RightMark Audio Analyzer - 16-bit 44.1kHz
Moving from subjective listening tests to something more objective, we used RightMark Audio Analyzer to evaluate output quality. We gathered these results with "loopback" tests that route a sound card's output through its line input. We'll kick things off with 16-bit/44.1kHz CD-quality audio.
To keep things simple, I've translated RightMark's word-based quality scale to numbers. Higher scores reflect better audio quality, and the scale tops out at 6, which corresponds to an "Excellent" rating.
|RightMark Audio Analyzer audio quality - 16-bit/44.1kHz|
|Overall score||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||THD + Noise||IMD + Noise||Stereo Crosstalk||IMD at 10kHz|
|Xonar Essence STX||5||6||5||5||6||4||6||6||6|
The Essence's signal quality appears to be superior the Forte's with 16-bit/44.1kHz audio. In fact, the Auzentech card doesn't really do anything to differentiate itself from the ALC889A here.
If you want to geek out over a bunch of detailed RMAA graphs, we've provided the raw results for all of our RMAA tests below.
Total harmonic distortion + noise
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