Auzentech HDMI X-Tension Sound Card Great for HTPCs

Auzentech HDMI Sound Card
There is not really the need for HDMI sound in gaming machines, but for HTPCs, it is crucial. Auzentech is on the right track with their HDMI X-Tension Sound Card. This is a sweet looking sound card that runs on PCI-E, which at this point is a massively underused specification. I am betting we are going to see a lot of competition from the other high-end audio card manufacturers in the not too distant future.

According to Audio Junkies:

The HDMI X-Tension includes full support for all 8 channel linear PCM digital formats, including Dolby Digital EX/Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS ES, DTS HD High Resolution/Master Audio, and DVD-Audio. PCM Stereo up to 24bit/192kHz is also supported. The only multichannel digital format not present is DSD, which is not necessary as there are no SACD computer drives. The HDMI X-Tension is expected to ship in Q2, 2008

Q2 is not that far away, so we won’t have to wait too long to see what these are like. No word on pricing yet.

Source: Auzentech, Audio Junkies

 

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  • David

    How can this incorporate all those next generation sound formats to video signal, while its getting input from SPDIF Optical ? Optical SPDIF IN can only handle upto 16bit 44.1khz format which is way below that of 24bit 192khz.

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  • Ken

    The product looks great, but why open a window of any oppurtunity for others and close one at the same time for yourself.

    “The only multichannel digital format not present is DSD, which is not necessary as there are no SACD computer drives. ”

    Not true, Sony VAIO has DSD drives.
    We don’t have it for off the shelf buying because people keep dragging their feet on DSD support

    Most new amplifiers are coming with DSD support. I just bought a Yamaha RX-V663 that supports all those formats you mentioned plus DSD. So now either Playstaion 3 or Oppo 980H is in my future because the PC people keep thinking they being smart about their designs.

    HDMI 1.3 supports SACD/DSD, why leave it off your spec?
    Are you really saving that much more money or just missing an oppurtunity that others might get to take advantage of?

    Why leave us just short what we all really want, take the leap and add DSD support.

  • Mark

    I agree with Mark totally. DSD needs to be supported more, at least Sony started with their Vaio line.

 

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