asusAsus announced a new Xonar sound card aimed at audiophiles. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS’ exclusive Hyper-grounding and EMI Shield design, the Xonar Essence STX is capable of achieving an industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) in signal clarity.The cards also offer an uncommon feature with their built-in headphone amplifier that delivers less than 0.001 percent distortion. ASUS used its Hyper-ground technology and EMI Shield design in the construction of the cards to help it achieve the high SNR score and protect its analog outputs from external magnetic interference. The new Asus Xonar Essence STX PCI-express is also perfect for gaming and entertainment PCs since it supports ASIO 2.0, Dolby Digital Live, Headphone, Virtual Speaker, Pro-Logic II home theater sound technologies, and DS3D GX2.5 3D gaming engines.
There is no word on availability, and neither do we have any idea on pricing.
- Hyper-ground technology
- EMI Shield design
- AV100 high-definition sound processor
- 24-bit Burr Brown PCM 1792A D-A converters
- Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors
- Optical digital output
- Two pairs of RCA jacks
- Input and output 6.3mm stereo jacks