Monday, January 18th 2010

Auzentech Announces the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 PCI-Express Sound Card

Auzentech, Inc today announced the immediate release of the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 sound card, a full-height, custom designed PCI Express sound card built around the Creative PCI Express audio processor. The Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 promises "breathtaking" audio for music and movies with DTS Neo:PC & DTS Interactive. And when it's time to unwind with your favorite PC Game, you won't be left behind with EAX 4.0.

Below are the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 sound card Key Features, Innovations, and some inside information on how Auzentech designed the card for optimal performance with both Digital and Analog audio.

Key Features
  • Creative X-Fi native PCI Express audio processor
  • Supports 7.1 channel playback up to 24-bit/96kHz for speaker outputs
  • Supports stereo playback up to 24-bit/192kHz with 120dB DAC for Headphone output
  • All output OPAMPs (x5) are replaceable by the end-user
  • Exclusive Hi-Fi headphone amplifier supports professional headphones with 1/4" phone jack
  • Stereo/Balanced mode microphone pre-amplifier supports professional microphones
  • Premium quality audio parts
  • I/O Mode Control, Pointing Ground Design, X-Balance Power Generation System (described below)
  • Optical/Coaxial combo connector for S/PDIF output
  • Intel HD Audio 10-1 pin front panel connector
Innovations
Auzentech has a history of offering sound cards with innovative technology. The Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 sound card continues that tradition with Input / Output Mode Control so the user can adapt the sound card to the environment, Independent Headphone Output Circuitry for professional headphones, and Auzentech's proprietary Pointing Ground Power Supply for audio free from power supply noise.

Digital and Analog
As with all previous Auzentech sound cards, the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 is designed for optimal audio output, both Digital and Analog. The Creative X-Fi PCI Express Core Interface audio processor is located on the back of the circuit board, while the analog circuitry is on the front. This allows for greater signal differentiation and better-performing analog circuit design.

The Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1, a full-height, custom designed PCI Express sound card for audiophiles and HomeTheater PC enthusiasts that includes impressive gaming capabilities, is available now from Auzentech and participating retailers. For more information, visit: Auzentech.
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44 Comments on Auzentech Announces the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 PCI-Express Sound Card

#1
Semi-Lobster
BTW, the auzentech website says the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 will go for $129.99
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#2
Cold Storm
Battosai
Bta, why did you have to do this to me! Now, I will be asking for this baby for My birthday.
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Cold Storm
Bta, why did you have to do this to me! Now, I will be asking for this baby for My birthday.
Because I get paid to show people toys they'd have to fight their mums/wives/girls for.
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#4
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: btarunr
Because I get paid to show people toys they'd have to fight their mums/wives/girls for.
I thought you got paid to save lives?

I guess I'll be getting this instead of my 860 chip.. Even though I just love my X-forte card.. lol
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Cold Storm
I thought you got paid to save lives?

I guess I'll be getting this instead of my 860 chip.. Even though I just love my X-forte card.. lol
And that. X-Fi Forte has nearly the same components, and it uses the CA-20K processor (hardware acceleration, EAX 5.0 Advanced HD processing). So you might want to retain it.
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#6
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: btarunr
And that. X-Fi Forte has nearly the same components, and it uses the CA-20K processor (hardware acceleration, EAX 5.0 Advanced HD processing). So you might want to retain it.
Oh, I know that the specs make it to be a little less then the Forte that I have now.. But, I'm all ways the type to just try out, and whichever I like, keep. The one that I don't like, I'll sell cheap to TPU.
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#7
Mescalamba
Argh, exactly what I wanted from Forte.. :( Seems I'll need new audio card.
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Looks nice. The Opamps, are they desoldered and resoldered because if what Im seeing are the opamps on the second pic, doesnt seem to be plug n play.
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#9
Helper
by: Cold Storm
Oh, I know that the specs make it to be a little less then the Forte that I have now.. But, I'm all ways the type to just try out, and whichever I like, keep. The one that I don't like, I'll sell cheap to TPU.
How are you going to determine that? Both your card and this one are similar to each other spec-wise. Yours is low profile with liquid capacitors though but you won't be able to feel the difference. They'll sound the same. If you are willing to upgrade, you should at least get an X-Fi Prelude or Elite Pro to get better crystallization, treble, etc...
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#11
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Helper
How are you going to determine that? Both your card and this one are similar to each other spec-wise. Yours is low profile with liquid capacitors though but you won't be able to feel the difference. They'll sound the same. If you are willing to upgrade, you should at least get an X-Fi Prelude or Elite Pro to get better crystallization, treble, etc...
And, I even know that... I do more to a sound card then just pop it in and go. I have opamps to play with and stuff like that. I don't need to go "extreme" on a sound card since i have a Dac and Personal Amp for if I want to really go that route. I'm just going for the fact of swapping Opamps and see what is the best for "MY" sound.
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#12
Imsochobo
My HD 5870 runs no less than Bitstreamed 7.1 DTS-HD(Master audio) or Dolby digital True HD.
Also 192khz 24 bit.

And best of all, i dont need a expensive card!

