Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe

  • Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe
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Based on 12 scores, 26 reviews available
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    11
  • Good:
    1
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
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Pros:

  • Truly Audiophile Sound Quality.
  • Incredible Separation and Sound Stage.
  • Excellent Clarity and Detail While Retaining Warmth, Especially Through Headphones.

Cons:

  • No Phono Input.
  • Need pricey equipment to appreciate the added quality of sound.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Hi Tech Legion on

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...

By Benchmark Reviews on 91

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...

By TopTenREVIEWS on 88

This is a great sound card for streaming audio from the pc to a home theater...

By TweakNews on

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...

By The Tech Report on

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,...

By Maximum PC on 90

Headphone audiophiles rejoice There are a few dirty secrets in the tech industry, and one of the best-guarded among them regards multichannel audio—everybody wants multichannel audio but almost no one actually runs the speakers to use it. Sure, we...

By X-bit Labs on

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...

By Overclockers Club on

As with most products, I was slightly apprehensive about the Xonar Essence STX before I heard it. I asked myself, how could a small, simple amplifier on a soundcard perform anywhere near as well as a standalone headphone amplifier? The answer is, it...

By InsideHW on

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...

By TechRadar on 90

This isnt just a fancy sound card, you know. Oh no. Let us quote from the included Audio Precision Test Report, a fancy document bound with gold string to compound its obvious legitimacy: "The development of the new Xonar Essence line has triggered...

By Techgage on 90

Without a doubt, ASUS has taken a broad and varied approach to the audio card market. What started with the Xonar D2, a solid all-around contender to take the performance crown away from Creative, has morphed into one of the most well-rounded audio...

By HotHardware on

The Asus Xonar Essence STX is marketed as an Audiophiles sound card. That being said, we could do without some of the non-essential bells and whistles. An audiophile will never be satisfied with the stock EQ presets and there are plenty. The...

By FutureLooks on 95

One thing that annoys me most about PC audio is just how noisy and dirty sounding it is, especially with good headphones. The most startling thing about the ASUS Xonar Essence STX Headphone Amp Card was just how dark the background was. There was...

By Overclock3D on

The sound quality of the Xonar Essence STX far surpasses any commercially available and viable sound card in it's price category. Barring sound cards costing £200 upwards, the Asus Xonar really is musically the best card you can get at the...

By Elite Bastards on

When we came to the climax of our review of Auzentechs new X-Fi Forte a couple of weeks ago, we labelled it as our new "king of the hill" as far as discrete audio solutions go. Indeed, it was almost a minor miracle in the way it squeezed so much...

By Digital Trends on 90

If you’re the type of audio enthusiast who delights in discovering nuances in musical recordings you thought you were already intimately familiar with, you’ll want to check out the Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. This audiophile-quality...

By Guru of 3D on

Based on my long term testing with the STX card, from engineering sample to final production version I have been highly impressed with the Xonar Essence STX. ASUS set out to build a new flagship card for stereo and headphone use and definitely...

By Computer Shopper on 89

The Xonar Essence STX sound card offers stellar sound, and its one of the best choices available if you listen to music over quality headphones....

By ExtremeTech on

For the dedicated headphone listener, this is the finest sound card available. But its price and its limited speaker support are unfortunate factors.Listening Observatio...

By FiringSquad on 91

Asus Xonar Essence STX ReviewAsus Xonar Essence STXBackside of the EssenceThe sound card seems to have fallen out of favor with the hardware enthusiast over the past few years, as on-board solutions have provided multi-channel surround sound that...