Awards & Reviews
Best New Product of 2016
My favorite DAC of the past few years got a major overhaul in 2016. It now sports a pair of the new ES9028 Pro DAC chips each running in what I’ll call “octo-mono mode” for absurd levels of clarity and refinement.
Grandberg – Part Time Audiophile – December 24th, 2016 Read Full Review
The Best Ultra-Compact DAC: Resonessence Labs Herus+
It’s one of the smallest digital-to-analog converters that we’ve seen, but it punches way above its size and weight, offering top-of-the-line support for even the highest-resolution files like DXD and DSD.
Greg – Truly Gadgets – October 20th, 2016 Read Full Review
Resonessence Labs INVICTA: the ultimate demo DAC
“Resonessence Labs DAC’s most ingenious feature… An SD card socket eliminates the need for third party streamer, server, PC or Mac. … Load up an SD card with tunes, … there’s no hint of delay in making the card’s file/folder contents accessible … combining DAC and transport under a single roof sees their flagship/s’ portability, robust build quality, SD card feed and outboard display combine to a heady proposition. Show exhibitors .. dealers wanting customer demos to be more hands on would do well to consider either of the Resonessence Labs statement decoders.”
John H. Darko – DigitalAudioReview.net – August 30, 2015 Read Full Review
Resonessence Labs Invicta Review
“The move from dedicated DAC to headphone harbinger here didn’t dramatically alter the results of the previously-outlined Canada vs China DAC stand off; a clear testament to Resonessence Labs’ engineering prowress. The INVICTA’s slight edge with tonal gloss and wetness over the AURALiC Vega still presents.”
John H. Darko – DigitalAudioReview.net – April 5, 2015 Read Full Review
Absolute Sound – November 29th, 2014
Great Things Do Come In Small Packages
“So in the end, I am giving the Resonnessence Labs Concero HP two big thumbs up! I think they have passed my final test; the “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” test and I did purchase the review sample. I found that it is the perfect workplace setup for me.”
Peter Pialis – Headphone.Guru – March 18, 2015 Read Full Review
A Herus For Everyone
“I thought the Herus+ came off very refined. In fact, so much so that I found myself jumping from album to album just see how it reacts to different types of metal I could throw at it. In every case though, I found the Herus+ to be an absolute joy to listen to, and never giving a hint of its presence in the chain.”
Alex – Metal-Fi – March 12, 2015 Read Full Review
A Tiny Little Wonder
“If you’re looking for an all-in-one workplace or on the go USB DAC/amplifier combination, it’s hard to think of any other I could recommend (especially at this price point of $350). The ability to play everything from 44.1kHz files right up to 352.8kHz monster files and from PCM to DSD 64/128, is a feat unto itself.”
Peter Pialis – Headphone.Guru – March 3, 2015 Read Full Review
Happily live with the MIRUS
“I think the highest compliment I can pay to the INVICTA Mirus is that this is one DAC I could happily live with. It is basically an uncolored, highly dynamic, and easy-to-listen to DAC that was always musically engaging in its presentation. The galvanic isolation found in the Mirus results in sound, that when using a computer, is very close to the sound obtained with the built-in SD card source.”
Steven Plaskin – AudioStream.com – March 3, 2015 Read Full Review
“Best DAC of 2014” award!
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Hi-Fi World January 2105
Happy CONCERO HD Customer (we could not resist sharing this unsolicited testimonial)
I own several systems [after significant] investment so I`m relatively serious about audio. As a hobby, I`m a Jazz guitarist, so I have developed decent pitch over the years, I plugged in your HD DAC and my wife and I were listening to DSD last evening… You have an issue. Your DAC is severely under-priced, and exceeded my expectations in every way – smooth, rich, & beautiful vibrant timbres to the mids. I simply cannot believe this gem is [less than] $1000 CDN. Congrats in delivering such an outstanding product! … dude you have a winner.
R.E. – September 28th, 2014
Resonessence Labs Invicta Mirus DACs
The Invicta Mirus was so good that it forced the spotlight away from itself and onto the supporting gear, the recording, and the ability of my brain to discern what I was hearing. In short, the DAC was quite simply one of the best I had ever heard, at any price. Musicality and resolution in perfect harmony. … for an all-out assault on the state of the art the Invicta Mirus is the one as far as I’m concerned. Audition it at your own peril.
