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HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface
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eCLARO is HT OMEGA's PCIexpressx1 slot interface sound card. And it supports 8ch analog outputs and optical digital output on onboard. And eClaro provides Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphones, and Base Management. Enjoy audio and gaming with powerful Dolby Digital or DTS sound streamed through your AV receiver in real-time, and integrate sCLARO with Front Panel Audio for your ideal customized PC case.

eCLARO designed to deliver the high audio quality for owners of headphone by buffer circuit. And eCLARO fully supports 7.1 surround sound with your MP3 and DVD library. Immerse yourself in a reproduction of the rich environment that the moviemakers intended -- theatrical sound on your desktop computer. Listen to stereo music in more channels than you ever have before. Create a realistic virtual environment for your gaming experience. And eCLARO supports Dolby Headphone mode for conveying 5.1 surround and 3D gaming audio over your stereo headphones.

  • newegg Headphone Output High fidelity stereo headphone driver by buffer circuit. And it also applies to Front Panel Audio output, delivering crisp, clean music to the listener. Experience hi-fi stereo without the need for an external amplifier.
  • newegg Toshin Kogyo audio capacitor High grade Audio Capacitor (UTSJ type) from Toshin Kogyo used for headphone and front analog output.
  • newegg Mass storage Capacitor The safety of your system is important. Mass storage capacitors and protection circuits effectively reduce and eliminate electronic shock and noise. By controlling in-rush current, they allow gradual increase and decrease for fade-in and fade-out. This protects your monitor speakers and headphones from being damaged by the 'pop noise' when you switch your system on and off.
  • newegg Swappable OPAMP socket for Front and Headphone output eClaro provides swappable opamp socket for front and headphone output. User can exchange opamp as need for updating sound color. And eClaro needs Dual DIP type opamp for exchanging. Factory installed opamp is 4580 (JRC).
  • newegg Advanced Front Panel Audio support Enjoy headphone output on Front Panel Audio installed directly to your PC case. eCLARO provides Intel standard Front Panel Audio pins for your case, which will automatically mute all analog outputs when you connect headphones to Front Panel Audio. But don't worry, there's also a jumper switch to disable this muting feature, should you need it. And users can always connect a second microphone without any reduction of input signal level.
  • newegg Pro Logic IIx Pro Logic IIx is the first and only technology to process any native stereo or 5.1 signal into a 6.1 or 7.1 channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround sound environment that immerses you in the entertainment experience.

Learn more about the HT Omega eClaro

Model

Brand
HT | OMEGA
Model
eClaro

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 Out
Optical and 2pin
MIC In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and Win7

Features

Features
eClaro Sound Card
10 ft. (3m) Optical Cable
D-sub I/O Cable for Multichannel I/O
Additional Low Profile Bracket for Slim PC
Stereo Extension Cable
User Manual
Driver Disc

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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  • Russell T.
  • 2/14/2014 12:31:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe most ear candy outside of a recording studio.

Pros: PCI-E
7.1 Analog outputs
Separate headphone pre-amp.
Amazing audio quality

Cons: Will make you get 7.1 speakers / headset.
Justifies upgrading to Bose speaker systems.

Other Thoughts: I got this card a few years back, seeking an alternative to Creative Labs, as their Sound Blaster technology has not improved in years. The Bose speakers desktop speakers were crackling and popping that I attributed to poor quality audio files and streaming media.
A friend suggested this card for a rebuild, and once I got the 64bit drivers for Windows 7 loaded and configured, it's been beautiful ever since.
I use a Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset and exploit the hell out of positional audio when gaming, and toggle over to feed the optical out to the home theater receiver when not using those, no more popping and hissing, and much improved dynamic range from the Bose speakers.
When I moved for a year, I lent the original card I'd bought to a friend who had a Creative Sound Blaster F4tality melt down on him, and he liked it so much he wouldn't give it back, and it replaced his Macintosh for sound editing work in his band's studio.

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  • Brian G.
  • 1/6/2014 1:27:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't buy

Pros: 7-1 sound on a PCI-E card

Cons: Drivers are old and difficult to configure. Not ever sure if this is being maintained? I had to stop using it because it would crash skype. There was some problem with the mike input I could not resolve. Worked great n games but I needed to be able to talk to online players.

