Picking up the Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set will get you a Asus Xonar Xense One sound card and a Sennheiser PC 350 headset.  As you can tell by the $290 pricetag, this is intended for use as a high end sound solution and not simply a way to improve your sound during gaming.  An onboard solution will satisfy all but the most discerning of ears, unless you are intrigued by swappable op-amps and 150Ω of impedance, as well as being amazed by a gold plated DVI adaptor that breaks out into high-end audio interconnect cables, you might want to give this a pass.  On the other hand, if the previous sentence made sense to you, read the review here.

“I had an idea that the sound card would do well, given the similarity in design to the Essence STX, but I really wasn’t expecting the headset to sound this good. I’ve heard the regular PC 350 headset at the Sennheiser booth at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), and I wasn’t overly impressed. No doubt the headphone amplification and well-implemented graphic EQ of the Xonar Xense contribute to transforming the PC 350 from a decent headset into the best sounding headset I’ve ever heard. For the audiophiles out there, you can even change the headphone amplifier’s op-amps, to tailor the sonic signature to your particular taste.”

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