Esoteric E-03 MM/MC Phonostage
Hear Reference-Level Analog Performance From True Dual-Mono Design: Esoteric E-03 Phonostage Delivers Stunning Transparency, Detail, Soundstaging, and Imaging
For a Limited Time, Call for Special Price on Esoteric E-03 Phonostage: Stereophile "Class A"-Rated Component Exudes High-End Playback, Ready to Bring Your Favorite Vinyl LPs to Life
The Esoteric E-03 Phonostage is focused on one thing—the re-creation of an analog
experience. Just lower the needle onto your most beloved LPs, and close your eyes.
Prepare to breathe new life into your treasured records and enjoy analog fidelity at
its highest levels. It’s time for a rendezvous with inspiration. With easily adjustable
loading, it can accommodate moving magnet and moving coil cartridges. It even
includes a built-in cartridge demagnetizer. Dripping in warmth and musicality, with
astonishing levels of detail retrieval, E-03 is a true reference-level component.
"The E-03 combined airy highs, supple and well-controlled lows,
pristine transients, and solid images for an overall sound that was
compelling and unforgettable."
– Stereophile, Recommended Components Issue
Esoteric's ultimate challenge: "reproduce every drop of recorded material that
lives and breathes within the master tape." For over twenty two years,
Esoteric has drawn on TEAC's extensive heritage in audio reproduction to
forge state of the art sound technologies. These efforts have now come
to fruition in Esoteric's Master Sound Works product category.
"If you value reference-level transparency, space, detail,
soundstaging, imaging, extended frequency extremes, and deep, tight, thunderous bass . . .
well then, you’ll love the Esoteric E-03."
– Graham Abbott, 6Moons.com
True Dual Mono Construction - See the inside shot above. Identical R-core power supply transformers, power boards, and audio
boards are mounted on each channel. By avoiding the left and right
channels having to share these components, the E-03 has achieved the
ideal signal path and separation, while ensuring that it has power to
spare. Moreover, the components and the boards are positioned
symmetrically to achieve mechanical stabilization.
"This is a fabulously well built and extraordinarily revealing phono
stage that is capable of revealing pretty much everything that a great
turntable can give it, if you appreciate refined components it has few
– Jason Kennedy, HiFi+
E-03 contains a MC head amplifier that doesn't compromise the purity
of the musical signals at low input levels, and an NF-CR type RIAA
amplifier that achieves both excellent RIAA characteristics and NF
reduction. To ensure extensive headroom and transfer, and a wide range
of musical signals with plenty of power to spare, the RIAA and output
buffer amplifiers both use high voltage circuits. These features achieve
the vivid reproduction of every expression of the music, from dynamic
power to subtle nuances.
"The E-03 did so many things well that it was difficult to fault. Images popped unrestrained from backdrops of jet-blackness, solidly formed, with well-defined outlines. High frequencies shimmered, the midband was equally transparent and cleanly rendered. The Esoteric E-03 is beautifully made, easy to look at, especially easy to use, and its sound never failed to satisfy during the months it was in my system."
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile
Listening to a masterpiece with a beloved cartridge is one of the true
pleasures of your analog experience. In recent years, various models of
MC cartridges have entered the market, including a type with very-low
inner resistance. Placing high importance on supporting various types of
MC cartridges, E-03 allows you to select from two MC-compatible
input systems and seven impedance positions. E-03 also allows you to
select between three different load capacities-0pF, 100pF and
330pF-supporting the specified load capacities for MM cartridges.
"The Esoteric E-03 represents an exceptional achievement at this price point. With its striking, stylish appearance, intelligent circuit design and execution, and stirring sonics, it readily distinguishes itself from much of its competition."
—The Absolute Sound, January 2015
E-03 does not have a microprocessor, thus eliminating the noise
produced by such components. In the pursuit of high sound quality, input
and load are switched on the audio board. By minimizing switching
functions to eliminate switching circuits, we have optimized the signal
paths which greatly reduces noise and interference associated with
A dual split chassis structure prevents the influence on the audio
circuit of flux leakage from the power transducer and effectively
stiffens the body. The excellent internal weight balance and the
three-point support provided by the unique hardened steel pin-point
feet, minimize the negative effects of unnecessary resonance.