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Auzentech HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect Sound Card
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Auzentech HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect Sound Card
September 15, 2006

As home theater personal computers (HTPCs) become more popular, the demand for a serious audio card capable of things such as Dolby Digital and DTS becomes more significant. Along with those two features the capability of real time re-encoding using such advances as Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect is also desirable.

What exactly is Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect? These new features will convert any audio signal into a high quality Dolby Digital or DTS signal to be played back through the receiver of your home theater.

Based on the C-Media CMI8770 audio processor, the AuzenTech HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect is the world's first Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect certified sound card. AuzenTech may be a new name to many people, and prior to reorganization in 2005 the company was known as HDA. HDA's claim to fame was their popular X-Mystique sound card, and the X-Plosion up for review is the follow-up card.

Before taking a look at the card provided for review by, let's look at some published data on the AuzenTech HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect sound card...

Features and Specifications:

» C-Media CMI8770 PCI chipset (8CH audio single chip with DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live Real-Time Content Encoder)
» 8CH codec embedded PCI audio single chip
» Full-duplex 8CH 24bit/96kHz DAC / 2CH 16bit/48kHz ADC
» Integrated S/PDIF input/output supports 44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz sample rate and 16/24bits resolution
» The world's first DTS¨ Connect logo program certificated PCI audio board
» DTS Interactive : A real-time 5.1 encoder that takes any 2 or more channel and encodes it into DTS bit stream. DTS Interactive provides a single cable connection via S/PDIF digital audio output to a DTS enabled surround sound system by encoding all audio into a DTS compatible bit stream at 1.5Mbps
» DTS Neo:PC : An up mixing matrix technology that turns any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround sound. DTS Neo:PC, based upon DTS Neo:6 matrix surround technology, transforms any stereo content such as MP3, WMA or CD audio, into a 7.1-channel surround sound experience
» Dolby Digital Live(DDL) Real-Time Content Encoder converts PC audio into a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital bit stream » Swappable dual DIP type OPAMP controlled preamp circuit (4pcs output control OPAMP IC with DIY socket, 2pcs MIC input control OPAMP IC with DIY socket)
» Max 2.8Vrms full swing analog output gain by unique preamp circuit / incredible powerful analog output, improve dynamic range / SNR
» Proper OPAMP control circuit (+8V, -8V dual power supply circuit) for high quality audio quality, prevent audio distortion at high volume level

What is Dolby Digital Live?

Enjoy audio from your PC or game console through your home theater with Dolby Digital Live. A real-time encoding technology, Dolby Digital Live converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bitstream for transport and playback through a home theater system. With it, your PC or game console can be hooked up to your Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single digital connection, eliminating the confusion of multiple cables and ensuring the integrity of the audio signal.

What is DTS Connect?

DTS Connect is the latest thing from DTS that turns your PC into an action-packed entertainment experience that surrounds you in sound. Make your movies, music and games come alive in exciting, dynamic, multi-channel DTS Digital Surround, the same sound format found in movie theaters. DTS Connect is a whole new way to enjoy your PC. DTS Connect makes it easy to turn your computer into the ultimate PC sound entertainment experience.

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