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PPA 1431v 6 Channels 16-bit PCI Interface Sound Card

  • 6 Channels
  • 16-bit
  • PCI Interface
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Learn more about the PPA International 1431v

Model

Brand
PPA
Model
1431v

Audio core

Channels
6
Digital Audio
16-bit

Ports

Line Out
Yes
SPDIF Out
Optical

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 98se / me / 2000 / XP / Vista
System Requirements
IBM or compatible systems with a PII - 233 Mhz or faster processor
CD ROM
One PCI Slot
16 Megabytes (24 MB recommended)

Features

Features
HRTF-based 3D Positional Audio, supporting Direct Sound 3D, EAX and A3D interface
6 channel DAC for AC3R 5.1 channel
DLS-Based wavetable music synthesizer, supports DirectMusic
16 bit full duplex CODEX
32 bit PCI bus master, PCI 2.1 / PCI 2.2 compliant
DirectSound 3D supports
Legacy audio SB16 Compatible
Supports front left/right, rear left/right surround
Center and subwoofer (low frequency effects, LFE) 6 channel audio out
Supports EAX, Karaoke Key, Echo, and Surround… etc.
Support 4.1 / 5.1 speakers, CSDX positional audio in 4 / 6 speaker mode
Supports AC-3 Sound

Packaging

Package Contents
One PCI 6 Channel Sound Card
Driver CD

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael B.
  • 1/6/2014 4:24:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReplaced a broken onboard

Pros: Worked just fine to bypass broken onboard audio

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: lol ... 16 bit

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  • Vincent H.
  • 5/4/2013 5:22:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsFIxed issue with 5.1 sound

Pros: Works, and does delivery 5.1, once problems were worked through.

Cons: Could not get 5.1 sound initially, only 2.0 (front speakers). It was an error on my part....

Other Thoughts: For any users who can only get front-speaker sound (and no center, subwoofer or surround sound), and you are running the sound into a receiver, please make sure that you have the receiver set on "MULTI-CHANNEL" (if your receiver has such a setting). I used the analog 5.1 set-up, and had my Onkyo receiver set on DVD input, but I did not have the "MULTI-CHANNEL" button selected on the front of my receiver. I went through two different cards trying to get 5.1 in Windows and the included test software... the instant I hit "MULTI-CHANNEL" on the receiver front, it worked fine. I should've seen that first thing, but.... hope this helps someone. Thanks!

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  • RICHARD F.
  • 2/7/2013 5:56:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssecond review of this product

Pros: Works fine with my new, cheap, Philips home theater. My AOC TV only has optical audio out so I bought a Toslink cable. Then I decided to try using the cable with this sound card. It works fine, giving the computer Dolby surround sound.

Cons: Setting up the surround option is not straight forward but it works.

Would not use this card for coaxial output

Other Thoughts: Glad I kept it.

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  • Kris S.
  • 11/29/2012 4:43:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: It's cheap. It powers my cheap secondary speakers.

Cons: Of the six ports on this thing, one is actually doing what it's supposed to on my machine. No matter what settings I feed into it neither the mic not the line in produce anything but static, and the control software always complains that there's some other program using the sound card so it can't make any changes.

I would send it back, but it does provide me with a much needed second output channel for my moonlight job as a VDJ to monitor my stream. I suspect that the problem lies with the terrible drivers for this thing. I've tried the one that came with it, the one from the manufacturer's site, and one that Windows found for me. All gave the same result.

Other Thoughts: My onboard sound is MUCH better than this thing. It's junk. Fortunately for the use I have for it even a junk card works. For someone looking for a primary sound card, I strongly recommend looking elsewhere.

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  • Nikita T.
  • 11/25/2012 1:05:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsD.O.A.

Pros: -Cheap

Cons: -Sometimes you get unlucky, D.O.A.
-No pins for frontpanel I/O audio (AC97 or HD)

Other Thoughts: I got this, because the soundchip on my desktop mobo failed. This card did not work :(. I would have had to pay 10$ shipping to RMA it, and that costs almost as much as the product itself, so I just bought a cheap soundcard from rocketfish on another popular website, plugged it into the same pci slot and it worked. The rocketfish card was around the same value and it had front panel i/o connector.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 11/23/2012 7:42:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Deal

Pros: It seems like quite a nice piece of hardware for the price, love the SPDIF output which can be set to not use any lossy AC3 digital compression.
+There are a few actual caps on the PCB implying that it may have a decent SnR and a good handle on noise and interference, though even the expensive big-name high-power audio cards are often quite fail in this regard despite having all those capacitors.
+It's not a USB device so probably imposes no huge-ms delays.

Cons: The software could be better, hence the -1 egg. I downloaded the software instead of using the included driver CD after reading some reviews here. The first disappointment was that the driver was optional and the custom control panel was not.
It turns out this "audio deck" software is probably necessary if you want to be able to tweak anything, and I assume the driver is basically necessary if you want to use the thing at all.

Other disappointments:
-Microphone gain seems to have a mind of its own, sometimes the slider seems to be upside-down or working the wrong way, and sometimes it would basically mute itself mysteriously after a few seconds.
-I could swear the analog output and the SPDIF outputs were working independently of eachother as separate outputs devices which could be used for different things, until one day they decided they would always [and only] do the same thing.

It's conceivable that I could straighten some of this out by playing with the standard Windows audio controls and the Realtek Audio Manager (for the on-board sound hardware) enough, but after seeing how extremely goofy it was all behaving I instead opted to simply swap the intended roles for the two different cards.

Maybe it works best if you just let windows download the driver automatically, and avoid the disc or the manual download, but I haven't tried it since I don't expect that option to provide all of these options for channels and encoding etc.

Other Thoughts: I use this optical digital output for my system's "main" audio output, 44.1 KHz, 2 channels, PCM (no AC3 compression) encoding, and it works great for that.
On-board audio devices (and USB devices) are now used for what I'd intended this to be used for: audio inputs and auxiliary/extra outputs.

using Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit ftw

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  • RICHARD F.
  • 11/6/2012 7:26:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice card but seems to create driver conflict

Pros: Sounds good

Cons: For some reason, after installing this card, live TV on Windows Media Center - Vista had no sound. I realize WMC is a little flaky but when I removed the card and restored the computer to a point prior to installing the card, WMC works fine.

Other Thoughts: I don't think this is a reason to return the card. I will just install it on another computer for which I don't use WMC.

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  • Cody B.
  • 10/5/2012 7:43:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPPA 143v 6 Channels 16-bit PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Size, low power consumption, definitely and upgrade from motherboard sound, 6 channel sound, digital toslink connection!

Cons: None at all!

Other Thoughts: You may have to enable your device through the audio menu in the control panel in order to get the sound to work. Do not automatically assume that it is bad.

I really love this product, it was cheap and works great!

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  • ROBERT W.
  • 8/31/2012 11:57:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust what was needed

Pros: Cheap
Works

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My mother's computer had its sound card stop working, so I just needed to buy her something cheap, nothing special was needed. This does the trick and works just fine. A basic sound card for your basic needs.

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  • joseph v.
  • 7/30/2012 12:55:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Very easy to install great for the money overall sound is real good and went in windows XP just fine

Cons: The metal seperated from the board a little bit when putting it into the slot but once I put the screw in it was sturdy.

Other Thoughts: Overall cant find one better at this time for the price.

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