John Grandberg – Headphone Guru – September 8th, 2014 Link to Review
One of the best DACs we’ve come across, a tour-de-force in digital engineering. .. sets new standards in both technical specifications and sound …
To put it bluntly, the Resonessence has the ability to truly beguile with its sound. Instruments are not just well-reproduced, they are almost solid in front of you.
The Mirus possesses the best measured performance of any DAC we have measured to date, by quite a large margin.
Resonessence’s Invicta Mirus is among that select group of components that deserves whole-hearted recommendation.
John Myles and Noel Keywood – Hi-Fi World – September, 2014
Resonessence Labs Concero HD and Concero HP. Champagne sound on a Cava budget.
“Wall of Sound Gold Star Award for both the Concero HD and Concero HP.”
I was, like many others, awestruck by the Kelowna, B.C.-based company’s DACs. Every single one of them. Don’t be fooled by the small footprint; this thing may walk softly but it carries a big stick. In sum, most audiophiles would be perfectly content with the Concero HD, and nothing but the Concero HD, in their main rig. It’s that good. Likewise, the Concero HP was so damn good…
Tim Smith – Wall of Sound – August 20th, 2014 Link to Review
REV 9 Comments on the HERUS.
I first learned about HERUS in a brief mention by a reviewer in Stereophile. The product was so intriguing and reasonably priced that I bought one in February of this year. Besides, I have several high-end audio components in my home systems from Canadian companies that are superb performers. My experience with HERUS has been one of amazement and great satisfaction. It is one of those special components that just works. Truly plug ‘n play. “Bullet-proof.” Its portability and “function-density” are impressive. That it also drives audiophile headphones on iPhone power is a game-changer. The best available studio master song files can now be enjoyed anywhere we go. And its performance (with suitable connector) as the universal DAC of a high-end home stereo is astonishing. That can’t be! But it is.
Desmond Fretz, Rev 9, August 11th, 2014
Resonessence labs wins prestigious Golden Ear award from The Absolute Sound Magazine.
August 5th, 2014
Resonessence Labs Concero HD: Another Home Run
… this is absolutely the best DAC I have had the pleasure of listening to. …the energy level on this DAC is unreal. If you feel your system is lacking a little bit in the energy department, this might be just the DAC for you. Bottom line: this is a terrifically musical DAC!
Dave – Headfonia, July 8th, 2014 Link to Review
The most highly respected High End Audio magazine in Japan gives Resonessence Labs a clean sweep in it’s latest product awards – June 2014
Gold Prize Winner: INVICTA MIRUS / HERUS / CONCERO HP
General Prize Winner: INVICTA V2 / CONCERO HD
In trying to nail the Mirus’ core sonic qualities I kept returning to two words: density and smoothness. The Mirus better communicates music as a whole rather than the sum of composite parts …
The biggest headline is this: if there were an audible difference between SD card playback and the Antipode DS music server lassoed with Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB cable, I couldn’t pick it. Wowsers!
This DAC is one that I’ve lived with for almost twelve months and the longest period I’ve thus far committed to a review. That’s three sustained killer blows from one box…a knockout. DAR-KO award.
John H. Darko – Digital Audio Review – June 26th, 2014 Link to Review
Resonessence Labs Herus DAC/Headphone Amplifier: Big Sound From Mini-Converter
Clean, quiet, smooth and plenty of detail … High-end DACs from 5-10 years ago don’t sound this easy on the ears… yet another winner…the teeny Herus is a downright super bargain at $350. Great sound with a smooth, detailed character, good separation and the ability to drive most headphones … Resonessence is now three for three in Everything Audio Network Stellar Sound Awards.
John Gatski – Everything Audio Network – June 26th, 2014 Link to Review
The Herus is what I’d call “functionally transparent”. It just played everything, with no objections in the form of relay clicks or other tomfoolery. If you do a lot of travelling and want a rig to accompany you, Herus plus compatible tablet is a fantastic solution. After auditioning many of the options in this relatively new segment, Herus stands out as one of the few I can recommend based strictly on sound quality. […] Herus offers the total package,
John Grandberg – InnerFidelity – June 17th, 2014 Link to Review
Resonessence Labs Mirus DAC
How do I love this DAC? Let me count the ways. … It is simply the best digital source I have ever had in the house.
