I've been reading that the xonar essence st / stx line are the cat's pajamas. Only probloem is I can't find a single model that has a digital optical connection? WHY? I've had cheaper, lesser cards like the auzentech that had optical connections. This doesn't make sense to me.
Xonar Essence cards have no optical spdif?
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Both the ST and STX have a S/PDIF out which supports TOSlink, though you may need that little adapter thing. It also has an internal header for HDMI audio to your video card, if you want to use that.
Edited by blackmarket - 10/16/12 at 1:42pm
As mentioned above, it is a Coaxial/TOSlink combo output. Apparently the adapter for coaxial to optical is included.
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Yes, is comes with an adapter that turns the S/PDIF coaxial output to a S/PDIF optical output.
TOSlink optical output is located inside a coaxial, just the way it was implemented in 1/8"/optical combo out.