Northstar DAC Essensio
The Northstar DAC Essensio was in my system for about a week and I had a chance for a brief close study of this device. Five digital inputs with an asynchronous USB input working until 32bit/192khz providing many features found at higher price ranges in an affordable price. In the box I found the device a usb cable, a power cable, with the owner's manual that contains also a CD inside the pages with the drivers needed for the proper function of the DAC in windows XP or 7 environment as well as for Mac PC's or Macbooks.
Build in a medium-small sized chassis, it has good build and fine connectors quality. It has an excellent function with quick lock on sample rate with fast and secure relay function.
Sonic performance is excellent for the price range providing a good upgrade on your old or cheap cd source. It haw excellent results with standard resolution digital recordings but it's best comes at high resolution bitstreams. Big soundstage, good level of detail and rich bass are it's highlights. It sure that will please the owner for the amount of money it costs