Definitely a worthwhile difference. I've been using Essence and Essential for years. I also have the Plus Four that I now use for home theater. The Essence and Essential are great values...
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I've had Essence and Essential for several years now. It replaced Signature IC and 123 Speaker Cable.
The upgrade was great but expensive as I bought new from Joe.
Im driving a Simaudio Amp into Focal Sopra#2 speakers.
The combination sounds sweet.
I'm using balanced ICs now but the RCA sounded great too.
I recently added a Plus 4 phono cable and I have some 12" lengths of Plus 4 inside my power amps connecting the input jacks to the first tube. I have been very impressed with the sound of Plus 4 particularly the smooth, even tonal balance. It has a very neutral sound. It is hard to compare phono cables since I use a continuous run from cartridge clips to RCA plugs (the Discovery cable has a joint where the Plus 4 is connected to the tonearm wiring). But in my power amps I have tried all sorts of connecting wires including Duelund silver ribbon and Neotech silver, and I like Plus 4 the best.
In years past I had an Essence interconnect and I have to say I was not as pleased with it. It always seemed to add too much warmth and it was a little soft on leading edge transients. I have never compared the Essence and Plus 4 head to head so I can't say for sure but I think the Plus 4 may actually have a more neutral tonal balance.