ASUS XONAR Essence STX PCIe Audio Card
Introduction and Specifications
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. We recently gave you a thorough look at the ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1 Audio card . And 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 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.
The Xonar Essence STX comes nicely packaged in a display box with "124 dB SNR / Headphone Amp Card for Audiophiles" proclaimed on the front and containing one each of the following:
- Xonar Essence STX 2 Channel PCI Express Audio Card
- RCA to 3.5mm Y cable
- 6.3mm to 3.5mm adapter
- S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter
- Driver CD
- Quick Start Guide
- Audio Precision test report