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  • Jemishia N.
  • 11/7/2013 9:17:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThe real McCoy

Pros: Excellent sound quality much MUCH better than on board or **atives cards.Its an almost mindblowing experience as to just how much a difference a better card really makes. This card made me listen to everything i had and then some. Swappable Op amp dip socket for those more daring about there audio. Oh and it has a VERY capable headphone amp section and low noise floor, hiss free even with IEMs. Did i say its stable and easy to set up? Well because its also that too.

Cons: you must use the D-sub cable if you want to use speakers and if you loose it its not exactly an off the shelf part however HT Omega will send you one if you do. The included heaphone extension cable seems low quality but not really a con persay but a grip. Will make you buy more music and will make you buy expensive headphones/speakers to use it. Wont make you a better at life but it will make you believe it does. If you actually bothered to read the cons in this review you yourself are not experiencing to amazingness of this sound card. It will make you realize that good audio gear is worth it which could lead to you spending more money of stuff you havent thought of before. Oh and other reviews posting negative comments with ABSOLUTELY no true knowledge on the matter of soundcards or audio at all leading common good customers of newegg astray.

Other Thoughts: This was a night and day difference from on board audio or my phone even (galaxy S4). I watch alot of movies and game often with warframe, black light retribution ,battle field 3 just to name a few and its haunting how real everything sounds now. I also listen to everything from heavy metal to rap to classical to psytrance to country and use FLAC or mp3 and this card makes my music so pure to listen to. Ive used good heaphones before but upgraded to some JVC MX10-B studio monitors and they dont play music with this card they sing!

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  • Nathan M.
  • 10/27/2013 10:21:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggshorrid customer service from HT Omega

Pros: sound quality is superb, and this is my second sound card from them. Both sound cards work flawlessly and have given me years of service.

Cons: I contacted HT Omega about some general questions concerning optical out. Their response was cryptic, and so I sent an email back asking for a number to call so we could have a brief conversation because i have about 30 questions concerning the interface of their card, how it processes sound and how the optical thruput arcitecture functions. Their response was this: 30 questions are too many and that I should send them another email prioritizing the questions. Really? With a $180 price tag for just a sound card, I would expect their customer service to be phenominal. I would expect them to appreciate their very small customer base that is willing to spend as much as a motherboard for just a sound card. For shame HT Omega. The whole tone of the email conversation from HT Omega seemed like they were irritated that I even contacted them.

Other Thoughts: Their niche is very small to start with because very few will ever consider a sound card like this. This may be a great sound card, but I will not purchase something from a company that doesn't even give average customer service. Their Niche just got one customer smaller.

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  • Quentin Z.
  • 8/13/2013 2:33:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Sound Card

Pros: Hardware support for Dolby Digital Live and DTS:Interactive
Swappable opamp

Cons: Setup was a touch quirky, the S/PDIF out is merely a passthrough device, which was never mentioned in the manual.
Software looks like it's from the late 90's...

Other Thoughts: You need some serious speakers to take advantage of this card. Personally I'm running a full set of Bowers & Wilkins CM-series speakers and the difference between the eClaro and my motherboard's built-in audio chip is night and day.

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  • Quentin Z.
  • 8/12/2013 7:36:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Sound comes out of it

Cons: Very quirky setup. My receiver only acknowledged DDL/DTS:Connect after I had selected "Speakers" as the default output device rather than S/PDIF (was using optical out). I never noticed any upmixing of stereo sound using multiple sources. Included software crashed after a short time and would not restart until I restarted the box or logged out.

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  • Brian P.
  • 6/17/2013 6:59:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple, Small, Powerful, Sounds Crisp & Clear

Pros: Leaves a small footprint in my case
Sounds are very crisp and clear now
Small yet Powerful
Feels solid and well made, definitely does not appear to be cheap
The software allows me to adjust the volume of each speaker independently.
Has a single D-Sub connector which then splits off to multiple I/O which is a nice touch.

Cons: None I am not an audiophile I don't have a lot of music industry experience so to speak so I can't identify any cons though I do have two good working ears and I can honestly say that the sound coming from this card is clear and is powerful.
Like the other reviewers have stated the software seems like it was from the 80's or 90's but honestly I would much rather have rock solid, consistent software than new buggy software that always requires updates so in that sense this card and its manufacturers are great and the software is very functional which is all that matters to me.

