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Found a deal on a Xonar Essence STX; Worth the money?

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For 165$, But still undecided because I'm on a budget.
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It all depends what you do, the STX will provide a lot better sound over onboard audio, but it depends what you use for sound? monitor speakers? headphones? headset?
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I'm going with either some audiotechnica AD700s or AD900s. Using them mostly for gaming, but I listen to a lot of music as well.
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post #4 of 7
If you still haven't purchased the STX i would highly recommend doing so, one of the best improvements i have made for my PC
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STX is probably the best card that you can buy for the computer before going to a DAC
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Originally Posted by rapidtransit View Post

STX is probably the best card that you can buy for the computer before going to a DAC

Debatable. It depends on what you use your computer for. The STX in my opinion is awful in regards to sound cues in gaming. In music, however, its damn amazing. The ZxR (or Zx tbh), might not be nearly as good in music, but they are close. However, they are far far better in terms of gaming. It just depends on what you are looking for.
post #7 of 7
Nope terrible deal. I sold mine used for 150 a few months ago. There is no reason why you can't find one for 140 used if you look hard enough.
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