Resonessence Labs

In the Resonessence Labs room we listened through the INVICTA DAC ($3,995) which can also function as preamp connected to the preproduction Resonessence PROJECTA Class-A 100W power amplifier ($tbd) which drove a pair of Westlake Audio LC 8.1f monitors. You may notice the absence of any computer or hard drive in that picture because we were listening to WAV files played from an SD card which is just one of many features of the INVICTA DAC. The INVICTA will accommodate all resolutions up to 24 bit / 192 kHz through each input including Asynchronous USB, S/PDIF (Toslink & (2) Coax)and AES/EBU. The INVICTA outputs via balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA and a pair of front mounted headphone jacks with independent volume level control. That front-mounted SD card reader will recognize WAV and AIFF files and your stored music's playlist and track information can be display on your monitor of choice thanks to an included HDMI connection. There's also a remote which controls all functions including track selection.

I also listened to the INVICTA DAC through a pair of Sennheiser HD 650s and the sound was crisp and clear. This was among the rooms that I added to my Must hear more of this list.

John Grandberg's picture

As one of the lucky few people who have had the Invicta system in-home for an audition, I have to say how impressed I am with it. It would be easy to overlook this little unit in the sea of DACs with 5 figure price tags at the show. But that would be a mistake. 

During my listening, the Invicta outperformed several more expensive units from Esoteric and MBL. The team at Resonessence is comprised of former engineers from ESS Technologies, and were directly responsible for the creation of the ESS Sabre DACs. It's only logical that they would be able to extract a very high level of performance from the flagship ES9018 chip, since they were the creators of that chip. I'm interested to see other impressions of the Invicta start showing up, because to me it seemed like a no brainer at the asking price. 

Michael Lavorgna's picture

Thank you John for sharing your experiences with the Invicta and that very relevant info on the guys behind the product and their connection to ESS. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) getting a review sample in-house soon.