Tim Smith – Wall of Sound Audio Reviews – June 9th, 2014 Link to Review
Three Miniature portable USB DaCs, Music on the Go
Herus plays back my DSD files perfectly without a single odd noise, hesitation, or drop out… I was, again, impressed by its overall sound quality.The Herus produced a level of sound quality that rivaled any DSD DAC I’d heard, regardless of price.
Steven Stone – Absolute Sound Buyers Guide to High End Affordable Audio, June 2014 Link to PDF Document
Resonessence Labs’ Invectus Mirus DAC
Mirus offers detailed, transparent sound with large soundstage, both left to right and front to back. It offers not only lively, extended range extremes but also rich, smooth, colorful midrange that is a must if almost any music is to sound right. There is one sound feature that makes Mirus quite unique—on one hand it seems to offer very neutral sound, on the other it is still warm enough to make vocals and acoustic instruments sound natural. Congratulations to … Resonessence Labs … gentlemen, you’ve created an outstanding product!
Marek Dyba – Positive Feedback ISSUE 73 May/June 2014 Link to Review
Resonessence Labs HERUS: The Canadian HERO
I’m very impressed and I honestly can’t say one bad word about the DAC part, this is how a DAC is supposed to sound for me. I have heard a lot of bigger and more expensive DACs that didn’t get to this level of sound reproduction. In the end this Resonessence Labs device is an absolute winner. It’s well made, looks good and sounds fabulous.
Lieven – Headfonia, May 20th, 2014 Link to Review
Resonessence Labs Invicta Mirus Digital-to-Analog Converter
It would be no exaggeration to say that the Mirus was as good at detail retrieval as any DAC I’ve heard in my system. Microdetail was superb, but so were macrodynamics. The Invicta Mirus had no real downsides. It’s a fabulous DAC.
[…]look no further than this little puppy for all your digital needs. Regardless of the pedigree of the rest of your gear, the Resonessence Invicta Mirus will fit in just fine.
Jeff Fritz – Sound Stage Ultra review, May 15th 2014 Link to Review
Resonessence Concero HP: The Canadian DAC/AMP
I would highly suggest you check out the Concero HP without further delay. It is wonderful. .. for the love of all that is holy, give the Concero HP a spin. This is a wonderfully balanced, wonderful sounding unit. It plays great with a wide variety of headphones (and IEMs as well). It is easy to use …, and I found the customer service at Resonessence Labs to be first rate. Anyway you go about it; you owe it to yourself to hear this unit.
Dave – Headfonia, April 30th, 2014 Link to Review
DSD vs PCM with Resonessence Labs Herus DAC & Steely Dan
FOMO. Fear of missing out. I’ve been using the Resonessence Labs Herus in various system configurations for a good few months and not once have I been troubled by FOMO. Fear of missing out on a better sound from bigger, badder, more expensive DACs — e.g. Resonessence Labs’ own INVICTA Mirus, the AURALiC Vega, Metrum Hex or Aqua La Scala MKII. It’s THAT good.
John H. Darko– Digital Audio review, February 16, 2014 Link to Review
Hifi Pig: Resonessence Labs Herus Headphone Amplifier with Integrated DAC
The Herus …came across to me fantastically, the amplifier inside is very powerful .., driving these headphones to volume levels I really never expected..
The transparency, accuracy and robust presentation of the Herus is absolutely astonishing, .. The resolution, detail, excellent dynamics and balance that the Herus has is pretty awesome.
Danny Worth– Hifi Pig, December 18, 2013 Link to Review
Magazine-audio – Best of 2013 Award
French language Audio Magazine award the CONCERO HP and CONCERO HD “Best of 2013”
December 4, 2013 Link to Review
INNERFIDELITY: Small and Mighty: The Resonessence Labs Concero HP
“The Concero HP plays pretty much anything you can throw at it without batting an eyelash. … The result was…stunning. I’d not heard .. sound so good this side of $5,000 worth of gear. I’m confident enough in the HP to bestow upon it the Wall of Fame award. That means it’s among the absolute best I’ve encountered for anywhere near the price .. a brilliant device that I really can’t recommend strongly enough.
