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HDMI v2.0a Is Not “Forward Compatible” With Earlier Versions of HDMI

We’ve all heard the expression “backward compatible”, it means that if we adopt a new technology…


Evolve II-4K HDMI v2.0 / 7.1 Channel DAC

The new Essence Evolve II-4K is a HDMI v2.0a Multi-Channel Audio DAC designed to extract the native, uncompressed LPCM multi-channel 24/192K audio from HDMI v2.0a sources such as 4K Blu-ray players. It extracts the original hi res audio digital soundtrack and converts it to analog multi-channel audio or digital optical output.

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Both the HDMI v2.0a input and output support 4K video resolutions up to 4096×2160@50/60Hz (YUV444), and is capable of decoding the native uncompressed high resolution audio at 24/192K to analog to feed an AVR, PrePro, or active speakers.

It supports decoding of high resolution digital audio formats including LPCM 7.1CH, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio, and supports audio sampling rates up to 192KHz at 24 bits, allowing fully synchronized video and audio.

As seen in the pages of Stereophile June 2019

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“The Essence Evolve II-4K HDMI DAC is an inexpensive product that fills a niche in the market and offers more than respectable sound. It doesn’t make any audiophile claims, but it could—how refreshing!”  Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile June 2019

Note: Free Shipping included in price when shipped inside the USA.  For outside the USA orders, please use this online order-form, we will calculate the shipping cost via US Postal Priority International and send you a PayPal invoice.


Essence HDACC II-4K

The Boxful of Digital Ingenuity for 4K Sources and Displays. HDACC II-4K HDMI v2.0 / USB DAC featuring 4 x 1 HDMI v2.0 Inputs and Switching for 4K Sources

  • 4 HDMI v2.0a Inputs x 1 HDMI v2.0a Output
  • 32 Bit / 384K Sample Rate Audio Upsampling
  • Supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision
  • USB 2.0 Input, Optical+Coaxial Inputs / Outputs
  • Analog Input with A to D Conversion
  • Remote Control
  • DSD 2.8K and 5.6K (DoP) Playback 
  • Native LPCM 24/192K playback
  • OLED Display of Native Sample Rate Inputs / Selected Output
  • Headphone Amp with user selectable impedance
  • THD + N = 0.00001% at -141 dB S/N Ratio                                                                                                                 

Note: Free shipping in the USA; orders outside the USA will be shipped via US Postal Service Priority International and must be placed on this online orderform



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Specifications of Blu-ray Primary Audio Streams

Believe it or not, the audio specs of the various content platforms such as Roku,…


HDACC Getting Started Tips v2

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Essence DPA-440 Class D Amp

Spend Your Money on Power For Your System, Not A Big Chassis Full of Heat Sink

[caption id="attachment_3775" align="alignright" width="198"] ” …astonishing amount of finesse” John Gatski, October 2015[/caption]

Fast Facts:

  • 220 watts x 2 @ 4 ohms RMS
  • Outperforms amps costing up to 5x more
  • .003% THD+N
  • Made in the USA
  • Cool Class D operation-90% Efficient
  • Available in Black or Silver
  • 3 dB Dynamic Headroom
  • 12″ W x 3.5″ H x 12.5″ D

Note: Free shipping in the USA.  We ship by USPS Priority International outside the USA, affordable and prompt service with delivery in 7-10 days


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New Low Price on A Boxfull of Digital Audio Ingenuity, Essence HDACC is 3 Products in One; Digital Preamp / DAC / Headphone Amp and more….Sold Out and Discontinued

[caption id="attachment_3169" align="alignright" width="210"]"Combine the HDACC with a high-quality integrated amplifier and a pair of decent loudspeakers (and subwoofer) and you have most of what you will need to assemble a high-performance 2.1-channel audio system that can handle anything you can throw at it."Combine the HDACC with a high-quality integrated amplifier and a pair of decent loudspeakers (and subwoofer) and you have most of what you will need to assemble a high-performance 2.1-channel audio system that can handle anything you can throw at it.”[/caption]
  • 24/192K Upsampling DAC
  • HDMI v1.3 USB, Optical, Coaxial Inputs
  • 2 Analog Line Inputs with A to D Conversion
  • OLED Display of Sample Rates
  • Remote Control
  • XLR Balanced and RCA Unbalanced Outputs
  • Headphone Amp with selectable impedance matching
  • Supports Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio HD

Note: We offer Free Shipping for orders shipped within the continental USA.  We ship to Europe and Asia by USPS however orders for delivery outside the USA must be submitted on this online order form. 

Sold Out and Discontinued, please see HDACC II-4K replacement model 


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