We at the Guru3D Audio Lab try to go above and beyond for our readers and work very hard to give you the latest information and pictures of the latest and greatest audio hardware. We have done it again and we have a worlds first exclusive look at upcoming Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 PCI-E Audio Interface. Please understand this card is in the very early stages of development and the board design and final design are subject to change. Without further delays, lets get to the good stuff shall we:
PCI Express x1 Interface
Creative X-Fi native PCI Express audio processor
Support 7.1 channel playback up to 24-bit/96kHz for speakers output
Support Stereo playback up to 24-bit/192kHz for headphone output (Only supports 192khz sample-rate on Vista)
Creative X-Fi Technology
EAX® 4.0 ADVANCED HD sound effects
10-Band, Multi-channel Equalize
ALchemy (to enable audio rendering of DS3D apps under Vista OS)
Support DTS Neo:PC & DTS Interactive for Windows Vista (via driver update)
All 4 output opamps are replaceable by end user
Specialized high quality audio components and proprietary Auzentech technology (including X-Balance P.G.S and X-Pointing A.D)
1/4 phone jack for professional headphone with exclusive Auzentech proprietary Hi-fi headphone amplifier (1/4 stereo phone adaptor plug included)
Headphone amplifier opamp is replaceable by end user
High performance Audio Converters
Digital to Analog Converter: 120dB dynamic range (Headphone Out)
Digital to Analog Converter: 114dB dynamic range (Multi channel, CS4382A
Analog to Digital Converter: 102dB dynamic range (WM8775)
Intel HD Audio 10-1 pin front panel connector
Optical/Coaxial combo connector for S/PDIF output
Auxiliary Digital Out pin for HDMI connection
Stereo/Balanced mode microphone pre-amplifier for professional microphones
Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) v1.0 Compliant
Lets have a close look at the Hardware sections:
Multi Channel Speaker Output
The Bravura 7.1 has milled opamp sockets and 4 replaceable opamps for the line outputs/speaker outs. In the picture we can see the high quality Nichon Muse ES capacitors for coupling the outputs and high grade metalized film for opamp filtering.
Headphone Output Circuitry
The headphone output is using Auzentech proprietary designed circuit and is separate from the cards line outs. We can see the Wima film audio grade capacitors and the upgradeable opamp in a milled socket. The headphone output supports a maximum sampling rate of 24/192 KHz output.
The Bravura 7.1 uses an upgraded power filtering design.
The new design employs conductive polymer capacitors. Which have an ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) rating of 10 times lower over generic filtering capacitors. As a result of this improved circuitry design, the Bravura 7.1 has an exceptional instant power supply capacity. Lets have a look at the Specifications:
Auzen X-Fi BRAVURA Audio Card
Quick installation guide
Optical TOSLINK to TOSLINK cable (10 feet / 3 meter)
Line Input / Microphone Input : 1/8(3.5mm) phone jack
Headphone Output : 1/4(6.35mm) stereo phone jack
Speakers Output : 4 x 1/8(3.5mm) stereo phone jacks (Front/Rear/Center-SW/Side)
Digital Output (Optical/Coaxial Combo port)
Front panel connector : Intel® HD Audio 10-1 Pin connector
Intel® Pentium® 4 1.6 GHz or AMD® Athlon XP 2000+ processor (Pentium 4 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2400+ processor or faster recommended)
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
Microsoft® Windows Vista® 32/64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows XP Media Center Edition
256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Windows Vista)
600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express® (x1,x4,x8 or x16) slot
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
There is much more to this card then we can show you in this sneak peak so stayed tuned to your Guru3D Audio Lab channel for further information on this and other cutting edge soundcards. Until next time this is Robscix at the Guru3D Audio Lab signing off.
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