ESS Based Products Earn a Record Setting 37 VGP Awards

< Newsroom | Posted: Wednesday March 16, 2016

SABRE Based Products Claim 15 Top Gold Award VGP Designations

Milpitas, California – 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
Pioneer SC-LX89 – Above 300,000 yen.
Pioneer SC-LX59– Between 200,000 & 300,000 yen.
Yamaha RX-A1050 – Between 100,000 & 150,000 yen.


Blu-ray Players
Oppo Digital BDP-105D – Above 200,000 yen.
Oppo Digital BDP-105DJP – Between 100,000 & 200,000 yen.
Pioneer BDP-LX58 – Below 100,000 yen.
Portable Headphone Amplifiers
Sony PHA-3 – Above 70,000 yen.
Oppo Digital HA-2 – Between 30,000 & 50,000 yen.


Mobile Music Players
Onkyo DP-X1 – Between 60,000 & 100,000 yen.
Pioneer XDP-100R– Between 30,000 & 60,000 yen.


Audio Visual Pre-Amplifier
Yamaha CX-A5100.
Digital to Analog Converter – Digital Down Converter
Resonessence Invicta Mirus – Between 600,000 & 1,000,000 yen.
Headphone Amplifier
Oppo Digital HA-1 – Above 150,000 yen.
Apogee Groove – Below 50,000 yen.
High-EndNetwork Music Player
Pioneer N-70A – Between 80,000 & 200,000 yen.

Other SABRE based VGP award winners include:

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