ASUS launches Essence One MKII DAC Series

19th June 2014 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

ASUS-LOGOMumbai, 19th June 2014: ASUS today launched its Essence One MKII USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) series, with support for the latest Direct-Stream Digital 64 (DSD64) audio purity, a fully-balanced headphone amplifier optimized for 16 to 600ohm-impedance headphones and offering eight-times (8X) symmetrical upsampling. The latest evolution of the Essence One DAC series adds more great features to deliver musicality that is the goal of both the Essence audio team and all committed audiophiles.
In addition to support for the latest DSD standard for audio reproduction that’s true to the original, Essence One MKII series DACs include a dedicated gain jumper to drive low-impedance in-ear monitor (IEM) headphones and sport a refined new look. Available in two models — Essence One MKII and Essence One MKII MUSES Edition — the latest Essence One MKII series DACs are engineered with a true balanced design for ultra-high-fidelity sound, an exquisite headphone amplifier with dual Texas Instruments LME49600 and 8X symmetrical upsampling for high-resolution, jitter-free audio.
The Essence One MKII features 11 swappable operational amplifiers (op-amps) for easy tonal tuning. To create even more profound musicality ASUS also engineered the Essence One MKII MUSES Edition with six MUSES 01 op-amps. These are the world’s first op-amps to be manufactured with high-purity (4N) oxygen-free copper interconnects and the result is true-to-life tonality, spacious sound and stunning vocals.
The performance of Essence One MKII MUSES Edition is so impressive that even the manufacturer of MUSES op-amps has been moved to praise the work of our engineers. Ichiro Kashiwagi, Second Marketing Department Manager, Semiconductor Sales and Marketing Division for New Japan Radio Company, remarked, “We’ve been looking constantly for well-designed audio devices to make MUSES really shine, and found that the ASUS Essence team has the expertise to create them. What really impressed us was their focus on the digital, PC-based audio realm.”
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. In addition, the new 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.
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.
Both the Essence One MKII models will be available on a back to back order basis upon orders placed with the company.

While Essence One MKII – is priced at Rs.50000, the Essence One MKII MUSES Edition is listed at Rs.65000. Both the products have a warranty period of 3 years.

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