At this year’s Gamescom, audio expert EPOS not only surprised us with its EPOS S6, the manufacturer’s first webcam. On top of that, the former sub-brand of Sennheiser came around the corner with a new external sound card. The first data on the EPOS GSX-1000 2nd Edition sounds really promising.
Sound card especially for gamers
With the EPOS GSX-1000 2nd Edition, the manufacturer is launching the new edition of its popular GSX-1000. Since this is the further development, the audio expert, which has made a name for itself primarily with high-quality gaming headsets such as the H6PRO Open Gaming Headset (test) and the H3PRO Hybrid (test), promises some improvements. What will please many fans with the new sound card is that it is supposed to be 30 euros cheaper despite the enhanced features. Compared to its predecessor, the first thing that stands out are the visual changes. Especially details like the design of the knob or the manufacturer logos have been revised by EPOS. However, the external sound card has also improved in terms of internal values.
Technical details of the EPOS GSX-1000 2nd Edition
Technically, EPOS comes up with promising data here. On the one hand, the manufacturer scores with high user comfort. So the external sound card can be connected not only thanks to Plug&Play without problems with your Windows PC or Mac. On top of that, it is also supplied with power via the USB port. Accordingly, you don’t have to make a separate power connection. Switching between stereo sound and 7.1 surround sound is supposed to be uncomplicated at the push of a button. Since the EPOS GSX-1000 2nd Edition also has two separate outputs for headset and speakers, you can regulate both components independently of each other. A combination of touch control and rotary knob is used for this.
Visually, the external sound card should be a real asset to any gaming setup. After all, the sound card comes with cool lighting, which is supposed to be intelligent on top of that. In practice, this should mean that the lights get brighter when you approach the sound card with your hand, for example. Conversely, the system dims the lights when the hand moves away again. Sound-wise, the EPOS GSX-1000 2nd Edition offers an equalizer with four presets. Details like the reverb can also be adjusted to your liking. If you prefer a different sound for each game genre, you can make use of the four profiles. You can then switch between them as you please using the four corresponding buttons on the sound card.
Price and availability
The promising EPOS GSX-1000 2nd Edition external sound card is still scheduled to go on sale in 2022. EPOS is targeting the fourth quarter and is currently talking about an MSRP of 199.00 euros.