Other Thoughts: I've had the Creative X-Fi circa 2006 and then I got the HT Omega Stryker 7.1 and the creative had some good sound it was good for gaming but the software was a bit buggy at times and it was almost to crisp sometimes. The HT Omega Stryker I had owned had great mid range sound and it was good but not for gaming but this card sounds really crisp and clear and feels powerful. I love how I plug in a D-Sub I/O and then I plug in all of my side rear and subs into the cables that then come out of the D-Sub connector.
Overall I happy with this sound card I had an Asus Xonar DX 7.1 and that was great but it didn't have that rich, powerful, crystal clear quality to it that this card has and I am so glad I gave it a chance. I wish I had a PCI slot so I could add the HT Omega Claro Halo card so I could have a dedicated headphone card but this card should do the trick as far as the headphone department is concerned.

Again thanks to Newegg for all of the products you guys carry I swear most of my paychecks go to you guys cause I will never be content with good enough, I must upgrade and get a bigger and badder system!!!!!!!!

My Current Baby!!!

- Intel Core i7 3930k @ 3.2GHz

- 32GB of G. Skill DDR3 Ram running @ 1600MHz

- Gigabyte GTX 780 with 3GB's of GDDR5 Ram

- HT Omega eClaro Audio Card

- Logitech G500 Laser Gaming Mouse

- Microsoft 4000 Ergonomic Keyboard (w/ the front handrest tilted all the way up for extra comfort)

- Rosewill USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader Front Panel

- Dual G. Skill Phoenix III Solid State Disks running together in a Raid 0 Configuration

- Asus 24x DVD Burner

- MSI X79A-GD45 Motherboard with the LGA 2011 Socket

- AOC e2752Vh 27" LED Monitor w/ 2ms Response time and Full High Definition @ 1920x1080

- Rosewill 600 watt Gold Rated Power Supply

- All wrapped inside a Corsair Graphite Series 600T "Steel Silver" Computer Case

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  • Nathan M.
  • 6/7/2013 9:06:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawsome!

Pros: this card has terrific sound. I have had it for a couple years now and it's been a joy to have. I generally don't like onboard sound and I jumped ship on soundblaster years ago when they started to slip. took a chance on the claro+ 5 years ago and I still have that too and love it. HTOmega is a gem, and I have not had any problem with them in any way. I play games all the time and I have never had any compatibility issues. this plays everything I throw at it (I only say this cause I was concerned a few years ago before I got my first htomega sound card that I would have problems with game sound). the sound is superb.

Cons: Not even the price- totally worth it.

Other Thoughts: OK, here is the deal and brutal honesty. don't insult this card by using pc speakers. even the $300 pc speakers don't show half of what this card can do. I use about $2k worth of audio gear on this and I can hear a huge difference in sound between this and onboard sound. Do yourself a favor if you get this (and it's worth it)- get atleast a decent receiver (not the $199.00 special) and decent speakers (again, not the $199.00 special). this will push that receiver's THD to the max and then some. your ears will thank you.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 5/10/2013 12:24:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Card

Pros: Best sounding audio card ever. Beats the $600 or $700 cards hands down. Period. I've been an audio professional since 1978. This baby is incredible. Just buy one, and try it. You will be amazed. My ears can hear distortion all it takes is about 3 to 5 minutes, and it's turn that crud off! With a quality sound system this baby is clean! The capacitors are big (a good thing) but it fits on my mother board, a little tight, but no problems. I had no trouble with the drivers and the card and software work well. I would never recommend something highly that I did not believe in. Try it this is great.

Cons: None, Wish I had stock in the company :)

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  • Thomas O.
  • 4/10/2013 6:07:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo Linux Driver Support a/o Apr 2013

Pros: Emits sound. Doesn't sound bad. I'm not an audiophile, so that's the extent of my assessment for quality.

Cons: I used this card under Win 7 x64 and OpenSUSE 12.3. Win 7 drivers and supporting software seemed not-well-integrated into the OS, but worked well enough. However, this card has absolutely no manufacturer support in linux,--by "support", I mean driver source code or any sort of wiki or open-source repository.

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