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ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Audio/Video Enhancement Combo Card

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  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface

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Got a Blu-Ray drive on your computer? Did you know that Blu-Ray audio is sampled at 192 Khz for extra high fidelity? Did you know that your audio drops down to DVD quality with an ordinary audio board?

ASUS wants to address that problem with this A/V enhancement board. Built on a PCI-E board for speed, aided and abetted by hardware decoding for Dolby True HD and DTS Master audio, this board's 7.1 channel output sound brings you every sound they recorded the way they recorded it. An HDMI compliant connection brings your signals into an HDMI-equipped TV or monitor for the best signal. Twenty-four bit audio and an impressive 120 dB signal to noise ratio mean clean sound for your discerning ear.

I don't know what you need; only you know that. But if buying this board will make you happy, selling it to you will make us happy.

  • newegg 100% Blu-ray Quality Audio Compliant with PAPS and Advanced Access Content System (AACS) audio protection, the ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe provides bit-to-bit exact lossless Blu-ray audio output, without any dowsampling to DVD quality, to meet your needs for Full-HD audio.
  • newegg HDMI1.3a Compliance and Splendid HD Video Enhancement The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe is Full-HD ready with support for HDMI v1.3a – the latest version of the digital format, and with an on-board Splendid HD processor, enjoy more brilliant, crisper images - even on HD content without any CPU loading impact.
  • newegg High-definition Audio Decoding The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe supports software-based high-definition audio decoding, including the latest DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Digtial Plus for theater-like, professional sound at 24-bit, 96-192 Khz.
  • newegg Powerful Software Bundled The bundled ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre fully supports the entire specifications for Blu-ray and provides tons of features and options to enhance your movie watching experience.

Learn more about the ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Larry H.
  • 5/8/2010 10:00:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat sound, need to be willing to work with it

Pros: I'm 53 and somewhat of an audiophile. In my 20s, I built my own speakers. In the 80s, I had a Hafler amp and preamp, Nakamichi cassette deck, M&K speakers,etc. I took a break to raise some kids, but that passion for good music started calling once again. So I did a ton of research. I've also had Creative cards in the past, but after talking to some guys who know their stuff and recommended this card, I bought it. It's home in my media center PC with an Onkyo 7.2 AV and Polk speakers. I can tell you that there is a big difference from on-board sound and this card. This card is warm and rich sounding, crisp on the highs and the bass is full without being boomy. (Also have a Polk 505 sub on one channel and a 200w Sony sub on the other.) Obviously, I'm a music guy. But the wife and I enjoy our movies, many of which are downloaded. Either downloaded or via my Blu-Ray player in my media center PC, I get full 192KHz audio. Yes, I run the audio through HDMI. Works great!

Cons: As others have said, you have to be willing to fiddle with it to get all of the benefit out if this card. But I can tell you this was the best investment I've made in my media center.

Other Thoughts: For example, my side speakers weren't working. Asus manual said to run the card in 8 channel output. But I dropped it to 6 channel output, and all channels now work without a hitch. This is probably because the source is 5.1, and my amp splits it to 7.2. But the manual should've covered this.

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  • Glynn T.
  • 1/30/2010 8:49:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsFINALLY GOT IT :P

Tweaks all day long

Cons: Had to uninstall / reinstall dl version of TMT to get it working. Initially it just crashed to desktop, though it did not cause any major computer crashes People have reported issues with it . MINE is now running absolutely flawless under WIN 7 ULT 64bit.
I do miss my X Fi resampling super rip software but I have ADOBE AUDITION 3 now to make up for that,
Video output software could use more tweaks but I can certainly adjust my plasma or VC easily.
Newegg was out of stock when I ordered my system so I had to buy this piece retail....

