Evolve II-4K HDMI v2.0 / 7.1 Channel DAC

(3 customer reviews)

$ 299.00

The new Essence Evolve II-4K is a HDMI v2.0a Multi-Channel Audio DAC designed to extract the native, uncompressed LPCM multi-channel 24/192K audio from HDMI v2.0a hi-res-logosources such as 4K Blu-ray players. It extracts the original hi res audio digital soundtrack and converts it to analog multi-channel audio or digital optical output.

Both the HDMI v2.0a input and output support 4K video resolutions up to 4096×2160@50/60Hz (YUV444), and is capable of decoding the native uncompressed high resolution audio at 24/192K to analog to feed an AVR, PrePro, or active speakers.

It supports decoding of high resolution digital audio formats including LPCM 7.1CH, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio, and supports audio sampling rates up to 192KHz at 24 bits, allowing fully synchronized video and audio.

As seen in the pages of Stereophile June 2019

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“The Essence Evolve II-4K HDMI DAC is an inexpensive product that fills a niche in the market and offers more than respectable sound. It doesn’t make any audiophile claims, but it could—how refreshing!”  Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile June 2019

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Description

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If you’re planning to adopt the new 4K sources such as a 4K Blu-ray player or a 4K streaming device with HDMI v2.0a output, they will not work with your existing HDMI v1.3/4 components. The solution to the problem is to use the Essence Evolve II-4K multi-channel audio DAC with HDMI v2.0a output to your display and analog output up to 7.1 channels to your existing AVR, PrePro, or active speakers.

  • HDMI 2.0 (with 6G audio/video support), HDCP 2.2 and DVI compliant
  • THD + N = .0001% at -115 dB s/n ratio
  • Supports extracting the HDMI audio and outputing to a multi-channel digital or analog audio signal
  • Supports analog multi-channel and Optical S/PDIF audio outputs
  • Supports HDMI audio sampling rates up to 192kHz
  • Supports Optical (S/PDIF) audio sampling rate up to 192kHz
  • HDMI signal supports High Bit Rate (HBR) audio
  • Supports HDTV resolutions up to 4K2K: 3840×2160@24/25/30Hz, 3840×2160@50/60Hz (YUV444) & 4096×2160@24/25/30Hz, 4096×2160@50/60Hz (YUV444)
  • Supports CEC bypass
Inputs 1x HDMI [1x Uncompressed AV and Data]
1x USB Mini B [1x SERVICE Propriety Data]
Outputs 1x HDMI [1x Uncompressed AV and Data]
1x Toslink [1x 2 Channel LPCM / DTS / Dolby Digital]
8x RCA [1x Analogue Audio 7.1 ]
PSU: 5V/2.6A
Dimensions 8.4″ (213mm)  W x 4/6″ (116mm) D x 1.2″ (30mm) H
Net Weight 1.5 lbs (658g)

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 4.6 × 8.4 × 1.2 in

3 reviews for Evolve II-4K HDMI v2.0 / 7.1 Channel DAC

  1. Ken Baker, Audiophile Consumer, August 2019

    I got the Evolve II 4K HDMI DAC pretty quickly, after a very brief delay due to how much this thing has garnered interest from review. I love the size, I have been thinking a lot lately about putting together a compact killer system – the only downside is this DAC is not standard 19” width… also a bonus to my future plans of downsizing/streamlining. The instructions are pretty clear and the features are minimalist – In (HDMI) – Outs (HDMI video, Optical audio, & 8 analog (7.1)) Controls – on/off and a slider for three decoding choices: select per connected display choice, stereo, 7.1 channel… The Huge Sony STR DA7ES came out of hiding to test – stereo for now – and it went so well that you could say I was Quite Surprised… I set the receiver back to 2.1, connected L & R from the Essence and set the switch to 2 channel – instant success by playing my Sony UBP-X800 thru it! Clean, clear, instant and no glitches – brought my latest pair of classic Stereophile Class C recommended Acoustat Spectra 11’s roaring to life.
    Very simply:Easy, Covers the basics,.Manual adjustment (3 choices), Clean and clear sound, No glitches – no hassles, Modest & useful/purposeful design. Ken Baker, Audiophile Consumer, August 2019

  2. Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile, June 2019

    “I was stunned that Essence Evolve II-4K HDMI v2.0 Multi-Channel DAC ($299) sounded so good. How good? I liked it better than sending the audio via HDMI through the Marantz and its DACs. It seemed just noticeably cleaner and more open……” Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile, June 2019

  3. Hyendaudio Services, Audiophile Dealer, July 2019

    All I can say is…WOW! The Evolve II-4K is something special. I’m getting 88.2 with SACDs, just as before. Honestly this sounds so good I don’t know how much better it can get. I am VERY pleased and will gladly recommend your products. Hyendaudio Services, Audiophile Dealer, July 2019

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