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ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1 SPDIF Sound Card 124DB SNR w/ Headphone AMP

Choosing only the best components and finest design, Xonar Essence STX achieves unprecedented 124 dB SNR, 64 times clear than on-board solutions, bringing top-o-the shelf audio experience for audiophiles.

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Specifications


124 dB SNR / Headphone Amp card for Audiophiles

Story behind the Masterpiece
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors crystallized their knowledge of the materials and music into the Chime of Tiger, one of the first audio masterpiece in human history. Gold-plated on the EMI shield, the Chime of Tiger totem not only represents Xonar team¡¯s new footnote in audio innovation, but also mankind's endless pursuit of the Essence of Sound.

Industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) 
Choosing only the best components and finest design, Xonar Essence STX achieves unprecedented 124 dB SNR ¨C 64 times clear than on-board solutions, bringing top-o-the shelf audio experience for audiophiles.

Built-in headphone amp
A high-quality TI TPA6120A2 headphone driver supports headphones up to 600ohms of impendence with lower than 0.001% distortion. Drive your headphones as intended without additional amplification.

Hyper-Grounding circuitry design
This exclusive ASUS technique utilizes multi-layer PCB design to separate signal and noise, ensuring only the cleanest signals are passed to sensitive components.

Perfectly sealed analog output path
EMI and shielding seals all analog output signals perfectly from noise, offering distortion-free audio enjoyment.

High quality DAC
The Burr-Brown PCM 1792A Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC) converts signals at 127dB signal-to-noise ratio.

Nichicon "Fine Gold" professional audio capacitors
Using state-of-the-art etching technology, Nichicon "Fine Gold" capacitors deliver rich bass and crystal-clear high frequencies.

Swappable OPA Sockets
Tune up your unique sound - OPAMP sockets allow simple, solder-less alteration for user-preferred sound color.

Package Contents
Xonar™ Essence STX 2 Channel PCI Express Audio Card
RCA to 3.5mm Y cable 
6.3mm to 3.5mm adaptor 
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptors *1
Driver CD 
Quick Start Guide 
Audio Precision test report

System Requirements
One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card 
Microsoft® Windows® Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005 
Intel® Pentium®4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU 
>256 MB DRAM system memory 
>60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package 
CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation 
High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital decoder, to enjoy the ultra-high fidelity sounds of the card

 
 
Bus Compatibility
PCI Express
Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) (Front-out) :
124 dB
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) (Headphone-out) : 
117 dB
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) :
118 dB
Output THD+N at 1kHz (Front-out) :
>0.0003 %(-110 dB)
Output THD+N at 1kHz (Headphone-out) :
>0.001 %(-100 dB)
Frequency Response (-3dB, 16bit/44.1KHz input) :
10 Hz to 90 KHz
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage :
Unbalanced Output : 2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)
Chipset
Audio Processor :ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit)
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution :
44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution :
44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output :
44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
ASIO Driver Support :
44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
Connectivity
Analog Output 
1 x 6.3 mm jack (1/4") Headphone out
2 x RCA (Un-Balanced) 
Analog Input 
1 x 6.3 mm jack (1/4") (Line-in/ Mic-in combo)
Digital
1 x S/PDIF out (1 x Optical / Coaxial combo)
1 x Front-Panel Header 
1 x Aux in (4-pin header)
Special Features
Dolby® Technologies : Dolby® Digital Live/Dolby® Headphone /Dolby® Virtual Speaker /Dolby® Pro-Logic II 
Karaoke Functions
FlexBass™
GX 2.5 Game Audio Engine
VocalFX™
Accessories
S/PDIF adaptor x 1
3.5mm-to-RCA adaptor cable (8-ch) x 1
6.3mm to 3.5mm stereo adapter x 0
Quick Start Guide x 1

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