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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

Great sound card

Sess130, Amazon
9 March 2015
  • Summary: Great sound card! Makes my Sennheisers glow with a godly aura. Seriously though, its a great card and has many features. EMI shielding so that you can put it right next to your GPU without interference, plenty of outputs for multiple sound devices, and so many esoteric bells and whistles I will...
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Overall 8
8.0

Product is top notch but driver/software install process really needs to be documented somewhere

Eric, Amazon
19 December 2014
  • Summary: The card works well, once you get it going :) I did not find it overly easy to install, even though I am in the computer industry. Most of the install issues revolve around getting the most up to date drivers from the web, uncompressing and installing.
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Overall 8
8.0

Amazing SOund

Nate F, B&H Photo
14 January 2014
  • Excerpt: I in tend on using this for gaming and for home theater and have found the sound quality amazing! Once the software was installed it works well. The CD that came with it only had VISA drivers which crashed multiple programs on my computer and I had to restart in safe mode uninstall them and then...
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Quality Output, Reliable Performance
  • Cons: Difficult To Install
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Overall 8
8.0

Clearly defining high quality precision components ....

ademirbcssa, Ebay
1 July 2013
  • Summary: HARDWARE was assembled with components of excellent quality asus not saved absolutely nothing now as the software that came with the hardware is very poor horrible. Overall worth buying, has an excellent definition audio worth buying.
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Overall 8
8.0

good but could be better

lynhnn, B&H Photo
3 December 2012
  • Excerpt: It is not working out of the box due to the followings: 1. 4-pin power supply. My PC does not have that extra legacy power supply to plug-in the card. For this price, ASUS should have include some extensions so I can use it. Otherwise, I have to make a trip to some computer store to buy it.
  • Pros: Quality Output
  • Cons: Difficult To Install
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Overall 8
8.0

Sounds Great, Needs Updated Drivers

NanoSD, B&H Photo
6 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Night and day difference compared to the on board sound on my new Z77 motherboard. Swappable op-amps are fun and cheap to tinker with. I've tried LME49722 and OPA1612 so far and they sound better than the stock op-amps.
  • Pros: Cheap, Quality Output
  • Cons: Old Drivers
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Overall 8
8.0

For Audiophiles on A Budget - You can get no better!

Sundevildaddy "Sundevildaddy", Amazon
25 August 2012
  • Summary: As the title suggests, this Card is Perfect for Audiophiles on a Budget! I, hesitantly, purchased this card over the Creative audiophile card based on the reviews and capabilities, also, I wanted to ensure compatibility with my Asus MoBo... Glad I did.
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Overall 8
8.0

So far, so good

Eric O., Amazon
28 May 2012
  • Summary: I purchased and installed this add-on card approx 2 weeks ago. As of late, it is working exactly as intended and I have not had any problems. The user interface is lacking, but the sound quality is excellent. I am not a serious audiophile, however, I also don't like buying junk.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Performance, Tricky Installation

HillBob, B&H Photo
26 March 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this card to serve as a primary music source for a vintage, high-end audio system. Once installed, it provided superb D/A, A/D performance, as shown by FFT spectral analysis for harmonic distortion, noise and digital artifacts.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Quality Output
  • Cons: Difficult To Install
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Overall 8
8.0

Great But Not Perfect

jayhawk, B&H Photo
10 February 2012
  • Excerpt: The card has great sound but it can caused problems with your computer. I have an ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard and after installing the Xonar sound card problems arose. Computer failed boot on startup which required the PSU to be shut off and turned back on each time the computer started, also...
  • Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Quality Output, Reliable Performance
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