From an exceptionally satisfied user of the Essential Sound Products, Essence Reference II power cords: It is easy to skeptical about the potential for a substantial improvement to an already wonderful high-end audio power cord, specifically the Essence Reference, by changing the connectors. If you are skeptical, don't be. I took that leap of faith because of Michael Griffin's credibility in designing and rendering exceptional power cord products for many years! I have never been disappointed in him or his products so I traded my already exceptional Essence Reference cords for three new Essence Reference II cords, outfitted with Furutech connectors.
The new connectors allowed the potential of Mike Griffin's exceptional power cord design to come into full bloom and to be more fully appreciated. The improvements were not subtle! In every respect, the highs became airier, more easeful and extended. The mid-range was more fleshed-out with instruments like the piano, guitar and human voice having more body and dimension, and the bass became more profound and tuneful by exhibiting more texture with increased dynamic qualities. The bass was also tighter and more controlled. All of these qualities greatly enhanced the totality of the musical presentation in a more effortless way, with all of these aspects of the musical realm coming together to create a coherent and joyful musical experience.
I listen to a wide variety of musical genres from solo human voice and acoustic instruments, to full orchestral presentations and very profound pipe organ music. The Essence Reference II power cords have handled them all with equal aplomb and ease.
At age seventy and with several decades of being infected with that well-known disease, "audiophilia," I have never enjoyed the reproduction of recorded music in my home environment as much as I have since I have incorporated the Essence Reference II power cords into my very high-end music system! If you currently own and are enjoying the glories of the Essence Reference power cord, the upgrade to the Essence Reference II is not just another small, incremental improvement....it is PROFOUND and it will be obvious! You will not have to strain your ears to sense some micro-improvement...this improvement is the "real thing!"
Charles Cathey (USA)