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Hi I'm having somewhat of a hard time deciding on what sound card to get for my soon to be built PC. I'm torn between the ASUS Xonar Essence ST, ASUS Xonar Essence STX or the ASUS Xonar Phoebus ROG. I do spend 90% of my time at the computer listening to music and playing games, so which one of these would be best for me? I've tried searching for a comparison of the two but haven't really been able to find much and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Themorganlett - 6/19/13 at 8:55am
post #2 of 7
Tell us what kind of audio setup you are using.
Headphones?
Speakers?
Both?

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post #3 of 7
Have you considered a Creative sound card? They use a special chipset that implements a very accurate 3D hearing solution. For more info, check out: http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-nameless-guide-to-pc-gaming-audio-with-binaural-headphone-surround-sound ->sound card chipset section
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I'm using the Beyerdynamic The MMX 300 premium headset,never got any speakers because lack of room and I have considered a Creative sound card but I keep coming back to Asus since I've always has such great experience with their products.
post #5 of 7
The Essence ST / STX is propably only for headphones (you can get something for 7.1 but it costs extra) and could be the right for the MMX 300. The Xonar phobeus had some serious driver issues at the beginning but i think its fixed. I heard also its a good soundcard and comparable to the essence stx.

In my opinion creative is better for gaming and Asus the better choice for music and the essence stx is a great choice.
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STX and ST are too similar, so the only real difference between them is PCI vs PCI-e. And PCI is already dead (no native PCI in new mobos).
Phoebus is kinda useless if you dont own speakers that can benefit from the extra connections, as it is close to ST(X) in performance. And it doesnt have unixonar drivers.
As MMX300 are 32ohm headphones you shouldnt focus on hp-amps. I am using Xonar DG with DT-770 pro 80ohm, MMX300 is designed based on the DT-770 line (DT-770 Premium 32ohm IIRC).

So I recommend:
Xonar STX
Titanium HD (should have the best performance/hardware)
Sound Blaster Z/Zx/ZxR

Creative cards are best for gaming with the headphone-surround (something-3D), Asus also has Dolby Headphones that is also good but it is said that Creative is more accurate.
Although Unixonar drivers have mods for improving the DH.

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post #7 of 7
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Awesome, thank you for your help I'll most likely pick up the STX.
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