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HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface
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You love enjoying Hollywood movies on your desktop computer and would love to hear the original audio as if produced in the theater. But most computer sound cards cannot provide enough channels to reproduce the sound, do they? Today, we’ll free your ears with this wonderful Claro Plus+ 7.1 channel sound card from HT Omega.

As a digital HD sound card, the Claro Plus+ features 8 discrete outputs in a well arranged layout. How does 24-bit sound and 192 kHz sample rate sound to you? Encoding of Dolby Digital Live, DTS Interactive and others takes loads off your CPU. An up-mix matrix technology turns any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround sound. That means you can turn your sound files like WMA, MP3, CD and other audio files into multi channels for a true-to-life audio experience for hours.

No matter whether you're playing games, listening to music or watching movies, with this HT Omega Claro Plus+ sound card, you have an incredible audio experience.

  • newegg Front Panel Audio With the onboard front panel audio connector, the Claro Plus+ roots uncompromised audio to your case's front panel, combining premier audio quality and access convenience.
  • newegg Dolby Digital Live The on-board Dolby Digital Live real-time content encoder generates a Dolby Digital bit stream (48kHz at 640Kbps) 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 Interactive 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.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone technology Dolby Headphone technology creates a realistic 5.1-channel surround sound from any set of headphones to bring more excitement and realism to all programs. Dolby Headphone technology also relives listener fatigue that comes with extended headphone playback by providing a spacious, natural soundfield.
  • newegg Dolby Logic IIx Dolby Logic IIx transforms any native stereo source or 5.1-channel signal into a 6.1- or 7.1- channel output, revealing the hidden magic in your existing entertainment collection.
  • newegg DTS NEO:PC A perfect companion to DTS Interactive, the NEO:PC turns any 2-channel stereo audio into 7.1 channel sound. With the Claro Plus+, experience the true surrounding music never before!

Learn more about the HT Omega CLARO Plus+

Model

Brand
HT | OMEGA
Model
CLARO Plus+

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8788
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
Encode
Dolby, DTS

Ports

Line In
Yes
SPDIF In
Optical
SPDIF Out
Optical and Coaxial
MIC In
Yes
MIDI/Joystick
No
CD/Aux In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows7

Features

Features
AD8620BR OPAMP for Front Channel output
4 pcs 24-bit/192kHz AK4396VF (120dB-part spec.) DACs for 7.1channel
output. (24-bit/192kHz in 7.1channel playback)
1 pc 24-bit/192kHz WM8785G (110dB-part spec.) ADC input
(24-bit/192kHz recording)
CMI9780 AC'97 2.3 CODEC for AUX input, CD input, MIC input
(16bit/48kHz playback/recording)
Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF high grade special Optical and Coaxial
connectors for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF output.
(work simultaneously)
Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF high grade special Optical receiver SPDIF (PCM) input.
Supports onboard Coaxial or CD Digital input connector for up to 192kHz SPDIF input. (Optional Cable need for Coaxial input)
Standard 10PIN Front Panel Audio supports connectivity for stereo audio output and a microphone input from PC case
DTS Interactive - A real-time 5.1 channel encoder.
DTS Neo:PC - An upmix matrix technology.
Dolby Digital Live (DDL) - A real-time 5.1 channel encoding.
Dolby ProLogic IIx surround processor spreading stereo audio into 7.1 channel surround sound.
Dolby Headphone technology, conveying 5.1 surround and 3D gaming audio over stereo headphones.
Dolby Virtual Speaker solution, bringing amazing virtual surround sound fields via general two speakers.
C-Media FlexBass - LFE channel crossover frequency selectable from range 50 to 250Hz in Small speaker mode and Small/Large speaker selectable.
C-Media Magic Voice, popular feature for disguising your tone in online chatting.
C-Media Xear 3D 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter technology.
C-Media's unique Karaoke functions: Microphone Echo, Key-shifting.
10-band EQ with 27 presets
Supports most industrial standards of 3D sound for PC gaming, by DirectSound

Packaging

Package Contents
CLARO Plus+ Sound Card
Audio Cable
User Manual
Driver Disk

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the HT Omega CLARO Plus+

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  • Cesar D.
  • 5/5/2014 4:26:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card

Pros: Still working, purchased 10/22/2010
Great sound quality for the price, paid $120
Front panel audio hooks into the sound card
Solid Drivers, never had any issue with them, even when using Sonar X3
Improvement in sound quality over the onboard audio

Cons: I sort of wish they would make the software not look like it was made for XP. It works, so I guess I can't complain

Other Thoughts: I sometimes wonder if I should have spent more and gotten the HTOmega Halo instead. This sound card serves my needs more than enough though. I don't have a high end headphone set (I have the Sennheiser HD448). And the optical out signal to my receiver is quite nice.

