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Originally Posted by lombardsoup View Post

Have an old Xonar DX and looking to upgrade. Budget is around $150, what to get?

I would say to get an external headphone amplifier and plug it into the Xonar DX, like the Schiit Magni, $99.
The Xonar DX, D1, STX, ST all use the same C-Media CMI8788 audio processor.
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

I would say to get an external headphone amplifier and plug it into the Xonar DX, like the Schiit Magni, $99.
The Xonar DX, D1, STX, ST all use the same C-Media CMI8788 audio processor.

Seconded.
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Thanks. Been using this card for a few years and wondering if it was still worth it.
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Need some help Xonar nutcases biggrin.gif

Had my STX for a few years and I've had this problem on and off but lately its been a hell of a lot worse I've been having audio kinda glitch out and distort every now and then while gaming, watching videos etc, some days for no reason it will start distorting non stop out of the blue and wont stop till I restart frown.gif

It did it really bad a few days ago while I was playing Dayz and on Ventrlio, I ran DPC Latency Checker for a little while and every so often it would spike to 40,000 or it would cut all audio eek.gif

Anything you guys can think that would cause this?, running 7.0.8.1821 Asus drivers

Thanks wheee.gif
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Try the xonar unified drivers. They are third party, but actually fix issues asus apparently isn't willing to.
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Try the xonar unified drivers. They are third party, but actually fix issues asus apparently isn't willing to.

Well I see Asus hasnt updated the Win 7 drivers since the middle of last year lachen.gif

I'll try the Unified drivers again, hopefully they dont crash everytime I exit a game like they use to... wth.gif

I'll admit Im on the verge of buying a Creative Sound blaster Z card atm, this STX is pissing me off mad.gif

Edit, what Unified install option do you guys recommend, Normal, Low DPC latency or C-Media Audio Panel? I dont use many features just need 250 ohm headphones and be able to select 8 channels thumb.gif
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Presented without comment: the Xonar Essence STX II.
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Taipei, Taiwan (12th March, 2014) — ASUS today announced Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1, two new Hi-Fi-grade sound cards designed to delight audiophiles with 124dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) clarity and a 600ohm-headphone amplifier.

Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 build on the success and huge popularity of ASUS Essence STX – the world’s first consumer sound card to deliver 124db SNR audio clarity plus 600ohm headphone amp, and the long-term holder of the number-one position in Head-Fi’s Sound Cards charts, as voted by highly-satisfied users globally.

Keeping the audiophile spirit and philosophy alive, the new Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 cards both feature a remarkable 124dB SNR for line-out connections and 120dB SNR for headphone listening. Precision clock is controlled by a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) clock source, optimized power delivery is assured with low-dropout (LDO) regulators and WIMA® capacitors deliver balanced sound.

With an amplifier capable of delivering impeccable output for up to 600ohm headphones, an additional gain control for in-ear monitor (IEM) headphones, high-quality MUSES operational amplifiers (op-amps) and an included op-amp swap kit, ASUS once again demonstrates its ability to redefine the sound card market. Essence STX II 7.1 even has the ability to output true 7.1-channel surround sound, via the included simple-to-fit daughterboard.

Commenting on the launch, Ives Chiu, ASUS Product Manager for the Audio Sector in the Multimedia Business Department, said: “Four years after the debut of Essence STX, ASUS remains committed to delivering ever better high-end sound cards to delight the most demanding audiophiles. Drawing on years of experience in developing Essence One, Essence STU and Essence III, Essence STX II delivers meticulous design, quintessential performance and profound musicality — elements that shape the spirit of the whole Essence Hi-Fi series.”


Legendary audio quality that just got better

Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 deliver industry-leading 124dB SNR audio clarity, a much-envied quality inherited from the revolutionary and widely-acclaimed Essence STX sound card — and up to 64 times (64X) better than typical onboard audio hardware. Headphone output reaches a fantastic 120dB.

To attain the essence of sound, ASUS engineers equipped Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 with even more Hi-Fi-quality components. These include a premium TCXO clock source that ensures ultra-low jitter, high-fidelity LDO regulators for consistent linear regulation and German-made WIMA capacitors for a more balanced sound. The profound musicality that Essence listeners expect is encapsulated by celebrated MUSES 8920 and MUSES 8820 op-amps, which deliver true-to-life tonality and spacious sound imaging.

Both Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 benefit from swappable op-amp sockets and come with a swap kit that includes three additional op-amps — two Texas Instruments LME49720s and one MUSES 8820 — that allow users to create different timbres and tonal combinations. The swap kit includes a clamp tool that makes it easy to remove the op-amp microchips.


True 7.1-channel surround sound that’s easy to fit and great to customize

Exclusive to Essence STX II 7.1 is a multichannel daughterboard that delivers true 7.1-channel surround with high-fidelity 120dB SNR outputs. This easy-to-fit daughterboard slides into a slot adjacent to Essence STX II 7.1, so installation couldn’t be more convenient.

Each channel is fully customizable with nine swappable op-amp sockets — giving audiophiles complete freedom to create the perfect surround-sound experience for their ears and listening environment.


Impeccable audio quality that’s all about the details

In their mission to create peerless sound output ASUS audio engineers study and consider all aspects of product design — attention to detail that shines through both Essence STX II and STX II 7.1.

The built-in headphone amplifier supports up to 600ohm impedance — so audiophiles can plug in the finest high-impedance headphones to enjoy the pure quality delivered by Essence STX II and STX II 7.1.

ASUS engineers have also furnished the new cards with an additional gain control designed especially for high-sensitivity IEM headphones, allowing musicians, audio purists and everyday listeners to use snug-fitting earpieces that channel audio output straight to the ear canal — isolating ambient noise for clear sound and undisturbed listening experience.

The cards also benefit from a software package that includes a full version of Dolby® Home Theater, an advanced software suite that turns a PC into a dedicated home-theater center with enhanced surround sound.
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That is going to be awesome. Love my STX as it is so this should be interesting.
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post #129 of 208
If it offers better sound quality than the schiit stack (magni+midi) the it looks like my second system will get my STX instead and I'll pick that up!
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I know this is a late reply, but I also have the same sound card and A50, my headset only used for gaming and switch to stereo speakers for everything else. After much experimentation, I can confirm this setting to be the best if you want to hear clear direction sounds coming from all angles. First don't use the mixamp dolby headphone button, keep the emulation off. Next set your channel to 8, your analog out to headphone or speakers, seem not to matter. In SPDIF out set in to Dolby Digital Live, then use game mode or Hi Fi mode, again don't really matter, and use normal game mode, or option 2 of your headset slider, 3 for some shooters like battlefield. That's all you set, I find the mixamp emulation gives a very disperse effect which is not that good for accurate positional audio, eitherway the A50 is not the best headphone if you want to get the best of this soundcard, but it's the most comfortable.
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