Other Thoughts: Many have trashed this card IMO because they just dont know how to handle this beast. This card is not for simpletons.
DONT expect this SC to make some TOY computer speakers sound amazing.
My sound system is a ONKYO 7.1 HDMI receiver with custom made in-wall spkrs and 2 JL 13w6 subs in a custom cabinet driven with a 1000 watt amp.
BELIEVE me, now when I start playing BF2 , the neighbors start running for cover, then the SWAT team shows up : ( LOL
I knew this card might have some issues but I felt confident I could deal with it. IM SOO GLAD I DID
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for pros only though.....

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  • Grant F.
  • 12/6/2009 9:13:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood concept, poor followthrough

Pros: * HDMI
* 24 bit audio capable
* 192 KHz sample rate supported
* Reasonable audio quality

Cons: * Terrible audio console UI
* Unstable drivers
* Requires additional power cable
* High price
* Poor 3D audio support in games (my audigy-2 was better)
* Using microphone echo cancellation disables all other processing / effects

Other Thoughts: The basic idea behind this card is pretty good- HDMI audio coming out of a PC. The card has a lot of features, but it's held back by ASUStek's poor software quality.

My chief complaint though is the poor User Interface (UI) quality in the Xonar HDAV Center control panel. ASUS simply does not know how to make effective UIs. Random buttons of various shapes appear everywhere in the audio console. Most of the buttons are not labeled and their functionality is not documented in any way, shape, or form. There isn't even a help button. For example, there's a button below the volume knob control labeled SVN. The mouseover text is 'SVN' -not very helpful.

ASUS does not have a grasp on what their customers desires are. Users that purchase a $250 sound card want quality software with an effective UI. What they get is a control panel that looks like a $50 boom box. ASUS needs spend less time creating "bathroom mode" buttons and more time working on quality software. =(

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  • Jason H.
  • 11/30/2009 8:17:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs4 Hour Install

Pros: After hours, and hours of getting this thing set up, I'm very pleased with the results. DTS HD, and Dolby Master HD working with my Blurays and even my ISO's playing off my HDD's with TMT3.

Cons: Thought it was DOA, wouldn't install with the supplied CD. Downloaded the driver from ASUS, and finally got it up and running. Getting the HDMI working in conjunction with my HDTV and Optoma HD20 was a pain too.

Other Thoughts: I'm a very persistent PC builder, nothing gets the best of my, even parts that seem DOA. I'm very pleased with this sound card. The audio quality is top notch. DONT HESITATE.... BUY IT NOW!!!

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  • Randall L.
  • 9/1/2009 2:46:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a dream

Pros: This thing works fantastic. If you want to send native BD HD sound to your receiver for decoding via HDMI, this is it.

Cons: Can be a little challenging to set up. The weak link is the TMT software. It works fine for a while then quits (won't load). I haven't figured out what that is all about yet.

A little pricey.

By the way, the internal decoder works fantastic as well so you can send analog discrete 6 (or whatever) channels to your receiver. But why would you want to when one cable works better?

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  • Matthew C.
  • 7/10/2009 12:35:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Sound Quality

Pros: I really have to come out in defense of this card.

It has amazing sound quality! Soundstage is spot-on. Highs and lows have very clear pitch. Bass is more "punchy" than "rumbly" so if you're into hip hop and like the distorted bass, or if you're using this as an HTPC and like the rumbly sound of explosions, you may not appreciate the bass from this card. All in all, it is very capable card.

I'm a little biased because I'm upgrading from a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 (which sounded mediocre at best) and my parents always were pretty cheap when it came to home theatre systems. Therefore, my iPod was the best audio processor in my house until this came along. ;)

Cons: Drivers are a little funky, but I'm using the Windows 7 EC, so none of my drivers really work perfectly. It doesn't hurt the card's performance.

Other Thoughts: So far, I have only hooked up some Altec Lansing 5.1 bookshelf speakers that hook into the amp inside my subwoofer to the daughter card. I haven't even tried to unleash the digital capabilites of this card.

I'm not sure I'm emotionally ready for that yet.....