John Grandberg– innerfidelity, December 4, 2013 Link to Review
CYMBACAVUM: Resonessence Labs Concero HP: USB-Powered Tour-De-Force
“I just want to keep listening…The Concero HP is simply the best-sounding USB-powered device that I’ve ever heard. There’s really no other competition.”
“Also, forget about the rumors you’ve heard that systems with ESS DACs in the chain sound analytical and dry — the Concero HP is anything but.”
Mr. T – CYMBACAVUM, November 8th 2013 Link to Review
Absolute Sound Magazine votes HERUS as best in Class DAC at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
“Best Sound (highest value) – The best budget sound at the show was in Marriot tower room 6009 on Friday at 10:30 PM when I hooked up the new Resonessence Herus ($350) USB DAC to my MacPro portable and played my own 5.6 DSD recordings. As I listened through a pair of Audio-Technica AW-3000 headphones I was transported back to the moment the recordings were made. The Herus produced a level of sound quality that rivaled any DSD DAC I’ve heard, regardless of price.”
Steven Stone – Absolute Sound Magazine, October 18th 2013 Link to Review
Confessions of Part Time Audiophile commenting on Resonessence:
“Resonessence Labs started out with a single product – the flagship Invicta DAC ($3999).
That model remains my reference, and is one of the best DACs I’ve experienced at any price.”
“the crew at Resonessence Labs are some of the most responsive I’ve yet encountered in this industry.”
“So let’s recap for a minute here. Concero HD. Tiny USB powered DAC with bleeding edge ESS Sabre chip, advanced format support, selectable upsampling with proprietary filters, excellent build quality, and bonus USB to SPDIF functionality. All for under a grand. Its simplicity and size make it highly transportable, while its sound quality makes it plenty capable for home use. Another giant slayer from Resonessence Labs? Absolutely. Highly recommended.”
John Grandberg – Confessions of Part Time Audiophile, October 5th 2013 Link to Review
“It is obvious that I was more than impressed by the Resonessence Concero HP. The DAC/headphone performance puts it up there with more costly DACs, including its nearly $5,000 big brother Resonessence Invicta.”
John Gadski – Publisher, Everything Audio Network, Sept 2013 Link to Review
“The Concero is for anyone using a highly resolving computer based sound system looking for a natural sounding usb dac that will not break the bank and get you fantastic soundstage, great instrument separation, solid bass, pure mids and extended highs…. If you are looking to get into a USB dac that you can live with for many years, the Concero should be on your list, there isn’t much else that I have heard that will deliver a payoff this big.”
Keith Bevan – Digital Audio Directions, May 2013 Link to Review
“I can think of no greater bang for the buck currently available in the budget digital space. Hands down a triumph of innovation and sonic flair. Resonessence Labs CONCERO exceeds expectations by a healthy margin and then some.”
John Darko – March 2013 – TONE Audio Review Full Review (.pdf)
“Final thoughts – I will stop babbling now and just say that my purchase of the Resonessence Labs INVICTA was one of the best tech purchases I have ever made.”
Steve – March 2013 – INVICTA Owner Link to Review
CONCERO makes the Editor’s best buy list!
Jeff Fritz – March 2013 – Ultra Audio Link to Review
“The Concero is a fundamentally good value that stands out in a crowded field with a well-chosen set of features and a focus on bringing the most out of good recordings for a surprisingly affordable price.”
Sathyan Sundaram – March 2013 – Sound Stage Network Link to Review
Malcolm Gomes – February 2013 – Stereomojo Link to Review
“Let’s cut to the chase: the Invicta is one of the three best experiences I’ve heard with DSD sources.The Invicta is at the top level of DSD; close to a mastertape.”
Lynn Olson – January 2013 – Positive Feedback Link to Review
“In summary, I’m immensely pleased with Resonessence Labs and their accomplishment here. This is truly a standout DAC in a field of great competition”.
Project86 – December 2012 – Head-fi.org Link to Review
“High resolution classical recordings are simply stunning through the Concero as are jazz ensembles where wind, fingers, bow, strings, brass, wood, and sticks on skins are responsible for the sounds we hear.”
Michael Lavorgna – December 2012 – Head-fi.org Link to Review
“The Invicta ia a remarkable product in many way, the more so for being Resonessence Labs’ first. It is clearly a technical reference among sub $5K DACs.”
