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ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STU External Sound Card and Headphones Amplifier

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ASUS today announced the Xonar Essence STU USB external digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier, based on the acclaimed design and quality of Xonar Essence ST/STX internal sound cards and going beyond their already high standards. Offering audiophile-grade performance, Xonar Essence STU delivers USB connectivity and accessible external controls.

It offers clear sound with a 120dB signal to noise ratio (SNR), strong 600ohm headphone amplifier, asynchronous USB audio and swappable Op-Amps for DIY sound modification. Precision clock tuning technology further enhances audio fidelity, making Xonar Essence STU a great choice for discerning music lovers who need a quality DAC and headphone amplifier to drive the full capabilities of high-end headphones.

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seeing as they already have the Essence One, I'm not sure there's a lot of point to this. No price was listed so we'll have to wait, but perhaps its to fill the price gap between the Essence ST and the One.
 
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What are the actual differences between this and the Essence One? I have the STX and always wanted the One but was put off by the price and apparently dodgy driver support. I would however jump at getting rid of the dirty molex connection to the STX, so this would be ideal.
 
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Still won't beat my Marantz MCR 603 based PC system I am afraid.

I am looking forward to times when I actually can build a PC sound system without resorting to equipment that wasn't intended for PC use.
 
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STU for stamina training unit? If you know what i mean?
 
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Another overpriced, useless piece of kit from Asus. :shadedshu