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Ken Baker Wins Essence Spring Sweepstakes!

Essence CEO Bob Rapoport announced today that Oklahoma audiophile Ken Baker has won the Essence…

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Essence Summer 2019 Sweepstakes

Welcome to the entry form for the Essence Summer 2019 Sweepstakes.  This summer we’re giving…

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Acoustic Energy AE500 Stand-Mount / Bookshelf Speakers / pr.

 

 

 

The AE500 is a new compact stand-mount loudspeaker from our flagship 500 Series. Following on from the award winning AE100 and AE300, the AE500 offers a significant step up in audio quality, materials, and cabinet finish. The 500 Series features our newly developed carbon fibre tweeter and mid/bass drivers,  designed to match the pistonic power and accuracy of our legendary ceramic aluminium drivers but with improved self-damping for a smoother, more transparent sound.

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Acoustic Energy AE308 Powered Subwoofer

 

 

 

The AE308 is an all-new powered subwoofer from England’s Acoustic Energy.

Designed to complement and integrate seamlessly with the other models in the 300 Series, the AE308 offers prodigious performance in both Hi-Fi and AV implementations; making use of a new 500 Watt (RMS) amplifier mated to a 12” high-excursion doped and stiffened pulp-fibre driver, the AE308 also features DSP modes to tailor performance perfectly to desired usage, a first for AE.

Free shipping in the USA.

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Essence Picks Ivan Berger as Winner of Winter 2019 Sweeps!

I am very happy to announce that well-known audiophile journalist Ivan Berger is the winner…

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AirPulse A100 Wins iF Design Award for 2019

The AirPulse A100 Active Wireless Speaker System has won this years prestigious iF Design Award…

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Essence Spring 2019 Sweepstakes Entry Form

Spring is officially here, it’s time to renew and refresh your AV system to 4K…

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AirPulse A100 User Report

Fall Sweepstakes Winner Colleen McLane Schwartz’s snap review of the AirPulse A100s. First Impressions: The…

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Colleen McLane-Schwartz Wins Essence / AirPulse Fall Sweepstakes!

We’ve got a winner!  It’s my great pleasure to announce that Colleen McLane-Schwartz has won…

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Essence Winter 2019 Sweepstakes

Welcome to the Essence Winter 2019 Sweepstakes, start the new year with an exciting chance…

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Kemper Holt Wins Essence / XPC Summer Sweepstakes

We are so pleased to announce that well-known audiophile Kemper Holt has been selected as…

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AirPulse™ by Phil Jones Is Back!

After a brief hiatus, AirPulse is back in the USA with two new models and…

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Stax SR-003 MkII Electrostatic IEM

Stax SR-003 MkII In-Ear-Monitor

Stax Electrostatic Headphones are legendary, the world’s best in the high performance headphone category. Stax can make that claim because they invented the world’s first electrostatic headphone in 1960. Their flagship SR-009S sells for $4325 and is acclaimed by audio journalists worldwide as the best of the best. 

Portable in-ear electrostatic monitors are now available from Stax, the first name in electrostatic headphones. If you’ve dreamed about owning electrostatic headphones, this is a way to start.

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AirPulse™ A100 Active Wireless Speakers / pr.

High-end Sound at a Revolutionary Price!

Designed for audiophiles by the legendary speaker designer Phil Jones, the new Airpulse A100 is a 5″ two-way with custom hard-anodized aluminum woofers and 2.5″ Ribbon Tweeters, with plug & play simplicity, wireless streaming, a Hi Res audio system with remote control.

For small to medium sized rooms, the A300 defines the modern audiophile with its clutter-free ease of use.  Stream your favorite music via Bluetooth and be prepared for the ultimate listening experience.  Better parts and design makes this product the best in its class.

  • Tweeter: Horn-Loaded 2.5” Ribbon Tweeter
  • Mid-Woofer: 5” Aluminum Cone Under-hung Voice-coil 
  • Amplifier System: Class D Digital Amplifier With Xmos Processor
  • Power Output: 50 Watts RMS x 2
  • Frequency Range: 52Hz – 40KHz
  • Signal-Noise Ratio L/R: ≥90dB(A)
  • Inputs: Analog RCA / XLR, PC, USB, Optical, Bluetooth.
  • The USB & Optical Inputs Support Up to 24 bit/ 192KHz Input Sample Rate 
  • Subwoofer Out: 800mV(max)
  • Mains Voltage: 100-240 V AC/50-60 Hz
  • Cabinet Size (WxHxD): 6.3″ (160mm) W x 11.2″ (283mm) H x 10″ (255mm) D
  • Net Weight: 11 Kg(24.2lbs)
  • Gross Weight: 13.4 Kg(29.5lbs)
  • Packing Size (HxWxD): 387x489x353mm

Note: Free Shipping in the USA

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AirPulse™ A300 Active Wireless Speakers / pr.

