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Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set Review

hardnrg    -   November 3, 2010
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Specifications:

Xonar Xense One Premium Gaming Audio Card

Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) 118dB for Front channel of Line-out
112dB for other channels of Line-out
110dB for Headphone-out with 600ohm load
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) 118dB
Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (-3dB) 0.00039% (-108dB) for Front channel of Line-Out
0.00063% (-102dB) for other channels of Line-out
0.0019% (-94dB) for Headphone-out with 600ohm load
Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (-3dB) 0.0003% (-110dB) for Line-in
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz format) <10Hz to 46kHz
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage 2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)
Headphone Output Full-Scale Voltage Up to 6.8Vrms (supports headphones with up to 600ohms impedance)
Bus Compatibility
PCI Express PCI Express Rev. 1.0a specification compatible
Maximum full 2.5Gbps bandwidth per direction and optimized latency for high-definition audio processing
Compatible with X1, X4, X8, X16 PCI Express slots
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit, Dolby Digital
Main Chipset
Audio Processor ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max. 192kHz/24bit)
24-bit D-A Converter of Digital Sources Texas Instruments PCM1796*1 for Front-Out (123dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
Cirrus-Logic CS4362A*1 for other 6 channels (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
High Fidelity Headphone Amplifier Texas Instruments 6120A2*1 (120dB SNR, -117dB THD+N @ Vcc±12V, RL=600Ω, f=1kHz)
24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs Cirrus Logic CS5381 x 1 (120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
I/O Ports
Analog Output Jack 6.30mm jack x 1 (Headphone out)
7.1ch analog output (via bundled audio splitter cable)
Analog Input Jack 6.30mm jack x 1 (Shared by Line-In/Mic-In)
Digital S/PDIF Output High-bandwidth Coaxial/TOSLINK combo port supports 192kHz/24bit
Other line-level analog input (for TV Tuner or CD-ROM) Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
Front Panel Shared by Headphone out / 2 channels out / Microphone in

 

Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition headset

General
Cable length 3m (9.8 feet)
Connector plugs 2 x 6.3mm
Speaker type Dynamic, 38mm, Nd magnet
Frequency response 10 - 26,000Hz
Impedance 150Ω
Distortion less than 0.1%
Microphone
PCI Express PCI Express Rev. 1.0a specification compatible
Frequency response 50 - 16,000Hz
Pick-up pattern Noise cancelling
Sensitivity -38dBV at 94dB SPL


 

Features:

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista/Win 7 (32/64bit) / XP (32/64bit) / MCE2005
  • Dolby® Digital Live
    Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in real-time to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your home theater environment through one single S/PDIF connection.
  • Dolby® Headphone
    Dolby Headphone technology allows you to listen to music, watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of stereo headphones.
  • Dolby® Virtual Speaker
    Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.
  • Dolby® Pro-Logic IIx
    Dolby Pro-Logic IIx is the well-known technology to process any native stereo or 5.1-channel audio into a 6.1- or 7.1-channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield.
  • DirectSound3D Game Extensions 2.0 & 1.0 (GX 2.5)
    GX 2.5 supports EAX gaming sound effects and DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions for more games on Windows XP/Vista/7. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D compatible)
  • Smart Volume Normalizer™
    Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming.
  • FlexBass
    Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system
  • Xear 3D™ Virtual Speaker Shifter
    Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning
  • Dolby® Headphone
    Dolby Headphone technology allows you to listen to music, watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of stereo headphones.
  • Other Effects
    10-band Equalizer/27 Environment Effects
  • 3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
    DirectSound3D® GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX® 2.0 & 1.0, DirectSound® HW, DirectSound SW, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
  • ASIO 2.0 Driver Support
    Supports 44.1k/48k/96k/192kHz @ 16/24bit with very low latency



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sound Card
  3. Closer Look: Headset
  4. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Listening Gear
  7. Testing: Rightmark (RMAA)
  8. Testing: Subjective Listening (Music)
  9. Testing: Subjective Listening (Movies)
  10. Testing: Subjective Listening (Gaming)
  11. Conclusion
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