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Asus Xonar Essence STX
9.1 out of 10

Asus Xonar Essence STX

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Overall 8
8.0

ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card review (Photos)

Examiner
22 January 2013
  • Excerpt: , founded in 1990, is somewhat a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to designing and manufacturing computer hardware and components these days. Currently, the company is pushing their tablets, notebooks, and all-in-ones, but they have firm roots in the manufacturing of computer components that are...
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Tweak News
22 April 2010
  • Excerpt: Asus' Xonar Essence STX may be pricey, but for audiophiles or those with the money to spend on an excellent sound card, this is the one to get. It looks good and performs even better.
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ASUS Xonar Essence ST/STX soundcards

Stereophile
24 January 2010
  • Conclusion: The Xonar Essence STX and Essence ST soundcards are by far the least expensive way of turning a PC into a genuine high-resolution audio source I have yet encountered. Neither the Essences' resolution nor their low levels of noise are compromised by having to operate in the electrically unfriendly...
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Overall 9
9.0

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: I wanted to upgrade my computer sound card in preparation for higher impedance phones and eventually a desktop amp. This more than does the trick and improved onboard sound more than I'd expected.   The con about it needing a good power source isn't an argument against it.
  • Pros: great neutral sound, easy installation
  • Cons: not the cheapest, needs a good power source
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Overall 9
9.0

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: Note: I'm from Sweden so if the wording or sentence structure is a bit off, I blame the Swedish educational system!!    Introduction The ASUS Xonar Essence STX is a two channel soundcard with a built in amplifier and it is a great entry into hi-fi and head-fi, it has a good set of features and...
  • Pros: Very good for the price, easily upgradeable sound, runs on power directly from PSU
  • Cons: Has problems with low impedance phones, a bit tricky mounting discreet Op-Amps
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Overall 9
9.0

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: I needed a lot of time to make the decision to purchase this card. During January 2010 I pondered if it actually would be an update simply because I already owned two interfaces: Creative X-FI ExtremeMusic and an E-MU 0202 USB.
  • Pros: absolutely neutral, decent headphone amp, built quality, design
  • Cons: crappy driver, line-in lags & applies compression
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Overall 9
9.0

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: its been over an year since I got this sound card & I have never regretted the decision. It has played game with everything I have thrown at it- D1001, HD580, DT880 600 ohm & even my orthos. The DAC section is superior to my Marantz AVR & so is the headphone out.
  • Pros: Excellent SQ, upgadable opamps, versatile headphone out
  • Cons: The drivers don't do justice to the quality of this product.
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Overall 9
9.0

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: Wish I had something to compare to. Had an audigy 2 for years and thought extension was better in treble. But Audigy 2 does not have a headphone amp and cannot push the HD650 properly. Not even sure it can push the AKG Q701.
  • Pros: Excellent Sound...no noise in quiet parts of songs, no cracks of music,
  • Cons: Wish had more extension out of box, but thats what opamps are for
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Overall 10
10

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: Bought Sony MDR XB1000s almost a year ago and they've been great. A mate of mine bought a soundcard and reckons it made a big difference and convinced me to buy one. I read into reviews, and they said that this was a good card for headphones, and they are bang on.
  • Pros: Makes good headphones even better, great sound quality, more than doubles my volume.
  • Cons: initial driver problems, installation tricky.
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Overall 10
10

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head-fi.org
28 November 2009
  • Summary: I don't really have anything to compare this to, since this is my first non-board soundcard (some might say I took quite a leap) To be honest, I wasn't even expecting that much of a difference on the price, since I'm used to seeing components paying way more, but the quality of the STX really blows...
  • Pros: Dac, ease of installation, connections, overall build quality, accessories, price, software
  • Cons: headphone amplifiers performance on lower impedance headphones
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