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AuzenTech AZTHTHD02817 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express X-Fi HOMETHEATER HD Audio Card

  • 8 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface
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The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD accepts video from either an external connection, mixes it with digital audio, and outputs the combined video and lossless multichannel audio via a single HDMI 1.3 port. The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD has been designed around the latest Creative PCI Express X-Fi audio processor. For home theater enthusiasts, the processor includes HDMI 1.3 support and features Dolby Digital and DTS encoding for a single-cable connection to home theater systems. For gamers, the card leverages the power of the PCI Express-optimized X-Fi processor to deliver accelerated audio for improved game performance, with ultra-realistic EAX 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio.

The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD is the first and only industry-supported native-PCI Express soundcard offering uncompressed audio supporting 24p True Cinema output. By delivering crystal-clear all-digital audio and video via a single HDMI connection, the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD dramatically simplifies cabling and provides the highest-quality home theater experience.

In compliance with HDCP and AACS, the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD can play Blu-ray Audio with no downsampling, and play High bit-rate Audio such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream without altering the original sound when combined with Cyberlink PowerDVD (available separately).

  • newegg PCI Express Audio Processor The AuzenTech X-Fi HomeTheater HD features Creative Labs' native-PCI Express audio processor that can take full advantage of the higher-throughput of the PCI Express bus, delivering accelerated audio for improved game performance with ultra-realistic EAX 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio. PCI-Express also offers secure performance, which is important to audio data processing requiring both security and continuity.
  • newegg HDMI v1.3a Compliant and 24p Compatible HDMI simplifies the cabling and enables the AuzenTech X-Fi HomeTheater HD to output a bitstream of high-definition, multichannel audio from Blu-ray Discs with no downsampling for taking full advantage of lossless digital audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio when combined with Cyberlink PowerDVD. The X-Fi HomeTheater HD also supports 24p True Cinema output. Now you can enjoy Blu-ray movies in the way they were meant to be heard.
  • newegg High Quality Sound The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD uses high end audio components, an 115dB D/A converter and tuned analog circuit to output up to PCM 8-channel, sampling rate of 24-bit/192kHz for the best audio possible during music, gaming and movies. Integrated 64MB X-Ram allows for complicated 3D sound effects processing. In addition, discerning of audiophiles can tune the sound via replaceable front (L/R) Operational Amplifier (OPAMP).
  • newegg Dolby Digital Live The on-board Dolby Digital Live real-time content encoder generates a Dolby Digital bit stream from any PC sound source to unleash the full surround sound potential of your home theater system. Simply connect your PC to a Dolby Digital enabled AV receiver or devices via a single cable connection and start enjoying thrilling surround sound from 3D games, DVDs, music and more.
  • newegg DTS Neo: PC and DTS Interactive (Not available for Windows XP) DTS Interactive encodes any digital sound source into DTS Digital Surround for transport and playback through any DTS-enabled system via a signal cable connection, such as powered PC speakers, an A/V receiver or any other DTS- compatible surround decoder sound system, eliminating the hassle of multiple cables and ensuring audio signal integrity. A perfect companion to DTS Interactive, the NEO: PC turns any 2-channel stereo audio into 7.1 channel sound.
  • newegg EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 delivers incredibly realistic gaming audio. Drench yourself in an exceptionally dynamic and sensational gaming world.

Learn more about the Auzentech AZTHTHD02817

Model

Brand
AUZEN
Model
AZTHTHD02817

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Creative 20K2
Channels
8
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
Hardware Decode
Dolby True-HD
DTS-HD Master Audio

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Front Line, Rear, Center/Woofer, Side
MIC In
Yes
Other Ports
HDMI Input/Output, D-SUB, 15-P

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
System Requirements
Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD AthloXP 2000+ processor (Pentium 4 2.2 GHz, AMD AthlonTM XP 2400+ processor or faster recommended)
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista 32-bit with SP1, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
Note: High Resolution Audio Output not supported on Windows XP
256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Windows Vista)
600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4, x8 or x16) slot
CD or DVD ROM

Features

Features
Blu-ray support via Cyberlink's latest PowerDVD application (available separately)
Support for PCM 8 channel, 24-bit/192kHz
24p True Cinema Output
Blu-ray Audio with no downsampling
High bit-rate audio, such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream
Dolby Digital Live for Windows and Vista
DTS Neo:PC & DTS Interactive for Windows Vista
EAX Advanced HD 5.0

The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD accepts video from either an internal or external connection, mixes it with digital audio, and outputs the combined video and lossless multichannel audio via a single HDMI 1.3 port. The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD has been designed around the latest Creative PCI Express X-Fi audio processor. For home theater enthusiasts, the processor includes HDMI 1.3 support and features Dolby Digital and DTS encoding for a single-cable connection to home theater systems. For gamers, the card leverages the power of the PCI Express-optimized X-Fi processor to deliver accelerated audio for improved game performance, with ultra-realistic EAX 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
30 days limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Dean S.
  • 8/4/2012 10:30:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsit works (update)

Pros: I just upgraded the OPAM on this to this right here.
http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/opamp_627sm.php

I must say that having the upgrade to the burr brown opamp is worth the money ( if you are an audiophile) the sound is amazing now

Cons: a little high on price

Software takes time to learn.

