Asus Launches the User-Tunable Xonar Essence One Plus Edition with a bundled Op-Amp swap kit
The newly-launched Asus Xonar Essence One Plus Edition adds a bundled Op-Amp swap kit with six extensively-tested Op-Amps to make sound characteristic tuning easier out of the box, with no soldering required. It also saves customers the need to purchase Op-Amps separately. The six Op-Amps deemed most unique in their impact on sound character were selected to be part of the Xonar Essence One Plus Edition, the first USB DAC with a bundled Op-Amp swap kit. By combining the original Texas Instruments TI-NE5532 Op-Amps with four Texas Instruments TI-OPA2132PA and two NS-LM4562NA Op-Amps, the special edition allows for five unique tonal impression customization options. The kit even includes an IC clamp, a screw driver, and an Op-Amp swap guide which shares various Op-Amp tips based on the Xonar team’s findings. The kit further offers compatibility with other Xonar products, including the Xonar Essence ST/STX, Xonar Xense, and Xonar DS/DSX.
For power delivery, a dedicated internal linear design prevents current loss, giving components the power they need to reach peak performance while reducing interference and fluctuations due to external AC line conditions. Asus has integrated a premium WIMA capacitor (made in Germany), one of the most highly-regarded parts among audio enthusiasts for its warmer, cleaner, and more balanced sound image. Additional technical highlights include asynchronous data transfer to eliminate jitter, and balanced XLR connectors for easier hook ups with professional audio gear.