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

rjm003

Probably the most high-end sound you can get from a computer sound card.

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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.

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 Creative has put that history behind them. 2. A lot of DSP "enhancements" are turned on by default. For the best sound, turn them all (equalizer, AEX, 3D, "crystallizer", etc) off. 3. The card is physically quite similar to the SE-200PCI, but there is now a separate plate for the multichannel analog...
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Ilya--s

A little review of Onkyo SE300

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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.
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