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[RT] ASUS Introduces the Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Cards

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ASUS today announced the Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1 sound cards which build on the success and huge popularity of ASUS Essence STX. These two new Hi-Fi-grade sound cards are designed to delight audiophiles with 124 dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) clarity and a 600 ohm-headphone amplifier. ASUS claims that these are the world's first consumer sound card to deliver 124 db SNR audio clarity plus 600 ohm headphone amp.

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Doesn't the Creative ZXR have the same exact features?
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Nice to see they recognise aftermarket mods that most people did. The LME49720's are the most recommended op amp for the STX up from the stock JRC ones.

Also nice to see that the new version will support 7.1 over PCI-E (no, clueless people, it won't sound any better/different on headphones or 2.0 systems...)

Also looking forward to seeing the exact specs used, especially for the clock and jitter measurements

EDIT: Specs linked: http://rog.asus.com/307922014/news/asus-essence-stx-ii-and-essence-stx-ii-7-1-hi-fi-grade-sound-launches/
Edited by linkin93 - 3/13/14 at 11:47pm
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I still have my H6 card that I haven't installed for my ST. Not sure if the new features justify a $200 upgrade from current ST/STX users.
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I'm using a 2.1 system so it wouldn't really be an improvement over my Essence STX. I wouldn't have been able to use it anyway since I don't have a spare slot for the daughterboard.
     
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Aren't these things just a whole pile of marketing guff?
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Aren't these things just a whole pile of marketing guff?

 

You mean sound cards in general? Absolutely not.

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I'm using a 2.1 system so it wouldn't really be an improvement over my Essence STX. I wouldn't have been able to use it anyway since I don't have a spare slot for the daughterboard.

Have you upgraded the TCXO/clock and op amps? No? Then it is an upgrade.

I'd like to hear what those muse op amps sound like, I've not encountered them before

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Aren't these things just a whole pile of marketing guff?

Most "gaming" sound cards? Yes. This is not strictly a gaming card, though it will perform much superior to an onboard one, it's primarily designed for PC-based HiFi.
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Very interested to see how these turn out, I still think the STX is the best purchase any budding PC audiophile can make, they compare very well to external DACs 3 times the price.
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