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Item: Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIE Original version
Location: Point Cook, Melbourne
Price: $100 + $10 postage
Item Condition: Perfectly working
Reason for selling: Using onboard audio (Purity Sound)
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank transfer
This is the original version of the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
This is used but it's in perfectly working condition. Physically there is normal wear and tear and 1 missing screw on the back (top right corner).
More details of the item can be found here: https://www.asus.com/au/Essence-Hi-Fi-Audio/Xonar_Essence_STX/specifications/
Im looking in the near future to upgrade some of the source of my current audio system and to downsize my computers physical footprint and ongoing power usage, and so the Xonar is likely to become excluded.
Thus my thoughts turned to replace it with a DAC.
Computer output (CD>FLAC/mp3/youtube/increasingly Google Play/whatever) > Xonar D2x > SVS PB1000 sub crossed at 80hz > Swan T200B
Computer output (CD>FLAC/mp3/youtube/increasingly Google Play/whatever) > Xonar D2x > Shure SRH440
Eventual long term plan is to augment the system with something like the now discontinued Emotiva UMC-200 for a small HT setup.
Existing Swan T200B's as Fronts | Existing Swan D1080 MKII as Rears | Purchase an additional active speaker as a center | Existing PB1000 as sub.
Current budget is <$1k AUD, as usual the cheaper the better.
Looking to find something that is diverse for its inputs, probably optical, coaxial, usb and an aux input.
If it was suitable as an headphone amp also thats a bonus (for when i eventually buy some new headphones), or act as a network renderer also like an Auralic Aries, so i could remove the computer element too it'd be extra awesome.
I was looking at the Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies for a while, but decided they were too expensive when the primary goal is a DAC, not an Amp - that being said, if there is an option that is aesthetically pleasing as the fireflies, it'd be extra icing on the cake. Ive read up stacks on units like the Bifrost, and have information overload from the stacks of models/brands...
Was thinking of onboard sound card > Optical/coaxial > DAC > (Eventually receiver/preamp) > Speakers
I know im asking far too much of the budget, and im not expecting to get everything for this however, at least start down the path with probably the DAC element.
Also happy to be told its a stupid idea and to go in another direction.
* Item: ASUS M51KR-AS007C 15.4 inch Black Notebook
* Location: VIC (postage avail on request)
* Item condition: Excellent, complete with ASUS AC adaptor/power cable, computer bag and product manual
* Price: $240
* Reason for selling: surplus to need (migrated to Apple Macbook)
* Payment Methods: Paypal, Cash / Pickup, Australia Post COD or bank deposit
* More Info:
AMD Turion TL-60 Processor (2.00 GHz)
2GB DDR2 RAM
250GB SATA HDD, DVD+/-RW Dual Layer drive
15.4 inch HD (1440 x 900) display
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 (256MB dedicated)
10/100/1000 LAN, 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN. Modem, Bluetooth
High Definition Audio, Webcam, Digital Media Card reader, FingerPrint reader
1x DVI, 1x VGA, 4x USB, 1x Firewire, 1x RJ-45, 1x RJ-11
Windows Vista Home Premium 2007 Service Pack 2 installed
So I have a whole bunch of stuff lying around that would be far better loved in the homes of other people.
Priority given to local buyers -- but that's not to say shipping interstate is out of the question. Call me lazy, whatever
Wharfedale Diamond SW150 Sub
Item Condition: A
Reason for selling: Underutilised
Extra Info: Ripper sub for the money. Tight, great for music and still able to shake the sills of my (admittedly old) house. The picture of the rear panel is the way I have run it -- not driven hard at all.
5* What HiFi review
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Standmount Speakers
Item Condition: B+
Reason for selling: Never used
Extra Info: These were meant to be the rear fill in my short lived home theatre plan. I ended up sticking with pure two channel and use the 9.5 floorstanders from the same series. They're a B+ due to the small scratch on the rear (pictured) and they have no grills. They were damaged in transit and I'm personally not a fan of them anyway.
Asus Xonar STX
Item Condition: A
Reason for selling: I now have a Mini-ITX system
Extra Info: This thing is the bomb. Ripper DAC and headphone amp whilst being incredibly gamer friendly. Sadly, Mini-ITX boards only have a single PCI Express slot, which is taken up by my graphics card. PC Case Gear are selling this for $170 + shipping. So it's a bargain way to enter the world of PC based HiFi.
Thanks for looking