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Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

Placing a product in the "audiophile" category automatically opens it up for scrutiny of the highest order. The new Asus Xonar Essence STX "headphone amp card for audiophiles" is Asus' latest in a line of audio card offerings that pretty much cover the spectrum of PC audio applications. Asus now offers audio cards designed for gaming to Home Theater PC applications. Today we're looking at the latest iteration of the product, targeted at those of us with a more discerning ear--The Xonar Essence STX.

The Xonar Essence STX audio card boasts a host of features that are clearly aimed at end users wanting the best possible listening experience their PC can offer. In this HotHardware evaluation, we are going to explore this card's features and performance with particular emphasis paid to sound quality...

Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

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Asus has some pretty awesome audio cards.  I would love to hear this card in person.

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Asus doing Sound card I'm adding it to my summerlist!

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So I've been interested in getting a soundcard, but will I be able to hear the difference? People say that you do, but then again, does this allow you to have a lower CPU level due to the fact the sound card offloads the information to an onboard processing unit? I am not sure whether the XONAR has one.

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peti1212:

So I've been interested in getting a soundcard, but will I be able to hear the difference? People say that you do, but then again, does this allow you to have a lower CPU level due to the fact the sound card offloads the information to an onboard processing unit? I am not sure whether the XONAR has one.

The XONAR Essence STX has an ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor on the card. And yes you can really hear the difference.

 

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One of these days I need to get a decent sound card if not just once so I can hear the difference. I have tin ears though so idk if I would hear it.

Also its about time we start getting some stuff to take up those x1 slots.

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are these the only cards that support dolby PL II?

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bob_on_the_cob:

One of these days I need to get a decent sound card if not just once so I can hear the difference. I have tin ears though so idk if I would hear it.

Also its about time we start getting some stuff to take up those x1 slots.

 

Same here. I consider my ears to be bad at differentiating sound quality. If/When I do get one, I'll probably go for another Xonar. One not geared towards headphone usage.

 

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