"...As soon as I got home after picking up the e22 I connected the digital output from my Meridian 508 CD player to the e22's digital in. I put on a CD by The Bad Plus and flipped back and forth between CD and e22 (after making sure the output levels were the same). I've always been happy with the Meridian 508, but right away I heard some interesting differences. Where the e22 was clean and crisp, the 508 had some "bloom" that I hadn't noticed before - especially in the lower frequencies. I also noticed that the e22 excels at 3D spatial placement, with a lot of front/back information...."
"...I invited some friends over the other night. They thought I'd have a new library of hi-def music for them to hear. And I have purchased quite a few DSD and 24-bit PCM downloads in the last month, but in the end I just played stuff I liked. Some of it was hi-def, and the jaws of my friends dropped to suitable positions, but for most of the night we listened to tracks ripped from my CD collection. I'm not trying to say the red-book material sounded as good as the hi-def downloads. We could all hear and appreciate the difference. My point is that thanks to the e22 we had a great time listening to music. And shouldn't that be the goal of any "high end" audio component?..."
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"... Just thought I'd drop you line to tell you that I am loving the e22! I will certainly not be sending it back to you, as it seems to be getting better each day... Many thanks for a great product!"
"Testing out the DSD playback of the exaSound Audio Design e22 was a glorious experience."
Highly acclaimed Yarlung Records has recently transferred twenty of their original tapes to 256fs DSD. The first four - sponsored by exaSound - are now available on https://yarlungrecords.nativedsd.com.
The "exaSound Quartet" includes Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet (here is Bill Milkowski’s review in The Absolute Sound), Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (here is Jim Svejda’s review for Fanfare and KUSC-FM), Suryodaya and the percussion album Smoke & Mirrors: Vanish. All releases are mastered by Steve Hoffman and recorded by Bob Attiyeh. The DSD files, in 256, 128 and 64 fs are direct transfers from the SonoruS Series of analog tapes.
"The sound was quite the best I’ve experienced from DSD"
“Then this year, I ventured into Mch PC playback via Dirac Live EQ and the ExaSound e28. Now, this is really, really outstanding reproduction elevated quite a few unmistakable notches above my previous setup. I love it. It is way beyond my wildest dreams. The PC sounds better than any player I know of, Dirac is better sounding than Audyssey, and the e28 is extraordinary, the biggest single contributor to my sonic improvement.”