Other Thoughts: http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/opamp_install.php

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  • Dean S.
  • 9/15/2010 9:38:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsHolycow it works

Pros: for the last year I have been looking for a sound card that would allow me to us it like a high end switching amp. If you look around some amps like onkyo and denon do switching for you. down side to this is that you pay a lot money for a solution that still makes you hook a sound card up to your computer. Now you don't have to do that, this card allows you to run both audio and video all in one. if you need one swith this card will do it

Cons: software is a little funky to get going, but once you get it going it is easy. It took me blowing a few speakers to understand the gain on the software. Not fun !!! cost me 60 for new tweeters.

Other Thoughts: Awesome ! don't buy high priced amps, use this card to do it all.

I am running win 7 -64 x4 core amd 2.5 ghz , 8 gigs of memory and 1 tb segate with ati raden card with hdmi

Also I am running my PS3 audio/video through this card to my 46 sony hdtv

running b&K power amps

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  • LEOPOLD R.
  • 8/6/2010 12:08:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOther Alternatives

Pros: Not a bad audio card, but for the price, I would suggest other alternatives.

Cons: For the price, as a user indicated, there are many technical issues with hardware and software integration to work flawlessly. For the price, I would expect a product that would offer more of a stable performance and reliability (less the added expense of other 3rd party application, like Cyberlink).

This is AuzenTech's first generation full 1.3 HDMIa providing uncompressed, full HD Audio, but with all first generations hardware, there's a learning curve for the manufacture. By the 2nd or 3rd generation, the product should be stable and reliable. It's best to wait.

Other Thoughts: Other alternative is, depending on the quality of your MoBo, use the MoBo's digital audio out or HDMI to an audio receiver. From the receiver, you'll connect your speakers. If your video card has HDMI or HDMI converter, run this directly to your monitor.

I would recommend Definitive Technology Pro Cinema or other comparable speakers for audiophile application and quality.

Room calibration will be an issue, so ensure you use a sound pressure level. Also ensure that the audio menu of your audio receiver is changed from default to custom for good balance and smoothness (bass, mid, and high).
A decent audio receiver should run you about $285.00 with about 3-4 HDMI input.

My experience? Well, I'm a professional audio integrator and installer.

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  • Jesse S.
  • 2/21/2010 7:22:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood HDMI card overall

Pros: Does what it promises: Gets HDMI from your computer to your receiver. It'll do 2-7.1 channel 24-bit 96kHz LPCM from any source. Works just like any other soundcard, your applications play to the speakers, it redirects to the HDMI out. This works form all sources, in all modes, including ASIO in Audio Creation mode. In AC mode, you can set bit matched playback and it will set the sample rate to the master clock rate you set in the control panel (can be 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96).

It can also directly output bitstream audio form DVDs/Blu-Rays if you have software (like PowerDVD) that supports it. That works as expected, no modifications are made to the stream. Works with HD audio streams in entertainment mode.

Sound data is always transmitted so there's no delay when something starts playing while the receiver syncs up, it starts immediately like analogue.

Analogue input from a mic works fine, so it can be used for voice communications during games.

Cons: Drivers are from Creative originally so a bit buggy. I've had the sound become corrupted on occasion. I don't know what the cause it. Still plays, just distorted. Rebooting the system or disabling and re-enabling the device fixes the problems.

Requires HDMI video input for HDMI output to function. So if you have a computer monitor that doesn't support an ATSC resolution, you have to run a separate video feed to the card to make it work. Should the video drop, audio stops being transmitted.

Other Thoughts: Analogue outputs seem to be of acceptable quality, along the lines of midrange X-Fis, though you shouldn't buy this card if that's what you want. It is for HDMI.

Comes with a license of the Dolby Digital and DTS encoders. I've no idea why you'd want it, HDMI handles surround sound losslessly but there you go.

It's pricey, but if you want HDMI for gaming it is the way to go. It is the only card I'm aware of that'll do hardware EAX and OpenAL, and then send that lossless digital to a receiver. Also seems to have less issues than many other HDMI audio solutions, though it's not perfect.

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  • Ellery C.
  • 2/19/2010 10:41:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsSimply does not handshake correctly

Pros: Made in Korea and not China. That's the only pro I see. Sorry, but it's an over priced item that does not deliver.

Cons: Over priced and does not handshake properly with my Onkyo 905 receiver. Read the reviews on here carefully, the only 5 stars are fake reviews. All newegg purchasers who reviewed this give it one star for a reason. Buy an ATI 5770 video card if all you want is HDMI audio. It works great, is cheaper and will sound the same as it also bitstreams!

