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Proudly Made in the U.S.A. ESS Laboratories has been an industry leader since the mid-1970s.

The company has recently relocated its facilities in Southern California and is proud to announce the introduction of its enhanced ESS-Heil Air-Motion Transformer. The original air-motion transformer was created by the noted German physicist, Oskar Heil, and his patent was licensed exclusively to ESS Laboratories for production in the United States. The Heil Air-Motion transformer uses revolutiona

The company has recently relocated its facilities in Southern California and is proud to announce the introduction of its enhanced ESS-Heil Air-Motion Transformer. The original air-motion transformer was created by the noted German physicist, Oskar Heil, and his patent was licensed exclusively to ESS Laboratories for production in the United States. The Heil Air-Motion transformer uses revolutiona

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All day long! Grab headphones and Large Heil AMTs at crazy deals!
11/29/2021

All day long! Grab headphones and Large Heil AMTs at crazy deals!

All day long! Grab headphones and Large Heil AMTs at crazy deals!

Black Friday sale today only! Grab a pair of Heil AMTs + either a 252 or 713 headphone for $350! Massive savings on head...
11/26/2021

Black Friday sale today only! Grab a pair of Heil AMTs + either a 252 or 713 headphone for
$350! Massive savings on headphones, too!

Black Friday sale today only! Grab a pair of Heil AMTs + either a 252 or 713 headphone for
$350! Massive savings on headphones, too!

📸: @adamguyhifi
11/18/2021

📸: @adamguyhifi

📸: @adamguyhifi

Just some gorgeous @esslabs AMT1 hanging out ✨
11/17/2021

Just some gorgeous @esslabs AMT1 hanging out ✨

Just some gorgeous @esslabs AMT1 hanging out ✨

@esslabs is here thanks to the continued support from loyal listeners throughout the decades. @audioloveyyc is one of th...
11/17/2021

@esslabs is here thanks to the continued support from loyal listeners throughout the decades. @audioloveyyc is one of those listeners! Thanks for always sharing incredible photos of your @esslabs speakers with the world ✨

Grab our Limited Edition Heil AMT + headphone bundle while you can! Choose between either the 252 or the 713 headphone t...
11/12/2021

Grab our Limited Edition Heil AMT + headphone bundle while you can! Choose between either the 252 or the 713 headphone to go along with the Large LE Heil 🤩

11/10/2021

We have all kinds of gems hanging around @esslabs 🥰

We want to give a big “thanks” to those of you patiently waiting for our AMTs to become available again. Just a little l...
11/04/2021

We want to give a big “thanks” to those of you patiently waiting for our AMTs to become available again. Just a little longer now! For any questions, please feel free to reach out to us 🖤

We want to give a big “thanks” to those of you patiently waiting for our AMTs to become available again. Just a little longer now! For any questions, please feel free to reach out to us 🖤

Grab 20 off your purchase with code ‘SCARYSAVINGS’ at check out! 👻 Valid until midnight on Halloween!
10/28/2021

Grab 20 off your purchase with code ‘SCARYSAVINGS’ at check out! 👻 Valid until midnight on Halloween!

Grab 20 off your purchase with code ‘SCARYSAVINGS’ at check out! 👻 Valid until midnight on Halloween!

Grab 20 off your purchase with code ‘SCARYSAVINGS’ at check out! 👻 Valid until midnight on Halloween!
10/28/2021

Grab 20 off your purchase with code ‘SCARYSAVINGS’ at check out! 👻 Valid until midnight on Halloween!

Grab 20 off your purchase with code ‘SCARYSAVINGS’ at check out! 👻 Valid until midnight on Halloween!

