2016’s Editor’s Choice Awards for the best products in audio from Positive Feedback online magazine Associate Editor Jeremy Kipnis go to the Essence HDACC and the Ceratec Effeqt MK IV Tower Speaker System. This is the 4th consecutive Product of the Year award for the Essence HDACC and the first such award for Ceratec.
Each award’s synopsis can be shared with you here:
“In a day and age where even a portable DAC/Preamp & headphone system can sound quite amazing in its own right while taking up less space than ever in the breast pocket of a suit (see my upcoming review of the ifi iMicro iDSD DAC from AMR), I find this DAC/Preamp control center (with headphone amp output) in miniature (produced by Bob Rapoport’s Essence For Hi Res Audio) a welcome change from the typical large scale monstrosities of the Big Box era and decorating the interior of the internet en-mas.
The well designed and produced locus of audio choices comes with a remote control, option of up sampling to various traditional points up to 24/192 that improves the intelligibility and enjoy ability of both music and movies markedly, and provides for most every iteration of source and control options that include on the fly headphone impedance adjustments from 600 ohm down to 16 ohm output and 6 different types of inputs (again remote selectable): including HDMI v1.3 (w/ HDCP v1.2 decryption & pass-through from a BD player), SPDIF on RCA connector, Toslink-optical, USB, analog on RCA (back) & headphone stereo mini-jack (front) suitable to connect a cell phone or tablet headphone output.
Along with pass-through on RCA coaxial digital and analog as well, plus HDMI v1.3 for original Blu-ray, Toslink optical, and a precision digital volume control which moves in -1/2dB increments when required along with XLR balanced outputs represents a considerable addition and improvement to any home theater or high fidelity stereo listening and viewing system. Easily bests most similar devices (for 2-channel playback—not multi-channel) costing 4-8 times as much while offering near unprecedented control from across the room at the speed of light!” Sold exclusively direct to end users worldwide by Essence For Hi Res Audio.
“People often think about speakers as though they MUST be box shaped in order to fit in with common stylistic visions of their established purpose. But thanks to a German company that believes in the sonic realism of speaker’s sound quality made affordably and differently than most by designing and testing models both large (like this floor-standing Mk. IV Polished Chrome audiophile version—but also available in special order colors of red, green, and gold) and small (like these wall and also desk mountable models) that suit a variety of listening environs and purposes.
The use of an aluminum tube for the body and damped front baffle provides a noise free transmission platform to launch sound waves clearly and efficiently out into just about any sized listening area from a small bedroom or den on up to a kitchen, or even large living room with vaulted ceiling and also a cinema-sized home theater arrangement.
The custom drivers are well engineered and play quite loudly at a measured sustained average of 105dB SPL heard recently without noticeable distortion (in my custom KSS Trinity home cinema design: www.JeremyKipnis.com), especially when given a near unlimited amount of clear and clean amplification which any speaker of quality and proper voicing deserves, this five-toed, glass-based tubular high quality speaker system is great for both home theater and music listening at a volume level that far exceeds the physical and sonic experience of auditioning music from headphone or ear speakers, regardless of cost.
These days, more than ever, the need for listening to your favorite music and streaming media in high quality with great authority and at realistic volume levels can seem like a luxury, but it is, in fact, a necessity as great as that of breathing to anyone ever blessed enough to enjoy their favorites heard daily on such a quality of hi-fi (and AV) system, creating that amazing experience one should hear regularly in their own domicile and without sacrificing taste nor design aesthetic along the road to a great sounding experience”. Imported exclusively into the USA by Essence For Hi Res Audio.
We are so honored to receive this recognition by Jeremy Kipnis, one of the industry’s leading voices in high performance audio for many years. His $1 million Kipnis Studio Standard is recognized as the best home theater system in the world. Thanks Jeremy!