Essence HDACC

verbverb Posts: 4,503
Esteemed Polkies -

Have not yet dipped my toe in to the DAC thing, but I am intrigued. I spend a lot of time in my office after work, sometimes work from home, play music through iTunes, computer audio card, and a set of Logitech 3.1 speakers. Yes I know, I'm way behind the times!

Time for a make over. I was thinking about the Essence DAC (1st gen) to power a set of TSi200s. I karma'd the amp :smile: recently so I'll have to pull a Denon Integrated out of the basement and put it to use. I'll check later but I can't recall what model it is.

The Essence seems pretty versatile, as you can adjust the upscaling frequency as desired. Handles all formats, except DSD, which I believe the newer version does.

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http://www.essenceelectrostatic.com/product/hdacc/

Several of you Polkies have raved on the Essence, including @halo, @DSkip, and @tonyb. Any others? Please opine!

Thanks for your thoughts!



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Comments

  • halohalo Posts: 4,652
    Great DAC for the price. Skip & I have talked at length about DACs in this price range & this is the top dawg.

    Still, I wonder how a Schiit Modi2 Multibit DAC @ $249 might fare against it or even a Schiit Bifrost @ $399.

    Keep in mind that once you purchase the HDACC from essence it is yours to keep unless it malfunctions in the first 3 days (then you are eligible for a new HDACC under warranty). Read the return/sales policy on the essence page carefully and be absolutely sure you want to commit to this DAC. With Schiit, you get 15 days to try it out & if it doesn't float your boat, send it back.

    I'm not endorsing one > the other, just want you to be aware of the sales policy @ essence. I haven't hear a Schiit DAC so I cannot comment on their sound quality but they get good reviews and a lot of people like their products. The essence received a great review from TAS & I thought it sounded great. Probably one of the best DACs I've ever owned.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    Thanks @halo I did read in a thread your comments about the return (or lack of) policy! :smile:
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,383
    Currently a tie for my second favorite DAC, pending an additional test. Could move up in rank.

    Skip the upsampling.

    Consider other USB DACs, as well, as noted above. Recent experience has me thinking that part of the benefit to USB DACs is just that - the USB connectivity. I've had pleasing results with the HRT MSHD. Performance that I never experienced with digital coax DACs,amd even a better experience with a DAC I previously didn't care for when used with digital coax.

    Consider your desired music resolution as some of these units may have limitations.

    If possible, add a second quality USB controller card to your PC to completely isolate the DAC from other USB components. USB's pretty promiscuous.

    Get a nice shielded USB cable. I like the AQ Forest.
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,734
    Hans seems to think this is the bees knees

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    Mr. Sharpe wrote: »
    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

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    Jesus H. C H R I S T - Afterburner - can you ever be courteous and stay on topic. If you want to blather on about "Family Affair" start your own dam thread! I get tired of your inane comments. You're not clever and you're not funny and most time you're posts are completely irrelevant to the topic.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    edited April 2018
    msg wrote: »
    Skip the upsampling.

    I've read mixed reviews on the upsampling. What's been you're experience?
    Post edited by verb on
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Hans seems to think this is the bees knees

    Hans seems a bit uptight! Had not heard of that one! Thanks @afterburnt!
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,060
    Planning to use the USB input? What OS are you running? 1st gen HDACC will not work with Win10.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,405
    For the 4 bones, and the SQ, you'd be hard pressed to do better. Like the previous poster suggested though, make sure it's not a 1st generation machine.
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    DaveHo wrote: »
    Planning to use the USB input? What OS are you running? 1st gen HDACC will not work with Win10.

    Yep. USB input, still running win7. I did read your comments about not being compatible with win10. Thanks!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,257
    It is a great unit and hard to beat at current list price. If it was at its original price of $699, I could offer a few better options.

    This is the DAC that got me off my Pioneer BDP-51fd and into computer audio. I would avoid any cheap Schiit and even the Yggdrasil had that similar sterile sound to it that I don't favor. I had my system so dialed in with this in it that even better DAC's like the AMR CD-777 and Chord Hugo didn't sound better in my rig. I could tell they were far superior DAC's, but they just didn't gel well. I think if you loved the sound and wanted to move up while retaining the tone, you'd be looking at the AURALiC Vega or Altair as a good move.

    If you were able to find a Marantz HD-DAC1 used for near that price, there would be no comparison between the two - the Marantz is MUCH superior.
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    DSkip wrote: »
    It is a great unit and hard to beat at current list price. If it was at its original price of $699, I could offer a few better options.

