FS: Asus Essence III DAC/Amp (MSRP 2,000)

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  1. Cotnijoe
    Type:
    For Sale
    Currency:
    USD
    Price:
    850
    Ship to:
    •   United States
    Up for sale is a unit that many might not be as familiar with.

    Launched as Asus' flagship around 2014, the unit was winning awards left and right, including the very prestigious EISA Award over in Europe. However, the unit was, for whatever reason, never released in the US itself.

    Since most people have likely never heard of this unit, I thought I'd give a quick summary of it. It's an incredibly versatile piece that can handle most inputs that you throw at it. Sound-wise, it's not one to grab you right off the bat, but switch back to other DACs made these days trying to go for a "reference sound," and you realize instantly how annoyingly aggressive and forward a lot of DACs can sound and how much more of a comfortable and natural listening experience the E3 can be.

    The one issue that the Asus REALLY got wrong with the E3 is it's headphone output. It uses dual mini-XLR for balanced headphone out and comes with a comically large set of adaptors for those that want to use either dual XLR or 4 pin XLR. My suggestion is either use it as a DAC, which it excels at, or spend the extra bit of money and get a proper cable for it. I'll have a picture of the adaptor here.

    Other than 2 very tiny knicks which I've noted in the 5th picture, there's no other imperfections with the unit. It'll come with original packaging and accessories.

    The unit retails for around 2000 USD, and I'm looking to let it go for 850. I'll cover shipping costs but please cover paypal fees.

    Here's some extra info regarding the unit.

    John Grandberg's (Project86) Review: http://headphone.guru/asus-essence-iii-dac/

    Product Page: https://www.asus.com/us/Essence-Hi-Fi-Audio/Essence_III/

    IN ADDITION: If you're interested, I can throw in a Audio Art Cables IC-3SE XLR cable (1 meter) along with the unit for an additional 150 USD. Retail for this cable is 530 USD.

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    Last edited: Sep 21, 2018 at 2:38 PM
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  2. Cotnijoe
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  3. Cotnijoe
    Bump and drop to 1000
     
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  5. Cotnijoe
    Bump and drop to 900!
     
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  7. Cotnijoe
    Bump and drop to 850.
     
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