Keith Howard and Paul Miller – December 2012 – Hi-Fi News (UK) View full Review (.pdf)
“When I first ordered the Concero, I was planning to give it what I thought would be a severe test: a head-to-head against my Ayre QB-9. That didn’t come to pass, as I got a very fair offer for the Ayre and it’s now on its way to its new home. So for now I’m just sort of ambling through my music collection (which fills more than half of a 4Tb RAID array), listening for fun. And boy howdy, am I having fun. Detail extraction and resolution on the Concero is pretty remarkable. As I said in the INVICTA thread, listening to the Baltimore Symphony recording of the Dvorak “New World” symphony was the next best thing to having the score open on my desk. It’s also capable of impressing with its dynamics. The beginning of the final movement of the Poulenc Gloria, with the tenors blasting out of a totally black background, is spectacular (same thing when Keith’s guitar jumps out of nowhere at the beginning of “Brown Sugar.”). I can’t wait to hear the Janowitz/Fischer-Dieskau/Berlin State Opera recording of “Carmina Burana” on the Concero.”
Burnspbesq – November 2012 Head-fi.org Link to Post
“The Resonessence Labs Invicta DAC rang most of my listening preferences bells & whistles like a champ. I found it neither too hot, nor too cold. “Which is to say if you’re looking for a DAC (and preamp and dual headphone amp) to connect you to your music in a wonderfully transparent and engrossing way, I would point you to the Resonnessence Labs Invicta without reserve or hesitation.” There, I said it again.”
AudioStream – Sept 2012 Full Review
“The headphone jacks on most components are usually afterthoughts, when they’re included at all, but Resonessence Labs has given them as much attention as the Invicta’s line outputs…..The Invicta’s essentially nonexistent noise floor meant that it was equally compatible with highly efficient ’phones and even in-ear monitors. Bass was weighty, highs were extended, and the midrange was clean and even. Resolution of low-level detail was truly astonishing.”
“In conclusion: The Invicta’s build quality, inside and out, is at least commensurate with its price of $3995, if not above. More than any of its other virtues, it is the smooth, relaxed character that sets the Invicta apart from its competition, and that I believe will win it a large following.”
Soundstage Network – July 2012 Full Review
INVICTA: “A brilliantly realized product. Resonessence Labs have thrown down the gauntlet to other, more established manufacturers with this release. Audition is absolutely essential.”
Jake – June 2012 HiFi Pig Full Review
“And the Invicta DAC hardly sounds like anything at all beyond what you feed it. There’s a purity to the overall presentation, from bottom to tippy top (I also noted that notes in the upper registers sounded sweet), from macro movement to micro details and everything in between that just screams music. In other words there was nothing about the Invicta’s presentation that distracted from the music.”
Michael Lavorgna – May 2012 Audiostream Full Review
“Ignorance is bliss in Hi-Fi and can save you a lot of money. Well my perspective has been well and truly damaged irreparably. Let’s just get it out of the way: the Invicta is simply the best headphone source I have listened to. I do not claim to have heard most of the demo material live (Alicia Keys apart). The Invicta just makes music sound right. Balanced yet not ‘neutral’. The presentation definitely is not flat. That would only be boring. No distortion. The Invicta handled everything thrown at it with aplomb. Indeed no detectable bias towards any particular aspect of the sound. Bass, mids and treble were all clearly definable. What is particularly extraordinary is hearing everything given its own space and sense of “air”.”
“In terms of timbre instruments have never sounded so ‘correct’ to these untrained ears. Cymbal reproduction is so perfect. Many systems mask cymbals (mainly due to bass and mid bias), or it is an uncontrolled weak and limp splish-splash. In addition the decay of instrument notes is all present. On so many systems it would not be detectable or again, masked. Not so with the Invicta. Almost like I am feeling the vibrations in person as the note slowly fades.”
AV Forums Member – March 2012 United Kingdom Full Review Text
“There are many high quality DACs that will give you immense listening pleasure for around an hour; but beyond that, fatigue sets in and you feel like you have had enough. Not so with the Invicta. I had listening sessions that exceeded 7 hours at a time and I still felt like keeping the session going. I guess this is a reflection of the attention to detail that Resonessence Labs showered on the each and every part of the Invicta. All those efforts have been successful in eliminating the course and grainy sound that I have found on lesser DACs. Instead, the sound is as velvety smooth as a baby’s bottom. The subtleties and nuances of each harmonic structure is so delicately rendered, they are not just easy to follow, but are also quite pleasurable to listen to. The timbre is spot on, which brings the sound fairly close to what you hear at a live performance.