Gorgeous ESS Tempest LS4’s from @necessarynuances 🔥
10/27/2021

Gorgeous ESS Tempest LS4’s from @necessarynuances 🔥

Gorgeous ESS Tempest LS4’s from @necessarynuances 🔥

The gang’s all here! 📸 George To
10/25/2021

The gang’s all here! 📸 George To

The gang’s all here! 📸 George To

Impressive Rock Monitor rebuild by 📸David Crader
10/22/2021

Impressive Rock Monitor rebuild by 📸David Crader

Impressive Rock Monitor rebuild by 📸David Crader

VERY cool collection from Randy T Chaney😱
10/19/2021

VERY cool collection from Randy T Chaney😱

VERY cool collection from Randy T Chaney😱

It's Friday! We love seeing your photos of your @esslabs speakers. 😍📸 @audiogasty
10/15/2021

It's Friday! We love seeing your photos of your @esslabs speakers. 😍

📸 @audiogasty

It's Friday! We love seeing your photos of your @esslabs speakers. 😍

📸 @audiogasty

Got diaphragms? 👀 We sure do! We make ours by hand right here in LA with the precision and care your music deserves. 🔥
10/05/2021

Got diaphragms? 👀 We sure do! We make ours by hand right here in LA with the precision and care your music deserves. 🔥

Got diaphragms? 👀 We sure do! We make ours by hand right here in LA with the precision and care your music deserves. 🔥

The @esslabs Mark 1s look good with @cayin_audio_global no? 😍 Thanks @amadeo_nospherathu for the great photos!
09/30/2021

The @esslabs Mark 1s look good with @cayin_audio_global no? 😍

Thanks @amadeo_nospherathu for the great photos!

09/21/2021
Our Heil AMTs are poodle-approved! Thanks to our friend, Larry, for sharing these adorable photos with us of his girl, L...
09/17/2021

Our Heil AMTs are poodle-approved! Thanks to our friend, Larry, for sharing these adorable photos with us of his girl, Lucy, testing them out 😍

Think we found our next headquarters...
09/14/2021

Think we found our next headquarters...

Think we found our next headquarters...

Looking slick @jdcfoto 🔥 What would you listen to first on this setup? 👀
09/09/2021

Looking slick @jdcfoto 🔥 What would you listen to first on this setup? 👀

Looking slick @jdcfoto 🔥 What would you listen to first on this setup? 👀

We know you work hard. What better way to relax than with your favorite tunes? Enter ‘ESSWEEKEND’ at checkout for $20 of...
09/03/2021

We know you work hard. What better way to relax than with your favorite tunes? Enter ‘ESSWEEKEND’ at checkout for $20 off today through Tuesday!

We know you work hard. What better way to relax than with your favorite tunes? Enter ‘ESSWEEKEND’ at checkout for $20 off today through Tuesday!

Big ups to @manmanphilly, Musical Director for John Legend sporting our 713 headphones 🔥
09/02/2021

Big ups to @manmanphilly, Musical Director for John Legend sporting our 713 headphones 🔥

Big ups to @manmanphilly, Musical Director for John Legend sporting our 713 headphones 🔥

Okay, who wants this setup from @chairfaire ?! 😻✨
09/02/2021

Okay, who wants this setup from @chairfaire ?! 😻✨

Okay, who wants this setup from @chairfaire ?! 😻✨

The 252 headphone is the on-ear that offers that “old-school” ESS sound you won’t be able to get enough of!
08/27/2021

The 252 headphone is the on-ear that offers that “old-school” ESS sound you won’t be able to get enough of!

The 252 headphone is the on-ear that offers that “old-school” ESS sound you won’t be able to get enough of!

The PS-820 and our 713 headphones: the perfect combo for this Tuesday! 📸 Bob Maggi
08/24/2021

The PS-820 and our 713 headphones: the perfect combo for this Tuesday!

📸 Bob Maggi

The PS-820 and our 713 headphones: the perfect combo for this Tuesday!

📸 Bob Maggi

Our BIGGEST HEADPHONE SALE starts NOW! All models are included - grab a pair for you and your favorite music lover!
08/20/2021

Our BIGGEST HEADPHONE SALE starts NOW! All models are included - grab a pair for you and your favorite music lover!

