- PCI Express x1 7.1 Channels
- 124dB SNR Rating
- Built in Headphone Amp
- 3.5mm and 6.3mm Headphone Compatibility
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I have owned quite a few sound cards including the Auzentech Prelude and have returned them all due to being unsatisfied. I have finally found a sound card that actually delivers. Xonar Essence STX sounds so beautiful; it is the most realistic sound I have ever heard on a computer sound card. It's hard to believe that a computer sound card on a consumer level actually delivers audiophile sound. Hopefully, other companies can take notes and bring us quality products. I am enjoying listening to my music collection all over again. Just hearing the instruments and vocals it sounds like it's live. You have to play high quality files to take advantage of this sound card. Movies sound absolutely stunning. I installed the latest drivers from the Asus website and it works flawlessly with Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit. I didn't bother installing the ones that came with the CD. I am extremely happy so far.
I just wish they had support for 5.1/7.1 analog and this sound card would the ultimate computer sound card (not that it isn't already). If you have a 5.1 or 7.1 system and if it doesn't support digital then you may want to look elsewhere.
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