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Originally Posted by HybridCore;14787478 
Doesn't seem to be a tube amp inside wherever it's supposed to amp the signal.
Who cares, most DAC/amp combos are solid state.
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Originally Posted by the_one_duke;14787275 
There is a review and some nice pictures with Essence One.

Review is here.

It will be interesting to see if the rest of the audiophile world likes or dislikes the xonar essence one. That review seemed to be relatively glowing.
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Originally Posted by dude120;14787669 
It will be interesting to see if the rest of the audiophile world likes or dislikes the xonar essence one. That review seemed to be relatively glowing.
I'm skeptical. It's kinda scary that they gave it a comparison to a HA-160D and then were apparently confused what the impedance switch is for. The opamps in it are pretty crappy, too,but at least you can switch those out. I had high hopes, but seeing what's actually under the hood is disappointing. Cool that they got bitperfect USB though.
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I'm skeptical. It's kinda scary that they gave it a comparison to a HA-160D and then were apparently confused what the impedance switch is for. The opamps in it are pretty crappy, too,but at least you can switch those out. I had high hopes, but seeing what's actually under the hood is disappointing. Cool that they got bitperfect USB though.

That seems to be consistent with Asus though. Make a product that is very visually appealing and which is relatively good and has terrible OP-AMPs.
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