Esoteric N-05XD - what about a N-03T Transport and G-05 Master Clock

I have an Esoteric N-05XD coming soon. 

Due to my isolated dealer choices, it’s sound unheard.

Im a bit of a novice source/transport streaming wise. I have a Innous ZENMini Mk3 with ZENmini LPSU. 

Would the Esoteric N-03T Network Transport and G-05 Master Clock Generator be considered a substantial and well worth it upgrade to the N-05 XD ? 


I now have the Esoteric N-05XD, but I’m currently evaluating a second hand Chord DAVE - running direct into ATC Active 100’s.

Very, Very happy with that sound, I’ll unbox  the Esoteric soon and evaluate that as well.

I was just thinking, a very good preamp is almost always a good choice for ultimate sound quality.

So, would / should my DAVE and say the Chord Ultima Pre 3 preamp as a combo out perform an Esoteric N-05 XD / Go-05 master clock combo ?

Long story short, a brand new Esoteric N-05XD has unseated my Chord DAVE.

And it wasn’t even close…. The DAVE will now be boxed up and sold.

I have also got a Innuos ZENith mk3 to replace a ZENmk3 & LPSU. Will unbox that this weekend. What would be the next logical step, Innuos Phoenix USB Reclocker, Phoenix Net - network switch or the Esoteric G-05 Master Clock ?

I am in no rush to decide.