Essence One MKII

    Essence One MKII

    USB DAC and headphone amplifier features DSD support and top-class 600ohm headphone amplifier for high-fidelity audio reproduction

    • Native Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) support via DSD over PCM (DoP)
    • Top-class headphone amplifier drives up to 600ohm-impedance headphones with a dedicated gain jumper
    • Ultra-fidelity 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with true balanced design
    • Eleven swappable op-amps allow easy tonal tuning
    • Jitter-free precision clock via asynchronous USB audio
    • Linear power supply with toroidal transformer to ensure clean power to all circuits
    • 8X symmetrical upsampling technology restores lossless audio
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    True to the original

    The Essence One MKII series improves on the superb Xonar Essence One series, winner of the 2012 CES Innovations Award and Japan’s prestigious VGP Awards in both 2012 and 2013. Essence engineers continuously improve sound quality, resulting in the Essence One MKII series with latest Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) support. With six state-of-the-art MUSES 01 op-amps, Essence One Mark II MUSES Edition takes audio to new levels, with profound musicality capturing every nuance.

    Experience ultimate high-resolution sound

    Native DSD support

    Essence One MKII series DACs stay true to the source audio, with support for 2.8MHz DSD through DSD over pulse-code modulation (PCM), known as DoP. DSD 2.8MHz format delivers 64 times (64X) the sampling rate of traditional compact disc (CD) recordings for audio playback at a resolution that is orders of magnitude higher.

    Exquisite headphone amplifier

    Optimized for up to 600ohm-impedance and in-ear monitor(IEM) headphones with a dedicated gain jumper

    The amplifier built in to the Essence One MKII DACs is engineered to drive both 600ohm-impedance headphones and 16ohm-impedance IEMs, thanks to the inclusion of a dedicated gain jumper for easy high/low gain settings. The result is an exquisite headphone amplifier that delivers remarkable listening experiences for all output preferences.

    Ultra-fidelity 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)

    True balanced design

    Essence One MKII DACs ultra-high-fidelity audio output and 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is aided by a true balanced design that draws on dual Texas Instruments PCM1795 DACs.

    Easy tonal tuning

    Eleven swappable op-amps

    The Essence One MKII features 11 swappable op-amps for easy tonal tuning. Op-Amps serve a critical role in audio hardware, amplifying analog signals and determining tone and timbre characteristics. As user taste in tone character varies, dedicated audiophiles often choose to change op-amps to fine-tune performance. This feature has been proved highly popular in most audio forums worldwide with previous Essence series products.
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    Consistent and clean power supply

    Linear power supply with toroidal transformer

    The DACs are also equipped with a linear power supply with a toroidal transformer to provide clean and consistent power that keeps noise contamination to a minimum. German-made WIMA® FKP 2 and FKS 2 film capacitors reduce ripples to deliver warm, rich sounds.

    Finest details from the original recording

    8X symmetrical upsampling technology

    The Essence One MKII DACs offer 8X upsampling to preserve the finest details of the original audio and improve the output quality still further. Essence One MKII DACs employ symmetrical upsampling to improve 44.1/88.2 /176.4kHz input sources to 352.8kHz@32Bit and 48/96/192kHz sources all the way up to 384kHz@32Bit, while eliminating the jitter associated with asymmetrical upsampling.

    Premium sound from outstanding design

    Asynchronous USB audio

    Standard internal clock compensation for different transfer rates between PCs and USB audio devices may still cause jitter, but Essence MKII DACs automatically adjusts buffer status to system output. It enables faster clock tuning and better jitter reduction for the best fidelity.

    Native ASIO 2.2 driver

    Essence One MKII DACs also support native Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) 2.2 drivers, which enables the digital signals to bypass Windows’ audio layers to avoid redundant processing — and that means bit-perfect audio output.

    Balanced XLR outputs

    Balanced XLR outputs offer higher quality output without unwanted noise and interference. Properly balanced lines integrate two signal-carrying conductors of equal magnitude but opposite polarity, causing noise along the cable to cancel out by the time it reaches the destination load.

    Sample rate indicators

    Sampling rates lighting will indicate according to the computers sample rate settings (44.1/ 48/ 88.2/ 96/ 176.4/ 192kHz).

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