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ASUS Essence 3 User Manual

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Essence 3
Hi-Fi USB DAC (Digital-to-Anolog Converter)

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  • Page 1: User Manual

    Essence 3 Hi-Fi USB DAC (Digital-to-Anolog Converter) User manual...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Connecting digital audio input devices using AES / EBU / TOSLINK / COA .................1-15 Connecting an iPhone / iPad / iPod (Smart Devices) using AUX IN ....................1-15 Connecting an EX-IrDA receiver ................................1-16 Connecting high-end headphones / headset ............................1-16 Connecting an active speaker set directly ............................1-16 Specifications ..................................1-17 ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 4: Safety Information

    Do not attempt to repair or disassemble this product. Consult a qualified technician or professional for service or repairs. Use tools to replace the fuse. Fuse The fuse holder is located next to the power connector at the rear panel of the device. The fuse used is 250V/1A. ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 5: Philosophy

    Aesthetically Pleasing ASUS is well known for its quality control, but beyond the hard and cold facts of humidity storage and drop test, there’s the soft appeal and the intrinsic properties that we look into when it comes to material selection. Whether it is sweat-proof and finger print free surface finish, an elegant color palette or smooth curvatures, it is our commitment to bring a state-of-art audio with innovative material application and usage.
  • Page 6: Feature Summary

    Hassle-free left/right balance calibration via exclusive software • Essence 3 comes with an exclusive software for volume calibration that you can run a simple test of the left/right channel balance and perform correction if needed. Most products that come with such tweaking ability require the use of additional equipment to determine how unbalanced the system is, making it extremely hard for non-pros to perform such task.
  • Page 7: Product Lineup

    8X Upsampling output minimizes Upsampling to balance calibration to 384kHz to 384kHz unwanted pop 384kHz via exclusive software noise Additional Fully balanced design Features with single-channel DACs Separate boards for analog, digita, and power circuitry minimize interference ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 8: Design Highlights

    Asynchronous data transfer A PC uses a different clock system from Essence 3 and hence a buffer will monitor the data speed such that when the PC clock is firing too fast, this is regulated and the data transfer feed is adjusted to slow down. This greatly improves the precision of digital audio and provides more detail with less listening fatigue.
  • Page 9 JRC Muse02: high-purity oxygen free copper for lossless sound reproduction and assembled with Advanced Symmetry Die- Bonding (ASD) technology for super low cross talk. • TI OPA2227P: This op-amp is especially good for using on DC Servo. ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 10: Package Contents

    Insert the ASUS Essence 3 Support CD into your optical drive. Proceed to Step 5, if Autorun is enabled on your computer and the driver setup screen appears. If Autorun is not enabled on your computer, perform step 2.
  • Page 11: Functionality

    Standalone Digital-to-Analog Converter - DVD Players - AV Receivers - Home Theatre Systems - Speakers and amplifiers USB Digital-to-Analog Converter - Laptops - Desktops iPhone / iPad / iPod Edit High-end Headphones and Headsets Hardware features Front Panel ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 12: Rear Panel

    Power On/Off Press to power off/on Essence 3. Output selection Press to select output device such as speaker or headphone. Input selection Press to select audio input source: USB, TOSLINK, Coaxial (COA), AES/EBU (AES3), or AUX audio input. Input selection/Bit perfect indicator The corresponding LED will light up to show which audio source has been selected.
  • Page 13: Remote Control

    Ex-IrDA Connect an IR receiver to this port if the Essence 3 does not have direct line of sight to the remote control. USB Audio 1.0/2.0 Use this switch to toggle between USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 audio support. Set USB audio to 1.0 for Plug-and-Play on a PC.
  • Page 14: Connectivity Options

    Laptop/Portable Desktop PC Connect a USB B-A type cable to the Essence 3's rear USB connector to one of the USB ports on the desktop PC or laptop. Power on the Essence 3 and select USB input using the front panel or remote control. Ensure that the USB LED is on.
  • Page 15: Connecting Digital Audio Input Devices Using Aes / Ebu / Toslink / Coa

    Connecting digital audio input devices using AES / EBU / TOSLINK / COA Option3 EX-IrDA Bypass Audio VOLTAGE AC IN Option2 Option1 Digital Outputs Connecting an iPhone / iPad / iPod (Smart Devices) using AUX IN iPhone / iPad / iPod EX-IrDA Bypass Audio VOLTAGE AC IN ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 16: Connecting An Ex-irda Receiver

    Audio VOLTAGE AC IN Connecting high-end headphones / headset Option #1 Left and right mini-XLR connector Option #2 6.3mm connector High-end headphones/headsets Connecting an active speaker set directly EX-IrDA Bypass Audio VOLTAGE AC IN Active Speaker System ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 17: Specifications

    3 x S/PDIF in (1 x Optical (Toslink) /1 x Coaxial / 1x AES-EBU), 2 x AUX in Power Input Jack: none Volume controller 24-step volume control Power input range AC 100~240V Continued on the next page ASUS Essence 3...
  • Page 18 Mini XLR to XLR x 2 XLR to RCA x 1 RCA to RCA x 1 The Essence One supports Mac OS X 10.8 or later version without any driver OS Support needed. * Specifications are subject to change without notice. ASUS Essence 3...

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