Pros: The Dolby Headphone settings are great for gaming. Using a Sennheiser PC-360 headset along with it has produced the best surround sound I have experienced.
Cons: I was warned by a friend who read about the random high pitched screeches this card is plagued with. I chose to ignore the reviews and warnings, but I have now experienced one of them. It did not damage my hearing as others have claimed, but it is very loud, startling, and could definitely hurt your hearing if you have your equipment hooked up at a high volume.
Summary: Got this and the Asus Xonar HAV H6 daughter board hoping to not only have an excellent headphone amp but also a great 7.1 system for my hometheater. I got the headphone & analog output to work, but the sp/dif digital output just refused to function. I had the internal sp/dif connected to my Nvidia GTX 260 card to be outputed through DVI-to-HDMI to my reciever as well as the digital coxial out to my reciever.
Summary: I hate to write a review like this but this has to be the most problematic computer part I have ever bought. I couldn't figure out what was randomly crashing my computer for nearly a week. The drivers wont install correctly and once I finally get the files to install off the CD my computer dies as if it just contracted full blown AIDS. It wont open programs or even shut down. I can't even open the control panel to uninstall the software, even after removing the card.
Superb for music playback, but pretty awful for recording
10 March 2014
Summary: I bought this card when I first built my latest PC, but I ended up returning it. If all you want is a great quality 2 channel sound card for music playback in this price range, then I can highly recommend this card. The sound quality is absolutely superb for the money. Music playback is only one side of the story though, as I also wanted to use this card for recording. For that purpose, I found it to be awful.
Summary: This card delivers in all respects. I've always considered a decent sound card to be a 'must' in order to appreciate my music collection. I've previously been using an M-AUDIO 2496. However, the lack of a PCI slot on my new PC has meant that this had to be replaced. Unfortunately, the STX seems to suffer from a software issue where, upon start-up, the card is not recognised by the computer.
Summary: I had the Xonar Essence ST delivered, despite having ordered the STX. Luckily connectivity wasn't a problem for me and I just went with it. Great card... I can't add more to the existing reviews other then to verify it is great.
Summary: Det är ingen tvekan om att ljudet är otroligt bra och drivrutinerna från Asus hemsida fungerade perfekt. Dock så märkte jag under samma dag som jag fick hem kortet att det fanns ett surrande elljud varje gång jag spelade in kommentarer till spelen jag spelade. Läste runt lite på nätet och det verkade inte som att det fanns en bra lösning eller ens en enhällig anledning till varför surrande återkom.
Conclusion: Бас стал немного(совсем немного) более упругий, звук громче благодаря отдельному усилителю для наушников(по сравнению со встроенной звук. картой материнки MSI 870U-G55). И всё. Детализация была такой же и без звуковой карты. Слушал на мониторных наушниках Beyerdynamic DT770M.