This is a one box CD player that (in our opinion) gave our Esoteric P-03/D-03 combo a good run for its money. Built quality is equally impressive but a tad less overbuilt than the Esoteric pieces which collectively cost $25,000 new. When placed side by side, the sonic difference is not as glaring as one would expect when looking at the “serious looking” grey mass of the Esoteric and the classy gold finish of the Accuphase. The DP-78 was almost faultless in its presentation. Bass may be a bit less tight than the P-03/D-03 combo but it had great accuracy and the mid-range and highs were smooth and refine. We felt that the Accuphase had a slightly darker background which brought forward the little musical nuances that lesser players would overlook. The DP-78’s DAC can also be used independently if you have other digital sources that wants to utilize the top notch DAC inside the unit. XLR and coaxial outputs are offered.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very good shape. Very minor scuff marks from use. We have the original box, manual and remote.