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Essence Summer Sweeps Winner Announcement

Essence DPA-440 v2 blackWe are pleased to announce that Jerry Murrel of Little Rock, AR has been selected as the winner of our Summer 2015 Sweepstakes for our DPA-440 Class D Power  Amp, valued at $999.  We offer our warm congratulations, here’s a little bio about Jerry and his vintage system:

“I’m an electronic engineer from Little Rock, AR. While most of my technical work has been in the field of wireless radio communications for companies like Verizon and Sprint, I have also worked as an network architect, doing software engineering for AT&T.

My passion is photography, and I’ve worked as a camera assistant and cinematographer on independent films in Los Angeles. I also own an independent video production business in Little Rock. My engineering assignments keeps me busy however, and the amount of time I get to devote to video and film is much less these days than I would like.

Although I love music (especially classic rock) I’ve never really been a true audiophile, and most of my audio equipment has been decidedly mainstream and low end.

When I was 18 years old, I bought my first real component stereo system with the money I had earned while going through Marine Corps boot camp. It consisted of a Pioneer PL-12D belt-drive turntable, a Pioneer SX-535 receiver, and a pair of Rectilinear speakers. This was back when FM radio had few commercials, and I recall listening to songs like “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Freebird” on this new system. I later upgraded to a Dual 1229 turntable, and bought a pair of Criterion 666  speakers from Lafayette Electronics (a  re-branded pair of Fisher speakers with 12 inch woofers.)

Many years passed, and I eventually transitioned to CD music. I bought an Onkyo TX-2410 receiver in 1996, as well as a pair of JBL L1 bookshelf speakers. I started to have a hankering for some of the vintage audio equipment though from the 1970s, and eventually purchased a Marantz 2270 receiver on eBay. I paired the  2270 with a Technics Direct Drive SL-5300 and a Pioneer CT-501 stereo cassette player, and made this my analog system, which drives a pair of JBL-4312s.

At the urging of one of my good friends, I realized I really needed to experience some good audio equipment and start learning more about the amazing world of high-end audio. My friend Mark had mentioned the incredible quality of Hafler’s theater amplifiers, and I realized I had never even heard of Hafler. I began to read more about designers like Bob Carver, Amar Bose and Bill Putnam, of Universal Audio. While reading about Bob Rapaport’s amazing Class D amplifier designs, I noticed there was a contest to win an Essence DPA-440 amp, so I entered the Summer Sweeps -never expecting to win, of course.

Yesterday I was stunned to receive an email from Bob Rapoport telling me I had won. I was so excited I had trouble gathering my thoughts, and of course after replying gratefully, I couldn’t wait to share the good news with my friends!  I’m deeply honored to be the winner of the Summer Sweeps, and I’m looking forward to listening to my new DPA-440 amplifier. -Jerry Murrel

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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