|ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E Sound Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Vito Cassisi - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 16 December 2010|
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Closer Look: ASUS Xonar Essence STX
The Essence STX uses a slick black PCB to house its components. The bracket is coloured gold to match the gold plated TRS sockets, which adds a touch of class.
A black brushed-metal electromagnetic shield covers the analogue components to ensure quality output.
From left to right are the right/left RCA connectors, TRS (6.35mm) line out/in, and optical S/PDIF out.
Included is a S/PDIF TOSLINK adapter, and a 3.5mm to 6.35mm TRS adapter. There's also a
Along the top of the card are the auxiliary input and front panel connections. The auxiliary connection is used for input from other devices such as TV tuner cards.
The molex connection provides power to the Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amp. Beside it is an alternate S/PDIF out header.
All considered, the Essence STX has a great selection of inputs. It's nice to see 6.35mm TRS jacks being used instead of 3.5mm connections.