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When you first see the ASUS Xonar Xense's EMI shield, you get a sense that this isn't an ordinary soundcard. The non-ironic conclusion is, you're right. ASUS has put together another great soundcard and bundled it with a great pair of headphones, the Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition. The Xonar Xense offers a myriad of inputs and outputs, and can chug out high definition audio up to 192kHz/24bit without breaking a sweat. It easily is one of the coolest pieces of hardware you can add to your rig. Need more convincing? Continue reading to check out all of the details of the ASUS Xonar Xense. Special thanks to ASUS for providing us with the Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set to review. The black and blue box with white lettering will catch your eye, not only because of the design, but because its right side is bulging out! Right away you know that this isn't an ordinary soundcard, or some ordinary pair of headphones bundled with it. Once you stop and look, you'll see that this soundcard supports every possible form of surround sound you could need, including Dolby Headphone, Dolby Prologic IIx, Dolby Digital Live, and Xonar GX2.5. Also, it can process high definition audio up to 192kHz/24bit. And for all of the professional audio guys and gals out there, the ASUS Xonar Xense supports ASIO 2.0.
With the holidays right around the corner, consumers will be waiting in line at early hours of the morning on Black Friday preparing to take advantage of deals on the latest and greatest electronics. Flat panel TV's, laptops, desktop PC's, and gaming systems will be flying out retailers' doors and into the living rooms of their happy new owners. What many of those shoppers will probably overlook though is a quality sound system to go with their new purchase. When speaking of computers, why settle for a motherboard's onboard sound when you can have a richer, fuller, more exciting media experience by upgrading your system's sound? Even a modest sound card will usually provide an improvement over onboard sound, but nothing about today's review item is modest it's all about the high-end sound experience. Asus wowed me with their previous offering of the Xonar Essence STX sound card, and now I have the new Xonar Xense card ready to test out. Given the top of the line performance from the Essence STX, I have very high expectations for the Xense. Let's see how it stacks up.
It's actually quite astonishing when you consider all the product lines that Asus offers: laptops, netbooks, slim media PCs, desktops, servers, monitors, graphics cards, sound cards, routers, computer cases... the list literally goes on. What gives me a slight expression of disbelief is the range of target markets, from hard core overclockers, to young school children, average 'noobs' and families, business elite, and science 'boffins' pushing the boundaries of research. The proliferation of Asus' products throughout households and businesses around the world proves this is no "jack of all trades, master of none" company. It's among the top five computer manufacturers in the world. The same world that has gone Hi-Def crazy, with consumers tripping over each other for the latest TV technology; I still find it strange that most people either have a very poor or mediocre sound system or simply use the TV's built-in speakers. People can hear the difference between a cheap sound setup and high-end system, but it's as though people have forgotten about sound quality. Well, I'll tell you who hasn't forgotten: Asus, with its solid line of high-end sound cards which perform spectacularly for listening to music and as part of a computer-based home cinema.
With its highbrow hi-fi spec, Xonar Xense from Asus is part of a relatively new trend of sound cards that are looking to win back audio buffs who have been avoiding the pitfalls of PC sound processing by offloading everything to an external amp, or sticking to vinyl. Armed with processors and other components more commonly found in stacking amps and CD players, it began with cards like Auzentech's Prelude and Asus's own Xonar DX2, and includes Creative's new X-Fi Titanium HD.By their very nature, these sound cards are niche, and in danger of falling over into the dreaded audiophile category, where power conditioners and dowsing rods supposedly make a difference to the perceived sound. Gamers, and anyone who never owned a pair of speakers larger than their car will, wisely, look to spend their money elsewhere.Audiophilia isn't just about profligacy, though. The Xonar Xense does throw in a Sennheiser PC-350 headset and all the features you'd expect in a quality headphone amp, which makes the overall price just about bearable.The Xense card itself has a basic spec similar to Asus' own high-end Xonar Essence STX (£150) or Creative's X-Fi Titanium HD (£160), and includes a pair of £100 headphones.