<P>ASUS continues to launch new members of its Xonar family of audio cards and shortly after launching the budget oriented Xonar DS 7.1 it has now released a card for the fastidious users. Xonar Essence ST is the first using a technology called audio clock tuning. Simply, it can remove up to 31% of all jitter for a better listening experience. Similar technology is available with advanced stationary music devices and ASUS hopes that its latest Xonar with SNR at 124dB will be able to attract the audiophiles.</P>
<P>Press release after the break;</P><P><STRONG>ASUS Xonar Essence ST Audio Card with World’s First Precision Audio Clock Tuning</STRONG> </P>
<P>In its search for the purest essence of sound, ASUS have broken the boundaries with the newest soundcard on the market, the Xonar Essence ST. This PCI card is the world’s first audio card to incorporate precision clock tuning to minimize audio jitter, bringing the user a clearer, crisper listening experience. The Xonar Essence ST card can also be upgraded to 7.1 channel output with the use of the Xonar H6 multi-channel extension board, which will be sold separately in the near future. </P>
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<P>The Xonar Essence ST is capable of achieving an industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) in signal clarity and offers a built-in headphone amplifier to obtain the best performance out of any available pair of headphones. Thanks to ASUS’ exclusive Hyper-grounding and EMI Shield design, even the most demanding audiophile will be satisfied with the unprecedented sound quality. </P>
<P><STRONG>World’s First Precision Tuning Down to the Picosecond for Ultra-accurate Audio Details</STRONG>Xonar Essence ST is the first soundcard in the world to focus on precise audio clock tuning. Using a technique that was once only seen on top-tier living <NOBR style="FONT-SIZE 100%; FONT-WEIGHT normal" id=itxt_nobr_2_0>room</NOBR> equipment, PC users can now experience 31% less audio jitter interference and enjoy ultimate sound quality that frees the audio signal from unsynchronized input streams and results in extensive music details and lively sound image for the ultimate listening experience. The improvement is most significant during general audio CD playback where the sample rate is 44.1kHz. </P>
<P><STRONG>Industry-leading 124dB SNR for Pure Sound, Pure Music and Pure Listening Pleasure</STRONG>Utilizing only the finest components and design, ASUS has delivered a soundcard that is able to reproduce truly pure sounds at an industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio). This is 64 times clearer the most onboard audio solutions (85–88 SNR). It also features the ASUS exclusive Hyper-grounding circuitry design that utilizes a PCB design to separate signal and noise—ensuring that only the cleanest signals are passed on to ultra-sensitive components for decoding. </P>
<P><STRONG>The Finest Component Selection to Deliver Crisp, Clear Audio</STRONG>With a top-of-the-line Burr-Brown PCM 1792A Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC) to convert audio signals at 127dB SNR, users will be able to enjoy minimum loss from the process of converting digital signals to analog sound. Additionally, Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors deliver rich bass and crystal-clear high frequencies (like the sounds from a piano or violin), allowing the Xonar Essence ST to achieve an amazing </P>