Summary: With the Xonar Essence One ASUS have definitely taken the fight to the DAC and headphone amplifier manufacturers. The design provides excellent sonic characteristics and qualities and furthermore it is easily customizable.
Pros: Versatile, Accepts 192 kHz / 24-bit over USB, Swappable op-amps, Balanced out-puts, Multiple in-puts, Headphone amplifier section capable of driving even demanding loads, One unit design, Good price / performance ratio
Cons: Upsampling feature, Volume control issues, Blue LEDs on front, Curved up and bottom plate, Somewhat cramped front lay-out
Asus Xonar Essence One Review (w/ Raysonic CD228 & Audeze LCD2)
1 February 2012
Excerpt: 10 Flares 10 Flares × Today we are looking at the latest ‘audiophile’ grade Asus Xonar Essence One external soundcard and digital to analogue converter. The Essence series of products have targeted the enthusiast and audiophile user now for some time, using high grade components such as BurrBrown...