ASUS is loud and proud
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has released another Xonar audio card, this time the $200 Essence STX. Some serious hardware has gone into this card, which goes beyond the quality expected by a gamer and heads more into the realm of the audiophile. Tweaktown feels this card would be much happier living in an HTPC system with a PCI Express slot as it is almost overkill for a machine that only games.
"Just after Christmas I received a small black box in the mail; this contained one ASUS Xonar
Essence STX PCI-Express sound card. The first shock I received was how fast ASUS had managed
to get this sample out to myself; this tells me they’re excited about the product and to be
honest, I am too!
The Essence STX is not only a great member of the Xonar family, it’s the best sounding board
I've ever heard in this price bracket. I'm sure it will leave a lasting impression in the
minds of competitors and may even send a few back to the chalk boards, scratching their heads.
But most of all, I think it’s the age old cliché; `attention to detail` that lifts the STX
above the crowd with some really nice components chosen and a very high degree of build
quality, as with all ASUS products."
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