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Jeffrey Dunnam Wins Essence Winter 2020 Sweepstakes!


I am pleased to announce that Jeffrey Dunnam has been selected as the winner of the Essence Winter Sweepstakes! Congrats Jeff! 

He won the Essence Evolve II-4K HDMI v2.0 Multi-Channel DAC, a $299 value recently added to the Stereophile 2020 Recommended Products List.  The Evolve II-4K is an upgrade path for legacy analog and early digital audio video systems to add 4K video capability and hi res audio to AV systems via HDMI.  It can playback in 2 channel stereo, 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 channels too. To my knowledge, its the only product of its kind in this niche, another little black box by Bob that solves a unique problem for audiophiles and videophiles.

To all those who entered but did not win, thanks for entering and better luck in our next sweeps in Summer 2020.  We are skipping Spring due to the pandemic, it speaks for itself that this moment is a reason to pause my normal promotions while we all deal with this threat to our lives.

Here’s Jeff’s audio journey in his own words, similar to our own experiences and always fun to share:

My audio journey:
“Music has always been a big part of my life. I was lucky enough to have a Dad who loved music and valued a good stereo system.
He had Thorens turntables, McIntosh pre and power amps, Bozak speakers, and later, Sony, Ampex, and Tandberg Reel to Reel tape machines.
Babysitters loved to come to our house and bring their records so I got turned on to a lot of music that way.  At 15, I got a bagger job at the grocery store to save up for my first stereo. It consisted of a Thorens 150, Marantz integrated, and EPI speakers. 
Later I had a Yamaha receiver and turntable, and ADS speakers.  In the early 90s, I worked for Dana Audio making mail order speakers for my childhood friend John Fish.  Through him I met James Carroll, a speaker designer, mathematician, and physicist.  He’s the current owner of Dana Audio. To this day, I use speakers designed by him. He and other Knoxville audiophiles introduced me to the charms of single-ended Class A amps and high efficiency speakers. 
I have a few DACs in hand. Currently in use, I have a Geek Pulse Sfi,  a Micro-mega, and an Audioquest Dragon Red. Currently I stream Quboz, but probably play 70% / 30% digital.  I look forward to hearing a DAC capable of extracting audio from the HDMI output.  Thank you Bob and Essence for this opportunity.”
Jeff Dunnam
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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