“One aspect where most DACs are found wanting is in the reproduction of the very soft passages, where details get either drowned out or muddied. Here is where the Invicta really shines. When listening to ‘Walking on the moon’ by the Yuri Honing Trio, the Invicta delivered the very soft passages with micro details that only a handful of DACs I have heard, were able to reproduce. Comparison to an electron microscope would not be inappropriate!”
Malcolm Gomes – February 2012 Stereomojo Full Stereomojo Text
“Have been testing the invicta dac for a while with my legendary Grado HP-2 headphones. The bass reproduction and transient response is the best I’ve heard with my Grados and it drove the hifi HE-500 orthodynamics very very well. Bass was very tight and the impact is deep. The hard hitting bass is very enjoyable to listen. According to my ears, I believe the invicta has a high-end high quality built-in headphone amp that’s better than some headphone amps that cost $1000. I also had the invicta fed the audio-gd C-2 headphone amplifier to see if I could experience this type of bass control and fast attacks. To my amazement, the bass control and performance is still there coming of the C-2 but the invicta’s own headphone amp has a slight edge in the bass and transparency department. This led me to believe that the pre-amp is of high quality as well.”
Vince – January 2012 Edmonton, CA
“I have to say that after just a few listening sessions, I was impressed by the headphone amplifier in the INVICTA. Versus my other converter phone outputs and even my AVA preamp’s output, my AKG K701s headphones never sounded better.”
“On classical music, the INVICTA’s accuracy shined its light on strings. On the 2L Music Blu-ray Ole Bull Violin Concerto (24-bit, 192 kHz sample rate), the rich, multidimensional tones of the violin came alive, but not a hint of strident overtones or harshness emerged. Man, do I like this DAC.”
“The Beatles playback was never less than spectacular with the INVICTA — the 24-bit remaster reveals space and analog resolution that is simply amazing, and the INVICTA brings it all out.”
“And even more important, the sound quality — via its state-of the art design and premium parts selection — compares well with, or even exceeds, the best DACs out there. The headphone amp may be the best I have ever heard with high-resolution music.”
“Kudos to Resonessence Labs for taking the ESS chip, making a high-performance standalone DAC and then adding all the bells and whistles that make it current and, for now, future proof. Does it get an Everything Audio Network Stellar Sound Award. You have to ask?”
John Gadski – Dec 2011 Publisher, Everything Audio Network Full Everything Audio Network Text
“Invicta has a world class preamp section. I used the USB connection as I found this the best sounding out of the ones I was able to try. I will say right here this dac has the best transient response of any dac I have ever heard and it has the best bass control of any I have heard as well. Voices sound completely real and the right size. Pipe organ recording are so real it is uncanny. This dac also has pin point imaging for those who value that aspect.It is important to get the set-up right or it can sound slightly edgy. However properly set-up the highs are extended and sweet with an airiness around the individual performers….If I was a recording engineer and could buy any dac on the planet I would probably buy the Invicta.”
Canuck525 – December 2011 head-fi.org
“I’ve now had approximately 100 hours + of “break-in” time and I can honestly say that virtually everything that project86 described in his review about the Invicta is absolutely true, and perhaps then some. It is REALLY that good! It’s hard to describe every detail of why I think it sounds so good, but perhaps the best thing I can say is that it makes music sound more real than any other dac I’ve owned or heard. What particularly stood out for me was the portrayal of performers in their correct spatial positions, and this was not accompanied by any exaggerated or artificially enhanced soundstage. This may be in large part due to this dac’s excellent ability to resolve low-level detail but I suspect it may go much beyond this. Going along with this was an amazing sense of “air” surrounding the various performers. Another particularly pleasing characteristic was that all frequencies of the sound spectrum had a “just right” balance, with no under- or overemphasis apparent. In no way did the music seem strident, bassy or unbalanced. Dynamic range was outstanding. The overall presentation was immensely enjoyable and completely non-fatiguing, and this was true even of recordings of somewhat lesser quality, but obviously the dac’s best qualities are brought out by the highest quality source material. In some ways this is all the more remarkable since my listening so far has been with only 16/44 recordings……
“Comments on the headphone amp: ….using my HD800s, which have an impedance of about 300 ohms and are not the easiest headphone to drive, I feel that the Invicta’s amp handles these as well as could be expected. I really don’t listen to music at head-banging levels, but given the Invicta’s ability to reveal the true dynamic range in a good recording, I felt that the amp has plenty of headroom to handle virtually every type of music played at comfortable (and ear-responsible) levels with high level transients and even more sustained high level passages showing no distortion or compression whatsoever. To be honest, I really love the Invicta’s headphone amp, and I now favor it by a wide margin over some fairly expensive separate headphone amps that I have. For me, this validates my original intent to have an all-in-one dac/amp combo of the highest quality that is not a compromise between one or the other. The dac/amp combination that came closest to the Invicta in this regard was the Anedio D1, but I think the Invicta is superior, and not by a small margin either.
