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post #121 of 125

Thanks Cladisch.  I suppose the DMA is a non-hackable component?

post #122 of 125
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Originally Posted by storris View Post
 

Hi all,

I've been milling around audio forums trying to find a suitable sound card for my PC.  I was hoping some enterprising bunch had built a DSD card, but the closest I've got so far is, well, here...

 

I notice that the Essence ST & STX use a DSD capable chip.  Can the DSD functions be enabled?

Try the Schiit Loki?

post #123 of 125

Wow.  So little talk on STX 2  so far, perhaps due the price?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Essence-Express-PCI-E-High-Fidelity-Audio/dp/B00LWFLHDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410703709&sr=8-1

 

Too expensive compared with STX.

post #124 of 125
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Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
 

Wow.  So little talk on STX 2  so far, perhaps due the price?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Essence-Express-PCI-E-High-Fidelity-Audio/dp/B00LWFLHDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410703709&sr=8-1

 

Too expensive compared with STX.

I believe PC audio card reached the end point in term of sound quality/cost. With this sort of price, you may just well go buy dedicated components, like Schiit DAC and Amp, or even those ASUS external DAC Amp.

 

People say external power circuitry is much better for sound quality, so going away from sound card seems to be the better choice. IDK?

 

I'm still trying to tell my STX II apart from my Schiit Stack, but It's hard. Training my ear now lol.

 

Hopefully the STX I/II can redeem the price tag some how. And I'm a pure objectivist, so yeah.


Edited by Ultracer - 9/14/14 at 8:31am
post #125 of 125
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I'm still trying to tell my STX II apart from my Schiit Stack, but It's hard. Training my ear now lol.

 

Transparent is transparent, if you're getting to the point where it sounds the same, that's just the what the music sounds like and it's time to stop worrying about equipment and enjoy.

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