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ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC/Amp

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Frederik S, Sep 19, 2013.

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    ASUS's most recent DAC/amp gets put to the test. This time, the Xonar Essence One gets a new little brother in the Essence STU. The new STU is a sleek-looking, small foot-print DAC/amp with excellent specs. We put it to the test to see how it measures up to other similar solutions!

    To read this review go to: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Xonar_Essence_STU/
     
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    250 Euro ? price seems a bit high for pc use i think , it would be nice if it had been compared against p/p king Fiio devices btw
     
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    Sure love my TPA6120A2 chip capable of driving loads of up to 600 Ohm impedance ;)
     
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    I wonder how this compares to those lower end receivers. It is a heck of a lot smaller than them though.
     
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    Lower end receivers typically have very bad headphone outs. Most of the ones I have seen feature ancient headphone amplifier designs.

    Some older integrated amplifiers and receivers have a step down circuit for the headphone out which sound alright. To be completely frank it is a waist of space and money getting a small receiver for headphone amplification you are simply much better off buying a cheap headphone DAC/Amp or just amp and running a mini-jack to RCA to it.
     
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    maybe i found my audio card for a ITX build, since i can't have my GTX 670 4gb and Asus Xonar Essence STX in a ITX board at the same time ^^
     
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