Accepts 192 kHz / 24bit over USB.
Headphone amplifier section capable of driving even demanding loads.
One unit design.
Good price / performance ratio.
Volume control issues.
Blue LEDs on front.
Curved up and bottom plate.
Somewhat cramped front layout.
By Headfonia on June 13, 2013
Disclaimer: Asus Indonesia asked me to do this review. The Fostex HP-A7 and Violectric V800/V200 are the Headfonia Store demo units. The desktop DAC/Amp from Asus comes with surprises on a few level. First it was bigger than how I see it in pictures....-
By Expert Reviews on March 14, 2013
This USB audio device sounds great and is wonderfully upgradeable, but it has a high price...100
By InsideHW on December 25, 2012
Asus Xonar Essence One for headphones and for speakers Ever since we first tested the ASUS Xonar STX soundcard, which passed our tests with flying colours, it was clear to us that ASUS has stepped firmly into audiophile waters. A number of soundcards...-
By pcworld.com_techhive.com on November 08, 2012
Asus is best known for building motherboards and video cards, but the company also has a solid reputation for designing and manufacturing high-end PC sound cards. Asus now takes audio processing outside the computer, with the spectacular Xonar Essence...-
By Whathifi.com on August 02, 2012
is better known (to us, at least) as a purveyor of superior PC-based equipment (the oddly named Android-operated tablet recently received a wildly enthusiastic five-star review), but the is a bridge between computer and hi-fi.It’s a DAC and a...60
By techPowerUp! on April 02, 2012
With the Xonar Essence One ASUS have definitely taken the fight to the DAC and headphone amplifier manufacturers. The design provides excellent sonic characteristics and qualities and furthermore it is easily customizable. The headphone amplifier...90
By VR-Zone on March 13, 2012
Listening Impressions Hans Zimmer - Mombasa (Inception OST) We were really impressed by the speed and accuracy of the delivery and the distinct separation of the percussion instruments on this track. On lesser sound cards the drum beats are usually a...90
By Guru of 3D on February 17, 2012
The Xonar sound machine has been steadily moving forward and pushing the bar ever higher with each successive Xonar product offering. ASUS jumped into the PC soundcard game with both feet but until now have avoided the external DAC market that...-
By Kitguru.net on February 01, 2012
Today we are looking at the latest ‘audiophile’ grade Asus Xonar Essence One external soundcard and digital to analogue converter. The Essence series of products have targeted the enthusiast and audiophile user now for some time, using high...90
By Tech2 on September 12, 2011
The Xonar Essence One is a wonderful piece of equipment, but it’s not the first. There are many not-so-mainstream companies that make DACs with built-in amplifiers. Availability of these devices is poor and often, you end up having to import them....70