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post #181 of 591
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I'm so confused about the STX II vs and H6. What is the point of having H6, is it just to upgrade the 5.1 to 7.1?


Many of our fellow Head-Fiers have home audio systems with discrete analog multichannel inputs (e.g., a McIntosh® MX140 surround-sound processor driving a full bag of active studio-monitor-grade speakers:  Seven full-ranges for the front left/center/right, side left/right, and rear left/right; plus one subwoofer or group of subwoofers).  The Asus® XONAR® H6, developed as a companion to the Essence™ ST™ and updated for the STX II™, provides the additional analog outputs (viz., sides, rears, center and sub) for multichannel home audio.

post #182 of 591
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Many of our fellow Head-Fiers have home audio systems with discrete analog multichannel inputs (e.g., a McIntosh® MX140 surround-sound processor driving a full bag of active studio-monitor-grade speakers:  Seven full-ranges for the front left/center/right, side left/right, and rear left/right; plus one subwoofer or group of subwoofers).  The Asus® XONAR® H6, developed as a companion to the Essence™ ST™ and updated for the STX II™, provides the additional analog outputs (viz., sides, rears, center and sub) for multichannel home audio.

Is the Essence H6 the same daughter board as the Xonar H6? I've tried looking everywhere for the Essence H6 but only found the Xonar ones.

post #183 of 591
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Is the Essence H6 the same daughter board as the Xonar H6? I've tried looking everywhere for the Essence H6 but only found the Xonar ones.

They are one and the same.

post #184 of 591
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How is the headphone amp on this card using the HD 650? Is it comparable to the Schiit Magni or the O2 in quality?

 

I'm trying to get a sound card that will free up my front/back output jacks for my speakers, and allow me to completely ditch my headphone amps.


You shouldn't have any problem as I use my STX (super modded) to drive my HD 650.  They play LOUD and superb.

post #185 of 591
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You shouldn't have any problem as I use my STX (super modded) to drive my HD 650.  They play LOUD and superb.

what about your modding?have you found something on the net?

post #186 of 591

This  Pro'sKit PK-501E is unusable, but its great for destroying everything on the card.

post #187 of 591
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You shouldn't have any problem as I use my STX (super modded) to drive my HD 650.  They play LOUD and superb.

How is the soundstage?
post #188 of 591
Btw, I got the 7.1 from this link:

Essence STX II 7.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JF6RO7C/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_AH4Cub17ASDAT

You guys think it's legit? High ratings from vendor and it clearly says 7.1 with the pic of the daughter card. They just raised the price by $10 after I bought it.
post #189 of 591
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Btw, I got the 7.1 from this link:

Essence STX II 7.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JF6RO7C/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_AH4Cub17ASDAT

You guys think it's legit? High ratings from vendor and it clearly says 7.1 with the pic of the daughter card. They just raised the price by $10 after I bought it.

how much did you pay?the price is about 200/230 euros that's ok..

post #190 of 591
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Originally Posted by donaldduck2004 View Post
 

how much did you pay?the price is about 200/230 euros that's ok..

I paid 299USD for my STX II without the daughter board.

post #191 of 591
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Originally Posted by Ultracer View Post
 

I paid 299USD for my STX II without the daughter board.

Oh yes I've noticed now the info...I think amazon is reliable... ;)

post #192 of 591
Amazon UK has the 7.1 $280 shipped, I got it from the link above for $289 from a US vendor because I wasn't sure whether buying from UK would cause problems returning the card. You can get rushed shipping from amazin UK for $296 2-4 days too.

By the way, what's the consensus on a good opamp, particularly one that increase the soyndstage. And how many of them so I need?
post #193 of 591
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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post

Amazon UK has the 7.1 $280 shipped, I got it from the link above for $289 from a US vendor because I wasn't sure whether buying from UK would cause problems returning the card. You can get rushed shipping from amazin UK for $296 2-4 days too.

By the way, what's the consensus on a good opamp, particularly one that increase the soyndstage. And how many of them so I need?

Yes What about soundstage and color of sound?We want opinions not prices! XD

 

@Solarium what will you do with your stx 2?source for the magni?


Edited by donaldduck2004 - 11/25/14 at 1:48pm
post #194 of 591

I actually got the package today from Factory Depot, it was NOT the 7.1 version even though I confirmed it to be the 7.1 version by messaging them prior to buying. Anyway, moral of the story is don't buy stuff not directly from amazon. This is the link of the real 7.1 version from amazon uk:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JF6RO7C?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

 

it's $280 shipped to US via 5-10 day delivery, or $295 with 2-4 shipping. Much better deal.

 

@donaldduck2004 I'm not going to use the magni, the whole point of buying this card is so that I don't have to use an external amp/DAC and can plug the headphone directly into the sound card.

post #195 of 591
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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post
 

I actually got the package today from Factory Depot, it was NOT the 7.1 version even though I confirmed it to be the 7.1 version by messaging them prior to buying. Anyway, moral of the story is don't buy stuff not directly from amazon. This is the link of the real 7.1 version from amazon uk:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JF6RO7C?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

 

it's $280 shipped to US via 5-10 day delivery, or $295 with 2-4 shipping. Much better deal.

 

@donaldduck2004 I'm not going to use the magni, the whole point of buying this card is so that I don't have to use an external amp/DAC and can plug the headphone directly into the sound card.

oh so you will send it back?

 

about magni: ok I thougth the stx 2 could be only  a source...sorry... ;)

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