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Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set (Acoustics Powered by Sennheiser)

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  • Audio Chipset: ASUS AV100; Channels: 7.1; Sample Rate: 192 KHz; Digital Audio: 24-bit; SNR: 118dB
  • Interface: PCI ExpressX1
  • Ports: SPDIF Out: Yes

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Asus
  • Model Number: XONAR_XENSE

Product Description

Product Description

ASUS XONAR_XENSE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set

Whether you want the edge in first person shooters or more detailed environments in an MMORPG, the ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set delivers incredibly immersive audio that puts you in the game. Co-developed with expert audio maker Sennheiser, the set features the ASUS Xonar Xense sound card and Sennheiser PC350 Xense edition headphones as the perfect 1-2 combination for astounding audio quality.

See what the experts had to say about the Xonar Xense:

"The Sennheiser and ASUS team worked some sonic magic with this audio system."
- Steven Wall, AKA "ROBSCIX", Guru3D Audio Lab, Canada, May 12th 2010

"Unrivaled performance is on offer in the FPS gaming arena with the most accurate and intense positional audio on offer in today's market"
- James Vozar, TweakTown, Australia, June 1st 2010

World’s first total audio solution optimized for PC gaming

Key Features

  • ASUS Xonar Xense sound card delivers premium gaming audio
  • Gain-matched Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition with two 6.3mm connectors, 10-26,000Hz frequency response, and noise-cancelling microphone
  • ASUS Xonar Xense sound card with built-in headphone amplification, EMI shielding and 118dB SNR for high clarity, loud amplification, and deep sounds (Learn more)
  • Comfortable headset design with noise-cancellation technology and collapsible folding for easy grab-and-go portability (Learn more)
  • Incredibly accurate sound positioning and sound quality

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Precision Accoustics

Precision Accoustics
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Designed from the ground up as the best pairing of PC sound card and gaming headset, the Xonar Xense provides the cleanest and most in-depth sound for PC audio kits in its class.

The ASUS Xonar Xense audio card and the Sennheiser PC350 headphones were co-developed and tuned to augment each other’s auditory characteristics. 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. The Sennheiser PC350 proved to be the perfect match.

Unlike random audio card/headphone combinations, Xonar Xense features a holistic design from the ground up, crafting an idealbalance of the two components. There is no quality gap between audio card and headphones, so no quality is lost in transition.

Powerful headphone amplifier and matched high-impedance driver

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 optimized surround that amplifies even minor ambient effects. Xonar Xense provides listeners with excellent noise reduction and accurate positioning of audio.

Pristine Clarity throughout the audio chain

Pristine Clarity throughout the audio chain
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Xonar Xense boasts meticulous electromagnetic-interference (EMI) shielding that protects the sensitive and detailed audio signals from nearby PC components and other electronic devices. Sound remains consistent and full-bodied. Likewise, the heavy duty ¼-inch (6.5mm) studio jacks on both the soundcard and the special edition PC350 headset offer better conveyance than standard 1/8-inch (3.5mm) plugs, further ensuring nothing is lost from the full spectrum of sound.

Ergonomic headset design

Ergonomic headset design
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Ergonomically-designed Sennheiser PC350 headphones allow you to play for hours on end without experiencing any fatigue. Ultra-soft oval foam cups wrapped in thin and delicate leather ensure a cool and comfortable gaming session.

With a collapsible design and a noise-cancelling microphone, you can enjoy your Xonar Xense kit in virtually any gaming environment.

New Gain Level perfectly tuned up for the headset

New Gain Level perfectly tuned up for the headset

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To ensure the supreme performance of Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition, ASUS and Sennheiser engineers tuned the gain level to custom fit the Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition's sound characteristics and input levels for perfect playback. Every bit of detail and clarity is reproduced for your favorite games and music.

What's in the Box

  • Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Card x1
  • Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition Gaming Headset x1
  • ¼-inch (6.3mm) to 1/8-inch (3.5mm) adapter x1
  • 7.1 channel audio splitter cable x1
  • Driver/User manual CD x1
  • SPDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x1
  • Quick Start Guide x1


    Xonar Xense One Premium Gaming Audio Card
    Audio Performance
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 118db for front channel
  • Frequency response: <10Hz to 46KHz (-3db)
  • Headphone impedance: Optimized for 32~600ihms
  • Output THD+N at 1KHz (-3db): 0.00039% (-108db) for front channel
  • Processor/Interface
  • Audio processor: ASUS AV100 (Max. 192KHz/24bit)
  • 24-bit DAC: Texas Instrument PCM1796 for front-out, Cirrus-Logic CS4362A for other 6 channels
  • Headphone amplifier: Texas Instrument TPA6120A2
  • Bus compatibility: PCI Express x1
  • Sample Rate and Resolution
  • Analog playback/Recording resolution: Max 192KHz / 24-bit
  • S/PDIF Digital output: Max 192KHz / 24-bit
  • Driver Features
  • Dolby: Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro-Logic II
  • GX2.5: Enable latest EAX gaming audio
  • More: SmartVolume, FlexBass
  • ASIO 2.0: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

  • Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition Headset
  • Cable length: 9.8ft (3m)
  • Connector plugs: 2x ¼-inch (6.3mm)
  • Speaker type: Dynamic, 38mm Nd magnet
  • Frequency response: 10 – 26,000Hz
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Distortion: less than 0.1%
  • Microphone
  • Frequency response: 50 – 16,000Hz
  • Pick-up pattern: Noise cancelling
  • Sensitivity: -38dBV at 94dBSPL

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Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.7 x 9.4 x 4 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
Item model number XONAR_XENSE
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Best Sellers Rank #2,308 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Headsets
Date first available at August 26, 2010

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I had previously owned an Asus Xonar DG. When my headset/mic combo died, I decided it was time to try out the Xonar Xense.

