Essence CEO Bob Rapoport announced today that Oklahoma audiophile Ken Baker has won the Essence Spring Sweepstakes for a free Evolve II-4K HDMI v2.0 Multi-Channel DAC. Congratulations Ken, thanks for entering! To all those who entered but didn’t win, thanks and better luck next time. Our Summer Sweeps just started on July 1 and goes through Sept 30th to win a pair of Acoustic Energy bookshelf speakers.
Audio Video enthusiasts know that HDMI is an evolving standard and recently it evolved up to the new version 2.0 from version 1.4, to support 4K video and native hi res audio like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X For those of you that bought a new AVR or PrePro 3 to 8 years ago with HDMI v1.4 for 2K, sources with HDMI v2.0 output will not work with these legacy v1.3 models.
Instead of being forced to buy a new AVR or PrePro just to get HDMI v2.0 inputs, Essence makes an HDMI v2.0 / 7.1 Channel DAC. Its single HDMI v2.0 input is ready for any 4K source. It converts the 7.1 channel digital audio sources to analog RCA 7.1 channel outputs to feed the 7.1 channel analog inputs on your AVR / PrePro. It sells for $299 and makes keeping your older AVR or PrePro possible. It has an HDMI v2.0 output that goes to your 4K display as well as an Optical digital audio output that can feed a downstream DAC.
The winner always shares their personal audiophile journey with us, read about Ken’s below. You might recognize yourself, I like to say we are all on the same journey.
“My dad had a tubed Voice of Music reel-2-reel tape deck and he taught us what our voices really sound like to others. By recording our voices and playing them back, I was so surprised! We watched all the music and variety shows and I had a transistor w/earphone – Music as long as my 9-volts held out. That VM deck, a hi-fi mono FM tuner, and the built in 2-way speaker started my love of in-room music playback. In high school I stepped up to an external speaker; college lead to stereo, LPs, and enough bass to round out the sound; and I hooked up my tv to my stereo (the first of anyone I knew to do that.
In my dorm there was a guy with 6’ Magneplanar’s and the first 300 w/ch Carver Amp, a combo so incredible that it sounded like perfection to my ears – it made me want to “go there” – into the audiophile experience. A move to Dallas lead me to CDs, surround sound, Apogee speaker demos, and even Altec VoTT speakers in homes; I really fell for BOTH movies and music in multichannel – and though I listen in stereo when I must; I LOVE MCH with my Hi-Res! And I got into DIY – building my own speakers with solid oak and real stone side-panels.