ASUS, in collaboration with JRiver, is offering customers a free copy of the JRiver Media Center application with the purchase of an ASUS Essence III digital-to-analog (DAC) converter. Starting in mid-April, Essence III will come bundled with a promotional code enabling customers around the world to download and permanently activate the full version of JRiver Media Center. Essence III functions as a preamplifier, USB DAC and headphone amplifier, and delivers serious audiophile-grade performance for those who demand the purest audio quality and listening flexibility. JRiver Media Center is a highly-acclaimed multimedia application for playing and organizing a wide range of audio, video, photo and document file formats. Its powerful feature set and compatibility with multiple audio technologies makes it the ideal media library for audiophiles. Essence III supports Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) and Direct Stream Digital (DSD) with JRiver Media Center, making them the perfect complement to each other for delivering an unparalleled listening experience.
The flagship component in the ASUS Essence Series, Essence III was designed for the most demanding audiophiles and passionate headphone enthusiasts. It features a fully balanced design and the latest Direct Stream Digital (DSD) playback for the purest audio quality. Its built-in amplifier is capable of driving 600ohm headphones with a single 6.3mm jack connection, or a balanced set that uses two mini-XLR connectors for the best possible signal clarity and minimal interference.
Essence III's pure-gold temperature-compensated crystal oscillators (TCCO/TCXO) and asynchronous USB provide exceptionally precise timing. For extremely precise control, Essence III includes a set of stepped attenuators that works for headphones and line outputs. The relay-based construction eliminates the distortion associated with traditional volume controls, while the line output can be controlled remotely.
JRiver Media Center is a powerful and intuitive multimedia application for playing and organizing a wide range of audio, video, photo and document file formats. It includes audiophile-appreciated functionality such as support for the ASIO and Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) protocols, as well as most audio formats, including WAV, AIFF, FLAC, APE, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless and DSD (with a DSD-capable device). JRiver Media Center's intuitive user interface makes it easy to navigate your collection so you can spend more time listening to the music you love and enjoying your other multimedia content.
Using Essence III and JRiver Media Center together makes it easy for music lovers to set up ASIO and enjoy the low-latency, high-fidelity sound it delivers. Essence III includes a native ASIO driver and a bit-perfect indicator lamp on its front panel that illuminates when ASIO is operating. JRiver Media Center features one step ASIO playback setup, so audiophiles can quickly and conveniently experience the true-to-life musicality of Essence III.
JRiver Media Center also enables hassle-free setup of DSD, the latest music encoding technology that offers 64 or 128 times higher resolution than that of CDs. Essence III has native support for both DSD64 and DSD128 encoding rates over USB. With JRiver Media Center, it only requires two steps to enable DSD playback from Essence III, making it easy for audiophiles to indulge in digital listening at the highest possible quality levels.