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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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Marc I.
  • 2/25/2016 7:49:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHorrible usage

Pros: Installation is easy with no power needed. Not the longest PCI-e so pretty safe for small form factors like mini-ITX.

Cons: The main problem is the Oxygen C-Media applet that installs and you MUST set the input and output number of channels (2CH for music, 6CH for 5.1 movies & TV, etc), otherwise it will fail to play DTS or Dolby Digital output.

Other Thoughts: I removed the card for built-in audio over SPDIF (toslink) and now my media is automatically switched between 2CH and 6CH when I'm playing music or watching TV or movies.

Might install this on a dedicated music box or movie watching box, but this is not a ready contender for an HTPC that does both.

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5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful soundcard aimed toward audiophiles

Pros: This is a really nice sounding soundcard! I consider myself somewhat of an audiophile and bought this card as an upgrade from a SoundBlaster Z (mostly because I wanted 7.1) and I wasn't expecting to hear a serious difference, but I really did! The card sounds very clear and its been working really well for me for music and games.
The d-sub connector is also very nice, at first its weird, but the first time you have to disconnect the cable you realize how much easier one d-sub is then 6 stereo cabled!

Cons: That being said, the card is clearly aimed for audiophiles more than an average user. I have a FiiO X5 (gen 1), and this card reminds me a lot of it. Very powerful and clear, but rough around the edges. The included software works perfectly fine, but it not very user friendly and looks dated. The software was tons of options (input, output, mixing, pro logic, speaker placement, effects, bass crossover etc) but everything needs to be done manually. So when I listen to music (2 channel), I need to manually set the input to 2 channel (you don't have to, but it if you don't you can't use pro-logic and other 2 channel specific features), and the same applies for games, you need to set it to 8 channel for the best experience. For an average user this is a lot of work and some convenience features are missing (my old SoundBlaster had a toggle for headphones or speakers while the eClaro outputs on all channels all the time requiring you disconnect/mute the devices you are not using).

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really great card, but if you are not an audiophile this is probably not the best choice. The rough edges do weaken the user experience, meaning that you have to place value on getting the best sound for this card to appeal to you. For an average user, consider the cheaper and more user friendly SoundBlaser Z series, for the audiophile, the add to card button is right up there!

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  • Charles P.
  • 2/14/2015 6:04:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSounds great

Pros: The sound clarity I get from this card is better than previous (Creative) sound cards I had used in the past, and much better than the on-board sound of the Gigabyte Z97 Motherboard I recently purchased. It gave new life to my (great) Logitech Z-5500 speakers, I didn't know they could sound even better.

The 3D surround sound is just incredible and so smooth, in game transitions between speakers is leaps above anything else I have previously used.

Installation of the drivers and software was very quick and easy (I followed the directions of disabling on-board sound and uninstalling any other sound drivers prior to installation, and also temp disabling the AV during driver installation).

It comes with some fairly sturdy looking cables and attachments.

Cons: Expensive.

Outdated looking software.

Does not install to the Control Panel in Windows 7, so if you ever uncheck the "Display System Tray Icon Box" the user GUI will disappear. I couldn't find it anywhere to open up the settings. The sound card still works, but you cannot change any settings at all unless you reinstall that I could find. That is definitely something should be fixed. If I am wrong, anyone can email or message me about it. Note: I actually did this as a test, I didn't accidentally uncheck the box...

Other Thoughts: The sound card comes with the larger bracket installed and a smaller bracket available. I had to loosen the one bracket screw on the card and slightly adjust the (larger) bracket so the card would sit squarely in the PCIe slot and attach properly to the case. Only mentioning this because I have seen others say that it won't fit on the motherboard without popping out.

As long as this sound card lasts, it will have been worth the extra money I spent on it and I gave it 5 eggs despite the minor cons I mentioned.

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  • H. L.
  • 1/30/2015 2:24:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card w/ Caveat

Pros: Purely divine sound quality. High sample rate.

Cons: What I have noticed regarding my own experience (as well as others) the card / drivers not working....if used in a dedicated PCI-E 4x slot = all is well.