High-End Sound at a Revolutionary Price!

Designed for audiophiles by legendary speaker designer Phil Jones, the new Airpulse A300 is a 6.5″ two-way with custom hard-anodized aluminum woofers and 3″ Ribbon Tweeters, with plug & play simplicity, wireless streaming, hi res audio system with remote control.

For small to medium sized rooms, the A300 defines the modern audiophile with its clutter-free ease of use.  Stream your favorite music via Bluetooth and be prepared for the ultimate listening experience.  Better parts and design makes this product the best in its class.

Specifications:

  • Tweeter: Horn-Loaded 3” Ribbon Tweeter
  • Mid-Woofer: 6.5″ Aluminum Cone, Under-hung Voice-coil, Neo-Mag 
  • Amplifier System: Class D Digital Amplifier With Xmos Processor
  • Power Output: 80 watts per channel 
  • Frequency Range: 40Hz-40KHz
  • Signal-Noise Ratio L/R: ≥90dB (A)
  • Inputs: Analog RCA & XLR Balanced, USB, Optical, Coaxial, Bluetooth
  • USB, Optical and Coaxial Support Up to 24 bit / 192 KHz Sample Rate
  • Mains Voltage: 100-240 VAC / 50-60 Hz
  • Cabinet: Vented 225 x 385 x 340mm (WHD)
  • Net Weight: 24kg (53lbs)  Gross Weight: 29Kg (64lbs) 

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Stax SR-L300 Electrostatic Headphone

The Most Famous Electrostatic Headphone in the World…The Legendary Stax SR-L300.  

The first time you hear an electrostatic headphone, you’re immediately stunned by the transparent sound quality that easily outperforms dynamic and planar magnetic competitors.  The moving diaphragm is ultra low mass, making it ultra fast, for the best transient response ever. This is a true Open Air design, no back-wave interference with the natural di-pole output, just like full range electrostatic speakers.

Recordings you thought you knew become 3 dimensional, the way sound is heard in real life. The ear cups are large and rectangular because inside there’s an oval full range electrostatic speaker.  Soft Alcantara Leather ear cups provide a soft, luxurious fit with plenty of room for large ears.  They look different because they are different from every other headphone, a classic in its own time.

The SR-L300 is the entry-level full range Stax electrostatic headphone at a price never thought possible.

  • Type: Push-Pull electrostatic oval sound element, Open-Air type enclosure
  • Frequency Response: 7 Hz – 41 KHz
  • Capacitance: 110 pF (including cable)
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB / 100V r.m.s. 1 kHz
  • Max SPL: 112 dB
  • Bias Voltage: 580V DC
  • Ear Pads: High-quality synthetic leather
  • Cable: OFC parallel 6-strand, low-capacity wide cable, 2.5m full length
  • Weight: 4 oz without cable / 15.8 oz with cable

All Stax models must be paired with a matching DC Bias Energizer / Amp to generate the electrostatic field and deliver the audio signal to the stators, choose from one of the following models. Click for full specs.

Note: Essence is the most up to date authorized Stax dealer in the USA.  Purchasing from Japan will void the warranty, buy with confidence, fast service, and free shipping in the USA From Essence, the experts in electrostatic sound.                                   

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Lambda Series Upgrades

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Stax SR-007 MkII Electrostatic Headphone

First of A New Generation.

The Stax SR-007 MkII is the entry level model in the 2nd generation product line with the round ear-cups.  Stax designed a next- generation circular diaphragm and stator assembly for this series and it’s superior to all Stax models except the SR-009 and SR-009S.

  • Push-Pull electrostatic circular diaphragm, Open-Air type enclosure
  • Frequency Response: 6 – 41,000Hz
  • Capacitance: 94pF (including cable)
  • Impedance: 170k Ω (10kHz)
  • Sensitivity: 100dB / 100V r.m.s. 1 kHz
  • Maximum Sound Pressure: 118dB / 400Hz
  • Bias Voltage: 580V DC
  • Ear Pads: Genuine Lamb Leather (direct skin contact), high-quality synthetic leather (surrounding portion)
  • Built-in Custom Cable: Low capacity wide format, PC-OCC (Pure Crystal Ohno Continuous Casting) 2.5m/8.2ft

All Stax models must be paired with a matching DC Bias Energizer / Amp to generate the electrostatic field and deliver the audio signal to the stators, choose from one of the following models. Click for full specs.

Note: Essence is the most up to date authorized Stax dealer in the USA.  Purchasing from Japan will void the warranty, buy with confidence, fast service, and free shipping in the USA From Essence, the experts in electrostatic sound.

