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Asus Xonar Essence STX
8.6 out of 10

Asus Xonar Essence STX

Industry-leading 124dB SNR - Built-in headphone amp drives Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Nice card, works on Linux

Ciaran H., Newegg
12 March 2016
  • Summary: It's a nice card, just be prepared to route a molex connector to the back of the card, could look unsightly. Had to use 'dmix' in alsa to allow multiple applications to use the same card simultaneously, probably not a problem with pulseaudio, but I don't use pulseaudio.
  • Pros: Works on Linux, w/ virtuoso driver (mine is "built-in" to the kernel) & alsa Sounds great, works well with my AKG 701's. Small footprint Microphone seems adequate.
  • Cons: You have to switch between the two RCA outs or Headphone out, can't have both running, it seems. Had to search online for a good asound.conf configuration to work in the virtuoso/STX sound in to alsa.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great card but has a few problems

Anonymous, Newegg
11 February 2016
  • Summary: I would recommend this card to people who are looking to improve their sound. Just understand that it has a few minor problems.
  • Pros: When it's working properly, it produces incredible sound and in a variety of different ways provided by the software.
  • Cons: Ever since I installed this card there have been a few times where my system could hiccup or even lose sound until I restart my game. I've also read that ASUS has not provided drivers for windows 10 yet, however there is non official driver out there that doesn't perform as good as the windows 7 ...
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Overall 8
8.0

NICE

Wayne, Amazon
20 December 2015
Overall 8
8.0

it is good. but the clicking sound on restart is

abdulrahman ahmad akbar, Amazon
6 December 2015
  • Summary: it is good.but the clicking sound on restart is noisy
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Overall 8
8.0

sounds great

TIM C., Newegg
5 September 2015
  • Summary: Im not 100% satisfied with the shipping, thus the 4 egg overall experience. The product itself functions exceptionally. It is a 5 star audio card. I definitely recommend it for an htpc build, for watching movies and listening to music.
  • Pros: i got it on sale and am pretty happy with it. On krk rokits, corsair sp2500 and bland creative t40s, the stx makes quite a difference in sound quality. highs, mids and lows become very distinct. It offers a plethora of settings to enhance your music and movie experience. For games, i feel the cre...
  • Cons: asus software interface looks outdated. Not a huge deal, since it's mostly a set it and forget it affair, but it just looks windows 98 ish. The extra clarity works both ways; lossy and unprofessionally mixed audio files will become much more apparent. 128kbps files sound awful compared to higher ...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Anthony B., Newegg
10 August 2015
  • Pros: Functions wonderfully, really high quality audio.
  • Cons: Drivers are garbage at best. Had to do a fresh reinstall to get it to even function.
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Overall 8
8.0

I own TWO of these cards....

Anonymous, Newegg
29 May 2015
  • Pros: The sound quality is incredible, best you can get in a PC really... easy opamp access, and I've never had one die or give me a single problem.
  • Cons: Here is where it gets dicey. The software is TERRIBLE. Asus has neglected this card, and not released drivers for 8.1 (that isn't beta) or even 10 yet. This card is so widely used why wouldn't you support your product and keep it alive. When I do upgrade my HTPC and Gaming PC cards.. this is goin...
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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

User Review

Reginald B., Newegg
9 September 2014
  • Pros: Great sound quality, no noise. Works excellently with my beyerdynamic DT990's 600ohm headphones. Works well with games and music.
  • Cons: A tad pricey. The software that comes with it is a bit buggy and likes to crash on boot, but it is fine after the software is restarted.
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