ASUS introduces the Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition DAC

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Asus recently presented its audiophile solution Asus Xonar Essence One Muses.

Compared to the One and Plus versions, the DAC in the “Muses Edition” version is equipped as standard with six new Japan Radio Company MUSES 01 op-amps of superior category for maximum audio quality.

The Xonar Essence One Muses Edition also includes a very high quality headphone amplifier that will delight the many users who listen to their music in high definition with hi-end headphones.

Waiting to be able to review it for you, we refer you to the press release with all the info on this product already defined by the overseas press the Giant Killer.

ASUS presents ASUS Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition

USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with top-of-the-line headphone amplifier, with superior quality MUSES 01 Op-Amp for unmatched Hi-Fi audio reproduction

Cernusco sul Naviglio, 3 April 2013 - Featuring the traditional quality of award-winning Xonar Essence products, the new USB digital-to-analog converter with dedicated headphone amplifier ASUS Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition includes the renowned MUSES 01 (Oxygen Free) op-amps (Op-Amps) from New Japan Radio Co. Ltd. that allow you to obtain a more intense, full-bodied and realistic sound to satisfy the most demanding audiophiles.

The product team's constant commitment to perfection and the use of some of the best audio components in the industry have led ASUS to create the Xonar Essence family which includes the recent Xonar Essence One MUSES version, which has achieved the CES Innovations award. Award 2012 in the category of audio components, and the Xonar Essence One Plus Edition model with Op-Amp DIY kit (do-it-yourself), which allows you to easily customize the sound to your needs.

Xonar Essence products have been very well received by the audiophile community and professional media, especially for the easy replaceable Op-Amps. Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition is the result of close collaboration between the experts of the ASUS Xonar work team and New Japan Radio Company, one of the world's leading suppliers of high-quality audio components. This collaboration has resulted in the development of a superior quality USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that exceeds market standards for realistic reproduction of every subtle nuance of sound. Xonar engineers chose the MUSES 01 op-ams for the excellent sound they produce: they offer excellent audio quality in every respect and can satisfy even the most demanding audiophiles. In integrating the ASUS Xonar Essence One hardware and the MUSES 01 Op-Amps, the engineers have particularly focused on optimizing audio reproduction.

The operational amplifiers (Op-Amps) are the heart of a DAC as they allow to amplify the analog signal and define tones, treble and timbre of the audio. In particular, MUSES 01 components are the first to use oxygen-free copper interconnects to increase circuit conductivity and improve reproduction. Exclusive manufacturing techniques are adopted such as die-bonding with advanced symmetry: a particular scheme that allows to reduce the noise between the components and to obtain a better balance in the symmetry of the right / left channels. This is one of the main features that allow Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition to generate a wider range of sounds.

In addition to having high-quality MUSES 01 Op-Amps, the Xonar Essence hardware uses a design specifically designed for audiophiles. 8-bit symmetrical 32X upsampling and dedicated 600 ohm headphone amplifier allow you to enjoy an optimal audio experience. The internal linear power supply guarantees optimal voltage regulation, while the Hyper Grounding technology offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 120 dB to reduce any background noise and any distortions. As for the capacitors, the Xonar Essence USB DACs use WIMA components (made in Germany) that are particularly popular with audiophiles. The rich technical equipment is completed by optical, S / PDIF and USB inputs with asynchronous data transfer to eliminate any jitter, fully balanced XLR connectors to simplify connection to professional audio equipment and single-ended outputs. All these features allow Xonar Essence products to generate extraordinarily harmonious, clear and lifelike audio.

The Asus Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition DAC is available at a recommended price of 899,90 Euros, including VAT.

Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition DAC

  • 10Hz to 48kHz frequency response
    (-3dB, 24bit / 192kHz input)
  • TI PCM1795 DAC
  • 32-bit upsampling at 352.8kHz 
    (input 44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz)
  • 32-bit 384kHz upsampling (48kHz / 96kHz / 192kHz input)
  • 2x XLR outputs (balanced)
  • 2x RCA outputs (unbalanced)
  • ¼-inch headphone jack
  • Optical and coaxial S / PDIF-in
  • USB


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