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ASUS Xonar Essence ST Headphone 7.1-Channel Audio Card for Audiophiles

My experience, tips and tricks

Vartan

Pros: Sound quality, Takes power direct from PSU, Swappable op-amps, Build quality

Cons: DRIVER, Headphone output sound quality

 So first of all, for people who are saying that they are hearing noise from outputs. The only noise I hear from the card is from HP out, when sample rate is set to 44.1 Khz.  What can be the reason of the noise and how to prevent it:  1. Don't use video cards. Use only integrated video. 2. Before buying a PSU read some reviews about ripple and noise tests, voltage regulator...
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Excellent Card - A MUST For ANY Gamer
Excellent Card - A MUST For ANY Gamer

Asus Xonar DGX

Pros: Excellent sound quality; Most awesome positional sound through Dolby Headphone; Low-Price; Stable and Low-latency UNi drivers with accurate 7.1 sound

Cons: Difficult to make it fit into PCI-E slot while keeping it fully attached to case

Spectacular sounding small device
Spectacular sounding small device
Probably the most high-end sound you can get from a computer sound card.
Probably the most high-end sound you can get from a computer sound card.

Onkyo Japan SE-300PCIE Wavio PCI Express Sound Card

Pros: 120 dB S/N (A), 24/192, built in headphone amp, PCIe + standard XFi drivers (robust and relatively future proof).

Cons: The gamer and DSP features of the XFi codec add unwelcome clutter and confusion.

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ASUS Xonar Essence STX

ASUS Xonar Essence STX

“ Note: I'm from Sweden so if the wording or sentence structure is a bit off, I blame the Swedish educational system!!    Introduction The ASUS Xonar Essence STX is a two channel soundcard with a built in amplifier and it is a great entry into hi-fi and head-fi, it has a good set of features and handles most games very well, at least with the newer drivers. The card has a good DAC-chip...” --Mr_Owlow

100% Positive Reviews
Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium HD PCI-E

Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium HD PCI-E

“Ingame shotgun sound from behind actually freaked me out first time I heard it and had to check my back!   If you want a sound card, then go high-end or not at all. The motherboard inbuilt ones can do sometimes better than cheap soundcards. This one is a bit more expensive, but very high-end and will make a huge difference! You will be left to wonder how you lived without. Crystal clear...” --Validus

100% Positive Reviews
AudioQuest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC

AudioQuest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC

“ But why are there no forefinger drives?  Why, why, in the name of Western Digit-Skull?     ” --scrypt

100% Positive Reviews
ASUS Xonar Essence ST Headphone 7.1-Channel Audio Card for Audiophiles

ASUS Xonar Essence ST Headphone 7.1-Channel Audio Card for Audiophiles

“ So first of all, for people who are saying that they are hearing noise from outputs. The only noise I hear from the card is from HP out, when sample rate is set to 44.1 Khz.  What can be the reason of the noise and how to prevent it:  1. Don't use video cards. Use only integrated video. 2. Before buying a PSU read some reviews about ripple and noise tests, voltage regulator...” --Vartan

100% Positive Reviews
Xonar U7 - 7.1 USB-Soundkarte

Xonar U7 - 7.1 USB-Soundkarte

“ Build: the worksmanship is great, feels much less plasticky than i would have thought.  I pluging it straight into the usb on my win 8 64bit desktop, the card lit up and started working within seconds, hovewer when i tried to manually install all the software/drivers, it said it did not recognize my asus xonar u7?!? after 15mins, i have discovered that the USB switch was set to 1.1....” --pcharouz

100% Positive Reviews
Musical Fidelity V-LINK 192 - Asynchronous USB To SPDIF Converter

Musical Fidelity V-LINK 192 - Asynchronous USB To SPDIF Converter

“ This thing does what it's supposed to do and does it well.  Noticeable improvement in sound quality.  For $200 you can't go wrong.  No real complaints from me about the V-link at all. ” --jbarr1989

100% Positive Reviews
Onkyo Japan SE-300PCIE Wavio PCI Express Sound Card

Onkyo Japan SE-300PCIE Wavio PCI Express Sound Card

“This is a great sound card, full featured for gamers, home recording, and home theater, as well as traditional high-end audio.   I am only interested in it as a source for high-end audio (2 channel) and my review only considers this one aspect of its functionality.   Notes in passing,   1. Drivers install without a hitch on Win 8.1(64 bit) and seem stable, so hopefully...” --rjm003

100% Positive Reviews
Creative 70SB150000000 Sound Card

Creative 70SB150000000 Sound Card

“I got this sound card to replace my Asus Xonar DG which died on me. The difference in sound quality between this card and the Asus is quite noticeable. Much more clarity and crispness in the high end. Bass seems punchier and more detailed. Power output seems like it is much better as well as I don't have to turn my headphones up as much as before.    The software that comes with it...” --killeraxemannic

100% Positive Reviews
Asus Xonar DGX

Asus Xonar DGX

“First of all the other reviewers may have had issues with drivers for this card, but I had 0 problems. It was as easy to install as pressing "Install". It required nothing more and at the moment, UNi drivers are of the highest quality, offering Low-Latency installation and very accurate Dolby Headphone 7.1 profile, far more accurate than official ASUS drivers provide. Do not download or use...” --MonarchX

100% Positive Reviews
Asus XONAR DG CMI8786 Sound Card

Asus XONAR DG CMI8786 Sound Card

“I had this card for a while and it did a decent job powering my AKG K550's and my Ultrasone 650Pros. I could always tell there was more to be had from them though. The sound was good but a tad muddy on the bass end and a tad clipped on the high end.    After 6 months I got static output from the front panel and had to unplug it. After 10 months of ownership the card would output...” --killeraxemannic

75% Positive Reviews
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