The ASUS Xonar Xense is a beast, it is probably the last soundcard you will ever need to buy. It has every single necessary audio input and output for any enthusiast, and can even meet the demands of professionals. The bundled headphones, Sennheiser PC350 Xense edition, are great for games and movies, but not so much for music. The microphone attached to the PC350 is ultra clear and easily rivals more expensive standalone mics.
Conclusion: In terms of performance, the Xonar Xense nails it. Flat frequency response, indiscernible noise levels, and superior dynamic range place this card leagues ahead of typical onboard solutions. Replaceable op-amps, high quality capacitors, EAX emulation, and a great headphone amp seal the deal. Put simply, the Xonar Xense is difficult to ignore if you're looking at purchasing a dedicated audio solution.
Pros: Near flat frequency response, Inbuilt headphone amp, Insignificantly low noise levels, User replaceable op-amps, Drivers work flawlessly on Windows Vista and 7, Dolby technologies including Headphone and Pro Logic, Top of the range componentry
Cons: Included headphones are mediocre at best, No hotkeys to quickly alter settings in Xonar Audio Center, EAX emulation not quite as good as a native hardware solution
Excerpt: ASUS are certainly no strangers to the TweakTown test labs with many hugely triumphant products over the years. One of the best of the best in terms of those products comes in the shape of the Xonar line of soundcards, which I have of course tested my fair share of with much resulting admiration for the manor in which these quite glamorous soundcards were presented to me.
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × Behind the scenes at Kitguru we are dedicated audiophiles, so whenever we get the chance to look at some of the latest and greatest PC audio hardware, we jump at the chance. Asus have a reputation as one of the finest quality enthusiast companies on the market with a wide portfolio of products.
Summary: Die Ingenieure und Software-Entwickler von ASUS haben bei dem ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set ganze Arbeit geleistet. Die hochwertige Soundkarte punktet mit einer exzellenten Technik. Darüber hinaus hat uns die Kombination mit dem Sennheiser PC 360 Headset extrem gut gefallen. Selbst Hardcore-Enthusiasten werden an diesem „Power-Duo“, welches prächtig miteinander harmoniert, nichts zum Meckern finden. Lediglich der Preis könnte abschreckend wirken.
Pros: top Verarbeitung, ausgereifte Technik, zahlreiche Anschlussmöglichkeiten, sehr guter Klang, erstklassiges Headset im Lieferumfang enthalten
Cons: teuer, Frontanschlüsse für Headset nur 1/4"-Buchse (6.35mm), schlechte Verfügbarkeit (Stand: 11.11.2010)