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Hey so I was reading this review on the two sound cards and thought the review it just didn't sound right for some reason.

First the guy says that he installs the card on an "old" windows xp computer with a dual core amd. I was like ok, you don't need a high end cpu and video card to run a high end sound card right?

anyway I skipped to the end to read this:
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Summing up
The Xonar Essence STX and Essence ST soundcards are by far the least expensive way of turning a PC into a genuine high-resolution audio source I have yet encountered. Neither the Essences' resolution nor their low levels of noise are compromised by having to operate in the electrically unfriendly environment of a computer chassis.

I'm like what other way is there to equip your computer to play high resolution sound than with a high end sound card? Then I read further:
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And the fact that the Essences are compatible only with PCs is a problem for those who, like me, have found the Mac a more friendly environment for playing music from a computer. ...as the least expensive means of extracting true high-end sound from a PC.

I was trying to think there is something better than a high end sound card that I could buy that would give me better sound? Then I realized, xonar is not mac compatible...

Oh..OH OH I see now. You mean 'PC' as in Windows based machine, as in opposed to a Mac. And one of the drawbacks is that this card doesn't work in a Mac.

I'm sorry but since when were Mac's upgradable in the first place, and I guess all the "true" professionals use macs to record music for the "industry" because mac sound hardware is just so good. /sarcasm

Am I to conclude that if I want true high end sound I have to buy a mac, as the "next step up" from a specialized computer with a 200$ sound card?
Edited by james_ant - 4/26/11 at 12:40pm
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I remember reading that review before I bought my stx.

I think I concluded that the guy knows a lot about hifi and not a lot about computers.
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I remember reading that review before I bought my stx.

I think I concluded that the guy knows a lot about hifi and not a lot about computers.

I think that's the story of every professional who uses macs. Despite how much computers are used in their respective fields.
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How is a Mac a more friendly environment to play music? Ya gotta love the people who claim that music sounds better on a Mac.
 
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post #5 of 8
The STX works on my linux box running ubuntu 12.0.4. On the same box I also run mac os X 10.6.8 (it's a hackintosh build). I'm not a professional audio engineer, but I do like to use Logic Pro, and It would be great to get the STX to work in snow leopard. I think I need to build a kext for this audio card so that it can work in os x. Does anyone have an idea of how to port the drivers from ubuntu to os x?
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did you end up getting this working in mac? i switched from my pc to mac pro and love the asus essence and would love it to work in osx. i have it working in bootcamp when i game but would want it for my audio applications. thanks
post #7 of 8
Not yet, good news is that I found another developer that has a start of an osx driver. Here's the github repo https://github.com/OtaK/CMI8788Driver (https://github.com/OtaK/CMI8788Driver). I have one project that I'm going to finish during this 4th of July holiday weekend, and then I'm going to dive into the xonar driver.
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Great. Hope they get it working!
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