are you referring to the essence audio that made gems,topaz and amythist speakers?
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I just purchased a pair of used Essence amps which I am running with the Talon Khorus speakers. I recently sold my Tact Milleneum amp which itself was terrific but the essence mono amps(my amps have been upgraded by Dale)are several steps above the Tact and provide a wide and well defined/layered soundstage with tremendously lush non solid state sound and great detail. I couldn't be happier other than the fact that these amps are very heavy (they are about 90 lbs each). Dale himself has a terrific reputation among a select group of audiophiles and is apparenly finalizing a new stereo amp as well as speakers.
Essence makes the best sounding amps and preamps I have ever heard. It is fair to ask if any component is worth that kind of money. If you decide the answer is yes you should try to audition Essence products. I think they are a good value it that price range as nothing else I have heard sounds nearly as good. Dale Pitcher has givven me outstanding personal service over the years.