Asus ESSENSE III USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Asus ESSENSE III

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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£1,399.95
"An honest and compelling sound that puts many traditional hi-fi marques to shame!" EISA Award 2014-2015, USB DAC.

The highest quality sound

Designed for the best sound quality possible, the Asus Essence III is engineered to the highest standards. A multi-rail toroidal power transformer drives independent left and right channels for superb channel separation. The dual-mono theme continues with twin Analogue Devices AD1955 DAC chips that deliver a stunning signal to noise ratio for the most dynamic sound.

Asynchronous USB link for the best sound from your computer
With an asynchronous USB link to your computer via USB, you won't find the sound quality from your soundcard letting the side down. Instead, the Essence III 'controls' the input from your Mac or PC, giving the lowest levels of distortion possible.

Native DSD support for your HiRes files
As well as supporting a wide range of file types, right up to High Resolution 192kHz/24-bit, the Essence III is also compatible with native DSD files. With support for both DSD64 and DSD128 rates you can enjoy playback of your DSD (Direct Stream Digital) music files to the highest standards.

Fully-balanced headphone amp for reference quality sound
In addition to being an audiophile quality amp, the Essence 3 is also a reference quality headphone amplifier. The Essence III employs six, single-channel headphone amplifiers to keep signals isolated from the DAC and create a true balanced design. If you have compatible headphones with a balanced connection, you'll enjoy the finest channel separation and ultra-low levels of distortion. It also supports headphones up to 600ohms, making it compatible with even the most demanding headphones.

Comprehensive sockets including Balanced XLR outputs
Carrying on the balanced theme, if you have a compatible amplifier, such as the Cambridge Audio 851A or Roksan Caspian M2, you can enjoy the benefits of a fully balanced connection via XLR. This reduces interference for a cleaner sound with enhanced detail. Inputs include AES/EBU, USB, optical, coaxial and an analogue RCA phono input.

Remote control
The standard remote control not only offers power on/off and input level control but also remote output level. This makes it ideal for connecting directly to a power amplifier, such as the Cambridge Audio 851W or Roksan Caspian M2. The volume control itself uses a stepped attenuator, avoiding the distortion that can be associated with traditional volume controls.

Get the very best from your digital sources and your headphones, with the Asus Essence III.

6 Year Supercare £139.95

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge
"An honest and compelling sound that puts many traditional hi-fi marques to shame!" EISA Award 2014-2015, USB DAC.

The highest quality sound

Designed for the best sound quality possible, the Asus Essence III is engineered to the highest standards. A multi-rail toroidal power transformer drives independent left and right channels for superb channel separation. The dual-mono theme continues with twin Analogue Devices AD1955 DAC chips that deliver a stunning signal to noise ratio for the most dynamic sound.

Asynchronous USB link for the best sound from your computer
With an asynchronous USB link to your computer via USB, you won't find the sound quality from your soundcard letting the side down. Instead, the Essence III 'controls' the input from your Mac or PC, giving the lowest levels of distortion possible.

Native DSD support for your HiRes files
As well as supporting a wide range of file types, right up to High Resolution 192kHz/24-bit, the Essence III is also compatible with native DSD files. With support for both DSD64 and DSD128 rates you can enjoy playback of your DSD (Direct Stream Digital) music files to the highest standards.

Fully-balanced headphone amp for reference quality sound
In addition to being an audiophile quality amp, the Essence 3 is also a reference quality headphone amplifier. The Essence III employs six, single-channel headphone amplifiers to keep signals isolated from the DAC and create a true balanced design. If you have compatible headphones with a balanced connection, you'll enjoy the finest channel separation and ultra-low levels of distortion. It also supports headphones up to 600ohms, making it compatible with even the most demanding headphones.

Comprehensive sockets including Balanced XLR outputs
Carrying on the balanced theme, if you have a compatible amplifier, such as the Cambridge Audio 851A or Roksan Caspian M2, you can enjoy the benefits of a fully balanced connection via XLR. This reduces interference for a cleaner sound with enhanced detail. Inputs include AES/EBU, USB, optical, coaxial and an analogue RCA phono input.

Remote control
The standard remote control not only offers power on/off and input level control but also remote output level. This makes it ideal for connecting directly to a power amplifier, such as the Cambridge Audio 851W or Roksan Caspian M2. The volume control itself uses a stepped attenuator, avoiding the distortion that can be associated with traditional volume controls.

Get the very best from your digital sources and your headphones, with the Asus Essence III.
Audio Inputs 1 x Analogue RCA, 1 x Digital XLR AES3
Audio Outputs RCA
Bluetooth No
Coaxial Digital Input 1
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 322 x 228 x 71
Headphone Output 1/4" 6.3mm Headphone output, 1/4" 6.3mm balanced output
Optical Digital Input 1
Pre Output Yes, RCA
Remote Control Yes
USB Input 1 x Type B for PC/MAC
XLR Balanced Outputs Yes
Brand Asus
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6 Year Supercare £139.95

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

We think you’ll agree that our Supercare guarantee offers fantastic value. What’s more, if you don’t use our it in the 6 year period, we’ll refund the cost of it. You really can’t say fairer than that!
Plus, if we can’t fix a fault, we will give you a like-for-like replacement.
Find out full details here.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge