Last month the D-100r arrived and I hooked it up in my office to Quad ESL57 and it sounded terrific with my iPhone. I was so impressed I asked Pandora for her opinion, I played some uncompressed music files on my iPhone for her – it sounded glorious.
Took it to Kyomi Audio & Music Direct in Chicago on the following Friday. On Thursday evening at Kyomi we compared the D-100r ($500) to an Esoteric (TEAC) P-03 / D-03 ($36,000).
We started off by hooking a $500 interconnect to the iPod dock and a prototype $10,000 interconnect to the Esoteric combo. We fed the Esoteric with a CD of Philip’s Demo XIV and loss-less files of the same material were installed on the iPhone. The Esoteric combo sounded dramatically better than the iPod dock in pretty much every respect – we were not surprised. Then, we swapped the interconnects and the results were quite surprising.
With the better interconnect the iPod dock was now quite close to the Esoteric; most enjoyable to listen to, the Esoteric still sounded better than the Luxman but by a considerably smaller margin.
Next day I played the iPod dock for Music Direct – they were most impressed also. What a terrific way to share music with your friends. Our kids carry their music library with them on their iPhones, now they can show me what they are listening to…