Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology represents inspiration and knowledge. These facets are not lost in ASUS, which is named after it. The company embodies the strength, purity, and creative spirit of this mythical creature, and soars to new heights with each product it produces.
Through the years, ASUS’ visionary approach has seen it become a major proponent in consumer technology, bringing quality innovation and design into consumers’ lives.
On February 28, 2008, ASUS formally introduced the world to its fledgling audio solution, the PCI based ASUS Xonar DX. Offering an up-to-date driver set versus Creative, it found success and subsequently multiple successors were introduced, the most notable of which was the Essence ST/STX.
But even then all these audio solutions were sound cards (and some other pint-sized USB DACs like the U1 and the U3) and audio snobs turned their noses up at them, in part due to the location of it in a noisy PC environment. Whether or not the reputation is well-deserved is irrelevant, as long as it wasn't located outside the PC casing many simply ignored these solutions as inferior, despite RME and Lynx both having high-end sound card products), and despite measurements and charts showing that the noisy PC environment had become a non-issue in this case.
Then on August 15th 2011, ASUS introduced the Essence One.
(There's going to be a suspicious lack of pictures, mostly because my room's lighting is inadequate and a handphone's [Nokia N9] camera can hardly be expected to deliver stellar ones under the conditions it is used in.)
Rolling review means I'll update this whenever I finish testing some more.