Pioneer Chooses ESS’s ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DAC for Its Award Winning SC-LX57 Series of A/V Receivers

  Pioneer Chooses ESS’s ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DAC for Its Award Winning SC-LX57
  Series of A/V Receivers

Business Wire

FREMONT, Calif. -- September 16, 2013

ESS Technology, a leading provider of high performance audio/video solutions,
today announces that the ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra DAC is shipping in volume in
Pioneer’s latest SC-LX57 9.2 channel A/V receiver, a Gold Award winner of
Japan’s prestigious 2013 Summer Visual Grand Prix (VGP) in the A/V Amp
category. Additionally, Pioneer is incorporating the ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra DAC
in multiple 2013 A/V receiver models including the SC-LX87 and SC-LX77, as
well as the Elite series SC-79, SC-77 and SC-75.

The ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra DACs add stunning sound stage, unmatched audio
performance and jitter-free clarity to Pioneer’s Direct Energy HD amplifiers
built on Class D technology, delivering ultimate sound quality that will
satisfy even the most demanding audio enthusiasts.

Unlike conventional sigma-delta (ΣΔ) DACs, the ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra DAC
incorporates ESS’s innovative patented HyperStream™ circuits to deliver
spectacular music with up to 128dB dynamic range and 0.0003% (-110dB) total
harmonic distortion, free from clock jitter common in digital audio systems.
The 32-bit HyperStream™ modulator is capable of 100% modulation and
unconditional stability; the Revolver™ Dynamic Element Matching ensures
performance over a wide dynamic range, while a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator
removes the digital jitter that causes distortion.

The ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra Audio DAC supports 8-channel or stereo conversion
from digital audio input in PCM, DSD or SPDIF formats, features click-free
soft mute, volume control, de-emphasis, programmable zero detect, per-channel
customizable roll-off filter characteristics and consumes less than 100mW.

Robert Wong, vice-president of marketing and worldwide sales for ESS
Technology, said, “We are excited that Pioneer has upgraded the D/A converters
in its latest A/V receiver models to the ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra DAC enabling
audio enthusiasts to enjoy ESS’s famous SABRESOUND™. With digital input
sources such as HDMI becoming more widespread, audio enthusiasts have been
patiently waiting for A/V receivers to adopt SABRESOUND™ quality D/A
converters to enhance their listening experience. These ES9016-equipped
Pioneer A/V receivers will finally enable audio enthusiasts to enjoy
unrivaled, jitter-free SABRESOUND™ from whichever input source they select.”

The ES9016 SABRE^32 Ultra DAC is available now in 48-LQFP package. Sample
chips, reference design and volume price information are available from your
local ESS Sales Representative.

About Pioneer

Pioneer Corporation is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio,
video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets and is
celebrating 75 years of innovation in the consumer electronics industry.
Please refer to the site of Pioneer Electronics (USA) for the product
 information in the U.S.: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/

About ESS Technology

ESS Technology, Inc. designs and markets high-performance audio and video
products for the consumer entertainment, home, automotive and professional
market.

ESS’s products include the SABRE/ SABRE^32 series of HyperStream™ audio DACs
and ADCs, the Phoenix-III series of HD-Enhanced DVD Home Theater SoC,
Crescendo series of Sound Bar SoC, Radix CMOS TV tuners, 1080p Video
Up-converter, and the DMPX Media Processor.

ESS’s SABRE^32 audio DAC series is the world’s highest performance 32-bit
audio D/A converter solution, built upon the original SABRE audio DAC series
first introduced in 2008. The SABRE^32 and SABRE audio DACs have been designed
into the world’s most prestigious consumer, audiophile and professional
equipments, including Blu-ray players, CD/SACD players, A/V preamps and
digital audio workstations.

ESS is headquartered in Fremont, California, and has R&D, sales, and technical
support offices worldwide. ESS Technology's web site address is:
http://www.esstech.com.

Contact:

For ESS
ESS Technology, Inc.
Calto Wong, 510-492-1718
Director of Technical Marketing
calto.wong@esstech.com
or
For Pioneer
Pioneer Corporation
1-1 Shin-ogura, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
212-0031, Japan
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
2265 East 220th Street Long Beach, CA 90810,
United States