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ASUS 90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Xonar Essence ST Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface

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No more settling for mediocre acoustics with your old onboard audio chip! Turn your PC into a Hi-Fi system with ASUS Xonar Essence ST sound card. A breakthrough in the industry, their Xonar Essence ST, for the first time in the world, features precision-clock tuning for audiophile-class music detail and sound imaging. Top-selected components with proven ASUS design combine in this industry-leading 124dB SNR. Thanks to the built-in headphone amplifier, your luxury headset is capable of unleashing the sound card's full potential with minimized distortion.

Serious listening starts here.

  • newegg Industry-leading 124dB SNR Choosing only the best components and finest design, Xonar Essence STX achieves unprecedented 124 dB SNR – 64 times clearer than on-board solutions, creating a top-of-the-line audio experience for you audiophiles.
  • newegg Precision clock tuning for perfect audio Xonar Essence ST is the world’s first audio card to focus on precision-clock tuning to minimize audio jitter. The result is extensive musical detail and lively sound imaging presented for a revolutionary experience.
  • newegg Quality built-in headphone amplifier Most quality headphones require extra driving power from an amplifier to perform their best, otherwise, they distort and lose details. Xonar Essence STX’s built-in headphone amplifier is ready to drive ANY headphone to its full performance stage - with under 0.001% distortion.
  • newegg Designed in Essence to achieve Excellence EMI shielding seals all analog output signals perfectly from noise, offering distortion-free audio enjoyment. Independent power from MOLEX ensures the power-sensitive analog signals treated with the cleanest power source. And multi-layer PCB design helps separate audio from noise.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 9/13/2012 2:38:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsAgreed with Jazzfan

Pros: Sounds fabulous. Low jitter clock.

Cons: Software. Construction quality is lacking compared to Claro Halo. Components on Claro Halo are much higher quality. Lots of cracks and pops than Claro Halo.

Other Thoughts: People said this card is significantly better than Claro Halo because this card output much louder sound than the Halo. Other than louder sound, no much different in terms of sound quality. The construction no doubt Halo wins hands down, you can immediately tell which board is made in China by looking at the PCB. But the sound quality is superb despite the build quality issue.

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  • Omar L.
  • 8/10/2011 3:11:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsthis other guy has downs

Pros: I have had this card (didn't buy from newegg) for ages and have never felt that the construction was sub par. This other guy must be on disability or something because ALL SOUND CARDS ARE BUILT ON PCB. How can one sound could possibly have better build quality than another?? Why does it even matter? Isn't the sound what's important?

Cons: none.

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  • Saul G.
  • 4/14/2011 11:38:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsNot Sure About This Purchase

Pros: Direct Power
RF Shield

Cons: Construction Quality is Disappointing
Limited Accessories
Obsolete Software Disc

Other Thoughts: I was a little disappointed with this purchase. As mentioned above, it came with a driver disc for Vista and XP and I had to go online to get the software. Am I being sold old stock? I have a Claro Halo XT in my home theater computer and wanted something different and simpler for the office so I went with this for my ASUS mb office rig, f. The quality of construction on the Claro is a lot better - it's more substantial feeling despite the RF shield on the Asus. The Claro also has audiophile grade line out jacks, which the ASUS lacks. The sound quality seems to be about the same - I read reviews insisting that the PCI version of the Xonor Essence was better than the Claro, but I have not heard a difference. It's definitely better than the motherboard sound but then it better be. I do like the Music (Note) setting on the software, but I am wondering if I am just getting the digital version of the old loudness button on a 70s receiver. I will go back to Claro for my next sound card.

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