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Item#: N82E16829156002

AUZEN AZT-XM71 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Learn more about the Auzentech AZT-XM71

Model

Brand
AUZEN
Model
AZT-XM71

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8788
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
115 dB
Hardware Decode
Dolby Digital, DTS

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Front/Rear/Center/Subwoofer/Rear Center
SPDIF In
Yes
SPDIF Out
Yes
MIC In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI

Features

Features
Dolby Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience.

DTS Digital Surround is the sound format found in movie theaters. The Auzentech X-Meridian turns your PC into a DTS-Connect enabled PC capable of playing full surround sound from DTS-enabled movies, music videos, music discs, and games, as well as providing surround sound from normal stereo sources.

Dolby Digital Live, a real-time encoding technology, converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bit stream for transport and playback through a home theater system. With it, your PC or game console can be hooked up to your Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single digital connection, ensuring the integrity of the audio signal.

Dolby Headphone technology allows users to wear any set of headphones and listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1-channel soundtrack. Listeners enjoy a spacious, natural soundfield without disturbing others.

Engineered for Sound by Auzentech, the X-Meridian is designed by the award-winning engineers at Auzentech and constructed to a level of quality in order to thrill the most demanding of audiophiles.

Packaging

Package Contents
Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 Sound Card
Optical S/PDIF Cable
Driver Disk
User Manual

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year
Labor
1 year

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days


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  • Aaron S.
  • 8/9/2007 9:29:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: VERY high sound quality second to no other consumer audio card (subjective, as always with audio), replaceable OPAMPs (I used National LM4562NA OPAMPs), good drivers.

Cons: Has compatibility issues with my GeForce 6600GT card, but it seems to be Nvidia's drivers. This causes audio to distort an video to jerk in anything GPU intensive. 3rd party graphics drivers eliminate this problem, but but cause problems with quicktime. :(

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  • Benjamin F.
  • 7/1/2007 8:56:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs"WAS" a Great Card

Pros: Great for what it is, an high quality sound card meant for movies, music, and recording.

Cons: Only EAX 2.0 support for games in spite of it's ability to handle 128 unique in game sounds. EAX doesn't work in Vista and it currently lacks OpenAL support.

Other Thoughts: As of June 2007 it has been discontinued. You can verify this on the manufacturer's product page. Support and new drivers will STILL be available.

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  • John W.
  • 6/22/2007 1:05:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Sounds great playing music using FLAC (free lossless audio codec). I'm driving headphones right off of the sound card but I don't play games. I'm blown away at how good the bass is, how smooth everything is as well as the incredible detail. Definitely recommend this for music.

Cons: cost

Other Thoughts: very much worth it.

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  • Khalid P.
  • 6/20/2007 2:13:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW!!!!!!

Pros: I upgraded from a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, and the difference was night and day. Then I upgraded the OPAMPS to the LM4562NA. Now I hear even more detail such as the ringing inside the timpani drums. I use Linux so I have to use OSS instead of ALSA. l

Never the less the sound is fantastic from this sound card. The imaging is excellent. I highly recommend this for a HTPC.

Cons: Perhaps a little on the pricey side. No PCI-ex, just pci.

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  • John S.
  • 6/12/2007 6:59:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPristine sound and clean, easy install

Pros: Absolutely amazing sound that pulverizes X-Fi chips in sound quality, dynamic range (aside from what manufacturers claim), and SNR. No pops, clicks, or scratches due to poor IRQ steering/sharing as with other chips. Super clean (no bloat) and super simple software installation. Good 3D sound controls. If you play more OpenGL games than DirectX games, this card is by far the leader of all sound cards (even though DirectX games are still great on it). Supports EAX 2.0, which is great for most retail games. You don't need EAX 5.0 (ie: X-Fi chip) to enjoy games. Few games take full advantage of EAX 5.0 even if they claim to use it because most of the time, the additional features are never used in a game. For simplicity's sake, most developers code for EAX 1.0/2.0 or lower any ways, and 'add-on' EAX 5.0 functionality. This is because many casual gamers still use their on-board sound which doesn't have EAX 5.0 support or an X-Fi chip.

Cons: If you're an FPS fan, such as Counter Strike, and you want to run the maximum number of simultaneous voices, get an X-Fi based card for CPU overhead reasons.

