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ESS Technology

March 15, 2016 08:30 ET

ESS Based Products Earn a Record Setting 37 VGP Awards From Prestigious Japanese Consumer Buying Guide

SABRE Based Products Claim 15 Top Gold Award VGP Designations

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - March 15, 2016) - ESS Technology, the industry leader in HiFi audio and analog design, today announced that 37 products incorporating SABRE technology have received Visual Grand Prix (VGP) award designations in the VGP product buying guide compiled by Phile-Web of Ongen Publishing in Japan. Of those 37 products 15 were awarded the top Gold Award designation in their respective product categories. Founded in 1987, these awards were created to recognize audio-visual excellence for home entertainment products. The VGP designation is a highly regarded technical achievement in Japan and considered an influential resource for consumer purchasing decisions.

"It's an honor for ESS to share these awards with our customers and we feel particularly privileged to have so many Gold Award VGP designations with some of the most respected names in consumer electronics," said Robert Blair, ESS's Chief Executive Officer. "We're pleased that SABRE HiFi audio is appreciated in Japan and want to recognize the hard work of all our employees who create outstanding technology and help our customers bring it to consumers."

SABRE based products were awarded the top designation of Gold Award VGP in the following categories:

Audio Visual Amplifiers   Blu-ray Players
  Pioneer SC-LX89 - Above 300,000 yen.     Oppo Digital BDP-105D - Above 200,000 yen.
  Pioneer SC-LX59 - Between 200,000 & 300,000 yen.     Oppo Digital BDP-105DJP - Between 100,000 & 200,000 yen.
  Yamaha RX-A1050 - Between 100,000 & 150,000 yen.     Pioneer BDP-LX58 - Below 100,000 yen.
Portable Headphone Amplifiers   Mobile Music Players
  Sony PHA-3 - Above 70,000 yen.     Onkyo DP-X1 - Between 60,000 & 100,000 yen.
  Oppo Digital HA-2 - Between 30,000 & 50,000 yen.     Pioneer XDP-100R- Between 30,000 & 60,000 yen.
Audio Visual Pre-Amplifier   Digital to Analog Converter - Digital Down Converter
  Yamaha CX-A5100.     Resonessence Invicta Mirus - Between 600,000 & 1,000,000 yen.
Headphone Amplifier   High-End Network Music Player
  Oppo Digital HA-1 - Above 150,000 yen.     Pioneer N-70A - Between 80,000 & 200,000 yen.
  Apogee Groove - Below 50,000 yen.    

Other SABRE based VGP award winners include:

Digital to Analog Converter - Digital Down Converter
(Between 300,000 & 600,000 yen.)
  Headphone Amplifier - Portable
  Auralic Vega.     Aurender flow - Above 70,000 yen
  Ayre QB-9DSD.     Audio Technica AT-PHA100 - Between 50,000 & 70,000 yen.
  Exsaound Audio e22 mk2.     Pioneer XPA-700 - Between 50,000 & 70,000 yen.
  North Star Design Supremo.     Resonessence Labs Herus Plus - Between 50,000 & 70,000 yen.
Digital to Analog Converter - Digital Down Converter   Headphone Amplifier
(Between 150,000 & 300,000 yen.)     Resonessence Labs Invicta V2 - Above 150,000 yen.
  North Star Design Impulso.     Celsus Sound Companion One - Between 80,000 & 150,000 yen.
  North Star Design Intenso.    
  North Star Design Incanto.    
Digital to Analog Converter - Digital Down Converter
(Between 80,000 & 150,000 yen.)
  Mobile Music Player
  Pioneer U-05.     Digital & Analogue Calyx M - Between 100,000 & 150,000 yen.
  PS Audio NuWave DSD.     Ibasso Audio DX90 j - Between 30,000 & 60,000 yen.
  Resonessence Concero HD.    
Digital to Analog Converter - Digital Down Converter   Audio Visual Amplifiers
  Resonessence Labs Herus - Below 80,000 yen.
    Pioneer SC-LX79 - Between 200,000 & 300,000 yen.
      Pioneer VSA-1130 - Between 70,000 & 100,000 yen.
Blu-ray Players
  Pioneer BDP-LX88 - Above 200,000 yen.

About the VGP Awards
The VGP awards were launched to help consumers make informed buying decisions for home entertainment products primarily involving sound and images. The selections function as guidelines to help select superior products. Retailers and manufacturers highly value the VGP designation and consider it to be proof of superior performance, technology and design. Winning products are selected through a voting process including leading Japanese consumer electronics retailers and a panel of eight judges recognized as audiovisual experts. For a complete list of the VGP winners visit

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984 and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information visit

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