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The Essence Reference-II - Best Audiophile Hi Fi Power Cord For High End Audio Price: $1999.99
Customer Reviews...

"Now I have had the (Essence Reference) Distributor for over 3 weeks and the (Essence Reference) cords for over 2 weeks. I have tried a lot of both electronics and cables in my years of hifi, but I have never noticed such a big improvement in my system"

– Anders - Sweden

"From day-1 there was a significant improvement relative to the stock cables. The sound became cleaner empowering more of the music to flow through. The soundstage opened and greater transparency became evident. The noise floor lowered, bass tightened, with the sound becoming more liquid. The Essence products bring me pleasure every time I listen."

– Lorin - India

"I've owned my first Essence for almost four years, and connected to my Bryston 3B, it proved to be the most worthwile audio upgrade I have ever made. In that time, I've upgraded my cables, my cd player, my interconnects and speaker cable, got a Richard Gray Power Company, and even after all that, The Essence is STILL the most positive upgrade in my system."

– "Positive Fiction" (Audio Enthusiast)

"Borrowed a broken-in Essence power cord from DejaVu Audio to test on my modified Jolida 302b. Noticed an immediate and significant improvement from the stock AC cord. The bass sounded tighter and better integrated into the music. The mid and high ranges seemed to blossom. The added depth and "airiness" were particularly noticeable, especially on female vocals. Bought the cord the next day."

– Chris (Audio Enthusiast)

"Treble energy became more relaxed, mids seemed to open up, and the bass got subterrain! Voices (male especially) became richer, and drum shots resonated longer. Almost makes my Bryston sound like an entirely different amp, but that's not right...it keeps all the virtues of my amp (speed, detail), but adds richness and harmony that were only hinted at before I added the cable. I'll keep this thing for life!!!"

– Jason (Audio Enthusiast)

"I recently auditioned several power cords for use on my amp (Plinius SA100III) and found The Essence cord to be the best. It seemed to energize the sonics of my amp in a way I can hardly describe. It just sounded real good used with my amp."

– Joe Mendez (Audiophile)

"This Essence power cord is very highly recommended. Of the few I know who have tried it, they are blown away. One said it was very much better than the Synergistic Master AC coupler he was using."

– Kimball Corson (Audiophile)

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Summary
The Essence Reference combines the best engineering, materials, and hand-built quality for the ultimate performance:
  • Dynamics endowed with lifelike energy.
  • Eliminates "digital" distortions for a
     smoother, fatigue-free, "analog" sound.
  • Faithful, realistic soundstage imaging.
  • Rich tonal pallet with no overt coloration.
  • Recommended Applications:
    • High End Home Audio Systems
    • High End Home Theater Systems
    • High End Mastering Studios

    Improving The Best Power Cable Design

    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". 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.

    Uncanny Spatial & Dynamic Realism!

    The essence of music is emotion! Live music conveys an energy, an excitement that stirs the soul. With The Essence Reference-II connected to your high end system, your audiophile recordings will re-connect you to the emotional spirit of the original performance. The Essence has earned a reputation for transient speed and explosive dynamics including extended yet articulate "supremely satisfying" bass.

    Tonal Neutrality & Application Versatility

    Tonally, the Reference has been described as delivering real "fulsome" neutrality, not the sterile analytical sound that so often characterizes lesser cables. So benign and hard to identify is the tonal character of the Reference as to be compared to the taste of water, which of course is tasteless.

    Makes "Digital" Sound More "Analog"

    Since the introduction of the CD, audiophiles have strived to get their digital source material to have the same fluidity and ease as their analog records. Reviewing The Essence Reference, Myles Astor (The Inner Ear) commented "it produced the most analog and realistic sound I've yet to hear from digital...there was more ambience on the best CD's than I ever believed possible...strings were less metallic and strident."

    Expansive Soundstage Imaging

    With the Reference, the soundstage dimensions will be limitled only by the recording material. Large scale performances such as a symphony will have expansive depth, width and height. You will be able to pick out individual instruments from the whole. When the performance is intimate like a jazz trio, the image and instruments within the soundstage will have appropriate size.

    Resolution & Quiet Grainless Backgrounds

    In addition to the Reference's tonal balance, the latest version excels in providing more resolution. With the The Essence Reference-II power cord, your system's noise floor will disappear into oblivion. Cryogenic processing renders the Reference-II absolutely grainless. Close your eyes and it's not hard to imagine yourself at the original recording venue!

    Customer Reviews - The Essence Power Cord

    "more musical and dynamic, and radically improved performance at the frequency extremes."
    Review of The Essence Reference Power Cord by Peter (Bristol, RI, USA) 2010
    "The Essence cords have made my audio system more musical and dynamic, and radically improved performance at the frequency extremes. Using an Essence cord also substantially upgraded the video on my LCD TV, providing sharper images and more natural colors with less noise. The benefits match buying new components, but at a far lower price!"