Our BIGGEST HEADPHONE SALE starts NOW! All models are included - grab a pair for you and your favorite music lover!

Cute family, huh?📸 David Crader
08/19/2021

Cute family, huh?

📸 David Crader

Cute family, huh?

📸 David Crader

📸 Corrado Ianiri sharing a breathtaking view of Italy along with his ESS 713 headphones.
08/16/2021

📸 Corrado Ianiri sharing a breathtaking view of Italy along with his ESS 713 headphones.

📸 Corrado Ianiri sharing a breathtaking view of Italy along with his ESS 713 headphones.

Incredible greeting set up at @limitedallegroaudio with our @esslabs AMT Limited Edition Speakers along with @accusticar...
08/13/2021

Incredible greeting set up at @limitedallegroaudio with our @esslabs AMT Limited Edition Speakers along with @accusticartsaudio Pre III and Amp V. Fantastic sound ✨

Limited Edition Heil AMTs! These will be available for a very short time only ⏱
08/12/2021

Limited Edition Heil AMTs! These will be available for a very short time only ⏱

We love seeing happy customers! Thanks @roman_martsinkevich, we see your 713s have a beautiful new home!
08/11/2021

We love seeing happy customers! Thanks @roman_martsinkevich, we see your 713s have a beautiful new home!

We love seeing happy customers! Thanks @roman_martsinkevich, we see your 713s have a beautiful new home!

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. Time to put on your favorite tunes and kick back. What are you listening to t...
08/07/2021

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. Time to put on your favorite tunes and kick back. What are you listening to this weekend? 🎚

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. Time to put on your favorite tunes and kick back. What are you listening to this weekend? 🎚

08/03/2021

We sent out at email earlier this week, but realized it went unseen by many of our followers. Unfortunately Rick Caudillo and Mel Valencia are no longer with ESS. Please contact Shay De Castro at [email protected] or at our regular phone number for any questions or concerns.

They’re back! You asked for them, and we delivered. The ESS 713 Headphone is known for its cushy comfort, excellent soun...
08/02/2021

They’re back! You asked for them, and we delivered. The ESS 713 Headphone is known for its cushy comfort, excellent soundstage, definition, and clarity.

