Hi Leon. Both machines perform admirably. The Esoteric has the edge in solo instrumental/chamber when spinning sacd, hard to put it into words but more 'realism'. Both are capable of great visceral excitement with big orchestral/operatic recordings. Truth is, it's easier for me to pick out the differences when I'm sat here playing pieces back to back and listening with a more critical ear. They both share the honours in terms of time spent listening to music. Without question though, the build quality of the Esoteric is phenomenal and its disc tray and transport are justly legendary. On the other hand I'm a little disappointed with the Mcintosh disc tray.....for the money it should be more robust. Mind you.....wouldn't want to part with either.
The total comes to £9.50 inc postage (probably send them separately to avoid the jewel case breaking).
My emails from last time see to be missing. Can't remember how you paid last time. Was is a gift payment or bank transfer?
Will also need your postal address again.