PS. When its bitstreamed i dont know if you can get it any better with any soundcard, it just sends all signals through.
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#13
Whilhelm
No support for Dolby Digital True HD or DTS HD, pass... :wtf:

Too bad it looked like a pretty decent soundcard aside from that major omission.
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#14
REVHEAD
they do a Passthrough HDMI card.
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#15
Helper
by: Cold Storm
And, I even know that... I do more to a sound card then just pop it in and go. I have opamps to play with and stuff like that. I don't need to go "extreme" on a sound card since i have a Dac and Personal Amp for if I want to really go that route. I'm just going for the fact of swapping Opamps and see what is the best for "MY" sound.
It doesn't matter mate, they both have the same X-Fi chip and are both at mid range. You won't be able to distinguish at all while you're listening to it. No matter which opamp you mod and whether you plug it to a HIFI or a pair of good headphones. Since they are essencially the same card. Only synthetic sound tests may show SINAD. If you want something else, use another sound chip like Asus Xonar. Don't buy the same thing unless you like putting money down the closet.
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#16
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Helper
It doesn't matter mate, they both have the same X-Fi chip and are both at mid range. You won't be able to distinguish at all while you're listening to it. No matter which opamp you mod and whether you plug it to a HIFI or a pair of good headphones. Since they are essencially the same card. Only synthetic sound tests may show SINAD. If you want something else, use another sound chip like Asus Xonar. Don't buy the same thing unless you like putting money down the closet.
I do get what you have said, and what Bta has said to me. I'ts not going out the other ear. But, This is not my only system.. IF I bought the card, and didn't want to keep it, don't I have the right to sell it? Or, if I desided that the low profile card of the Xfi-Forte would be good for someone else, do I not have the say on selling one for the other?

Me, If I can better someone else, that is can't go and spend that amount, then I'll do it. I know the cards are idenitical besides the fact of a few minor things that really don't matter. But, Who's to say those few things are what I wanted in the first place?


As for Xonar, after getting two DOA cards, one from Newegg, and then Xonar D2x from PPC, I won't be even thinking of grabbing another Asus banded card..
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#17
Helper
Yeah, i see you have planned about how to use it anyway. So I guess you may be right. But I would still recommend trying out something else. I don't really know about your exp with Xonar. But that was what came to my mind. It could be HT Omega or M-Audio. Just put X sound card right there. In the end, it's your choice what to do with your money...
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#18
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Helper
Yeah, i see you have planned about how to use it anyway. So I guess you may be right. But I would still recommend trying out something else. I don't really know about your exp with Xonar. But that was what came to my mind. It could be HT Omega or M-Audio. Just put X sound card right there. In the end, it's your choice what to do with your money...
The two Xonar cards where doa.. Just didn't work with the board. Asus said it was the board, but the Forte worked perfectly fine. Even another PSU it didn't work.. So, I washed my hands with that factor.

Yeah, it would be good to throw the more bones at the higher end stuff for myself. But, that'll be if I do that HTPC that I want.. So, be down the line.. lol

What you have told me is great stuff man. It would help a person out if they where to choose. Me, it's something new to see about. Or, someone elses toy for a budget.
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#19
LAN_deRf_HA
They really need to work on drivers before putting out more hardware. With certain low frequencies the Forte has crackling in Windows 7, but not in vista or xp. People have been complaining about this for months but still no fix for something clearly software related. I finally Have my settings to where I rarely encounter it though.
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#20
imperialreign
by: btarunr
And that. X-Fi Forte has nearly the same components, and it uses the CA-20K processor (hardware acceleration, EAX 5.0 Advanced HD processing). So you might want to retain it.
I was just going to mention . . .

Is it just me, or does it seem like Auzen (as well as the other major audio manufacturers) have been re-hasing already existing desings a little more-so than usual?

It's kinda getting ridiculous, IMHO.

I guess, with the entertainment industry's move towards HD-this and HD-that, there have been an abundance of uninformed customers who aren't quite sure what they're looking at, and the manufacturers are just throwing out one baited line after another.
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#21
Mescalamba
by: imperialreign
I was just going to mention . . .

Is it just me, or does it seem like Auzen (as well as the other major audio manufacturers) have been re-hasing already existing desings a little more-so than usual?

It's kinda getting ridiculous, IMHO.

I guess, with the entertainment industry's move towards HD-this and HD-that, there have been an abundance of uninformed customers who aren't quite sure what they're looking at, and the manufacturers are just throwing out one baited line after another.
Aehm.. particulary this sound-card is real improvement over previous designs. If you mean reusing same sound-chip, well, theres nothing better which gives you EAX and pretty good music reproducing performace (i have X-Fi Forte, almost perfect..).

This sound-card is very nice logical evolution..
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#22
imperialreign
by: Mescalamba
Aehm.. particulary this sound-card is real improvement over previous designs. If you mean reusing same sound-chip, well, theres nothing better which gives you EAX and pretty good music reproducing performace (i have X-Fi Forte, almost perfect..).

This sound-card is very nice logical evolution..
TBH, aside from a few novelty features, I don't see where there's much improvement in actual audio quality over existing Auzen models.

Sure, added functionality is nice, but I've been saying for a long while that the audio manufacturers need to get over this 1xx dB SNR war. The components for 7/8-channel 32b support have been on the market for over 3 years now, but everyone instead has been wrapped up in slapping a slightly higher quality DAC on a board and passing it off as a major "improvement" over existing models.

Granted, I won't dispute that this card offers some functionality not found on the Forte (or competing cards, for that matter), but, considering the price-point, it won't make much of a difference to the consumer.
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#23
Mescalamba
Well, ability to upgrade all OPAMPs is usefull for me and more important is support of BIG headphone jack (as I have Sennheisers:) ).

Rest was fine before, and probably will be fine now.. and if you don´t buy something like at least HD6XX from Sennheiser, you won´t be able to tell difference on most sound-cards. Performace-quality wise.. not that fact, that pretty much each soundcard manufacturer or headphone manufacturers products sound different. :D
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#24
eidairaman1
how about being Innovative by not using Creative Labs X-Fi
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
by: btarunr
And that. X-Fi Forte has nearly the same components, and it uses the CA-20K processor (hardware acceleration, EAX 5.0 Advanced HD processing). So you might want to retain it.
this card is inferior, only has EAX 4.0

makes me think it might be one of the 'software' models.
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