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Onkyo Japan SE-300PCIE Wavio PCI Express Sound Card

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Pros: Transparent & detailed, neutral & natural, very good dynamics and imaging, doesn't sound harsh for my taste, doesn't lack reverberations

Cons: Soundstage can be a little wider, bass a little thin & lack of some weight & body compared to some DACs

Don't get me wrong - it's an amazing soundcard. I've had an Asus Xonar Essence ST w/OPA627AU, but SE300 are simply on another level of this.
so, some facts about SE300:
-) There is no front_panel output (HD_audio)
-) 7.1 output sounds ok, better then Creative Titanium.
-) Headphone_output are really good. Headphone_amp of Essence ST, for example, have much more power, but drives low-impedance headphones worse.
-) SE300 is running a little hot.
-) It's works under Windows XP.
Onkyo Japan SE-300PCIE Wavio PCI Express Sound Card
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120dB SNR 24bit / 192kHz 0.3Hz~88kHz Stereo FR / 0.3Hz~20kHz 7.1 Multi-channel FR capable PCI Express Sound Card. With EAX® ADVANCED HD 5.0, Creative X-Fi® PCI Express & DIDRC proprietary technologies.\ 1: 2Vrms 2-channel RCA Stereo Analog Output 2: ø3.5mm 32~600Ω Headphone Output 3: S/PDIF Toslink Optical Digital Input 4: S/PDIF Toslink Optical Digital Output 5: S/PDIF RCA Coaxial Digital Output 6: ø3.5mm Front Speakers (L / R) Stereo Analog Output 7: ø3.5mm Surround speakers (L / R) Stereo Analog Output 8: ø3.5mm Center speaker / Subwoofer Stereo Analog Output 9: ø3.5mm Rear Surround speakers (L / R) Stereo Analog Output 10: ø3.5mm 20mVrms sensitivity Stereo Microphone Input 11: ø3.5mm Stereo Analog Input

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