ASUS Xonar Essence ST/STX soundcards Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Shuttle PC (AMD Athlon 3.1GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM) running Vista Home Premium with SP2; A-One PC (Pentium 1.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, running Windows XP with SP3); with Foobar 2000, Adobe Audition 3.0, and ASIO4 used for playback (see text); Ayre QB-9 USB D/A processor, Logitech Squeezebox 3 WiFi D/A processor, both used with Apple Mac mini (G4 processor, 1GB RAM) running OS10.4.11 for media storage & playback with iTunes 9.0; dCS Puccini SACD/CD player.
Preamplifier: Simaudio Moon Evolution P-8.
Power Amplifier: Simaudio Moon Evolution W-7.
Loudspeakers: Aerial Acoustics 20T V2.
Headphones: Sennheiser HD-650.
Cables: Digital: Kimber Illuminations Orchid AES/EBU, AudioQuest VSD-4 S/PDIF, Belkin Gold USB 2.0. Interconnect: AudioQuest Cheetah, Ayre Signature (balanced), Linn (unbalanced). Speaker: AudioQuest Kilimanjaro. AC: PS Audio Lab, manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Target TT-5 equipment racks; Ayre Myrtle Blocks; ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusor panels; Shunyata Research Dark Field cable elevators; PS Audio Power Plant 300 at 90Hz (preamp), Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1, APC S-15 AC line conditioners (computers). AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from the breaker box.—John Atkinson

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
US distributor: ASUS Computer International
44370 Nobel Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
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