ASUS Xonar Essence STX, nice sound card with SNR up to 124dB

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  1. dakiller

    dakiller (Oscillating & Impeding)

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    You have to spend some serious money ($600+) to get a better headphone amp to the one on the card

    MomijiTMO - do you even know what high impedance means? Higher impedances are easier to drive than lower ones, you only have the output voltage swing that will limit the max volume
     
  2. telefragd

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    I get what you're saying, but it's a bit of a waste to buy hard-to-drive headphones if you're not going to pair them with an appropriately powerful headphone amp. A comparable easy-to-drive headphone will generally sound better un-amped than a hard-to-drive headphone that hasn't been amped to its proper potential.

    I mean there are people out there using the Sennheiser HD800 straight from an iPod/iPhone headphone output :S

    User experiences on HeadFi are dubious at best IMO.
     
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  3. MomijiTMO

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    Thank you for the correction. :)
     
  4. Hens

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    Its not so much the impedance than it is the sensitivity. Headphones with higher impedance generally have lower senstivity (less efficient) and will thus be more difficult to drive.
     
  5. Criminal_Colt

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    Damnit, I wanna try my 900s on my iPod but I can't find it! Noooes!

    They sound great on the STX. :)

    P.S Does anyone use any of the xtra shit like Dolby Pro Logic II etc with this card?
     
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  6. jalyst

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    Just get some cans like the AD900 which don't need to be driven to sound nice.
    They can benefit nicely from being driven but don't necessarily need it.

    http://headphones.com.au/blog/asus-xonar-essence-stx-ad900-mini-review

     
  7. Criminal_Colt

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    Sounds exactly like what I get if the D3D starts stuffing up the sounds - i.e. a driver issue. As soon as I turn D3D off this sort of thing goes away.

    That said, perhaps its a pleasant sound he's referring to.
     
  8. jalyst

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    Sorry but I think you're a little off here...

     
  9. MomijiTMO

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    Having theories of which headphones are harder to drive are fine but the K602/K701 destroy most of them.

    As for the various things the STX can do, Dolby Headphone for gaming and when I want that live effect when listening to music. Doesn't always sound pleasing and I'll probably stop doing it once the new factor wears off.
     
  10. jalyst

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    Never heard of them, I'll have to find a review...

    Yeah depends on the source, sometimes it's a total waste of time.

     
  11. MomijiTMO

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    The K701 is AKG's current flagship product. They are notoriously hard to drive even though the specs don't seem to indicate they are [ie compared with the hd650]. I'd love it if someone could say why lol.
     
  12. jalyst

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    I see, not really interested in the cans that are hard to drive.
    Especially when they needn't be to sound good...

     
  13. hsv2000

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    The STX drives my DT880 & DT770pro's with no problems. :thumbup:
     
  14. heavywater

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    Xonar Essence STX

    Hi again guys i was wondering what the best connection i should use to connect a Xonar Essence STX to a Pioneer VSX-518 Amp and does anybody know were to get .FLAC format songs?

    Thanks.
     
  15. Renza

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    decent quality RCA, as short as possible.

    flac songs? rip and encode them from cds
     
  16. heavywater

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    Thanks for that.
     
  17. --B--

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    Hi all

    id love to get the ASUS STX however my budget is stretched to the max and i dont think i can justify it to the mrs!

    Can anyone suggest a similar card to match with my A5's which is around the $100 mark? ie: no dont need 5.1 or 7.1 sound

    Cheers!
     
  18. Radley

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    How much is a decent RCA? I better pick one up before I get my A5's and this sound card tomorrow :)

    How about http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=12047 ? It's a PCI card though, and not PCIe, which may be a problem for you i don't know.
    Or stretch the budget to $115 and get http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=8169
    Alternatively, just get the speakers and in a few weeks buy the sound card. That is a much smarter option and you should have no regrets.
     
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  19. LaRgO

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    so if i use spdif for running more than left and right speakers, regardless the source of sound (mp3, gaming) it will run on all channels? i know in stuff like mp3 whats the point of 5.1, but it still is nice to have all speakers going
     
  20. akgfan01

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    The answer is YES.
    If SPDIF/Dolby Digital Live/AVR decoder is used, it'll be a 5.1 channel sound card. ^^
     

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