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ASUS Xonar Essence STU

post #1 of 101
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http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/asus_xonar_essence_stu_external_sound_card_and_headphones_amplifier.html

 

I wonder if this will be any good.

post #2 of 101

An ST in a breakout box, with asynchronous transfer and dedicated physical volume controls. Yes, it will be good, how good for the price depends on the price ...
 

post #3 of 101

I might be able to get a listen to this before it hits the market. Will post a first impression if I can.

post #4 of 101

hmmm, this ASUS DAC seems good and interesting.... maybe i will get in.. 

 

what I heard it has similar performance like Essence one , but a cheaper pricing

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post #6 of 101
Mine just arrived today - will post some impressions as soon as I have a listen. It's a nice looking little box though, very stylish and unobtrusive considering all the features on board. I really like having independent volume knobs for line out and headphone out.
post #7 of 101

may I ask how much you pay for it ??

post #8 of 101
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Originally Posted by cutegigi View Post

may I ask how much you pay for it ??

 

Mine is a review loaner so I didn't pay anything for it... but the retail price will be $399. 

post #9 of 101
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Mine is a review loaner so I didn't pay anything for it... but the retail price will be $399. 


That's a bit more than I hope, actually I could get Essence One here for that much. Not sure if worth it.

post #10 of 101

Wow, that's cheap for the Essence One. Around here the One starts at $599 and goes up to $899 with the Muses opamps. So the STU sits comfortably in between the One and their internal soundcard models which are in the $200 range. 

post #11 of 101

Yeah, somehow or another Asus priced it at such tempting price here. Guess I'll see how they position STU when it's actually out here (hopefully we'll get it; we still doesn't have MUSE edition).

post #12 of 101

I should receive mine by Monday. Can't wait :)

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I should receive mine by Monday. Can't wait :)

 

Nice. It will be good to bounce opinions back and forth with an experienced person such as yourself. I've been so busy I haven't even found time to listen yet. Maybe tonight. 

post #14 of 101

Actually it just arrived ahead of time. I too haven't had time to listen to it now. Will have to wait till tonight.

post #15 of 101

So I had a chance to do some listening with the STU. Fed by USB and driving an LCD-2, I wasn't disappointed at all. I used the high gain setting but low gain could probably work too if I cranked the volume higher. Either way, there's plenty of juice for most headphones, so I wouldn't worry. HE-6 is obviously still off limits.

 

I didn't listen long enough to form any significant impressions other than "not crap". Seemed nice and clear but that's as far as I can go for now. 

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