Sunday, July 25th 2010

ASUS and Sennheiser Announce Xonar Xense One Premium Sound Card and PC 350 Xense

The new ASUS Xonar Xense One and Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition package is the result of cooperation between ASUS and premier personal audio maker Sennheiser. Xonar Xense is a perfectly matched combination of cutting edge audio card and superior quality headphones that reinvents immersive sound for serious gamers. The gaming audio set creates unbeatable sonic experiences in PC gaming that are sure to be appreciated by hardcore gamers keen on competitive online play.

The Xonar Xense audio card from ASUS and the Sennheiser PC350 headphones were co-developed and tuned to augment each other’s strong suits. During the year-long tuning period for Xonar Xense, ASUS engineers tried some 1,000 headphone combinations in pursuing the best match for the new audio component, and the Sennheiser PC350 proved perfect. Unlike random audio card/headphone combinations, Xonar Xense features a holistic design from the ground up, crafting a balance of the two components. There is no quality gap between audio card and headphones, so no quality is lost in transition.

Spatial Awareness with Precision Sound
Gamers experienced in first person shooters know the importance of accuracy, as auditory cues are vital in getting the jump on opponents. This is something Xonar Xense addresses with first person shooter-optimized surround that amplifies even minor ambient effects. Xonar Xense provides listeners with excellent noise reduction and accurate positioning of audio, and these advantages can make or break a successful play session.

Geared for Action with Uncompromised Quality
Xonar Xense boasts meticulous EMI shielding that protects the audio card from nearby PC components and other electronic devices. Sound remains consistent and full-bodied. Likewise, the heavy duty 6.5mm studio jacks offer better conveyance than standard 3.5mm plugs, further ensuring gamers get full spectrum audio. Both card and headphones offer complete support for Dolby Headphone 5.1 as well as ASUS’ own Xonar GX2.5 audio engine. On top of that, the ergonomically-designed headphones allow gamers to fight to the end without experiencing any fatigue.

No longer do PC gamers interested in privacy and considering the peace and quiet of others need to compromise their enjoyment — Xonar Xense makes personal game audio exciting.
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44 Comments on ASUS and Sennheiser Announce Xonar Xense One Premium Sound Card and PC 350 Xense

#1
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Do want!

Whats the price pimp daddy Bta? Also does it have to be a combo or can I just get the card alone?
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: TheMailMan78
Do want!

Whats the price pimp daddy Bta?
It seems you get a bundle of the card and headset for ₤200.
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#3
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
seems pretty mehh, don't think id purchase a card just for headphones
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#4
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: btarunr
It seems you get a bundle of the card and headset for ₤200.
That doesn't seem to bad. I love my Bose headset but I would like a good sound card. This integrated VIA HD ain't bad but I used to have a creative (gamer) and it smoked this thing.

Whoa you did a ninja edit!

200 pounds? thats like 350 dollars! F@#K that!
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
The reason the headset is bundled is because the card is fine-tuned to match the headset's gain-sweetspot (every pair of headphones has a gain sweetspot in which it sounds best).



by: TheMailMan78
200 pounds? thats like 350 dollars! F@#K that!
200 quid is 300 bucks.
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#6
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: btarunr
The reason the headset is bundled is because the card is fine-tuned to match the headset's gain-sweetspot (every pair of headphones has a gain sweetspot in which it sounds best).

http://www.asus.com/websites/global/products/fuwaPxZqjAhgplCB/06.jpg



200 quid is 300 bucks.
To much for my taste. It would be worth it if I already didn't have a good set of headphones.
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#7
RejZoR
Wasn't this released like a century ago?
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#9
DanishDevil
The PC350s are 100% worth the money. This would actually be a pretty cool little bundle if you were already looking for a new sound card and gaming headset.

Since I already own a pair of the 350s, I'd definitely be interested in the card only.
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#10
Wile E
Power User
I'd rather have a Forte with some good IEMs.....oh waitaminute!
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#11
XMAGUSX
Are they going to release a higher-quality PCI version (like the Asus Essence ST versus the STX)? For those who don't know, the ST has better clock circuits and the ability to add a 7.1 extension board.
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#12
Cuzza
Call me ignorant.... but why does the sound card have a DVI port?
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#13
hat
Maximum Overclocker
I don't think that's a DVI port. In any case I wouldn't buy this. There's a headphones jack, mic, some... unidentified thing, and one coaxial SPDIF out. I would rather build a system with a reciever and some nice bookshelf speakers over optical or HDMI.
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Cuzza
Call me ignorant.... but why does the sound card have a DVI port?
That's physically a DVI dual-link connector, but instead of the DVI connections it has pins for the four female analog connectors (7.1 channel audio). Just like the Razer Barracuda AC1 sound card.