    "My Essence products bring me pleasure every time I listen."
    Review of The Essence Power Distributor by Lorin (India) 2000
    Somehow my life's journey carried me to the other side of the world --a world full of color, sound, and unusual aromas. My world is India, a land of refined folk and classical music traditions practiced for hundreds if not thousands of years. To feed my lifelong love of music, I attend around 50 concerts a year and listen to many types of music on my stereo.

    Unfortunately India is also an audio and electronics hell as the climate is severe. We have tremendous heat and dust in the summer as well as 90-100% humidity and 4 months of heavy rain during the monsoon. Living by the Arabian Sea adds another challenge. The salt in the air causes rapid corrosion affecting everything and anything making 25 year old buildings look 100.  Our weather challenges the functioning of mechanical devices and electronics to the max. Normally reliable components become unreliable.  Even my CDs take a toll with the humidity nurturing mold on their surfaces.

    Since early 2000, I’ve used equipment from Essential Sound Products. Electricity is supplied from an Essence Power Distributor thru Essence AC power cords to my Audio Research CD player and Krell integrated amp. The quality of construction of these Essential Sound Products is first rate and they look no different today than they did the day I unpacked them. To hold up so well and to function 8 years in such extreme weather, without problems, speaks loads for Essential Sound's products.

    From day-1 there was a significant improvement relative to the stock cables. The sound became cleaner empowering more of the music to flow through. The soundstage opened and greater transparency became evident. The noise floor lowered, bass tightened, with the sound becoming more liquid. My Essence products bring me pleasure every time I listen. In other words they work as advertised.

    Thank you Essential Sound Products.

    "I have tried a lot of both electronics and cables in my years of hifi, but I have never noticed such a big improvement in my system"
    Review of The Essence Reference power cord and Power Distributor by Anders - Sweden, 2007
    Now I have had the (Essence Reference) Distributor for over 3 weeks and the (Essence Reference) cords for over 2 weeks. I have played a lot of music and when I'm not at home I have put in Ayre's burning in CD.

    The Distributor did a great job with both my stereo system but also TV and DVD. The dynamics were much better and the presentation of the whole music improved a lot. I have read Mark Mickelson's reviews of both units. He thinks the Distributor made the biggest job here, but when I swapped my normal cords to yours, oh my god. First I noticed much much more dynamics and deeper bass but a bit blurred. I knew they need some time one them. This weekend everything come in place - dynamics are there, the bass slam is now much tighter and midrange very natural. The highs extremely real without being to edgy.

    I have tried a lot of both electronics and cables in my years of hifi, but I have never noticed such a big improvement in my system, and we are "only" talking about power distribution here. I am very impressed with your products Michael. I don't know if the units are 100% ready yet but if they will improve more I'm in heaven.

    Michael - can't you start making interconnect and speaker cables soon? Thanks.
    "the most worthwile audio upgrade I have ever made."
    Review of The Essence power cord by "Positive fiction" (Audio Enthusiast), 2003
    This review is part follow up, and part new. I've owned my first Essence for almost four years, and connected to my Bryston 3B, it proved to be the most worthwile audio upgrade I have ever made. In that time, I've upgraded my cables, my cd player, my interconnects and speaker cable, got a Richard Gray Power Company, and even after all that, the Essence is STILL the most positive upgrade in my system.

    A couple of months ago, the opportunity came for me to purchase a second for alot less than I paid for my first, so I jumped on it. It came on Christmas Eve, and after plugging it into various components, it finally found it's home on the back of my preamp. My preamp is the new Parasound Halo P3, which I think is probably the best preamp I've ever heard under a grand. Very musical, rhythmic, and rich yet open sound with an honest midrange. What it lacks in multi buck transparency, it more than makes up for with it's ability to make music sound damn good. The Essence helped take these qualities to a higher level. The sound remained rhythmic, yet the music became more full and rich, without losing any of the openess or midrange purity. The highs became beautiful. Musical textures, like the resonation of the brass from a saxaphone, or a cymbol, sound more realistic in my system than I have ever heard them sound before. Mostly, I notice that the music has more weight and body, without robbing the preamp of any of the virtues it had before. The rhythm is still spot on, the bass is deep and resonant without suffering from bloating. The midrange soundes even more gorgeous than before, and the highs went from clean to delicate and sparkling.

    Admittedly, the difference in sound with The Essence on my preamp wasn't as overwhelmingly obvious as it was with my amplifier, but it was obvious. I tried plugging it into other components, and every component benefited from it's incersion, even my RGPC. Hell, I've even taken it over to my dad's house, and plugged it into his reciever, just to show him how good the damn thing works. Eventually, it ended up on the Halo, which provided the most benefit to the audio signal in my system. Oddly, with other cable companies coming into the forefront, I hear precious little about the Essential Sound Products anymore. It seemed like a lifetime ago, that the Essence seemed to be taking the stereo press by storm. Now they seem like a forgotten trend. Which is sad for the company, but great for guys like me, who can buy them used from people looking for the next hot cable. Let them sell them, and I'll keep saving up money till every component in my system has The Essence plugged into the back of it. I'll even drill into the back of my DVD player, and insert an IEC outlet on the back to put on of these on it, when there's nothing left to plug one into. At it's new price, I enthusiastically recommended it for amplifiers.