When I switched boards, my PCI-E 4x slot was covered by vid card, so I put into the next available PCI-E 16x had issues. I moved it the 3rd (Tri-Fire) PCI-E 16x slot & it worked just fine.

Hope that helps someone, somewhere as I firmly stand behind HT Omega & their product. I have used nothing but their cards back since I got my Striker 7.1

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  • Brent H.
  • 12/11/2014 8:46:49 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsupdate review

Pros: runs ok

Cons: the sound is ok but not much better then the old card

Other Thoughts: I replaced the opamp with a lme49720na and now it sounds like a $300.00 card, just love the way it sounds.
IF you get the card, get the lme48720na and put it in before you even use it. digikey has them, about $4.00

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  • Matthew K.
  • 11/29/2014 3:25:22 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery dissatisfied - Get a different card

Pros: Jack in back for dedicated headphones to be plugged in while your stereo is still plugged in. Sound can come out of both at the same time, and you don't have to juggle playback options, just turn off your speakers and put your head phones on. Sound quality is good. You don't plug your inputs right into the card, but through an adapter with separate cables for each audio line; which feels weird at first, but it turns out to be pretty nice. The cables are clearly marked and color coded with enough surface area that you don't need to bring a flashlight with you to make sure you're plugging into the right jack. Makes setting it up easier, especially if you're say under a desk, or going to a LAN party.

Cons: Drivers will not install 80% of the time. Does not matter if I use the CD that came with the card, or go to the website, when I start to install, the bar will fill up completely and then sit at the end for 5 minutes, and then an error message saying, "Please connect a HT Omega Device!" will show. I tried different expansion slots, made sure on-board sound was disabled, (tried with it enabled as well with no luck) have done a series of re-formats, flashed my mother board's bios, attempted other drivers for similar HT Omega cards, and nothing helps. Sometimes after just repeatedly trying to install, restarting, and trying again over the course of a few hours, the driver's WILL install, but every time there is still a problem or two. Currently my card does not recognize my center speaker on my 5.1 speakers. The cable and speaker DO work, because I switch the plugs into another input jack, say front speakers, and when I test for sound; it will play through the center speaker. But when I do this, the plug I switched the center speaker with (so in the example the front speakers), will not work. Other problems in the past include the microphone sending a high pitch noise in the background, which would become unbearable if you used Mic Boost. (I even bought a new headset, just to make sure it wasn't my old headset, but the problem still persisted.) I started having issues within a few weeks of receiving the card, and looked into returning it with Newegg but I did not have the original packaging anymore, so they would not go through with it. The UI for drivers, if you can get them to install, doesn't look professional. I understand that they wanted to focus on functionality, which is great, but when a customer is shelling out nearly $200 for a card, I would expect the software to look like a graphic designer played some part in the development cycle.

Other Thoughts: I know it seems like I'm being unfair, and that it sounds like I have an agenda to fill, but I'm not someone who usually complains. (I have over 7 years of providing customer service under my belt, so I understand what it is like to be on the other side of the counter.) I genuinely regret this purchase, and all wasted the hours of my life on troubleshooting the myriad of problems that came with this card. In the past, my sound cards were always Sound Blaster Audigy, and always worked great. I'm not sure why I was looking into something new, when I knew of a product that works and meets my expectations, but I was shopping around and saw a lot of amazing reviews about the sound quality, and how audiophiles love this card; I went out on a limb to get one myself. It has been a huge head ache on so many issues, and when I was spending a premium price for a sound card I expected so much more. I would not recommend this product, not even this brand/manufacturer, to any of my friends and family, and even you -potential customers. I got the card in June of 2013, only a year and a half ago, and I've decided to rip the card out of my rig, and just use on-board sound until I can get a new card. I really wanted this card to work out, but take my word for it, and look elsewhere.

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  • Russell T.
  • 2/14/2014 12:31:16 AM
  • 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
  • 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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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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  • Teri M.
  • 10/27/2013 10:21:48 AM
  • 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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