The Xense comes with a Senneheiser PC-350 headset. The headset, simply put, is amazing. It's a closed, circumaural, headset and it sounds incredible. The mic swings out of the way, so it's not in the way when you're not using it. And the closed headphones give a wonderful and isolated experience, that won't bother those around you despite the volume your crank them up to. But you really don't get the most out of these headphones, unless your device has the power to push them. Don't get me wrong, they sound great no matter what you connect to them. However, you really only get the best out of these headphones when you hook them up to a nice receiver or a headphone amp, which is where the Xense comes in.

The Xense includes an onboard powered headphone amp. The nice thing about the amp is that that opamps are also replaceable. So, you've got the option to tweak your sound a little too. Together, the Xense and the PC-350 headset deliver some really impressive sound. Listening to some lossless music, FLAC or WMA 9.2 lossless, is simply amazing. I heard things (instruments, tones, etc) in my music that I'd never heard before. It is just simply amazing the difference a headphone amp can make when it comes to audio fidelity. The sound in gaming and in movies in incredible too.

All in all, if you've got the cash to spend, this set is a must have. For those of you that want to take the experience a little further, I recommend replacing the opamps that come installed on the soundcard with a pair of LME49720 opamps. The sound gets a little closer to the warmth and range you get from a tube amp. Or if you really want to take it over the top, and you've got more money than you really know what to do with, pick up an Asus Xonar Essence STX and set of PC-360's. Your wallet may hate you, but your ears will love you.
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This is a great sound card. Much much better than the creative x-fi I had, and about a million times better than onboard.

When I first got it I hated it... but that was because I was hearing so much I was having a hard time getting it all sorted out. I have a medusa headset as well, and the Medusa is better with positional audio over the pc350's. The pc350's are much clearer with better depth of sound however. It's really a preference thing, I tend to play with the pc350's just for the clarity. The other thing to be aware of is that you really have to tinker with the settings to tune it in to what you like. They have to generic settings, but you probably won't be happy without a little trial and error.
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This card is made to do one thing very well: Audio. And this card sounds great!

I bought this card because I wanted something better than the onboard sound on my motherboard (for sound quality and overall system performance), and this card performs very well. It sounds absolutely great, especially when paired with speakers or headphones that can showcase the sound quality, such as the Sennheiser headset included with this card.

The Windows drivers are stable and work well (I'm using Windows 7 64-bit). Also, the included utility for choosing speaker settings works well, letting you configure your speaker setup & sample rate on the fly.

Although not about the card itself, the included Sennheiser headset deserves a mention. The headset sounds much better than I ever expected from a pair of headphones, producing very rich, deep, and clear sound. While listening to music with this headset, there were some sounds that I hadn't noticed with other headphones. Also, when the Dolby feature is enabled in the Asus audio application, the sound seems to truly surround me, like I'm in a sound stage perfectly designed for acoustics. The combination of this headset with this sound card makes for some great audio. The microphone on the headset works well with this card too - I often voice chat with friends online, and the microphone on this headset sounds great. The microphone might be a bit sensitive though, as it picks up my breathing too, which I could see being somewhat annoying to people listening to me.

For a sound card, I feel like the price is a bit high. This is the most expensive audio card product I've seen on the market.
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Just thought I'd throw this out there about the Xonar Xense.

I just finished my build about 3 weeks ago, and the Xonar Xense is the component that I'm the most happy with - [...].

Unlike my other components, the card worked well beyond my expectations. I just wanted a decent gaming sound card, but then I ran into a review about a Sennheiser PC350 / Asus sound card combo, and really I purchased it because I thought it was a tremendous value - good headset with a sound card that probably sounds and works like any other gaming sound card right? WRONG!

As soon as I installed the software. I played Battlefield 3 for a good week to break in my rig, and the sound was crisp but not *amazing*. Once I completed tuning other parts of my rig, I fired up the Xonar Xense Audio Center to poke around. I selected GX DSP mode, FPS preset, and then selected the Sennheiser PC350 Headphone impedance "Xense" Edition, and WOW. Just wow. I'd go as far as saying that it took me to a whole other level of immersion with BF3. Everything, and I do mean *everything* immediately sounded magnitudes better. There was so much more depth and richness to every single aspect of the game.

And now I use the Xonar Xense (instead of my Bose and Macbook Pro) to listen to music while I work. It sounds that good. Some tracks I tried it on were:

Tron: Legacy Soundtrack
The Dark Knight - Aggressive Expansion
Inception - Time
The Might of Rome - Gladiator
Ashes To Ashes - Blackhawk Down

Hot Right Now - Bassnectar Remix
I'm Not Your Toy - Jack Beats Remix

The list goes on, but I'm extremely happy with the Asus Xonar Xense. In the end, I'd have to attribute this level of sound quality to the fact that Asus paired up software with hardware (soundcard + headset) to create and overall great product for an amazing price.
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