ASUS Essence STX II 7.1

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  1. Mr_Alexander

    Mr_Alexander Ancient Guru

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    Hi guys.
    On March 14, 2014 ASUS announced new sound cards Essence II series.:banana:
    http://www.legitreviews.com/asus-es...i-7-1-hi-fi-grade-sound-cards-launched_137551

    My question is. How long does it usually take for the product to hit the market after it was introduced to the press?
    I am waiting for this card to be available finally but it is April 30th already and I still cannot get any info:(.
    I tried to google but I could not find anything about pricing and availability. Maybe some of you guys have some information.

    Thanks in advance.:)
     
  2. Tacoboy

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    Found one place that is selling the Essence STX II for $246.
    Retailers might be holding off buying the newer STX II until they sell off there current stock of STX's
    You might be better off saving a few dollars
    and getting a used Essence STX off eBay ($130-$140).
     
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  3. bigcid1

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    could we have a link,maybe?
    I was told by the rep over at ROG that north america suppliers were
    not going to stock it
    I see that in the UK it is being released on 5/13
    I'm waiting on an answer back from the rep about canada
     
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    Thank you guys. At least some news. I already started to thing that it would be only paper launch and we never see it in stores.
     

  5. Tacoboy

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    Can no longer find the listing for the Essence STX II.
    I'm guessing the retailer starting advertising earlier then they were allowed to and maybe Asus had them take it down.

    "Guessing" Asus might have a backstock of Essence STXs in a warehouse somewhere in North America and they might try to clear those out before launching the Essence STX II in North America.
     
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    One needs to look real close at the old and the so called new. Asus is still using old not new. For me drivers make or brake a card and ASUS.. well you know. They are one of the worst at keeping up. This like the last are not worth the price. If you must still try it make sure where ever you buy you can return for full money back.
     
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    I have to say that my STX has been excellent for me and I've not really felt the need for more driver updates - especially compared to my old creative cards.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what the STX ii can do although I doubt I'll get one as I can't see that it would make a significant difference vs. My STX
     
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    the only different is the H6 pins are on the STX 2, instead of just being on the ST and any other changes are minor besides them using cheaper muse op-amp's and not the actual muse 01 or 02 op-amps.
     
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    Review is coming for this product for those that are interested.
     
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    Cool, any hints on how it sounds? :)

    regards
    ,RagDoll.
     

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    Did Asus said something about a new Asus Essence One?
     
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    You will have to wait and read about it.:)
     
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    Ok, it better be good :) Just joking, I think it will :) I'm currently running a D2X and an ONKYO DV-SP504 Universal player with Wolfson DAC's :) Just wondering if you could tell me the DAC's in the STX II?

    regards,
    RagDoll.
     
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    Perfect.
    Cant wait.:banana:
     
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    Asus NA says the stx 2 is not going to b sold in the US
     

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    I assume if not in US means not in Canada also? WTF?:(
     
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    no,I think just the US dky
    I'll wait to the 13th before I freak out,lol
     
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    with this stx 2 or the stx 1 can the audio inputs on the motherboard still be used? I want to get this card, but between my head set (the mic input) and my record player I need a second audio in.
     
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