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Old 07-30-2017, 11:46 AM
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Has anyone had the opportunity to listen to the C-02X preamp. I'm looking to replace my Jeff Rowland Corus preamp, but I need a preamp that has HT bypass. I looked on Esoteric's website and I didn't read anything stating that the C-02X or any of their preamps offered HT bypass. Does the C-02X preamp have HT bypass and I'm just missing it?
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:48 AM
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Has anyone had the opportunity to listen to the C-02X preamp. I'm looking to replace my Jeff Rowland Corus preamp, but I need a preamp that has HT bypass. I looked on Esoteric's website and I didn't read anything stating that the C-02X or any of their preamps offered HT bypass. Does the C-02X preamp have HT bypass and I'm just missing it?
I own one, no it does not have HT bypass.
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:01 PM
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Well esoteric is out
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Not sure if this is the same thing as HT bypass but according to their website..."RCA2 terminals permit switching between normal line output and AV-through output for systems operated in both AV surround and pure two-channel modes"
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Thanks so much, I'll look into it.
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Thanks so much, I'll look into it.
The C-02 offered Line 2 pass thru, which I used as bypass for my processor. The C-02X I believe has the exact same output options. I had an issue with noise when I used the pass thru, it is unshielded and very susceptible to RF.
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Did you resolve the noise issue?
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If anyone has heard the C-02X, how would you describe how it sounds?
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I have heard it. It sounds incredible. Very transparent. Creates a huge soundstage, with texture and nuance and is dead quiet. Built like a tank.
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If anyone has heard the C-02X, how would you describe how it sounds?
Hi Ricjor , I owned the C-02 for about 18 months. At the time I had the D-02/P-02 with the G-01 clock. I let a friend borrow the clock, he had Ypsilon front end and I got to hear the D-02/P-02 with the Ypsilon preamp. Shortly after that I moved on from the C-02 and bought the Ypsilon Preamp. The Esoteric player with the hybrid pre sounded fantastic to me. The all Esoteric front end was a bit harsh compared to the Ypsilon combo. I could only hear it after I returned to my system and heard the D-02/P-02 with the C-02.
I always listen now, no more opinions and reviews. There's way to many combinations out there to listen too ! I do believe that amps and preamps should be the same manufacturer and same series, as for any manufacturer, I think they do some stuff better than other stuff, espiecally in super high end. There's so much money in this stuff, they all want to have a full line-up ! After having bought and moved on from so much stuff, I have found for my taste, Esoteric has been my player of choice for a long time, love the detail and dynamics ! That said, I have not found the same love in their other offerings.
And, As soon as I replaced the C-02, the noise issue with pass-thru disappeared. It pissed me off that a Preamp at $16k wound have any issues with a feature they designed and built in !
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