Other Thoughts: Does not work. Read all the issues on avsfourm.com.

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  • Sargon E.
  • 11/1/2009 11:33:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBest sound card ever.

Pros: This card has the best of all worlds. It has the XFI chip which I needed for gaming and it has the HDMI Which gets the the best connection to my reciver and my 52inch LCD. I use the BlueRay drive in my PC and passthrough the surround sound to my reciver for the BlueRay movies,it comes with all the software you need, a great value. Love the card

Cons: At first I thought the price was too high but after using it for the last two weeks I think it is well worth it. This ia an all in one sound card wonder!

Other Thoughts: A must have

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  • Phillip H.
  • 10/29/2009 6:17:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAll-In-One

Pros: Incredible audio playback, professional inputs for professional mics and headphones. For me it's great for music, movies, and gaming... amazing audio. Really useful if you use your PC as a video / audio workstation, listen to music, play games, watch movies like I do. It's all-in-one.

Cons: It's taken some effort to get here. Denon's idea of HDMI forced Auzentech to implement a firmware update. Okay, now the static is gone.

Other Thoughts: After Firmware update, works great with the older Denon receiver. Now just waiting for the my Cyberlink to update for the HTHD (the OEM version that came with my Bluray player not at first supported -- but coming by end of Oct they say). New buyers benefit don't have to go through the bumps that early adopters like me experienced. < Envy />

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  • tim s.
  • 9/14/2009 9:15:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsaaa

Pros: none

Cons: lots

Other Thoughts: cheep parts high price, dont half work

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  • tim s.
  • 9/14/2009 9:11:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdoes not work as advertised

Pros: will bitstream 5.1 dts-ma, only after u download the patch.

Cons: no 7.1 pcm 24/192. no 5.1 dolby digital live without the xfi cmss enabled. uses cheep sounding dac (cirrus logic cs4382a) for 340.00 they should of used (4) 2 ch burr brown dacs like the asus card got. no bluray player with card, it cost 90.00 extra. displays false info on both the reciever an power dvd 9 ultra(pcm,bit,ch,kpbs etc) no hdcp 1.1 support only 1.2, has me blocked from watching high def movies on my plasma hdtv (poineer pdp-5020fd)

Other Thoughts: tech support is bad, still waiting on my unanswered questions from over a week ago. will be sending back mainly due to,hdcp 1.2 blocking me from viewing movies on my hdtv plasma. Also, they put a cheep dac on card. Asus uses (4) 2 ch burr brown dacs vs. auzentech (1) 8 ch dac. cd's an internet radio sound the same quality as onboard motherboard sound using those cheep dacs.

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  • tim s.
  • 9/14/2009 8:53:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHAS LOTS OF PROBLEMS AN TECH SUPPORT IS REALLY BAD

Pros: bitsteams 5.1 ch dts-ma only with the updated patch you have to download

Cons: 1.will not play 7.1 pcm 24/192. 2. 7.1ch pcm 24/96 will not play if x-fi cmss is disabled. 3. will not stream internet radio (pandora) 7.1ch pcm 24/192,only 7.1 ch pcm 24/96,2 ch if x-fi cmss is disabled. 4. 5.1 dolby digital live will only play 2 ch if x-fi is disabled. 5. 5.1 ch pcm 24/192 only works with bluray movies. 6. uses a cheep sound DAC (cirrus logic cs4382a), playing cd's an streaming internet radio will sound no better than onboard sound on your motherboard, payed 250.00 for card an 90 for bluray player 340.00, should of had 4 burr brown DACs (pcm1796) on card like the asus cards got. 7. bluray player does not come with card. I payed 90.00 for powerdvd 9 ultra. 8. not hdcp 1.1 compliant, only 1.2 compliant,blocked my (pioneer plasma pdp-5020fd) from playing high definition content on screen. Plays standard dvd's on big hdtv fine. 9. displays false or incorrect info (pcm,ch,bit,oversampling,kbps etc) on my reciever (onkyo tx-nr906). Also, displays false info on dvd9 ultra.

Other Thoughts: 10. when disabling an enabling the encoder causes the rear speakers to shut down. 11. softwareware design of both cyberlink an creative, make operating difficult. exp 1. to play a cd you have to set 3 or 4 diff settings, then if play a dvd, you got to change 3 or 4 diff settings or you will get erros. exp 2. to play dts-ma movie, you select dts-ma in the movie menu, then play the movie,then go into powerdvd 9 ultra setting an select bitstream eveytime you want a movie to bitstream. 12. tech support is bad!! still waiting on my asked questions from over a week ago. 13. will be sending back to newegg, mainly because hdcp 1.2 blocked me from playing hd movies on my plasma hdtv. Also, they put a cheep sounding DAC on card. Asus uses (4) 2 ch burr brown dacs, auzentech uses (1) 8 ch DAC, big difference. Over priced big time for what you get.

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