Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › ASUS Essence Xonar ST good choice along with Corsair SP2500 and Sennheiser HD555?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

ASUS Essence Xonar ST good choice along with Corsair SP2500 and Sennheiser HD555?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hello all!


I've been looking to upgrade my audio on my PC and I've been having a hard time on deciding a sound card and speakers and seek advice.

I prefer to stick with a 2.1-Channel setup as far as speakers go as I don't really watch movies, just YouTube videos and the like. My primary use for it would be music and a little gaming. I listen to all sorts of music from Classical to Metal so I wish to have something that can handle all sorts of music perfectly well.

I heard a lot about Corsair's SP2500 and people say it is good for music as much as it is good for gaming, especially with a discrete sound card. Now I was also looking at the Klispch ProMedia 2.1 and even the Bose Companion 3. However I'm open to any other suggestions. My price range is anything below $250.

As for headphones, I practically already settled on the Sennheiser HD555s.

Now onto the sound card. At first I was deciding on the ASUS Xonar Essence STX but I don't think I could fit it on my motherboard as my second PCI-E x16 slot is being blocked by my GPU and my only PCI-E x1 slot is really close to the North Bridge Heatsink. So instead I picked the ASUS Xonar Essence ST as I have three PCI-slots available. Would you guys recommend me this sound card for my needs, or is there any other sound cards I should look at?


Thanks,


Destroysall
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x3 445 ASRock M3A770DE Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Kingston Hyper-X 4GB DDR3 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit HP vs17e 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad Rosewill Green Series 630w Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9x 
Audio
FiiO E10 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x3 445 ASRock M3A770DE Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Kingston Hyper-X 4GB DDR3 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit HP vs17e 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad Rosewill Green Series 630w Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9x 
Audio
FiiO E10 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 6
For speakers, I would recommend the Audio Engine A2, they're more or less $200 and are one of the best speakers at that range.

OCN recommended speakers

The HD555's are very good gaming headsets since they have very good soundstage as well as a focus on the mids and highs which are essential in gaming.

For gaming the best choice at $130 would be the SB X-Fi titanium HD it also has replacable op amps to suit your sound taste.

most-commonly-recommended-audio-products.html
Equinox
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k Asus Z97I-Plus Galaxy 780 Ti HOF Edition Kingston Hyper X Fury 16 GB 1866Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial MX100 512 GB Corsair H55 dual fan (CPU) NZXT G10 Corsair H55 (GPU) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro SP1 Asus PB278Q DK-9087 MX Red White Leds Seasonic 660X 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone FT03 Logitech G400S Razer Sphex Fiio E17 / E9K 
AudioAudio
Fidelio X2 HE-400i 
  hide details  
Reply
Equinox
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k Asus Z97I-Plus Galaxy 780 Ti HOF Edition Kingston Hyper X Fury 16 GB 1866Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial MX100 512 GB Corsair H55 dual fan (CPU) NZXT G10 Corsair H55 (GPU) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro SP1 Asus PB278Q DK-9087 MX Red White Leds Seasonic 660X 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone FT03 Logitech G400S Razer Sphex Fiio E17 / E9K 
AudioAudio
Fidelio X2 HE-400i 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 6
Titanium HD would be a solid choice for you.

As for speakers, do you want bass, or is musical precision more important? If its bass, then the corsairs will do. However, if you want to be an audiophile (you got the sennheisers for gaming already, and speakers suck for gaming anyways...), why not start your investment in a solid set of bookshelf speakers (you can add in a nice subwoofer later).

Mark suggested the A2, which is a pretty good choice. However, I would suggest the swan m200mkII at $250: http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?products_id=183

The Swan D1080 is often compared to the A5s (way better version of A2), and the Swan m200mkII > D1080s.
Mule
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P GeForce 9800 GTX+ OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640gb + Seagate 500gb LiteOn DvD Burner Win7 + Ubuntu Viewsonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergo Keyboard RAIDMAX HYBRID 630W RAIDMAX SHITADON Krait (Soon to be CM Spawn) 
Mouse Pad
Chinese cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
Mule
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P GeForce 9800 GTX+ OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640gb + Seagate 500gb LiteOn DvD Burner Win7 + Ubuntu Viewsonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergo Keyboard RAIDMAX HYBRID 630W RAIDMAX SHITADON Krait (Soon to be CM Spawn) 
Mouse Pad
Chinese cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I don't really game to much, just here and there, I mostly listen to music. I like to have bass, but I don't want it muffling out any treble and mids.

I never heard of the Titanium HD. I'm going to have to check that out then. Is the HT Claro Halo any good?
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x3 445 ASRock M3A770DE Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Kingston Hyper-X 4GB DDR3 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit HP vs17e 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad Rosewill Green Series 630w Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9x 
Audio
FiiO E10 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x3 445 ASRock M3A770DE Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Kingston Hyper-X 4GB DDR3 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit HP vs17e 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad Rosewill Green Series 630w Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9x 
Audio
FiiO E10 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 6
Well actually if you don't really play that many games, then a refurbed Xonar ST or STX will do. Titanium HD is really only for people who game alot.
Mule
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P GeForce 9800 GTX+ OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640gb + Seagate 500gb LiteOn DvD Burner Win7 + Ubuntu Viewsonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergo Keyboard RAIDMAX HYBRID 630W RAIDMAX SHITADON Krait (Soon to be CM Spawn) 
Mouse Pad
Chinese cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
Mule
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P GeForce 9800 GTX+ OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640gb + Seagate 500gb LiteOn DvD Burner Win7 + Ubuntu Viewsonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergo Keyboard RAIDMAX HYBRID 630W RAIDMAX SHITADON Krait (Soon to be CM Spawn) 
Mouse Pad
Chinese cloth pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wararchon;14521004 
Well actually if you don't really play that many games, then a refurbed Xonar ST or STX will do. Titanium HD is really only for people who game alot.

Yeah, I thought I would be gaming a lot when I built my system, but I mostly just watch videos and listen to music a lot. I still game, but not as much.

Anyways, on the speakers note, would I be able to add a Subwoofer to the A2 at a later time?

Also, I was looking at the OCN recommendations list Mark provided me and I am wondering, what if I were to go with the Xonar D1? I looked at the I/O and it has a good amount of connectors. I wanted to know if using Line-In for the A2 would change the sound, or would it still sound amazing?? Also, as far as headphones go, could I use a 3.5mm converter for the HD555 and plug that into the SPDIF port, would that work all fine? Or should I scrap that idea and just stick with Xonar ST?
Edited by Destroysall - 8/9/11 at 4:40pm
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x3 445 ASRock M3A770DE Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Kingston Hyper-X 4GB DDR3 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit HP vs17e 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad Rosewill Green Series 630w Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9x 
Audio
FiiO E10 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x3 445 ASRock M3A770DE Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Kingston Hyper-X 4GB DDR3 CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit HP vs17e 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad Rosewill Green Series 630w Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9x 
Audio
FiiO E10 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › ASUS Essence Xonar ST good choice along with Corsair SP2500 and Sennheiser HD555?