The 432 ESSENCE features a ‘high-end’ soundcard from Asus, which also exists in a DAC version. The DAC version of this soundcard won EISA awards, and after reading their review “an honest and compelling sound that puts many traditional Hi-Fi marques to shame!”, they wanted this technology in the integrated model.
The DAC inside the Essence easily surpasses many other similarly priced standalone DAC’s, sounding closer to high end analogue with no hint of digital harshness thanks to the 432 Hz plug-in.
The Essence runs full Roon or Logitech Media Server and the sublime 432 Hz enabled player, which can also play bit perfect to the highest possible quality. It also features a bit perfect Teac CD drive for ripping your CD collection.
432 Hz is one of the ways to tune musical instruments, and is also known as the Tuning Note “A” and A = 432. Music tuned to 432 Hz sounds better than contemporary music which is tuned at A = 440. The famous Stradivarius for example was tuned to 432 Hz according to the Verdi tuning. During historical periods when instrumental music rose in prominence (relative to the voice), there was a continuous tendency for pitch levels to rise, also known as the pitch inflation. A higher pitch, such as our current A = 440 standard sounds sharper, louder and more “fresh”, but also more aggressive, which is not a quality audiophiles are looking for. The 432 EVO offer you the possibility to convert your existing music on the fly into the better sounding 432 Hz, without any resolution loss. Several ‘best of show’ awards that 432 Evo have won are the ultimate proof and recent research by Maria Renold and a group of 2000 people showed that 90% preferred 432 Hz. For purists 432 Evo still offer bit perfect mode on par with the best CD transports or up-sample only mode for those who want to tune the sound. All these modes are live switchable!
Texas Instruments PCM1792A DAC chips with a very high SNR of 124dB.
Oven controlled clock for optimal stability.
High quality opamps.