Imagine No Compression, Its Easy If You Try

john lennon blu-rayUniversal Music Group announced today that John Lennon’s ‘Imagine” is coming out on their Pure Audio Blu-ray series Dec 13th.  For Lennon fans with Blu-ray players and good audio systems, this news is fantastic because the original album and CD were sonically flawed by the compression when they first came out. They say this is the uncompressed, pure studio version. Its exciting to see classic albums and CD’s being reissued on Blu-ray, the pace of new releases from both major and small independent labels is increasing now exponentially.

This week I had a call from an audiophile in Arizona, he told me that he owned a Krell Showcase Series Preamp Processor, original cost was krell-showcase-front-main-large$5K.  Its 10 years old and has no HDMI inputs.  It has all the good matrix surround formats so it can turn 2 channels into 5 for movies just fine.

He had been talking to his dealer about how to add Blu-ray to his system but was told his pre-pro was obsolete, its was time for a new one.  He saw our new DAC was equipped with an HDMI input with RCA stereo output and had an “aha” moment while on our website.  He saw an upgrade path in the set up diagram; the HDACC could add all the digital inputs he’d need with USB for downloads, Coaxial for DVD or CD, Optical for his internet radio, and analog line in for his phono pre-amp, with XLR and RCA stereo output at 24/192K.

I pointed out to him that all he needed was a basic $99 Sony Blu-ray player with HDMI output and he was going to save himself a lot of money.  Instead of a new $5K Pre-pro, he could get a new Sony Blu-ray player with HDMI output for the uncompressed hi def stereo soundtracks with all the bandwidth and dynamic range of the original master recordingsHDACC

If you’re looking for an affordable upgrade path for Blu-ray’s uncompressed HD Audio, a one-to-one identical copy of the original master recording, this is it.  No other DAC we know of can outperform the HDACC by Essence™.

Data Rate Comparison:

HDMI v1.3   10.2 Gbps
USB 2.0   480 Mbps
Optical/Toslink   125 Mbps
Coaxial   125 Mbps

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