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At CeBIT 2011, the $10Bn giant is giving press, customers and the public their first glance at a stunning new piece of kit, the Essence One.
It will drive headphones up to 600ohms with ease, offers 32-bit up-sampling, utilises a dedicated power adapter to ensure only the purest of volts are allowed in, with minimal noise – while at the same time being supplied with simple to use software, so that even audio noobs can get the best possible sound quality..

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Edited by Lostcase - 3/4/11 at 6:46am
post #2 of 84
will compete with stx then, or perhaps supplement it? since this can be used in addition to the stx.
Edited by flamingoyster - 3/4/11 at 6:48am
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First post!

From what I can gather:

Its external DAC/Amp combo with USB, Coax and Optical inputs but mention of software means it can probably do DSP via USB.

Also has Headphone, Balanced (XLR) and Unbalanced outputs.

Probably geared towards low to mid-fi audiophiles with the LME49600TS and all?
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Did they list how many days it would take you to lose your hearing?
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Originally Posted by _GTech View Post
Did they list how many days it would take you to lose your hearing?
?? It's not made to be loud... it's made to drive very large headphones and sound pretty good. On a side note, how will this compare with something like the Zero?
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It's a niche product, not really aimed at gamers or the like.
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I wonder how this is... I just dropped $270 for a matrix m-stage amp to run off the pre outs on my STX.
    
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Externally powered, spdif in, beefy headphone amp! Yessss just what I've been waiting for! Very interested to see the price on this, I haven't quite been able to justify $250 on the other DAC/amp I've been looking at.
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If this turns out to be good, I'm ditching my Little Dot MKII and one of my sound cards.
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post #10 of 84
lolque?

Asus? XLR Bal out?

What is this, I don't even.
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