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For a long time I've been thinking of getting a soundcard for my PC so I can upgrade from the motherboard audio to something better. I've heard many many good things about the Essence STX but I'm still not entirely convinced if I should blow out €170 on it.

Would something like a Xonar DX or D2X give similar sound quality at a cheaper price or is the Essence STX really worth every penny it costs?

I use Sennheiser HD558 headphones with my PC which I suppose are midrange headphones. I would mostly be playing games but also watch some bluray movies and listen to some good music. Would I see a big difference between something like a DX or D2X and the STX?

Thanks!
Edited by tracingspirals - 7/3/13 at 6:20am
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post #2 of 9
A more important question is what speakers/headphones/headsets do you use with your computer?
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Sorry yeah, just edited my post to add more info. I use a Sennheiser HD558 headphones.
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You'll probably notice a difference between the DX and STX. The D2X was designed with 5.1 and 7.1 in mind whereas the STX was designed for 2.1 systems and headphones, it also has much better components on the card. The D2X and STX might be hard for some people to tell apart though.
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I cant speak for your headphones but my Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 I did notice a difference coming from onboard to my ASUS Xonar Essence STX, everything was clearer and much nicer, and one thing I really like about it is you can set the headphones to 8 channel sound so even stereo headphones like mine sounds surround, awesome for games like BF3 biggrin.gif

Another good thing is you can have headphones, microphone and speakers hooked up all at once and just change the output in the software biggrin.gif

Just my 2cents.gif

Just remember tho the headphone and mic use 6mm jacks not 3mm and for speakers they use the rca connectors so you may need something like this to connect you speakers... if they use 3mm
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Cheers, my headphones have a 6mm jack so it shouldn't be a problem connecting it to the soundcard and I don't really use external speakers at the moment.

Anyway, I just orderd the Essence STX! I hope I don't regret blowing so much money on a soundcard now!!
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Remember to enable the headphone amp in the software when you get it.
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I was reading there is a better 3rd party driver software for the soundcard than what asus provides....
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Unixonar drivers. Basically it is recommended to install them instead of original asus drivers, better performance.
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