Agreed, very well thought out review! I’m on board with most of your opinions, especially it not only being for bass-heads and the bass being more similar to a good 2 channel + sub. Also agree with it being an easy pairing in regards to both gear and music, I’m plenty happy listening to whatever genre out of an Apple dongle. Hope your love for it doesn’t dwindle over time I won’t lie, theres a good chance it could happen haha. You wouldn’t be the first person to sell Auteur and keep ESX, and I doubt you’d be the last. The ESX sounds like a ‘fixed’ Auteur to me. It’d probably be somewhat redundant keeping both around since the only thing I liked more about Auteur was midrange timbre.