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post #31 of 1781
I'm really looking forward to this card. What DAC's is it going to use on the expansion card??
post #32 of 1781
Thread Starter 
The Existing design uses the H6 DAC expansion board Which is outfitted with PCM1796 DAC's they vary from the ones found on the ST main board.
post #33 of 1781
Thread Starter 
If you have anymore quesiton about this card let me know. I will answer them if I can.
post #34 of 1781
i don't own a quality amp, so the reason for me to buy a quality soundcard is for the DAC, and then feed the ananlog to my speakers.

this may sound like a noob question, but in relation to digital out (for those that use a quality amp etc.) does the soundcard actually do any processing on digital (optical/coaxial) out before it passes to the amp?

if not, is this not dissimilar to using onboard digital out?
post #35 of 1781
What kind of external can dac/amp is the st comparable with? I was planning to buy the stx but halted because the lack of PCI-E on my comp
post #36 of 1781
Thread Starter 
That is a tricky question. The ST uses many of the same components as the STX and most with the STX say the sound quality is well beyond the price.
post #37 of 1781
This is annoying... makes me wish I had just waited for the ST. More flexible installation options and the 7.1 makes it easily superior. I hope it's at least more expensive to make me not feel that dumb for getting the STX!
post #38 of 1781
I just hope the H6 board goes on sell, so I dont feel silly not grabing the Deluxe when I knew I wanted that board. Even if I had to wait a bit more for cash to get it. Tho I wouldnt mind wishing I had the ST instead.
post #39 of 1781
Thread Starter 
Currently the card is still on the drawing board. I have a engineering sample. AFAIK, it is the only ST 7.1 outside of ASUS.
post #40 of 1781
Will be watching this thread daily. Robscix: your posts are appreciated. Keep up the good work
post #41 of 1781
I really could use a PCI version of the STX, my PCI-E ports are too close to my VGA cooler
post #42 of 1781
Thread Starter 
Sure, many boards have similar configurations putting PCI-E X1 slots up where they can't be used. You can put the STX in a X8 or X16 slot...
You could also wait and use the ST in a normal PCI slot
post #43 of 1781
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
Sure, many boards have similar configurations putting PCI-E X1 slots up where they can't be used. You can put the STX in a X8 or X16 slot...
You could also wait and use the ST in a normal PCI slot
sure, but if it comes w/ the daughter board it's gonna cost $300..
post #44 of 1781
Thread Starter 
There has been no MSRP suggested yet. The STX was rather cheap so I am unsure why you think the card will jump from $180 to $300 because of a H6 DAC board and a cable. Wait to see how they decide to market the card and what the MSRP will be...
post #45 of 1781
No release date yet? Has been doing some searching, besides from your preview there is not much to hang on to
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