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Wondering who runs the ESS Owners Group page on FB. Anyone?
So I have a question. I have some Tempest 5's and some PS 8's. I replaced the woofers with Eminence a while back but was wondering if there was a better replacement. Not sure which I used but I can find out if it makes a difference. TIA.
WOW! Is all I can say. My AMT's have been out of commission for a couple of years. Had the woofers rebuilt got a new diaphragm for one speaker. SOUND AS CLEAR AS LIGHT! Love them and it was so easy to remove speakers, diaphragm. Thanks Ricky!!
12 hears of hsrd wotl, but finally ot soumds great
25 years of hatd wirk and lot of study, buy st the end all sounds As expected... Thanks all
Great heilmen. Housing snd filter
I need to replace the fuses that protect the HEIL AMT in my AMT 3s. It is the clip in fuse next to the Heil unit, not the one in the back by the main hook up. What size is replacement and where can I get them, please???
Maybe this is the wrong place to post, and I'm sorry to ESS if it is. I had the foam surrounds in my AMT3s replaced (the woofers) in a place in Raleigh (that had a sign "Sound as Clear as Light") and the mid range done here in Knoxville by a guy who has since retired (after reading a superlative review by someone who had his AMT1 re-foamed. These were done prior to the new ESS. Does anyone know of a place local to Knoxville, TN for having this done for NON ESS speakers? Asking for a friend (he's not wanting to spend the $$$ for new ESS speakers even though I'm trying to convince him.)
looking for information on ESS satellite power matric A312 and 5 speakers bought in 1971
Don't AMT's that are "Clear as Light" deserve stands that are also "Clear as Light"?
Plunked down another $200+ for the new passive radiators, for my AMT-1b's and they should be here Wednesday. My speakers are slowly coming together. Still looking for a couple of new 12" inch woofers before having my old ones reconed. I used four layers of Watco medium Danish wood oil and the cabinets have never looked better! When this dried I hit the them with two coats of Johnson's paste wax for woodworking. As for the old black exposed wood surfaces I used Kiwi liquid boot wax. It's amazing how beautiful these thing can still be, Ricky instructed on how the new cover panels are made and those are next on my list. These are not inexpensive speakers for a reason. If you have ever dug into on to work on the crossovers you, look at the cabinet inside, you too would truly appreciate how much craftsmanship are put into the speakers!
About 5 years ago I was given a set of ESS AMT-1b's. The obviously reconed main drivers had been done in two seperate repair jobs, the cabinets needed more than a little loving care and the tower covers were worn and threadbare. They are serial numbers #7222 and #7402 made in November 1977 -- according to the date stamps on the woofers. These woofers will soon be sent to the factory, as well as the passive radiator rings, for refurbishment and upgrades. I wish to get the cone styled passives. After managing to somehow stuff both of these monster speakers into a 1996 Ford Contour, these were lovingly taken home and I started working on the cabinets. Somewhere in this mess I acquired a cat who loves to play with foam, and the passive radiators (the speakers sans tops) got chewed up. Not exactly what ESS had intended for such lovely sounding speakers. The cat survived the incident. I cannot say the foam passives did as well. I discovered that one of the non-factory reconed woofers had a buzz, and by testing, amazingly I discovered that a Peavey Scorpion will bolt right into place. I had purchased some Celestion Drivers for a 2x12" Peavey guitar amp earlier, so taking the old drivers and a sharp knife I performed a little surgery, replaced the woofers and swapped them out with the Scorpions, and the now reconed speakers became passive radiators. I already had a subwoofer, and a second set of Tannoy nearfield monitors, hooked these speakers up to my JBL receiver, and everything sprung to life! The Peavey woofers gave the AMT-1b's the "punch" that was missing in the poorly reconed original woofers. For the last couple of years I have been drooling over the idea of ordering replacement woofers and new cone passives and tweeter diaphragms. Then along comes the AMT-6 LE. Okay... The AMT-1b's will wait! I spent several valuable months debating replacement parts for the still working big boys. I got online and discovered there were still ESS 12-inch woofers to be found. Then the day arrived I was going to pull the trigger and get the parts. Not a 12-inch woofer in stock anywhere! --- ARRGHH! Well, I wanted a working pair of AMT's, the way they were meant to be heard. I pulled out the credit card and ordered a set of the AMT 6LE's. Serial numbers #1795 and #1796 arrived around noon today. After discovering there was enough foam packing material to keep the cat happy for the next decade, I slowly removed the plastic covered boxes and removed the cardboard that carefully covered the twin woofers. and unwrapped the speakers. The moment of truth was at hand. I placed the AMT-6LE's where my coveted Tannoys have sat for a couple years. The amp was fired up, and straight out of the box, with my Klipsch RWP-10 subwoofer the entire room came to life. It's been like listening to a new record for the first time all over again with many of my oldest favorite recordings! I've had my reel to reel, cassette deck, LP's, CD's and D**a running for the last 15 hours. I have yet to turn up the amp more than halfway. They do lack a little in bass, due to the size, but coupled with a good subwoofer these baby's can sing! I still have yet to play with the tone controls which I had reset to flat. And the factory brilliance control was perfectly set. After 15 hours it's time to shut it down for the night. It's heading on 3:30 am where I live. Tomorrow will be a new day and life just got better! Thank you to Ricky and the staff at ESS. I'm waiting on the next batch of woofers and a few paychecks. These little guys need their big brothers back in working shape!