EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier

EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier

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When the sound from your games isn’t up to your standards, there’s a solution between your system and your speakers. It’s the GSX 1000 from EPOS, and it’s an audio converter and amplifier specifically designed for gaming Read More

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Evshrug
2295
Apr 21, 2021
I have owned a GSX 1000 for a couple of years... ask me anything in replies!
policeman51
10
Apr 22, 2021
I have the little FX-Audio DAC-X6. I know it's a AMP/DAC, but I'm curious how the GSX 1000 compares to something like a little dac/amp?
lakbbf
0
Apr 21, 2021
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jltech07
30
Mar 15, 2021
Kinda wished I just waited and bought it from Amazon. It’s like $141 right now... oh well...
jltech07
30
Mar 28, 2021
For real... I canceled too. Waited long enough already.
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StuffyMcStuffins
13
Mar 28, 2021
To be fair, the seller is EPOS, so can't feel that bad.
Pr1musInterPares
7
Mar 13, 2021
The waiting game is the worst!
lailoken
239
Mar 2, 2021
I bought mine from Amazon for $130. yay.
topherc
14
Feb 27, 2021
At the time of this comment (2/27/21), Amazon is selling this model for $149. https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-1000-Gaming-Audio-Amplifier/dp/B01LDTP484
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BigTipper
44
Feb 25, 2021
Love this headphone amp. It’s pretty old now at this point it’s been out for several years. I think I bought mine about a year ago for like 140 on Amazon.. somehow it’s getting more expensive all the sudden. When I first got it I thought it sounded terrible but eventually my ears got used to it and now the spatial awareness sounds phenomenal. I’m a tad upset though these have been out for like 6 years and downloading the update feature is super confusing and I still can’t figure out how to update it as it says there aren’t any updates. I’m pretty sure sennheiser created this update feature with no intent to actually send out driver updates, quite sad. and it’s quite confusing to set up initially as there’s no instructions to do so. Also I have this problem when turning my pc on the amp won’t turn on. I have to start some type of application or game and then the amp boots up for use. This does have 7.1 surround sound but sennheiser claims this is their exclusive 7.1 surround sound unlike any other 7.1 surround sound drivers and that’s actually quite true but as said it definitely takes time to get used to as it can really distort the sound that your used to hearing. I mainly use this in 7.1 with gaming mode active which boosts the highs and really reduces the white noise and makes some sense out of all the chaos in games nowadays, only problem is footsteps are a tad quieter in this mode but geolocation from sounds you can hear is amazing. Originally had this on the Hd58x jubilee which is about the maximum ohms this amp can power. Highs were a bit too high and gave me headaches sometimes but now I’m using the pc38x and it’s really like two peas in a pod now. It’s perfect. I think this amp has a max power of 150ohms so take this into consideration if you plan on using some 600 ohm headphones they won’t work. Also hd 2.0 mode is considerably louder than 7.1 surround mode
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Evshrug
2295
Apr 21, 2021
The GSX 1000 doesn’t use drivers; I wonder what is happening with your PC where it doesn’t power on the GSX until you start an app 🤷‍♂️ That Does sound frustrating, but FYI it doesn’t happen on my PC, Mac, or PS4. Now that you have a PC38X, it’s probably worth trying each EQ setting again for a few minutes each, you might prefer a different setting because the HD 58X Jubilee had pretty strong bass. I agree 7.1 surround mode makes sense out of the chaos of multiplayer games! That’s really an interesting way to put it, but you are absolutely right. I personally look for surround modes for immersion and competitive advantage, but by contrast, when I go back to gaming in stereo now it is confusing because I can’t tell where the action and trouble is coming from by sound anymore and I get caught off guard more. Playing a 3D game in one dimensional stereo (because stereo is just a line from left to right) is like being a horse with blinders on.
Cecil_Montgomery
9
Feb 23, 2021
I own one of these devices. It's important to know that when configured in 7.1 mode, it is only 16bit. This can be increased to 24bit if locked into 2-channel mode. I have found the 7.1 function works great, and being able to one-touch between configs is great when switching from gaming to consuming media. I am NOT an audiophile - I have it pared with a pair of Meze 99 Noirs and a ModMic. it definitely takes gaming audio to the next level, and I think it sits in a great position between software heavy gamer-focused devices like external soundblaster units and the audiophile focused software free and high priced units like the Mayflower Arc and Burson devices. As mentioned elsewhere Issues you might encounter:
  • You need to actually set the unit up, it installs into windows in the higher bitrate 2.0 mode. You need to set it up so you can actually use it in 7.1
  • You have two separate devices for audio - one can be adjusted for 7.1 effects, and one is used for voice. This gives you hardware volume mixing of the two devices when set up right, but make sure you're not listening to game audio through the voice channel!
  • There is a known issue with the units where they will occasionally shut down after you boot your PC, and you need to unplug it and replug it to get it back on. Sometimes this is fixable with bios USB settings, other times not. It worked faultlessly on my AsRock board, but i need to unplug and replug after most boots on my MSI...
  • As mentioned elsewhere in this list, it's only bus powered. It does have the connections to feed it through to an amp if you need (I think the Schitt Magni Heresy would look nice with a GSX1000 stacked on it)
This is a great device. If you are using it for the things it was meant for. As someone primarily gaming and consuming streamed media on a PC, this unit is a huge step up from a normal "gamer" audio setup. Beware if you're not an audiophile though... this may end up being your "gateway" device!
lailoken
239
Mar 2, 2021
Agreed on all of this, I love mine... been using it for over a year now. Was looking at the Shiit Fulla, but this 1000 is better for gaming and switching audio quickly.
Evshrug
2295
Apr 21, 2021
Great write up! I agree with everything you said.
PurpleTurple
35
Feb 23, 2021
I own one of these and would never ever call this an "audiophile" device. This device is suitable for conference calls and gaming. The special feature which differentiates it from other such devices is the simulated 7.1. For ANY use other than that special feature, and in my opinion, there are far better choices. Hel comes to mind. IF you want, or maybe need the simulated 7.1...it isn't half bad. In some games, it is pretty excellent actually. The power of this thing is pretty limited (to bus power). I do have to *crank* it sometimes and depends a bit (or a lot) on what cans it is driving of course.
thewind32
35
Feb 24, 2021
Yes, it will need a multichannel feed to work as intended. Turning on the surround effect with a stereo feed would just make the sound seem somewhat outside your head, sort of like speakers. The thing is, once set up properly on PC, and configured as a 7.1 sound device, games that support multichannel audio will output accordingly. Look up a title on pcgamingwiki.com and there usually will be info whether that game supports surround sound. If you wish, you can also double amp, by adding an amp to the headphones output, in order to drive more power-hungry headphones. Purists will tell you not to double amp, but then again purists won't be using the gsx 1000 / 1200 anyway.
Whitedragem
174
Feb 25, 2021
Actually spent time yesterday trimg to remove 'noise' from a 'double amped' setup. They had the USB cable going to the GSX1000 cable tied to the keyboard and mouse USB cables. The external amp was a sizeable jump in sound quality (to a Drop.com nuforce/optoma Icon HDP) that definately drop some Audio Technica ADG1x (largish driver openbacks) withmore deft and drive as needed. In that setup the GSX is basically a processing box, and allows easy push button footsteps focus etc.. Benefits by bringing the critical audio chips outside of the PC The GSX1000 is the best part that gamer has found and they have had and played with MOST of them... (including my loner Audeze Mobius)