    After more than three years, I have yet to discover ONE WAY this cord does not improve the sound of my amplifier over any other cord I have ever used.< At the prices these can be purchased used, I can't imagine why ANYONE wouldn't want to get as many of these things as they can. For amps, for preamps, for CD players, for their computer monitor... I've heard skeptical people say that power doesn't matter, because it doesn't exist in the audio chain. Power cords DO matter, because power (electricity) exists in EVERY LEVEL of the audio chain! Those low level signals don't amplify themselves! Power touches every IC, every Op-Amp, every resistor, every output transistor, taking the original signal (which is electricity), all the way through the speaker cable, until it touches the drivers of the speaker. It has far MORE affect on the sound than any other type of cable I have ever used in my system. Quality of power is EVERYTHING in audio. And, with the Essence, the quality of power is the best I have ever experienced.

    Strengths:
        Music has more body and weight, without stripping any of the original strengths of the original component.

    Weaknesses:
        None. I've listened to them for a long time now, and in my system, I can't find one single way they do anything but make music sound better.

    Similar Products Used:
        Tice, Transparent, Cardas, Mit, Harmonic Tech, and stock power cables. I've never heard anything better anywhere within five hundred dollars of it's RETAIL price range.


    Spending $400.00 on a power cord may not be for everyone, but the improvement in sound was worth far more than that to my ears.
    Review of The Essence power cord by Chris (Audio Enthusiast), 2001
    Borrowed a broken-in Essence power cord from DejaVu audio to test on my modified Jolida 302b. Noticed an immediate and significant improvement from the stock AC cord. The bass sounded tighter and better integrated into the music. The mid and high ranges seemed to blossom. The added depth and "airiness" were particularly noticeable, especially on female vocals. Bought the cord the next day.

    Spending $400.00 on a power cord may not be for everyone, but the improvement in sound was worth far more than that to my ears. It was almost, but not quite, the revelation I had when I first replaced my doddering Onkyo SS with tubes.

    Can't think of any significant weaknesses, at least for the amp. DejaVu audio highly recommended the Essence for use on amps, but was ho hum about its benefit to sources. I'd have to agree. Didn't have as much impact on my CD player.

    Overall, if you're looking to upgrade your power cord - at least for your amp - this is a good one.

    Set up:
        Jolida 302b (modified)
        Arcam Alpha 9 CD
        B&W CDM9NTs
        REL Strata III sub
        XLO Pro 1200 speaker cables
        XLO Pro 125 interconnects

    Strengths:
        Better integrates bass. Opens up mid and high ranges.

    Weaknesses:
        Minor irritation -- hard to twist into place.
    Treble energy became more relaxed, mids seemed to open up, and the bass got subterrain!
    by Jason (Audio Enthusiast)
    Put it on the back of my Bryston 3B-ST, and IMMEDIATELY noticed a difference. Treble energy became more relaxed, mids seemed to open up, and the bass got subterrain! Voices (male especially) became richer, and drum shots resonated longer. Almost makes my Bryston sound like an entirely different amp, but that's not right...it keeps all the virtues of my amp (speed, detail), but adds richness and harmony that were only hinted at before I added the cable. I'll keep this thing for life!!!

    Five overall, and I debated a four for value, but honestly, I can't think of anything even in it's league, so five for value as well (may be the best $500 you spend on your system ever!)

    Strengths:
        Super deep bass, music sounds more natural

    Weaknesses:
        None I can think of...definitely for amps

    Similar Products Used:
        Cardas, Harmonic Tech., Tara Labs, Transparent
    "It seemed to energize the sonics of my amp in a way I can hardly describe."
    Review of The Essence power cord by Joe Mendez (Audiophile), 1998
    I recently auditioned several power cords for use on my amp (Plinius SA100III) and found The Essence cord to be the best. It seemed to energize the sonics of my amp in a way I can hardly describe. It just sounded real good used with my amp. I was not as impressed used into my linestage however.
    "cleaner faster sound with much augmented dynamics and lower extension and smoother, more dynamic highs"
    Review of The Essence power cord by Kimball Corson (Audiophile)
    This is a seriously good product that can radically improve most systems, requires a break in time and works, in part, by reforming the power caps on the unit it is plugged into to hold a bit more voltage, but more importantly, incease its release times. The result is cleaner faster sound with much augmented dynamics and lower extension and smoother, more dynamic highs. I use it with a Blue Circle BC-84 line conditioner plugged into the wall beside it (usinging parallel circuits only) and the difference of the combination is very substantial. The very lower bass is made more weighty. One consequence, though, is that the Illuminations D-60 digital interconnect now sounds too thick and full bodied, and I have gone to an old Brasfield digital interconnect I keep and found sounded the best of all cables I tried on the Theta DACs while searching out the Audio Logic M 34.

    This Essence power cord is very highly recommended. Of the few I know who have tried it, they are blown away. One said it was very much better than the Synergistic Master AC coupler he was using.
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