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Written by Vito Cassisi - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 20 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS Xonar Xense PCI-E Sound Card Kit
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS Xonar Xense
ASUS Xonar Xense Detailed Features
ASUS Xonar Audio Center Software
RightMark Audio Analyser Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS Xonar Xense Features

  • Triumph over your opponents in FPS games with precision acoustics
  • Fight to the end with ergonomic headset design
  • Powerful headphone amplifier and matched high-impedance driver secure FPS-optimized sound positioning and dynamics
  • No footsteps missed in front of the 118dB SNR sound clarity brought by EMI shield and studio-standard 6.3mm audio jack
  • Stylish full-stainless steel design matches the earcup cover of Sennheiser headset
  • Pro gamers’ long-hour usage catered by excellent headset ergonomics
  • To ensure the supreme performance of Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition, ASUS and Sennheiser engineers co-worked and tuned up a new Gain Level perfect for Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition sound performance.
Note: Features provided by Asus.

ASUS Xonar Xense Specifications



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%


Frequency Response 50 - 16,000Hz
Pick-up Pattern Noise cancelling
Sensitivity -38dBV at 94dBSPL

Audio Card

Audio Performance

Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
118 dB

Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
118 dBOutput THD+N at 1kHz:0.00039% (-108dB) for Front channel of Line-out

Input THD+N at 1kHz:
0.0003% (-110dB) for Line-in

Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input):
<10Hz to 46KHz

Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage
2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)

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, X1 6 PCI Express slots.
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)

24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs:
Cirrus-Logic CS5381 x 1 (120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)

High Fidelity Headphone Amplifier:
Texas Instruments 6120A2*1 (120dB SNR, -117dB THD+N @ Vcc+-12V, RL=600Ω, f=1kHz)

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

ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @16/24bit with very low latency

I/O Ports

Analog Output Jack:
6.30mm jack*1 (Headphone out); 7.1ch analog output (via bundled audio splitter cable)

Analog Input Jack:
6.30mm jack *1 (Shared by Line-In/Mic-In)

Other line-level analog input (for CD-IN/TV Tuner):
Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)

Digital S/PDIF Output:
High-bandwidth Coaxial/TOS-Link combo port supports 192KHz/24bit

Front-Panel Header:
Shared by Headphone out / 2 channels out / Microphone in

Driver Features

Operation System:
Windows 7/Vista/XP/MCE2005

Dolby Technologies:
Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro-Logic II

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

Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter:
Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning

Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system

Other Effects:
10-band Equalizer/27 Environment Effects

3D Sound Engines/APIs:
DirectSound3D GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX2.0&1.0, DirectSound HW, DirectSound SW, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability

DS3D GX2.5:
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)

Accessories 1 x S/PDIF optical adaptors
1 x 6.3mm to 3.5mm stereo adapter
1 x 7.1 channel audio splitter cable
1 x Driver CD1 x Quick Start Guide
Size (Width x Height) 111.15mm x 178.06mm

Note: Specifications provided by Asus.



# RE: ASUS Xonar Xense PCI-E Sound Card KitStupido 2010-12-21 05:20
How good is this card compared with the lower end Xonar cards?
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# NoSuccellus 2010-12-21 23:47
How good it compare to XFI medium to high end roduct ?
I know this review is about the sound card but since the headset comes in:
How far the MIC.
The headset being crap, how comes prices ain t being a con., since your paying for something bad, and the gamer really expect it to be good ?
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