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KORG’s New Recording System Turns Analog Vinyl or Tape into Hi Res Audio DSD!

DS-DAC-10R USB DAC / ADC Phono Converter, DSD Recording System, and Audiophile-Grade Headphone Amp

  • Professional Grade Analog to Digital Conversion

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  • Native DSD DAC @ 2.8 MHz or 5.6 MHz Record and Playback
  • Native PCM DAC up to 24/192 KHz Record and Playback
  • Asynchronous Bi-directional USB 2.0 for Archiving & Playback of All Analog Sources
  • High Performance MM Phono Preamp with 6 Selectable RIAA Curves
  • Audiophile-Grade Headphone Amp
  • Exclusive Audiogate 4 Software Control

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HDMI v2.0 Is Incrementalizing The Early Adopters of UHD 4K

Writing in the September issue of Widescreen Review, video guru Joe Kane bemoans the “incrementalization”…


Essence Announces Winner of Acoustic Energy Summer Sweeps!

We are pleased to congratulate Don B. Meriwether of Atlanta, GA as the winner of…


Why Do Only Some People Get ‘Skin Orgasms’ From Listening to Music?

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill…


Essence HDACC Wins The Absolute Sound Editor’s Choice Award 2016

The Essence HDACC has just won The Absolute Sound Editor’s Choice Award for DACs under…


Do You Experience Frissons When You Listen To Music?

I’ve been thinking about why we’re all audiophiles for a long time; I’ve come to…


Native Hi Res Audio Is Encrypted; Do You Have The De-Cryption Key?

Today’s blog post is aimed at all the PC / Server-stored music fans who think…


Free Power Audit

How much electricity does your system consume? Thats the first and most important question to…


Headfonia Reviews the Essence HDACC

January 14, 2016…..Let me make introductions. Essence products and distribution are the lovechild of Bob…


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 / Multi-Channel DAC

The new Essence Evolve II-4K is a HDMI v2.0 Multi-Channel Audio DAC designed to extract the native, uncompressed LPCM multi-channel 24/192K audio from HDMI v2.0 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. Its also great with 4K streaming content.

Both the HDMI v2.0 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.

The Evolve II-4K made the 2020 Stereophile Recommended Components List and won the EAN Product of the Year for 2019, read their testimonials;

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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                                                                                                                 

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How To Get The Digital Audio Stream From New Apple TV Into Your Audio System

The new 4th generation Apple TV is now shipping, that’s great news for Apple fans…


Essence Summer Sweeps Winner Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Jerry Murrel of Little Rock, AR has been selected…


New Apple TV & Amazon Fire TV Drop Optical Audio Output

The new 4th generation Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV devices are improved over previous…


What Does High Resolution Mean?

The other day I noticed a posting on one of my favorite Facebook communities, All…


The Frugal Audiophile

I grew up at the same time hi fi grew up, the 1960’s and 70’s.…


What Do All Audiophiles Want More Of? Bass, Bass, and More Bass.

The bottom line is great sound. To hear what’s really going on at the bottom…


Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical Speaker Output

The ideal speaker has symmetrical output, delivering coherent full range sound waves to the listening…


Essence Spring Sweeps Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Jamal Kirk of Watertown, MA for winning the Essence HDACC in our annual…


Aego M Mac Format Budget Speaker Shootout

The Best Budget Desktop Speakers According To Apple


Onboard vs Outboard DAC For Blu-ray?

Since analog sunset began in 2013, most Blu-ray players ditched their on-board DACs and analog…


Essence Reviewer’s Guide

Before you sit down to evaluate the revolutionary $2K / pair Essence Electrostats, its important…


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

Important: Setting up the HDACC for use is easy, but the Blu-ray players have manuals…


Spend Your Money on Watts, Not A Big Chassis

Why are Class A and AB amps so expensive? The simple truth is, they convert…


Essence HDACC Spring Sweepstakes

Spring is in the air again and with it comes a new sweepstakes from Essence to win…

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