March 2011 - ESA begins preliminary drawings on a 35 - 40 watt 6L6GC based integrated amp. Details to follow.
April 2011 - ESA 66-001p in showroom at Reference Media in Everett WA. Hans likes this too.. Perfect compliment to 66-100 amp and makes great system for the Martin Logans.
April 2011 - ESA developing a balanced line stage based on the successful design of the 66-001 preamp.
May 2011 - ESA 66-001b prototype balanced line stage in showroom at Reference Media in Everett WA. Hans says this preamp kicks butt!
June 2011 - ESA developing headphone amp based on circuitry of the 66-001 preamp. To be developed on circuit board for ease of assembly and lower price point than that of the point to point wired Series Sixty-Six reference products. This will be the first product in the lower priced product line, soon to be announced. Possible partnership with Reference Media. Prices to be determined. More to come~
October 2011 - ESA resumes development of balanced preamp. Final design prototype successful and well recieved. Initiated preliminary casework design to our metalshop for the balanced preamp chassis.
Feburary 2012 - Balanced preamp now available! Introducing the ESA 66-001b - full function preamp. 2 balanced inputs, 4 unbalanced with 1 record out, 1 unbalanced out and 1 balanced out, plus the killer headphone jack. Options include LED
color, HT bypass and phono stage for an additional $500.00.
March 2013 - ESA forms partnership with dc10audio of Santa Fe New Mexico, manufacturer of high-end loudspeakers. ESA will be making custom versions of existing products for the dc10audio brand, and will produce new products for them such as monoblock amplifiers and a new preamp.
June 2013 - ESA ships the first dc10audio branded power amp, the Maestro 68-120. Based on the powerful 66-100 this amp features upgraded power transformer, wiring and coupling caps and sports the new KT-120 output tubes for a total output power of 120 watts into 4 ohms. Visit dc10audio.com for more details.. September 2013 - ESA completes design and manufacture of monoblock power amps to wear the dc10audio brand, the Maestro M-180's. Based on the design and casework of the 66-100, these amps put out 180 watts per amp and feature huge custom power and output transformers, Jupiter Beeswax capacitors, silver wiring and rhodium binding posts. They have a custom wooden faceplate and an engraved aluminum top plate. Visit dc10audio.com for more details.. see photo's here. October 2013 - ESA at RMAF!! ESA shares room with dc10audio. Very positive feedback from room patrons, some people returned multiple times and brought friends with them. It was a wonderful experience and I'm looking forward to the next audio show! Check out photo's here.