Asus Xonar Essence STX reviews

32 customer reviews

+ This sound card has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on features.

£135 – £153 at 2 retailers out of 419 retailers checked

8.5 out of 10 based on 32 reviews.
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Some customer reviews of Asus Xonar Essence STX

Most helpful reviews

James,

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Only one adaptor included, need two to use both microphone and headphones.
Overall rating 7.0
Features 6.0
Sound quality 8.0
Compatibility 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2012

James, Todmorden

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic sound clear well rounded good bass Works well in linux
Bad points:
no software for use with linux
Overall rating 9.0
Features 6.0
Sound quality 9.0
Compatibility 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Nov 2013

Dan, Carlisle

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Sound from this card is unbelievable, more than worth the price, does everything i want it to with no hassle at all :)
Bad points:
non
Overall rating 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2013

Darren, Buckingham IT Engineer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Awesome card.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jan 2014

Steven, Birmingham

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very good sounding card which can be further improved with swappable opamps. Great headphone amplifier with adjustable impedance. Comes with a 1/4 inch to 3.5mm and an RCA to female 3.5mm stereo adaptor. The latest drivers work well under Windows 8 64bit, although they were still currently beta during testing. Support for Dolby Headphone, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, 7.1 virtual speaker, Dolby Digital Live and Direct Sound 3D GX 2.5 for gaming.
Bad points:
This is a Stereo only sound card - no 7.1 option here unlike the ST model which will work as 7.1 with the added H6 optional daughter-board. The STX model connects via PCI Express x1 and requires a spare molex connector to supply extra power to the card.
Overall rating 8.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 9.0
Compatibility 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Nov 2012

Simon, Hemel Hempstead

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great sound with Dolby Headphone.
Massive difference over onboard sound.
Great Headphone Amp. Can drive headphones up to 600 ohm.
Easy to install.

Bad points:
Cost. But then it's not an essential item for your PC, unless you're into games that use surround sound (dolby headphone), listening to music or watching movies.
Would like a quicker way to switch between desk speakers / heaphones in the control panel. But that's a minor point.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Oct 2012

Dylan, bracknell

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This is my seconds Xonar card having had the DX-2

This cards has better sound quality.
Build and finish of the card are the best the PC market has to offer.
Relatively easy to install and config as long as you READ THE MANUAL.
Bad points:
Asus Xonar drivers are notoriously bad and updates are slow, forcing you to use third party UNI-Xonar drivers for best quality and compatibility.

VERY dependent on the motherboard architecture, as some motherboards introduce a electronic hum on all broadcasts.
Overall rating 10.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 10.0
Compatibility 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jan 2013

Product Features

Type Internal
Connectivity Line-in
Connectivity PCI-E
Connectivity Line-out
Connectivity S PDIF out port
Number of Output Channels 5.1

Also known as: Asus Xonar Essence ST, Asus Xonar Essence, Asus Xonar Essence One

 

Manufacturer's Description

Story behind the Masterpiece
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors crystallized their knowledge of the materials and music into the Chime of Tiger, one of the first audio masterpiece in human history. Gold-plated on the EMI shield, the Chime of Tiger totem not only represents Xonar team’s new footnote in audio innovation, but also mankind’s endless pursuit of the Essence of Sound.
Industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio)
Choosing only the best components and finest design, Xonar Essence STX achieves unprecedented 124 dB SNR – 64 times clear than on-board solutions, bringing top-o-the shelf audio experience for audiophiles.
Built-in headphone amp
A high-quality TI TPA6120A2 headphone driver supports headphones up to 600ohms of impendence with lower than 0.001% distortion. Drive your headphones as intended without additional amplification.
Hyper-Grounding circuitry design
This exclusive ASUS technique utilizes multi-layer PCB design to separate signal and noise, ensuring only the cleanest signals are passed to sensitive components.
Perfectly sealed analog output path
EMI and shielding seals all analog output signals perfectly from noise, offering distortion-free audio enjoyment.
High quality DAC
The Burr-Brown PCM 1792A Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC) converts signals at 127dB signal-to-noise ratio.
Nichicon “Fine Gold” professional audio capacitors
Using state-of-the-art etching technology, Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors deliver rich bass and crystal-clear high frequencies.
Swappable OPA Sockets
Tune up your unique sound – OPAMP sockets allow simple, solder-less alteration for user-preferred sound color.

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