    This is the DAC that got me off my Pioneer BDP-51fd and into computer audio. I would avoid any cheap Schiit and even the Yggdrasil had that similar sterile sound to it that I don't favor. I had my system so dialed in with this in it that even better DAC's like the AMR CD-777 and Chord Hugo didn't sound better in my rig. I could tell they were far superior DAC's, but they just didn't gel well. I think if you loved the sound and wanted to move up while retaining the tone, you'd be looking at the AURALiC Vega or Altair as a good move.

    If you were able to find a Marantz HD-DAC1 used for near that price, there would be no comparison between the two - the Marantz is MUCH superior.

    Thanks @DSkip always appreciate your advice. How does the Marantz AMP-1 compare DAC wise to the DAC-1? Are they the same? I do like the idea of an all in one rig for my office.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,250
    The Essence has a similar ESS chipset to the AMP-1. 9012 in the Essence, 9010 in the Marantz.

    The DAC-1 uses the Cirrus Logic chip which I'd imagine has a different (and IMO better) sonic characteristic.
    verb wrote: »
    Thanks @DSkip always appreciate your advice. How does the Marantz AMP-1 compare DAC wise to the DAC-1? Are they the same? I do like the idea of an all in one rig for my office.

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,257
    I have no experience with the amp. The only all in one box I've heard that really impressed was the iFi stereo 50. It had limitations in its own right as well.
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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
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    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,250
    edited April 2018
    Good call. iFi stereo 50 worth a look @verb

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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    Yep I did run across that one. Tubes to boot! Love the retro look!
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,383
    IIRC, it just had a bit of weird, slightly unnatural sense about it at times. Certainly didn't notice any marked improvement with it enabled. If you end up with one, see which you like best.

    This DAC sweetened a tube integrated I was playing with along with a SBT and some LSi7s at the time.
    verb wrote: »
    msg wrote: »
    Skip the upsampling.
    I've read mixed reviews on the upsampling. What's been you're experience?
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    Thanks @msg ! Have you had any corndogs lately? :smiley:
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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,257
    I also did not favor the upsampling.
    audiothesis.com/

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    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,257
    To put this into perspective, sound wise it competes directly with the Oppo 105. I don't recommend the Oppo players for music purposes but at the price of the Essence it's about as good as it gets. The Marantz house sound is more musical where the Oppo/essence sound is a little cleaner with more details.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    Thanks everyone for your comments! So I pulled the trigger on the Essence! 1st generation. Can't wait to donate my Logitech speakers to Goodwill! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    msg wrote: »

    Get a nice shielded USB cable. I like the AQ Forest.

    Thanks. I went with the Cinammon.

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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,383
    Spy-sayyy!
    What are your listening criteria, do you have a general evaluative process yet? I ask because I'm only just realizing I never really did before, and still don't quite really have broad experience with what to listen for. My last insight came quite by accident. I was looking more for generally smooth, full, not fatiguing response, with improvements in articulation, control, clarity, etc., all the characteristic improvements I'd been exposed to to date. What I was not ready for, however, was the change in imaging performance. I'd never really experienced any real imaging outside if a strong center and some obvious stereo channel placement. One you have an experience where you get a sense of placement, and depth, for example, it sort of spoils you.
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    edited April 2018
    Just ordered it. I’ll let you know! :smile:
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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,036
    verb wrote: »
    Just ordered it. I’ll let you know! :smile:

    Have you received the DAC? I purchased my Essence from @halo. I do not have a lot to add from what the others have said about this DAC. It was an upgrade from my Cambridge Audio DAC Magic. It is a great DAC for the price. I also have the Marantz HD-DAC1 in my main system and the Marantz wins hands down but in all fairness, it is in another price range.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    I did @indyhawg ! Haven't hooked it up yet however. I plan to pair it with a Dayens Ampino integrated just bought from @AsSiMiLaTeD ! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,036
    verb wrote: »
    I did @indyhawg ! Haven't hooked it up yet however. I plan to pair it with a Dayens Ampino integrated just bought from @AsSiMiLaTeD ! :smile:

    The Dayens it's a great amp as well. I sold mine to Russ about a year ago.
  • halohalo Posts: 4,652
    I’m glad it stayed in the family fellas.

    @verb please let me know if you ever decide to part with it.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,503
    DSkip wrote: »
    To put this into perspective, sound wise it competes directly with the Oppo 105. I don't recommend the Oppo players for music purposes but at the price of the Essence it's about as good as it gets. The Marantz house sound is more musical where the Oppo/essence sound is a little cleaner with more details.

    Hi Skip was going through some of my old threads as I prepare for the EAD transport and new DAC. Help me with some of the nomenclature:

    Marantz - More musical?

    Oppo - Cleaner, more details?

    I'm new to this audiophile lingo thing, if you'll bear with me. :smile:
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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
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