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ASUS XONAR Xense and Essence ST/STX question

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Is the Xense essentially a Essence STX? Is there any difference at all in sound quality? The Xense seems like a bargain for what it costs.
 
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Xense and STX Have different sound signature then each other. Also the Xense uses a analog I/O for its multichannel outputs and come with Xense Edition PC350 which suppose to be improved over the original PC350s.

The Xonar STX Headphone amp circuits is stronger then Xonar Xense headphone amp Circuits. Also the STX has 3 op-amp sockets Two I/Vs with jrcs in them The buffer which has a LME49720NA in it. All 3 can be changed since the STX uses dip-8 sockets. The Xense has one OP-amp socket for its Front and headphone amp outs. I don't know what it uses for the other channels on the cards.

The Xonar ST would be the other option then the STX and the Xonar Xense as it has jitter protection as well as H6 board pins on the card for using Multichannel Analog outputs. The problem is the H6 board is harder to find now then it used to be. I don't know why not sold everywhere like it used to.

Personally I would suggest unless you need the 5.1 analog output of the Xense, to get a ST or a STX Then Get good headphones and use a clip on mic. Unless you see a huge deal on a Xense that your looking it.

Maybe Asus has another card planed in the future which why the H6 is harder to find unless they hoping those who wanted to get a ST+H6 at the same time to go grab a Xense instead.
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Thank you for the explanation.

Yes, the H6 is incredibly hard to find at the moment. Been trying to find one for a friend of mine for awhile now and haven't been able to find a reliable source.
 
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