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ASUS Xonar Essence STX Reviews

Joe007

Great card ever

Posted

Pros: good potential to mod

Cons: none

Mod it into Burson Opamp and Elena Cap. Sounds Great and huge improve!!!
Dalamar

Disappointed

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Pros: great specs, quality line in

Cons: GARBAGE drivers, line in only handles 2 vrms, large

I love this card, but since it's taking cmedia years to make properly functioning Windows 7 drivers, and and ASUS is failing at making proper asio drivers, I'm going to have to part with it.   The card still picked up some noise from my gpu (less than onboard did) during gaming - all internals probably will - if you're not going Auzen x-fi, stick to external DACs.
shane55

Great sound card and head amp.

Posted

Pros: Great output sound from either line-out or Head-out

Cons: Zeeeero

I didn't realize when I bought this card how much better it would be than any of the past cards I had (mostly Creative). The S/N is great, especially for recording.   The sound from this card suits my tastes more than the sound from my DAC1-Pre.   It's simple, not a lot of bells and whistles. It seems to be geared to the audiophile, and I appreciate that.   No regrets, only joy.
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