Sennheiser's GSX 1000 7.1 USB DAC; audio the way it wants to play

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2018 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: audio, sennheiser, GSX 1000, DAC, 7.1

Sennheiser's GSX 1000 is an external USB 24-bit/96 kHz DAC, using Sennheiser's own 7.1 Binaural Rendering Engine with a headphone amp and a line-out port to connect to active speakers. The only difference between the GSX 1000 and the 1200 is that you will not be able to daisy chain multiple DACs together, a feature not many of us need.  TechPowerUp were more than impressed with the sound, but the DAC fell short of perfection as you cannot modify the preset equalizer choices nor disable the noise cancellation on the mic jack; both of which should be possible on an audio device of this price.

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"The Sennheiser GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier is a beautiful external USB sound card equipped with the best 7.1 virtual surround sound system we've heard so far, and a host of other interesting features primarily aimed towards hardcore gaming."

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Source: TechPowerUp

February 8, 2018 | 10:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous1 (not verified)

The problem with it is the 150 ohm part, No good for anything over which rules out most decent cans that are 300-600 ohm.
It's not loud enough on the amp side, The DAC is fine though.
I hope Sennheiser releases a future model that adds support for 300 or even 600 ohms on the amp side.

February 9, 2018 | 02:38 AM - Posted by shankly1985

And them headphones you speak off are not aimed at gamers. I use the GSX with Philips Fidelio X1 rated only 32 ohm and they are a perfect match. Highly rated headphones

ohm is only part of the story and is by no means the selling point of headphones.!

They is loads of highly recommended headphones that fall under the 150ohm rating.

February 9, 2018 | 07:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous1 (not verified)

May as well use your onboard audio then!
Anything "gamer" is crap with pretty colours, Been there and done that the hard way, Never again.

February 9, 2018 | 01:37 AM - Posted by KingKookaluke (not verified)

Wonder what Pat Norton will say about this dac?

February 9, 2018 | 01:38 AM - Posted by KingKookaluke (not verified)

He's my guru on these sort of devices.

February 9, 2018 | 01:40 AM - Posted by KingKookaluke (not verified)

It's pretty though!

February 9, 2018 | 03:03 AM - Posted by psuedonymous

The more I see Sennheiser fart out nasty gamer/'lifestyle' crap, the more askance I look at their normal line of professional products. This piece of blingy shit doesn't even get line output level correct! 1VRMS is NOT an acceptable line output voltage, either use 0.3VRMS for consumer kit or pretend to be 'professional' and use 1.23VRMS, but don't just pick some value in the middle!

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