Looks like ASUS wants to jump on the DSD/DXD train. Can't find any official ASUS info on this yet.
DSD64 and DSD128 are supported. DAC chip is AD1955 (1 for each channel, 2 total). Signal output is op-amps instead of discrete, with AD 827SQ and MUSES 02 op-amp chips. Features TCCO/TCXO clocks and has a stepped attenuator.
Digital inputs are USB, Toslink, AES/EBU, coaxial cables, and analog input via stereo auxiliary is also supported. DAC is fully balanced with both RCA and XLR outputs. Headphone out includes the typical 1/4" jack, but for balanced out it seems to use less typical mini-XLR connectors for balanced headphones.
No information on the pricing yet but I'm guessing around the $1-1.5k mark (since the Essence One sold for $1k). Not sure how it will sound but cool to see a non-Sabre based DSD DAC (not that many).
More details here: http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/asus_launches_essence_iii_preamplifier.html
Edited by Jd007 - 10/18/13 at 10:21pm