Spring is in the air again and with it comes a new sweepstakes from Essence to win Sound & Vision’s Top Pick of 2014 in the DAC / Headphone Amp category, the highly acclaimed Essence HDACC. Entries are open to everyone on the planet, there’s nothing to buy to qualify, and no registrations are required. The entry period is open from April 1 through June 30, 2015.
The Essence HDACC has been called the “swiss army knife of DACs” (DAR John Darko) for its market-leading features and performance at a down to earth price of $699 MSRP. It’s really 3 products in one; first and foremost it’s a digital preamp with HDMI, USB 2, Optical, and Coaxial inputs plus 2 analog line level inputs with A to D conversion for archiving vinyl albums and tape recordings to a digital server or PC or for playback after upsampling and conversion from one of the three analog outputs; balanced XLR’s, single-ended RCA’s, or from the Headphone Amp output.
Second, its a 24/192K sample rate / digital audio converter that can upsample low resolution MP3 or medium resolution CDs to Hi Res performance, adding smoothness, richness, and detail along with higher dynamic range to old recordings that by today’s standards sound dull and lifeless.
Last but not the least is it’s world-class headphone amp with user selectable impedance matching to every brand of headphone. By matching the amp’s output to the impedance of every headphone on the market, the HDACC delivers more power to the most demanding headphones so they always sound their best.
Unique in its class, the HDACC is the only DAC under $1000 to include HDMI throughput for access to native, uncompressed 24/96-192K soundtracks on Blu-ray, SACD, and DVD-A. This hi res content cannot be downloaded from any of the hi res download providers, its protected by the HDCP security protocol to protect the highest fidelity digital content in history from piracy.
The HDACC opens a pathway for owners of legacy analog preamps and receivers to bridge the digital divide by adding the latest digital inputs to their cherished components. The HDACC can be used as a DAC only for these systems or it can be used as a stand-alone digital preamp with remote control of volume and input settings. Its crisp OLED display provides a digital read out of the native sample rate of the source on the left and the output level in dB and upsample conversion rate of the output on the right. No other DAC on the market includes such data.
If you’re still listening to low resolution vinyl albums or even so-so CD’s, a whole new world of high fidelity awaits, with detail and smoothness you never knew your system was capable of. Its the content that’s better now and the HDACC is ready to deliver it for your listening pleasure.
You cant win if you dont enter so click here to go the the Essence Spring Sweeps Entry Form and good luck to all!