So, a new audiophile sound card that apparently is also well-tailored for gamers, and it looks damn sexy. A few notable quotes from the article that give some details of the features follow:
"Named after the Latin reference to the Greek god Apollo, Phoebus is the god of music and light, and the ROG Xonar Phoebus dutifully represents itself as an instrument used to pay homage to the god of music."
Already, it sounds bad-ass.
"On the inside, it offers an output SNR up to 118dB for the speaker out connection while also packing a headphone connection with amplifier that’s able to deliver up to 110dB of powerful audio at 600 ohms to users ears with minimal distortion. Cover it up with an EMI shield to reduce signal interference even more, and you’ll be able to hear an enemy’s footsteps or the clink of a pin drop."
118bD SNR and a 600 ohm amp with an EMI shield? Yes, please.
"The 6-pin PCI-Express power connector is required for the headphone amp and to provide a dedicated, noise-free grounding."
So not only does it have an amplifier, but a powerful one by the sound of it.
"Simply plug the headphone and microphone connections to the Phoebus in the rear of the computer and bring the Audio Control Box to your side for easy access to the volume control as well as muting it with a click of the control knob. Volume control by turning a knob is nothing new, but the Audio Control Box also features exclusive ROG Command Technology with an array mic that effectively reduces up to 50% of environmental noise for a superior sound field."
Best alternative to using the front chassis audio connection I've heard of.
I'm really excited for this card. I hope it doesn't cost more than the Essence STX does now. Maybe $199, but I'm not getting my hopes up too much. All I know is that I really, really want it.