Summary: If newegg ever stocks this again, DO NOT buy this if you are using Windows 8. Compatibility settings do not work.
Pros: Excellent Audio
Cons: Not Compatible with Windows 8. The software does not work with Windows 8 so you cannot control and switch input methods on the software, essentially turning this card into a 200$ paperweight. The drivers seem alright with Win8, but again, the requirement of software support to change between spea...
Summary: I love the sound card, I'd give it 6 stars but I don't know why it needs to click so much. My PC Shuts down randomly and the only thing I hear is that Audio cards clicking. But I haven't ruled out the cause.
Pros: Extremely high quality Audio Plenty of Audio Options Great for all around HTPC - Gaming
Cons: S/pdif is not working, so I kept it out of my machine because I was running SLI on a micro atx. I somehow misplaced my DVI - 7.1 audo splitters for my speakers. I got it RMA and the S/PDIF still doesn't work. But that isn't the issue because Asus support is one of the best. The issue is, I can't ...
Summary: Getting back to 'Sandman' review of this card. There was a misprint of this card in the specifications. This card supports Dolby Prologic II and doesn't not Support Dolby Prologic IIx or IIxc. But there isn't such thing as xc according to Dolby Digital.
Pros: The reviews say this is an outstanding sound card.
Cons: The Asus Xonar Xense is now discontinued. Very hard to find. But if you can find a new one and purchase it, Asus will still support the 3 year warranty of this card.
Summary: I haven't purchased this card yet. Still on the Auto Notify list with Newegg. Been over a month now. I check for this card every day. Sometimes twice a day. I hope Asus ships more of these cards out soon before the holidays arrive.
Pros: Better in games than Creative XF-i cards as the reviews state. Nice, easy setup of the 5.1 - 7.1 speaker inputs with included extension plug. The headphones are worth more than the card. You get them for free.
Cons: I wish Asus would include the optional OP Amps. Or at least offer them on their site for consumer purchase. I can't seem to find them anywhere on the internet. No one carries them.
Summary: Although the price is high, I think it's worth it! When changing the speaker output (i.e., from main speaker output to headphones), there is an audible click from the sound card, as if a physical switch is being changed. I'm not sure what this is, but I thought it was interesting..
Pros: I bought this card because I wanted something better than the onboard sound on my motherboard, and this card fits the bill well. It sounds absolutely great, especially when paired with speakers or headphones that can take advantage the sound quality, such as the Sennheiser headset that is include...
Cons: The price is a bit high for a sound card. Also, there is no MIDI support - The card does not include a hardware MIDI synthesizer, nor does it include any midi I/O ports. As someone who likes to create & record music, I am very disappointed by this aspect of the card. It would be nice to have some...
Summary: You wont find a better deal for high quality sound card and headset. You wont have any crackling 64bit driver issues You will love the sound the first time, you use the headphones while watching Blu-ray or gaming. !! Important!!
Pros: (Obvious perk) !!You get 190 dollar headset (Sennheiser PC350) and 200 dollar soundcard (basically ASUS Xonar Essence STX ) for 299!!!!!! (SoundCard) 1) Excellent Quality build -Nichicon Gold Caps , CS 5381 ADC , PCM 1796 DAC , CS4362 DAC , Opamps headphone/front channels output RC2114D’s , multi...
Cons: There are a few minor issues. 1) Smaller heads might have some issues with headphones size. Therefore, not getting a proper ambient room noise damping 2) The software has some minor faults. The EQ is small and oversensitive to bass adjustments.
Summary: This is probably the best thing I've picked up as part of my new computer build, definitely worth the price - nothing but superior quality.
Pros: The ASUS Sound Card is beautiful, in both looks and sound. Excellent sound quality, tested through Harmon Kardon soundsticks and 15" subs. Sennheiser headphones are exceptional quality as well, gaming and music sound amazing. They look awesome, swivel, and are so comfortable when you put them on,...
Summary: There was very little tech knowledge needed to get started with this system, but the software is another story. Take the time to tweak it and learn it and you will not be disappointed. Great work Asus and of course Sennheiser!
Pros: The best sound card/ headset that I have ever owned. High build quality and great fit and finish. In the end the sound is what we purchase this system for and the sound is nothing short of stellar.
Cons: The price is over the top, but I guess since you get two high quality items it may be considered a bargain.