Date: November 16th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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ASUS XONAR XENSE INTRODUCTION
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.
ASUS CORPORATE PROFILE
ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.
ASUS has an unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, a fact borne out by its corporate slogan—"Inspiring Innovation • Persistent Perfection"—and the numerous media, industry and governmental accolades it receives every year. In 2008, ASUS won 3,056 awards—receiving over 8 awards on average every day. The company's revenue for the same year was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars, and it topped the IT Hardware Category of the annual league table of Taiwan 's Top 10 Global Brands with a brand value of 1.324 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS also ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.