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Hey guys, I was wondering which sound card would be best for my needs? I will be gaming and listening to music (Sennheiser PC350 for gaming and the Ultrasone HFI-780 for music).

My question is that is there a difference between the two sound cards in sound quality? (Xense and the STX/ST) I am considering the Xense because it comes with the headset along with the sound card combo since I need a new headset anyways.

Thanks in advance
     
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Hey guys, I was wondering which sound card would be best for my needs? I will be gaming and listening to music (Sennheiser PC350 for gaming and the Ultrasone HFI-780 for music).

My question is that is there a difference between the two sound cards in sound quality? (Xense and the STX/ST) I am considering the Xense because it comes with the headset along with the sound card combo since I need a new headset anyways.

Thanks in advance
Xonar Xense was designed more towards the headphone users and 7.1 gaming speakers. So thats what I would chose. The Xonar Essence ST/STX focuses more on the audiophiles with high end speaker setups.
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I would go with the Essence ST and get a different pair of headphones. Not a fan of PC350s, even if they're tweaked.

Maybe AD700s for gaming, although they won't benefit from the amp in the STX.

I just find the Xense bundle to be silly and a waste of money. If you go with the Xense, I would sell the 350s.

That money would be better spent on better headphones for gaming.
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I would go with the Essence ST and get a different pair of headphones. Not a fan of PC350s, even if they're tweaked.

Maybe AD700s for gaming, although they won't benefit from the amp in the STX.

I just find the Xense bundle to be silly and a waste of money. If you go with the Xense, I would sell the 350s.

That money would be better spent on better headphones for gaming.
Alright, that settles it. I'll stick to my original plan of getting the STX with another pair of headphones for gaming
     
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