Originally Posted by randomizer
I wonder if the STX II has the same random ear-destroying noise that affected the original STX.
Curious. My STX didn't have that noise. It had great sound without any noise right out of the box with no modifications. Other reviews from users or reviewers that actually used or tested it gave it high marks. The guy in your Youtube review either was doing something wrong or he was just unlucky enough to get a bad one.
Originally Posted by ILoveHighDPI
We know that tape media is the absolute cheapest storage type there is for data archiving, there's no reason digital cassette players shouldn't be highly competitive... as long as you want to play all of your music in sequence every time.
You are comparing apples to kumquats.
As far as tape being the cheapest media for data archiving goes, have you checked the price of the hardware needed to record and retrieve the data lately? Also, the data is stored digitally, not as analog, on those tapes. The cassettes used for audio were crappy in quality compared to the ones used for computer archival.
Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
You should consider buying a different DAC altogether, then, if you're really worried about sound fidelity.
At the time I bought my Xonar Essence STX (on sale, btw) several years ago, the external DACs still cost more, had fewer features, and ate up room I didn't have. The DragonFly Red USB DAC I'm using right now cost me a little more when bought it a few months ago (also on sale) but has the advantage that it takes up less room than either most external DACs and internal sound cards (I'm using my notebook until I can finish building a new computer to replace the one that died earlier this year. The sound is slightly better but the Dragonfly has fewer playback options that the STX did since it's just plug'n'play with no driver.
Keep in mind the sound one gets from a soundcard or a DAC compared to motherboard sound is going to be highly dependent on the speakers or headphones being used and the tastes of the listener.