Upgrading to Apple TV 4K? You’re Going To Need A New HDMI DAC For That.


Presenting the Essence HDACC II-4K with 4 x 1 HDMI v2.0a Switching for Multiple 4K Sources featuring 32 Bit PCM Decoding For Hi Resolution Audio

If you’re thinking about upgrading to the new Apple TV 4K, or any of the other 4K streamers, the Essence HDACC II-4K ($599) HDMI v2.0a DAC might just be for you.  Separate the audio from the video upstream from the TV, where the highest resolution soundtracks are not limited by bandwidth and copyright limitations of HDCP.

The HDACC II-4K is an ingenious design, nothing else on the market can match its features or performance.  It includes a high performance 32 Bit digital (PCM) to analog audio converter (DAC) with 4 x 1 HDMI v2.0a switching, + USB In, Optical and Coaxial in and out, and remote control switching. It includes the Essence Sample Rate Converter that enables you to upsample any lower resolution audio files up to 384K. This is the best audio performance in history and we’ve got the specs to prove it. 

The big improvements in the new Apple TV 4K and other late model streamers are 4K and HDR.  However, they require the use of a new HDMI v2.0a connection protocol in order to work.  HDMI v2.0a sources require HDMI v2.0a inputs downstream.  Existing downstream components like 2K displays and HDMI v1.4a audio systems wont work with the new Apple TV 4K or any other UHD 4K sources. The ARC output on the display is inadequate as a backdoor fix, the output is severely bandwidth limited, heavily protected by HDCP against piracy.  You cant turn it up. Whats the point?  Its better to get your audio from sources upstream of your display, not down, thats backwards.

The Essence HDACC II-4K includes a state-of-the-art 32 Bit digital to analog PCM Audio decoder to convert the audio signal into analog audio, with user selectable sample rate up-conversion that enables you to improve the sound quality of all lower resolution audio sources. Take a 16 bit CD and listen to it at 24 bit / 96K sample rate, its a big improvement. Essence is sold factory direct worldwide, a level playing field for all our customers. Visit our site to order direct, including free shipping in the USA.  Let us help you improve the sound of your system.

HDACC II-4K UHD DAC featuring HDMI v2.0a Inputs and Switching for 4K Sources

  • 4 HDMI v2.0a Inputs, one HDMI v2.0a Output
  • USB 2.0 Input, Optical Coaxial Inputs / Outputs
  • Analog Balanced XLR / Single-ended RCA Outputs
  • Remote Control
  • DSD 2.8K and 5.6K (DoP) Playback 
  • Native LPCM 24/192K playback
  • Sample Rate Up Conversion to 32 bit / 384K Sample Rate
  • OLED Display of Native Sample Rate Inputs / Selected Output
  • Audiophile-Class Headphone Amp 
  • THD + N = 0.00001% at -141 dB S/N Ratio

The original Essence HDACC ($499 and on the market since 2013, still best in class) is a popular 24/192 HDMI v1.4 DAC, compatible with 2K (1080p) and native hi res audio at 24/96K. It has received 4 Product of the Year awards by respected industry publications and many testimonials from countless happy customers.  For those just starting out, this model can be your digital hub, a complete digital preamp to help you bridge the digital / analog divide.  Nothing can beat the HDACC.

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