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  • Wade T.
  • 7/6/2013 3:44:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsJust a little info

Pros: do not own one but thinking about it.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: People need to remember that most games run at 5.1 sound and if you are using speakers or headphones with true 7.1 sound then you need to set your card to 5.1 or you will get crackles, blue screens, game crashes. Just so you know.

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  • Mark W.
  • 12/23/2011 6:31:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWowzers!

Pros: WOW. Best card I've owned! Revolutionized my listening experience with my living room HTPC. As a lifelong audiophile, I wholeheartedly recommend this card. Used the latest drivers from their website for a Windows 7 64-bit install. Breathed new life into my music and movie library!

Cons: None.

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  • Jordan O.
  • 12/23/2011 3:24:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesomeness

Pros: awesome sound i mean ive heard quite a few sound cards and this is by far the best. i didnt have a problem installing it into windows 7 with out a hitch.

Cons: ive seen some people saying the price is an issue but this is better than some of the more expensive ones.

Other Thoughts: now i have a good enough reason to get better speakers

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  • Stephen H.
  • 12/20/2011 9:51:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat sound

Pros: instantly noticed the difference in sound from on-board audio. very nice crisp sound, better than any soundblaster I've had in the past.

It installed without any problems on my win 7 64bit system

Cons: none

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  • Lawrence A.
  • 12/8/2011 9:24:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card!

Pros: Sounds great. Huge improvement over the onboard audio i was using for my home theater pc. Movies, games, music all sounded much better on the Claro Plus+.

Cons: Cost. Though, i think everything costs too much.

Other Thoughts: A nice addition for any home theater pc. It's a must have for a HTPC, and it actually works unlike some creative cards i have tried in the past.

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  • Donald G.
  • 12/2/2011 3:17:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI am now convinced

Pros: Excellent sound quality, better than any other sound card I've heard!

No more BSOD after the first time

Cons: Still getting snaps, crackles, and pops

Other Thoughts: By the way, this is actually an update to my initial review from a few weeks ago, but Newegg doesn't allow edits to existing reviews (you seriously need to fix that guys...most sites offer this ability!)

Still hearing infrequent noises during playback in all sources, but it's not too bad. After talking to HT Omega and reading up on it extensively, I've reached the conclusion that it is likely just a compatibility issue with something else in my system, perhaps the motherboard, or maybe Windows 7 64bit. I'm not thrilled given the cost of this board, but I can live with it since the overall sound quality of the card is so good.

The initial BSOD must have been an anomaly, since it has not happened second time. Overall, I am happy with the card, so I added an egg to my initial rating for a final rating of 4 eggs. I would recommend.

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  • Donald G.
  • 11/19/2011 12:21:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot yet convinced

Pros: Major improvement over on-board sound that I'd been using for yrs.
Works on win7 (kinda)
Easy install with downloaded drivers.
Justifies having lossless music instead of compressed!

Cons: Expensive for such an old card
Snaps, crackles, and pops
Blue screen of death

Other Thoughts: I researched sound cards for weeks and decided on this one due to stellar reviews. I did not take this purchase lightly, especially given the cost for such an old card with limited software support for win7.

I was aware that some were hearing popping noises, but I didn't think I would. Well, I am experiencing it. It's not all the time, but it's there. I'm thinking that this is a result of the driver being a Vista driver and not a proper Win7 64 driver (I think).

Finally, I got the BSOD after running this card for a couple days. My PC runs 24/7 and it had been running every since I installed the card. and I had been using the card via multiple programs the entire time with only the minor pooping issue. But today, while listening to iTunes and browsing, the sound froze (started repeating the same 2 notes over and over) then BSOD. Been running fine since restart.

I'm currently scouring the web for solutions to the BSOD and poping issues. This card does sound fantastic, though.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/14/2011 4:10:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Lots of options huge upgrade from my old card its alot im glad i bought it goes great with the Z906 speakers the digital out is great!

Cons: The program for the sound card and speaker options feels cheap and cheesy for a card that costs $170 dollars i was expecting a better one. But the price feels a little high maybe im just delusional...

Other Thoughts: If your trying to decide and cant.. i thought about buying this card for the last year and finally did it im glad i did.

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  • alex l.
  • 11/11/2011 1:59:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdecent

Pros: Doesnt blue screen. huge bonus. sound great too.

Cons: Its weird, it tickes the hell out of year ears lol. another problem is that it doesnt have a hole to screw into once its in my mobo. its huge hanging there, and when i plug in my headphones it wobbles around and sometimes plugs out. another problem is drivers are wayyy to complicated. expensive. and as far as i kno, i cant use my headphones and speakers at the same time. and theres no phone for the company to contact them if i have problems. thats a big minus. and no warranty i can find.

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