ASUS Xonar Essence STX Review
The Asus Sound Card Xonar Essence STX is the headphone amplifier card which has been specifically designed for all the Audiophiles and music buffs out there. It is a decent card that can perform well without any static or noise of any sort. Music enthusiasts are the target customers of the makers of this PCI-e audio card as it aims to make the top of the line music quality.
It has the built-in headphone amp that allows you to power even something higher than 600 ohms. It also has the 6.3 mm headphone jacks that really make it one of a kind and a fantastic match for some high-end headphones. The Essence STX comes packed with the SNR or the High Signal-To-Noise-Ratio that enhances the quality of the audio as it reduces the unwanted noise in the sound.
EMI Shield makes the audiophiles go wild on how it can offer a more accurate appeal in the audio as it frees it from all the distortions of the audio. And if you are still not satisfied with that, the Xonar Essence STX has the upgrading ability that allows you to enhance its quality and make the sound more natural.
It has the characteristics that can figuratively get you to melt in your chair or sweep you off your feet. It has that intricate sound quality that makes Jazz or any other sound more pleasing to the ears. This sound card is so great that with them, the vibrations from the sound can be heard and felt.
Yes, it still has little disadvantages, such as it being just a sound card and not a high-end amplifier, headset, earphones or speaker system. Some say that you should only buy the sound card if and only if you are satisfied with your sound output already. Mainly because that is when the sound card will make the most noticeable difference just yet as the sound is already maximized.
The sound quality of the Essence STX is even more apparent whenever used for recording. It provides clarity, dynamics, and a great depth for the songs. It does seem to be of better performance than brands such as the Audigy 2 ZS and it also makes switching easy as you get to go from the sound system, to the headphones without any aggravation.
The adjustment controls are also a joy to use as it gives you the options for your preference. Some say that even if this is like a God’s gift to humanity, it still is a bit expensive and for something with that price tag, it should have been in bundled sets or package buys to lessen the price.
The Asus Xonar Essence STX is great when it comes to putting out any interference or removing any unnecessary noise. However, as a brand that is looked up to by a lot of professional musicians, it still does not pass the bar of those more discriminating audiophiles.
True enough, there will always be room for improvement, but then again, in comparison to others in the market, the Xonar Essence STX still outweighs the rest of the competition.
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