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www.geeks.com has refurbished Asus Xonar Essence STX sound cards for $129.99.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=XONAR-ESSENCESTX-PB-R&cpc=SCH

Use promo code DEALTAKER to take off another 10% = $116.99.

Shipping is $5.25 (YMMV).

Total price: $122.24

Here's the link to the Xonar Essence ST, the code works for it too.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=XONAR-ESSENCEST-PB-R&cpc=SCH

Shipping is $5.25 (YMMV).

Total price: $131.24
Edited by coelacanth - 4/4/11 at 8:31pm
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Hmm how are refurbished sound cards :O
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kubo;13000758 
Hmm how are refurbished sound cards :O

My current card is a refurb (been using it for years), but I've never bought a refurb off of geeks.com.
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EDIT: whoops. Didn't read.
Edited by dev1ance - 4/4/11 at 5:02pm
 
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post #5 of 19
If only this were the ST...

Sent from my Samsung Epic 4G
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13003569 
If only this were the ST...

Sent from my Samsung Epic 4G

Is the ST better or something? proof.gif
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime;13003747 
Is the ST better or something? proof.gif

The ST has better clocking circuitry and results in lower jitter. Not sure how big of a difference it makes though.
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post #8 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime;13003747 
Is the ST better or something? proof.gif

This is my understanding of the difference between the ST and the STX (aside from the fact that the ST is PCI and the STX is PCI-E). I found this on another forum:
Quote:
A note on the Xonar Essence ST vs STX:

You want the Asus Xonar Essence ST (NO STX), it's possible to hook up an Asus H6 extension bracket which gives you the possibility to also hook up a Surround System (H6 extension supports upto 6.1 IIRC) through analog. If you want to hook up your Home Theater trough Digital (Sony-Philips Digital Interface or SPDIF), the STX is also capable of doing that.

The STX is designed for good headphones, with its headphone amp, or high quality 2 channel sound systems.
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post #9 of 19
Guess I'll be doing some research then. smile.gif
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post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime;13003747 
Is the ST better or something? proof.gif
He may just be looking for pci, but according to responses from people who have owned and directly compared both, yes it is. Read through the essence st/stx threads on head-fi:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/421890/the-xonar-essence-stx-q-a-tweaking-impressions-thread
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/414322/xonar-essence-st-sneak-peek

I considered the ST/STX for a long time, but eventually decided against it because lots of people have reported driver problems. This is excerpted from the foobar2000 FAQ:

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also see: https://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&id=20100511223113328&board_id=21&model=Xonar%20Essence%20STX&page=3&count=26
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