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I had one of these amps and it actually made Dunlavy speakers almost tolerable.
I even heard it make Thiel speakers sound good. This amp must be magic. So I put it in my car stereo where I had these horrible Focal speakers. Unfortunately it caught my alternator on fire 3 min. later along with wiring harness.That's a $3500 repair on a BMW.
Thus it is back in my home system. I was able to sell my Wilson MAXX speakers and get a pair of Jensen 16x9 tri-axial speakers because this amp made them sound as good.
So amp arrived and my first impression was it looks like a piece of art big and heavy built like a tank. got it hooked up and the first thing i noticed was how it took control of the subs gave them nice punch. 20 minutes later i noticed how things going on in the background became clear as a bell, I really dont know how to explain the sound im not going to use all kinds of audiophile jargon lets just say sound not only sounded live but alive and the way it made sound behave made my jaw drop. next i noticed how powerful it is, I have my dial set between 7 and 8 o clock and it fills 1364 sq ft without a problem. So I turned it up to 10 o clock I think we were at 90db and it was still clear as a bell and did not fatigue the ears. This amp has the speed of a Porche 911 and the power of a tank but still a gentle giant. I can say that this is the last amp I will ever buy I've never heard any amp that can touch it.
So 6 months have passed since the purchase of the Essence amp since then i ended up with Dales higher end interconnects and speaker cables and those changes made my system so organic and effortless sounding. I can say with an honest face that my search for what is perfect sound to me is over, the only thing i could do a very serious upgrade on is one of Dales pre amps which are very hard to find plus i couldnt afford it even at a used price. one thing i forgot to mention was i also bought a Shunyata King Cobra pwr cable for my pre which was heavily modded by Dale and that was the icing on the cake.
Not sure how many watts there's no published specs. I have been told by a local dealer it has taken down 1000 watt amps, im in a 1364sq ft room and it fills it with no prob at low vol levels. i would never sell my amp but... i know a local dealer who has a set essence mono blocks for sale and ive heard them on Dales Danili speakers and they're unreal.