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Essence Spring Sweeps Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Jamal Kirk of Watertown, MA for winning the Essence HDACC in our annual Spring Sweepstakes!J Kirk

Jamal Kirk  (aka “Bostown” on several Audio Forums) is a self described “Guerrilla DJ” and Audio hobbyist from MA  (by way of NYC), who enjoys spending time listening to music with his toddler age children. The musical genres span from A Through Z (Ambient Techno through Zydeco) with no exceptions in between, although, the Frozen Soundtrack seems to be their favorite currently, right down to the score.

Jamal says that he’s been playing with audio gear since the days of Lafayette stereo and Crazy Eddie retail stores in New York. Later, he would eventually work with the late Henry Kloss at Cambridge SoundWorks during the company’s early mail order catalog period and subsequent expansion into retail in MA.  

“I have fond memories of window shopping for equipment in Manhattan as a kid. You couldn’t escape it. Stereo equipment was a part of the culture. Ads were on TV and in print. Every few pages in the newspaper there was an ad for something stereo related, and in the city? Audio and electronics stores were like Starbucks; there was a shop every few feet in midtown. 

I owe my interest, in part, to all the store salespeople who didn’t kick me out, even though they knew that there was probably very little chance that I’d be buying anything. Rabson’s Stereo on West 57th Street comes to mind for being extremely kind in that way. They always offered to demo their newest gear and treated me as if I was a real prospect. After working a few summer jobs, I saved up enough money, and eventually went right back there to buy my first system. I’ve been hooked on audio ever since.”   

How about you?  What got you started as an audiophile?

Our Summer 2015 Sweeps is on now to win a free DPA-440 Class D Power Amp, a $999 value.  Essence DPA Sweeps banner

Bob Rapoport

Award-winning sales and marketing exec, consultant and product launch specialist to manufacturers of high performance audio / video products for consumer and professional applications. Holder of 2 patents for analog matrix surround decoding, winner of 12 CES Innovations Design & Engineering awards, recognized in the Who's Who of American Inventors, and the leading advocate for adoption of the Blu-ray audio standard for music and movies; currently the CEO of Essence For Hi Res Audio manufacturing the HDACC Upsampling 24/192K DAC Preamp, DPA-440 Class D Power Amp, and online marketer in the USA for Acoustic Energy, Ceratec, Core Power Technologies, REVO, Verisonix Headphones, and ARCHT One.

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