The power cord that changed everything when the original version was introduced to audiophile Hi-Fi enthusiasts in 1995. The Essence is our statement product, our "Corvette". The Essence embodies the best engineering, materials and manufacturing processes without regard to cost.
Over the years we have continued to build upon The Essence's strengths, extending and enhancing it's performance. With optimized geometry, higher-purity copper conductors, cryogenic treatment to -300o Farenheit, and new Furutech plug and connector with proprietery termination process, our 5th generation "The Essence Reference-II" power cord reaffirms it status as "the best of the best". The Essence of music is emotion! Simply put, The Essence Reference-II power cord affords your High-End Audio Hi-Fi system the most emotionally engaging, realistic, state-of-the-art performance available.
Find out why The Inner Ear magazine said about The Essence Reference:
"Among the power products that can be considered state of the art, the Essence Reference-II power cords and power distributor bring out more from both your system and recordings than you have probably experienced before."
"Adding The Essence (Reference) power cords was tantamount to upgrading the units (and I've heard upgrades that were far more subtle). There was more ambience on the best CDs than I ever believed possible. Strings were less metallic and strident and the cable's effect on imaging had one wondering whether the company had built a digital VTA adjustment into their Essence Reference."
"My overall sonic impression — with the Essence Reference-II cords in place with the Pass Labs XA30.5 Class A MOSFET amp, MartinLogan Montis speakers and the Oppo BDP-105 feeding the Benchmark DAC2 D DAC — was that the sound was vividly tight in the bass with all the detail those wonderful ML Montis can reproduce through the electrostatics. Not a hint of extraneous noise."
Selection of plug and connector components and termiantion process is critically important to realizing all the performance the cable affords. Specialty audiophile plug and connector manufacturers have made genuine performance advancements. After extensive evaluation of samples from several manufacturers, Essential Sound Products selected Furutech plugs and connectors with terminal blades and pins made from pure, unplated, high-purity copper. These components are the perfect compliment to the Reference cable line/neutral conductors, which are also high-purity copper.
The purchased plugs and connectors used for The Essence literally undergo a transformation to enhance their performance prior to assembly. After termination, each connector is epoxy filled to hermetically seal the internal components, preventing oxidation, and providing maximum resonance control, strain relief and mechanical integrity for years of trouble-free performance.
Cryogenic processing alters materials at the molecular level. This permanent, irreversible process releases residual stresses, and alleviates the negative effects of crystalline grain boundaries in copper and brass. Cryogenic treatment effects a measurable reduction in the cord's resistively for improved current flow. The result is less distortion, which impacts all performance attributes, but particularly resolution.
Available UK (BS 1363) British, SCHUKO (CEE 7/7) European and Australian (AS 3112) plug options.
Available Furutech C-13 and C-19 (20-AMP) connectors, compact and miniature C-13, and Hubbell C-19 IEC connectors.