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9.9 out of 10

Asus Xonar Essence STX

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

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Reviews and Problems with Asus Xonar Essence STX

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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 restart and download the latest drivers and reinstall. Games have amazing sound now.
  • 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. Big thumb down. 2. There is no software driver for windows 7. I have to come to download it from asus and then got it working. The included CD does not have windows 7 software. 3.
  • Pros: Quality Output
  • Cons: Difficult To Install
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid performer for the price

Di W., Newegg
6 September 2012
  • Summary: Quirky software interface not as intuitive as it should be, but easy to figure out.
  • Pros: Price performance ratio. Very solid sound for 200 bucks, although I wish it could be around 150. No driver issues in my Win7 64x set up. MAKE SURE you feed the card with a power plug!
  • Cons: Internal relays in the card clicks when powering up and down, this only happens when you booting up and powering down the computer but the click noise is tad on the noisy side.
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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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />After a couple weeks of tinkering with it I finally got the drivers working correctly by installing the 3rd party UNi Xonar v1.61 drivers and then manually installing the official Asus 7.12.8.1794 driver via the Windows 7 device...
  • Pros: Cheap, Quality Output
  • Cons: Old Drivers
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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. Sound quality through ER-4S earphones or electrostatic speakers was excellent. The Audio Center software worked well with a 2-channel audio system.
  • 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 Windows 7 failed to recover from sleep mode. Upgrading the BIOS did nothing to solve the problem.
  • Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Quality Output, Reliable Performance
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Overall 8
8.0

Very good and requires expencive sound system.

arvyzuka, Ebay
27 December 2011
  • Summary: Excellent. But be prepared to buy expencive headphones or speakers system. Any headphones that go under $200 or sound system less than $1000 won't let you experience the sound difference from mid range sound cards. So if you don't have it - this sound card isn't for you. I used it couple of months now and the only downside I could point out is software. I don't know if it was windows or asus software conflicts or what ever but I had some problems with it ..
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice sound card.

Seattle Slew, B&H Photo
1 December 2011
  • Excerpt: I have been very happy with the purchase as the the quality of sound is quite good, much better than anything I've heard on any other onboard/PCIe sound card. <br /><br />As the literature says it is optimized for use with headphones which is very true. Over the last month I have tried it on the different sets of headphones &amp; in-ear monitors I own.
  • Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Quality Output, Reliable Performance
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Overall 8
8.0

Great for Music Server

Steve, B&H Photo
1 July 2010
  • Excerpt: Turns your PC into a quality music server. Best low price solution for PC's poor sound. This boosts it to a serious player in high-fi audio.
  • Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Quality Output, Reliable Performance
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