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  • Jesse K.
  • 6/24/2009 4:22:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDon't bother

Pros: Pci-e 1x can work in any Pci-e slot

Cons: This card plain and simply does not work as advertised. I hooked it up, and found that it needs a three wire solution to work. I had to output from my video card DVI (Geforce 260) to the HDMI input on the sound, then port from the HDMI out of the Asus, to my receiver (Yamaha 7.1) then from the Yamaha to my monitor via another HDMI cable. All this just to get sound. It caused my monitor to flicker, and the sound was never in 5.1 or 7.1 no matter how I changed the software. It never ported out a true surround signal to my receiver. The included software did not work right either. I usually run two monitors, and this solution took up one of my video outs from the 260. This coupled with the sound quality, which was poor at best, my on board sound worked better. I returned this card, and am sticking with my on board sound for now.

Other Thoughts: This card would have been good if it worked as advertised, but it does not. Asus needs to try again. Until then I will stick with my coax audio out from the motherboard, it can do 7.1 without any fuss. Sounds better too.
gigabyte x58 ud4p
i7 965 @ 3.8
Ultra chilltec cpu cooler
PNY xler8 Geforce 260
WD 1.5 tb HDD Sata
Windows Vista home premium SP2
Windows 7 ultimate RC
gskill 3gb DDR3 tipple data
Antec 900 all fan slots populated
Rocketfish 750watt psu

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  • Victor C.
  • 6/8/2009 2:21:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, may be the best with flaws

Pros: Very good card using very very good DAC. Supports True DD, DTS master, HDMI output and pass thorugh (ONLY WITH CORRECT SOFTWARE). Very good dynamic range and close to audiophile external DAC sound quality.

Cons: Support? what support? Called left 2 messages, disconnected twice, try online chat never worked out. Asus support have no clue about this product at all and ofcourse they never called back. Bundled software will not do HDMI passthrough which defeat the whole purpose of this card.

Other Thoughts: The Asus PM in charge of this card did their homework, what audiophile and vidophile wants, but the rest ofthe team are not up to the task. Why would you bundle a software that can not take the main advantage of its hardware?? what gives? Clearly Asus support need a lot more training of this card and return calls. Again, typical manufacture only did 90% of the work and effort. Good experience of the hardware, bad experice of support and software. BTW, I use to ran a compnay in the same industry and I thought our support are not very good, but Asus..............

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  • Dean S.
  • 5/27/2009 7:35:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggssounds good to me

Pros: Great sound, from what I have seen here on new egg there is no card that offers true 192htz. If your looking for good sound this is the way to go. Movies have never sounded better! Music sounds awesome on this thing!

Cons: software is a little clunky, meaning if your not the type who likes to tinker with sound or know your way around audio, this card might not be for you.

Other Thoughts: very good card for the audiophile, if you are a sound purest you want this card. if you are looking to use the thing for just gaming with head phones, don't get this card

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  • William S.
  • 4/14/2009 9:51:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: The sound quality from this card is outstanding. Music has a much better range on this card than my x-fi Fatal1ty did and sounds more vibrant in general. Also all the special functions of creative media source and even the sound dock for the old card seem to think its a creative card. The sound quality through HDMI is amazing. I don't have a surround set up on my TV and the integrated speakers are absolutely awful but outputting the sound from this card to it sounds like the TV has surround sound. It's not as good as the computer speakers but it's is a drastic improvement. Also the improvement in video is noticeable. I've always had some strange

Cons: The setup can be a hassle if you're not actually a seasoned system builder. It took me about an hour to get things the way I liked them and I still have a slight popping noise whenever a new sound source is first started (think its from my speakers though since this card seems to cut sound entirely when there's no source where as my old cards produced a constant hum). Also the sound settings for individual programs is more of a hassle than the normal creative set up most people will be used to. It is much more complex and has more options but that isn't so much of a con if you prefer the configuration options.

Other Thoughts: This sound card is the best one I've owned so far. It is also the most complex and hardest to use but the complexity and amount of user settings is what makes it sound so good. You can't get this many user configuration options from any other sound card I've found so far. Got to say I love this card. I hope they keep the updates rolling cause if they do this might be the first sound card I keep for more than 2 years.

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