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Asus Xonar Essence STX
8.8 out of 10

Asus Xonar Essence STX

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

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Overall 10
10

The best sound card I've ever owned

Gail S., Newegg
11 October 2015
  • Summary: I'd suggest you google the UNi Xonar Drivers and use them.
  • Pros: Amazing, clear sound. Audio definition like nothing I have ever heard before. Easy to use interface. Updated drivers for Windows 10. The card was released over six years ago, but it is still an amazing high end audio card.
  • Cons: Expensive, but you get what you pay for.
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Overall 10
10

Buy it.

Mike B., Newegg
13 August 2015
  • Summary: Remember to plug in the power connector when you install the card.
  • Pros: The sound quality moved me to tears. I have neurological hypersensitivity to sound and for the first time I'm unable to detect the slightest amount of distortion or noise in the audio. I knew it would be an upgrade but I wasn't expecting such an extreme boost in quality as I tend to notice artifa...
  • Cons: Enduring life without one.
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Overall 10
10

very clean sound, very easy install

zzfaugc2012, Amazon
18 March 2015
  • Summary: Amazing card so far. I'm hearing more in my music from my computer than I have before. So far I haven't done any gaming with it yet, but I will. After trying the sound blaster zxr, ht omega eClaro and sound blaster z, I finally found something that matches my needs.
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Overall 10
10

Outstanding sound; really weird install

Joseph Pulitzer, Amazon
21 February 2015
  • Summary: With the exceptions of 1) the STX II, or 2) access to a time machine, this is without a doubt the best soundcard you can buy. ...That is, if you set it up properly. First of all, the card is powered by an external 4-pin Molnex.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome Reproduction!

Timothy M., Newegg
30 January 2015
  • Summary: Do you need a card like this? Not really. Do you want a card like this? Yes, yes you do.
  • Pros: This card is mechanical - it clicks its way to life as you start up the computer. When you switch outputs it clicks, it gives you a feel of quality that you would not have with a regular sound card you could buy. Plug a decent set of headphones into the jack and your ears will light up with music...
  • Cons: The software is pretty clunky, like it was designed in the late 1990s. Once you figure it out you can switch outputs and get groovy sounds, yo.
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Overall 10
10

Cannot Go Wrong

Tyler M., Newegg
20 January 2015
  • Summary: Expect this review to update over the course of a couple of weeks.
  • Pros: Well, expect this review to update; however, the card is amazing! So far I have yet to recieve my DT880's 600OHM impedance; coming today too. Without top of the line headphones one may think that simply hearing a difference would be challenging. On the contrary, they turn horrible logitech speake...
  • Cons: None so far, besides maybe the molex connector needed, but that was no problem. Although, the molex connector did not seem to fit too well, but it fit none the less.
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Overall 10
10

Great No Problem

Andre S., Newegg
18 January 2015
  • Summary: You can of course custom change the DAC and amp components, but the stock works true and great for me. It will make "short circuit" sound as you change the source ie headphone- speaker and etc. but I have made that changes hundred of times, and the card is still ok and going strong. So do not worry.
  • Pros: I am using this card to power a DT880 600 ohms headphone. So far using the highest gain, it gets no problem at all. No hissing no lag, and it works wonder. Better than Fiio external amps that I have owned. Fiio and other even O2 external amp and DAC will have slight hissing noise at the gain to m...
  • Cons: For those using logitech 5.1 or 7.1 speakers, you have to modify the cable so that you can use this sound card. even so, this xonar STX is optimised to stereo. So it will work really great for those headphone and stereo speakers users.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome in a box

Adam F., Newegg
14 January 2015
  • Pros: I can't say enough how much I love this amp. I pair it with my Sennheiser HD650 and am astonished what I was missing. The clarity and sound stage is so impressive.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Switched from X-Fi to Xonar

Keven H., Newegg
30 December 2014
  • Summary: I've been a loyal Creative sound card user for 20+ years. I've also been happy with many Asus products. My latest motherboard purchase did not have a PCI slot so I could no longer use my X-Fi. In comparing reviews of the latest Creative card to the Asus Xonar I decided to try the Xonar.
  • Pros: I've had good experiences with other Asus products. Reviews of the Xonar looked like it was the better product for me (compared to the latest Creative offering).
  • Cons: Sound card makes an odd clicking noise at times. Seems to happen most often while the system is booting. Hasn't caused any disrupting while listening to music or playing games, but a bit disconcerting to hear this at all.
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Overall 10
10

Outstanding card after you get it to work

DREW W., Newegg
20 December 2014
  • Summary: Other than the software hiccup this card is outstanding. I would definitely buy this card again for another build.
  • Pros: This card is constructed very well and absolutely beautiful to look at. The sound quality puts every other sound card I've owned to shame, even with mid range speakers and headphones. The Audio Center software that is included allows you to customize the sound in just about every way imaginable.
  • Cons: Nothing that is a deal breaker, but a few issues I ran into while installing: Installing the drivers was a little more complicated than it should have been. Go to the website for driver downloads if the included CD doesn't work for you. Seems to be a common issue that a prompt saying "Sound card ...
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