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

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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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