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#15

Funny seeing this, i just mentioned it yesterday, i wonder how if there's any mayor improvement over the ST.

by: hat
I don't think that's a DVI port. In any case I wouldn't buy this. There's a headphones jack, mic, some... unidentified thing, and one coaxial SPDIF out. I would rather build a system with a reciever and some nice bookshelf speakers over optical or HDMI.
Exactly what i did when i sold the ST, bought an Onkyo paired with Polk and the thing sounds amazing, personally i prefer having external control over my volume and interface, it's going to take a whole lot to get me to return to sound cards.
#17
arnoo1
i don't get it, why would such over priced card better than onboard realtek hd audio
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#18
douglatins
by: arnoo1
i don't get it, why would such over priced card better than onboard realtek hd audio
OMG thats why. I mean everyone knows that OB audio is total rubbish.
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#19
Dent1
by: arnoo1
i don't get it, why would such over priced card better than onboard realtek hd audio
That is like saying "I don't get it, why would such over priced video card be better than onboard intel integrated video card"
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#20
mdsx1950
by: Dent1
That is like saying "I don't get it, why would such over priced video card be better than onboard intel integrated video card"
No its not. :wtf:

Especially if your not using a really good surround sound system which you can get the perfect sound by using an expensive sound card.
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#21
Mescalamba
Dont feed the troll.

Otherwise, seems like nice soundcard, hopefully better than Essence ST/X. Still, not sure if it will beat Bravura. :) On paper, maybe.. but paper doesnt have much sound.
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#22
Dent1
by: mdsx1950
No its not. :wtf:

Especially if your not using a really good surround sound system which you can get the perfect sound by using an expensive sound card.
If you are not using a decent surround system or atleast have a decent headphone then this sound card is obviously not marketed for you. If the card is not marketed for you then you'd never understand why people pay the premium for a soundcard over onboard.

Its almost like saying why pay for an overpriced ATI 5970 when you can get perfect visuals from a onboard or lowend video card. If the high end card is not marketed for you, then you will find it difficult to understand the motives behind someone elses purchase.
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#23
Steevo
It uses the word "holistic" in the advert PR spin. So I will not buy this. If they have to use that term to describe it instead of saying it has copper traces, shielded trace paths to prevent interference, etc.... it must suck
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#24
mdsx1950
by: Dent1
If you are not using a decent surround system or atleast have a decent headphone then this sound card is obviously not marketed for you.
Your practically repeating what i said.
If the card is not marketed for you then you'd never understand why people pay the premium for a soundcard over onboard.
Seriously? :wtf: I own a D2X hooked to Z-5500. Of course i understand why people pay the premium.
Its almost like saying why pay for an overpriced ATI 5970 when you can get perfect visuals from a onboard or lowend video card. If the high end card is not marketed for you, then you will find it difficult to understand the motives behind someone elses purchase.
Actually its nothing like that. Theres a big difference in playing a game at maxed out graphics with moderate sound quality (Yes, the Realtek onboard ain't half bad, i know this because my 2nd rig uses a Realtek) and playing a game at low graphics or not being able to play a game at all (Intel Graphics :shadedshu ) with excellent sound quality.

All im saying is that its not such a big deal in comparison to have a high end graphic card to cheap intel graphics that can't even get a game to the main menu. :rolleyes:
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#25
runnin17
by: mdsx1950

Seriously? :wtf: I own a D2X hooked to Z-5500. Of course i understand why people pay the premium.
Kudos on the D2X, but why oh why would you pair it with the Z-5500???? :shadedshu:shadedshu

Logitech speakers are not as bad as Bose crap, but they are darn close. I would recommend selling the Z-5500's and getting a nice 2.1 setup (Audioengine's, Swan MKII's, and a Dayton 10" sub would be about in that price range). You would notice a huge upgrade in sound quality. While it wouldn't be 5.1 you would still have much more accurate sound from the 2.1 setup with quality speakers and a quality sub.
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