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Stax SR-009S Electrostatic Headphone

The Best of the Best.

Stax invented the world’s first electrostatic headphone in 1960, achieving legendary status as the best performing headphones in the world. They have more in common with full range electrostatic speakers like Martin Logan than they do to conventional headphones. 

Think of them as “earspeakers” and prepare for the ultimate audiophile listening experience. The Model SR-009S is the current Stax “flagship”, the best of the best. 

  • Type: Push-Pull Open Back Circular Electrostatic Headphone
  • Frequency Response: 5 – 42,000Hz
  • Electrostatic Capacitance: 110pF (including cable)
  • Impedance: 145k Ω (including cable, at 10kHz)
  • Sound Pressure Sensitivity: 101dB / 100V r.m.s. 1 kHz
  • Maximum Sound Pressure:118dB / 400Hz
  • Bias Voltage: 580V DC
  • Ear Pads: Genuine Lamb Leather (direct skin contact), high-quality synthetic leather (surrounding portion)
  • Cable: Silver-coated 6N (99.9999%) OFC parallel 6-strand, low-capacity special wide cable, 2.5m full length
  • Weight: 1lb without cable / 1.3lb with cable
  • Electrostatic elements use no magnets, they are free from magnetic hysteresis distortion that is prominent in dynamic type headphones.
  • Made in Japan

All Stax models must be paired with a matching DC Bias Energizer / Amp to generate the electrostatic field and deliver the audio signal to the stators, choose from one of the following models. Click each model for full specs.

Note: Essence is the most up to date authorized Stax dealer in the USA.  Purchasing from Japan will void the warranty, buy with confidence, fast service, and free shipping in the USA from Essence, the electrostatic experts.

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Essence Presents An Audiophile Dream System for $399.99

I’ve got very exciting news to report  Essence has been selected to be the brand…

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Acoustic Energy AE309 Speaker System / pr.

AE309

The AE309 is a new slim-line floor-standing loudspeaker with compact dimensions, suitable for medium to large sized rooms. Similar to the AE300, the AE309 offers higher levels of performance and finish than its competition and remains true to its pedigree, the original AE-1.  As shown in Piano Gloss Black.

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P80AV-800 Line-Interactive Power Conditioning with Battery Back-Up

P80AV-800 Pure Sine-Wave Line-Interactive Power Conditioner with Battery Back-Up For Audio Video Systems 

Now that the thunderstorm season is upon us, your electricity might be going out now almost everyday. Your cable box, AVR, and WiFi router lose power and it takes 10 minutes to re-boot. Sound familiar? 

Don’t let blackouts, brownouts, or power outages ruin your audio / video system. Connect up to eight components including the TV to the P80AV-800 (720 Watt) Power Conditioner / Uninterruptible Battery Power Supply to protect them from low-voltage / no voltage conditions. If the power goes out, the P80AV’s internal battery automatically keeps your AV system going for up to 15 minutes, giving you plenty of time to shut everything down in a safe and orderly fashion.  98% of all power failures are transient, over within a few seconds.

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Acoustic Energy AE300 Stand-Mount / Bookshelf Speaker / pr.

 

 

 

 

The new 300 Series features multiple upgrades over the entry-level 100 Series, all designed to improve both audio performance and aesthetics, befitting of its more premium status. Bespoke new drive units have been designed in tandem to offer seamless tonal integration in addition to low distortion and high power handling benefits.

The 28mm aluminium dome tweeter also features our WDT Wide Dispersion Technology™ and a re-designed 130mm aluminium mid-bass driver uses a ceramic aluminium sandwich cone and long throw motor system. The seamless cabinet enclosures boast an inert 18mm high density MDF material with proprietary internal bracing technology to reduce cabinet colouration. They’re finished in attractive real open grain walnut wood veneer, piano grade high gloss black or white lacquer options.

The result is a premium-finished package which offers a refined, accurate and above all, enjoyable musical experience. Embodying all the qualities Acoustic Energy are famous for… and designed for the love of music.

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Add the AE308 Powered Sub or Reference Speaker Stands

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Essence Winter Sweeps Winner Announcement

We’ve got a winner to announce in our Essence Winter Sweepstakes to win a $750…

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Firmware Update

We’ve recently updated the firmware on the HDACC II-4K to v2.290 to enable support for…

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Copper Cliff, Meet LightSpeed

The headline is no joke, there’s a good chance your current HDMI cables are not…

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Essence Fall 2017 Sweeps Winner Announced!

I’m happy to announce the winner of the Essence Fall 2017 Sweeps that just ended…

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FIBBR HDMI Fiber Optic Cables Win IMPACT 2018 Award at CES

In the closing days of 2017, I reached out to Jim McGall, the sales director…

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