|ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI Express sound card review|
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|ASUS Xonar Essence STX|
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|3D audio performance, subjective testing|
ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI Express sound card review
After running the rule over Auzentech's latest discrete sound card offering, the X-Fi Forte, recently, today we have the treat of getting to spend some time with the latest offering from another current discrete audio giant, ASUS.
While Auzentech's X-Fi Forte focused on squeezing the full functionality of Creative's X-Fi chip into a small, low-profile PCB and kitting it out with as much additional functionality and top-notch audio quality as it could muster, the latest member of ASUS' Xonar series takes a very different path.
In short the subject of today's review, the Xonar Essence STX, is aimed squarely at PC users with a penchant for headphones. Given that I use headphones with my PC at least 95% of the time these days, this board could almost be aimed at me personally, making for an exciting prospect that covers ground that we haven't seen targeted directly before in the discrete audio market, while also offering up overall sound quality and features as we've come to expect from previous Xonar releases.
So, is the Essence STX a headphone wearer's dream audio solution? Let's find out for ourselves.