“My “bottom line”: I believe that the Invicta is clearly an outstanding dac in every sense of the word. To reiterate what project86 said in his review, I too would not hesitate to recommend it to someone looking for a state-of-the-art dac. Yes, I agree that it is pricey, and there are excellent dacs that may approach – perhaps very closely – the Invicta in sound quality at less cost. But again, for me, one of the main reasons I bought this dac (aside from its sound quality) were the features – I now have what I consider to be the best single-box digital playback system I’ve ever experienced, and I believe if you are looking for something that can achieve this particular goal, then you should put the Invicta very high on your short list.”
T.S. – October 2011 Worchester, USA
“After few weeks break-in, the sound is AMAZING. I am not a native speaker of English. So, I can’t describe my feeling well. Just want you to know that you made a wonderful product!! Keep going, please!”
L.S. – 5th October 2011 Taiwan
“Listening to hi-res material like Livingston Taylor’s 24/96 album “Ink” was a delight. There were just so many examples of brilliant vocals that sounded as if they were there in the room with me. At the same time, the supporting acoustic guitar sounded very precise, with a complete absence of the artificial texture that can sometimes show itself with digital gear. That the vocals and guitar (and everything else) could co-exist and each sound distinct, while the sum total of the performance remained coherent, was very impressive to me. This was micro and macro both being on the same page, to the benefit of the listener.”
“After spending some time with the Resonessence Invicta, I’ve come to a few conclusions. First is that it is the absolute best DAC I have ever heard, and the price is very reasonable considering its status as a state of the art device.”
“If someone is in the market for an ultra high quality DAC, I have zero hesitations in recommending the Invicta.”
“On their website Resonessence uses the line “What if the most technologically advanced design also performed the best in listening tests?” In my admittedly limited experience with it, the Invicta does seem to live up to those claims…….I think Resonessence has an absolute winner on their hands.”
J. G. – June 2011 Reviewer, head-fi.org
“Seating a 6.3mm headphone jack in one of the Invicta’s ports turns her into Evicta. You’re evicted from this reality and ‘invicted’ into colossal refined detail.”
“Contemplating the whole picture finds that this new company’s maiden product not only aimed high but delivers.”
“…with the external display planned for the future, the Invicta unit should go where no consumer converters have gone before. In my estimation that’s a real coup. It’s a tour-de-force showing for any newcomer and even more so for one that enters a sector that’s as hotly contested as D/A conversion with USB.”
“Full featured in socketry including that unexpected but brilliant SD card slot whose use eliminates a computer for playback altogether.”
“As a very modern headphone/DAC combo which supports two listeners and can feed on memory cards (who’d want a computer in a bedroom or on a porch/balcony for example?), the Invicta would seem to approach ultimate in a compact one-box solution.”
Srajan Ebaen – May 2011 Publisher, 6moons.com Full 6moons Review
As a recording studio, we rely on our equipment to provide us with the most honest reproduction of sound possible. We had the opportunity to put the Ressonessence Labs “Invicta” D/A unit thru its paces on a few mixing sessions. Right from the start, the Invicta provided a clarity of sound that was noticeable. The bottom end was more distinctive, the high end appeared to have more “air” and the detail of certain instruments became more evident. I would highly recommend this unit – R. Labs have done a great job!
Vytas Sinkevicius – May 2011 Tree Fort Music Studios Kelowna, BC