Asus ESSENSE III

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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£1,399.95

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Buy now, pay later 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

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

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"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.

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices

"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.
More Information
Bluetooth No
Coaxial Digital Input 1
Dimensions WxDxH 322 x 228 x 71
Headphone Output Y
Optical Digital Input 1
Power Consumption- Normal Use NA
Power Consumption - Standby NA
USB Input Yes
Weight (KG) 4
XLR Balanced Outputs Y
Brand Asus
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later 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

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

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trace in discounts.
T&Cs apply

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices

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