I'm on a quest to replace my internal sound card with a high-quality'ish USB DAC and after doing some research, I decided to buy either the Essence ONE or the Essence STU. As I've read, from an audiphile point of view, the 2 cards are similar in sound (having the same chipset and all) and since the STU is hard to find for some uknown reason, I've decided to buy the ONE. However, I have some concerns regarding this DAC, so if any of you guys can help me in these matters, I'll appreciate it.
First of all, I'm using this DAC for a PC that runs Windows 8.1 and although I've seen Asus has some Win 8 drivers for this card, it seems that it doesn't work for many people (at least what I've read). Secondly, I've heard multiple complaints on different sites that the device bricks itself after a while or gets locked, needing a restart. While I'm a tech savy myself and knowing that not many people (even if they purchase high-end stuff) aren't, I'm not sure if these bugs are still there or have been fixed with firmware updates or the sorts.
Thanks alot! If you guys have any more feedback regarding this card, it would be awesome.