz 48 bits
DSD (ES-LINK4 format)
XLR terminal 1 system
Input level 5.0Vp-p
Input impedance 110 Ohms
Input signal format
DUAL connection
32 ~ 384kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit
linear PCM (DUAL AES format)
32 ~ 192 kHz 48 bits (ES-LINK3 format)
DSD (ES-LINK1, ES-LINK2 format)
Input signal format
SINGLE connection
32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit
linear PCM (AES / EBU format)
DSD (ES-LINK1, ES-LINK2 format)
RCA jacks Two lines
Input level 0.5Vp-p
Input impedance 75 Ohms
Input signal format 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit
linear PCM (IEC60958 format)
Optical digital terminal 1 system
Input level -24.0 ~ -14.5dBm Peak
Input signal format 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit
linear PCM (IEC60958 format)
i.LINK (AUDIO) terminal (6-pin, 4-pin) S400 2 system
Input signal format 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit
linear PCM
USB terminal 1 system (B terminal)
Input signal format Linear PCM 32 ~ 384 kHz, 16-bit 32-bit ~
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6 MHz
Terminal BNC connector × 1
Output level TTL level equivalent (75 Ohms load)
Output frequency The same frequency as 44.1,88.2,176.4,48,96,192kHz, 22.5792,24.576MHz, and the input
(through output setting)
Output frequency accuracy ± 0.5ppm (factory)
Terminal BNC terminal × 2 (WORD IN, 10MHz IN)
Input impedance CLOCK IN: 75 Ohms
10MHz IN: 50 Ohms
Input frequency CLOCK IN: 44.1,88.2,176.4,48,96,192KHz & 22.5792,24.576MHz (± 10 ppm)
10MHz IN: 10MHz (± 10ppm)
Input level CLOCK IN: TTL level equivalent
10MHz IN: 0.5 ~ 1.0Vrms sine wave
Power supply  AC 220V, 60Hz
Power consumption 14W
External dimensions
(W x H x D, including protrusions)
445mm x 132mm x 448mm
(17 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 17 5/8″)
Weight approx. 24kg (53 lbs)
Power cord set x 1; HDMI cable x 1;Sheets felt x 4; Owner’s manual x 1; Warranty card x 1




Pride and Mission of "ESOTERIC" They are to reproduce the Original Master Sound,

"The joy of the highest levels of musical elation." Their corporate philosophy, as their foundation, has been unremittingly developing excellent audio products to reproduce the original sound performed by musicians in studio or concert hall. Since the inception of TEAC corporation in 1953, audio equipment has gone through various phases of development. From analogue vinyl records to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs in digital era, then streaming audio in nowadays, there have been undergoing several transitions and technical innovations in auditory media. ESOTERIC COMPANY, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio brand, by deploying Super Audio CD players equipped with the VRDS mechanism that has sublimated its original mechatronics technology, as well as D/A converters, network players, amplifiers, and clock generators. Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people, we shall with great care, develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the "state of the art," within each business category that we pursue. We believe this is our mission


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.