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Testseek.co.uk have collected 30 expert reviews of the Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe and the average rating is 92%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe.
Award: Editor’s Choice March 2009
March 2009


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The editors liked

  • Studio-quality sound
  • Big
  • Manly jacks
  • Incredible headphone amp

The editors didn't like

  • Wallet-emptying economics

 

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  Published: 2009-04-26, review by: techradar.com

  • Studio-quality sound, Big, manly jacks, Incredible headphone amp
  • Wallet-emptying economics

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  Published: 2014-02-25, Author: Filippo L. Scognamiglio Pasini , review by: tomshardware.com

  • Abstract:  Most hi-fi audio is stored in digital form. With advancements in lossless compression, bit-perfect ripping/streaming, HD audio formats, multi-terabyte storage, and PC-friendly DACs, has the PC earned a place among high-end audio gear? At what price point?...

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  Published: 2011-10-04, Author: George CellaCella- , review by: hitechlegion.com

  • For the serious, or even not so serious, music listener the ASUS Xonar Essence STX is an awe inspiring piece of equipment. Now, let's keep it in perspective, I am not going to tell you to go out and sell your 1968 MacIntosh tube amp and replace it with ...

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  Published: 2010-12-16, review by: benchmarkreviews.com

  • Crisp audio output, Near flat frequency response, Respectable headphone amp, Very low noise levels on both linein and lineout, Toptier components, such as the capacitors, DAC and opamps, Opamps are user replaceable, Drivers work flawlessly on Vista and 7, Dolby Headphone works well for movies and games,
  • Need pricey equipment to appreciate the added quality of sound, EAX emulation isn't quite as good as a native hardware solution, No hotkeys to quickly alter settings in Xonar Audio Center
  • As the performance graphs show, the ASUS Xonar Essence STX is a high achiever. It blitzed all tests, bar one, where the Xonar Xense got a slight upper hand in frequency response. The Essence STX absolutely obliterated the onboard solution in all tests...

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  Published: 2010-06-01, review by: toptenreviews.com

  • It has a very high signaltonoise ratio,
  • There is no S/PDIF input, output only.
  • This is a great sound card for streaming audio from the pc to a home theater system....

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  Published: 2010-04-23, review by: tweaknews.net

  • Made with high quality components, Exceptional sound playback, Stable, intuitive driver, Compatible with Windows 7
  • Expensive
  • Asus' Xonar Essence STX may be pricey, but for audiophiles or those with the money to spend on an excellent sound card, this is the one to get. It looks good and performs even better. It's made with high quality components throughout, right down to t...

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  Published: 2009-08-11, Author: Geoff Gasior , review by: Techreport.com

  • When you get down to their core feature sets, the Xonar Essence STX and X-Fi Forte really are quite similar. Both fake EAX effects in Vista, both support 24-bit audio up to 192kHz, both offer a measure of headphone amplification, both sound fantastic, ...

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  Published: 2009-07-23, review by: maximumpc.com

  • Clean and pure sound output and control over headphone impedance.
  • Pricey and lacks full EAX support.

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  Published: 2009-06-04, review by: xbitlabs.com

  • When I had been listening to the Auzen X-Fi Prelude, I had not expected any card to surpass it. Later on, the ASUS Xonar D2 showed the weak aspects of the Prelude. And now, the Xonar Essence STX sounds better than the Xonar D2 and Prelude, and better t...

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  Published: 2009-04-27, review by: insidehw.com

  • We should also mention other aspects of ASUS Xonar Essence STX as much as those are secondary in this case. If you want to watch movies with surround speakers this card won’t disappoint you because there is S/PDIF output for optical or coaxial cable...

 
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