Crave high-end audio, but use Linux? The situation surrounding this has been bad in the past, but that’s not so much the case now, especially where ASUS’ Xonar family of cards are concerned, including the headphone-specific Essence STX. Thanks to dedicated developers, the support today is just about as good as the audio quality.
The majority of the high-end PC audio cards targeted at enthusiasts typically focus on multi-channel performance, with a variety of decoding modes, DSP enhancements, and other features tossed in. The Xonar Essence STX from ASUS has an entirely different focus – delivering audiophile-quality stereo output.
ASUS finally antes up to the bang-for-the-buck table with a value-priced product in their Xonar family of performance audio cards. It’s got a solid feature set, and debuts with ASUS’ new DS3D GX 2.0 environmental DSP, but does it break new ground in the price/performance department?
Own a notebook and not impressed with the onboard sound solution? Would you like the ability to be a bit more “hands on” with your audio? Do you want something that’s different than what everyone else has? ASUS might just have the answer for you.
Finally! We are beginning to see Creative’s chipset offerings being used in other manufacturers sound cards. The first such product is Auzentech’s X-Fi Prelude, which we have on the test bench today. Though it excels in some regards, we find out that it has a lot of room for improvement.
|Using the ASUS Xonar Essence STX Under Linux||Rob Williams||October 20, 2009||Sound Cards|
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|ASUS Xonar U1 USB Audio Station||Matthew Harris||November 28, 2007||Sound Cards|
|Auzentech X-Fi Prelude||Matthew Harris||October 2, 2007||Sound Cards|
|ASUS Xonar D2 Sound Card||Rory Buszka||September 3, 2007||Sound Cards|
|Razer Barracuda AC-1 Sound Card||Rory Buszka||April 6, 2007||Sound Cards|
|Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1||Matthew Harris||February 28, 2007||Sound Cards|
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|Chaintech AV-710 7.1 Sound Card||Rob Williams||August 15, 2005||Sound Cards|