Other Thoughts: I downloaded the drivers from Auzentech's website as opposed to installing from the included CD. The download off the website includes everything on the CD, and may be a newer version too. Extracted it, installed it, worked instantly. I had an Audigy 4 card installed previously. I removed its drivers first, and no problems. It can provide up to 128 voices in games, but at this level, the CPU overhead is closer to 40% vs. 20% for the X-Fi chip. At 64 voices, it's around 20%, and at 32 and less it has a negligible load on the CPU. In other words, the C-Media Oxygen CMI8788 SPU either can't keep up well with 128 voices, or reroutes some of that processing to the CPU due to EAX 2.0 restrictions. This isn't a big deal unless you really want to set your games to a max of 128 simultaneous voices, because at that point, human ears get confused anyways.

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  • James B.
  • 5/28/2007 12:13:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsWill support X-FI soon

Pros: Dolby Digital Live of course. The entire card is great in my opinion.

Cons: None except for the EAX 2.0 support but I don't play games anyways.

Other Thoughts: Just to let everyone know, Auzentech has announced that Creative will finally allow a third-party company to use the X-Fi chipset. This means the new Auzen X-Fi Prelude is due out late May 2007 and will have full support for EAX 5.0. So you gamers should wait till then not to mention the price of this one will go lower and I can buy another one.

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  • cynthia d.
  • 5/3/2007 9:18:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssweet sound

Pros: very good sounding card, I am running 2 sets of philips 80 watt speakers and an hundred watt sub this thing sounds sweet. It does work with vista but just like anything else right now there are a few bugs in it, blows creative away. works great with all my games except one and my creative x-fi didnt do any better with it either. Hiss is not there anymore like I had with my creative card either

Cons: pricy, test drive unlimited acts a bit strange but like I said up above it did this with my creative card also

Other Thoughts: asus crosshair mobo, 2.8 5800+ amd, 2 gigs gskills ram, 500+500+300+150 storage, running vista and xp in dual boot, 3d aurora 570 case, tons of led stuff, aero cool panel, 5.3 vista rating (processer is the weakest link) newegg has the best prices around! thanks newegg!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/1/2007 6:06:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful sound, good software

Pros: Wonderful and rich-sounding card. Extremely good quality construction. Digital in/out in rear of card. Available daughter board for adding more ports. Front panel audio connector. Works well with Vista.

Cons: The Vista software that is available for it is good once you get the settings correct. The audio panel is a little buggy but the driver has been stable for me on my x86 Vista workstation.

Other Thoughts: By far the best-sounding card I've ever had. I returned my X-Fi Fata1ity card and have never looked back. The driver is good, the Oxygen console could you some polish but otherwise I'm really happy with my purchase. Overall if you like your music then this card is worth the dough.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/26/2007 11:14:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNice sound card

Pros: Very high quality analog output and exceptional driver stability. The ability to change S/PDIF output on the fly without manually bypassing it each time is nice. Clean bass and treble with no clipping at high volume.

Cons: The mini optical out connectors flex when heavy optical cable is attached to them. Strange installation of drivers, you need to read the manual throughly to get it right the first time.

Other Thoughts: You will need good speakers and patience to make this sound card worthwhile. Do not expect instant high-quality music before reading the manual first and testing the driver settings.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2007 8:44:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNO SUPPORT ZIP NOTTA

Pros: I like the card.
I have a 7.1 surround setup.
This hooked up seamlessly. But when you do a sound test
Through the software of this sound card. Sound comes from all the speakers. You click on center noise comes from the center and all the other speakers. My system didn’t do this with my creative labs 5.1 setup. The test tones are correct when I test them with my receiver. A 2 year old mid range pioneer

This might be a receiver problem.
But when I set the optical output in the card to 44.1 kHz
Or to 48 kHz. My receiver sees it as Dolby pro logic 2. But the sound is really low and distorted. It sounds great with DTS or Dolby digital live.

I emailed tech support about this two question or problems with no response. I called them they hung up on me once. The second time I got the voice mail box is full.

You spend almost 200 bucks on a sound card with not support. What happens if you have trouble with it.

Ill give the razor a try

Cons: NO SUPPORT..........

Other Thoughts: 200 bucks for a sound card. they
cant or wont anwser a question.

ill buy else where

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