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

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Enjoy crystal clear audio as it was meant to be heard. CLARO II provides up to 7.1ch analog outputs, optical input, optical output, coaxial output, 2pin digital input and 2pin digital output on onboard. In addition, a top class AD8620BR opamp enhances front analog output and anti-pop circuitry is built-in. Experience the full potential of all your games, music, and movies with the HT OMEGA CLARO II.

  • newegg High Quality Components & BUILT IN ANTI-POP CIRCUITRY High quality stereo DAC from AKM Inc. supports 24 bit/192kHz audio for Front output. The top class opamp AD8620BR from Analog Device Inc. is also used for front output to enhance sound resolution. High grade Audio Capacitor (UTSJ type) from Toshin Kogyo used for front analog output (it affects Front Panel Audio output too). In addition, 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 Dolby Digital Live Dolby Digital Live is real-time encoding technology. DDL converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bit stream (48kHz at 640 Kbps) through a single cable connection (coaxial or optical) to your Dolby Digital enabled surround sound system. The real-time interactive capabilities of DDL technology reproduce audio cues and effects that follow the on-screen action, capturing the essence of gameplay and transforming it into exciting and realistic entertainment.
  • 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.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone technology Dolby Headphone technology allows you to listen to music, watch movies, and play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1 channel soundtrack through any set of headphones. Best of all, no more 'listener fatigue' means you can enjoy your entertainment in a spacious, natural sound field uninterrupted for hours.
  • newegg DTS INTERACTIVE Take any LPCM (2+ channels) and encode it into DTS bit stream (48kHz at 1.5 Mbps). Connect directly with just a single cable connection (coaxial or optical) to your DTS enabled surround sound system. Stereo and multi-channel sources up to 5.1 are encoded into a DTS audio signal and sent out from the CLARO sound card to whatever DTS enabled system you own: powered PC speakers, an A/V receiver, any other surround decoder sound system. Eliminate the clutter and cost of multiple analog cables.
  • newegg DTS NEO: PC DTS NEO: PC is a matrix technology that instantly transforms any of your simple 2 channel audio into full 7.1 surround sound. Turn your stereo audio (WMA, MP3, CD among the formats available) into a convincing multi-channel audio experience. DTS NEO:6 has provided you with surround sound from stereo sources in your home theater, now NEO:PC is optimized for your laptop or desktop setup and is the perfect companion to DTS INTERACTIVE.

Learn more about the HT Omega CLARO II

Model

Brand
HT | OMEGA
Model
CLARO II

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8788
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
120dB
Encode
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Dolby Headphone
DTS INTERACTIVE
DTS NEO

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Yes
SPDIF In
2-pin optical connector
SPDIF Out
2-pin optical and coaxial connectors
MIC In
Yes
CD/Aux In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows7 (32 and 64 bit)

Features

Features
AD8620BR OPAMP for Front Channel output

Anti-pop circuit for system boot and shutdown

24-bit/192kHz DACs for 7.1channel output (24-bit/192kHz in 7.1channel playback), 24-bit/192kHz ADC for analog 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, Coaxial and 2pin 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
Sound Card
Optical cable
User Manual
Driver Disk

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Maria P.
  • 3/3/2014 5:21:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: 7.1! awesome, once you get used to the UI, changing stuff is relatively simple, allows for testing of individual, no lag off video

Cons: only 5.1 through Optical, not a big problem for me because that is my setup
UI takes some time to get used to, however switching via the win7 sound menu is still easier once you have the fine tunes down

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  • Caleb S.
  • 2/23/2014 9:28:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, but not great

Pros: Works well, sounds good. Software is good for the most part, even if the interface isn't so pretty.

Cons: Terrible ASIO drivers. If you're going to use ASIO look elsewhere!

Other Thoughts: Looking back, I do regret spending the money on this card. I could probably find something that would work better for me (with functional ASIO drivers) for a lot less.

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  • Levi C.
  • 10/31/2013 6:11:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a friend in japan and he failed to contact me in time to return it....foolish.

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  • brad z.
  • 9/10/2013 6:25:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggswith astro a40 headphones and mixamp

Pros: works
dolby digital
optical out

Cons: PCI: uses regular old PCI, which means its hard to find a modern motherboard with all the bells and whistles.

Other Thoughts: i'm using this with an optical cable out to my astro mixamp and astro a40 headset. the dolby digital setting for this is great.

now i'm conflicted. i want to upgrade my pc, but i will have to pick a subpar (not mainstream) mobo to make this work.

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  • Stephen H.
  • 5/24/2013 10:12:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNever knew what I was missing

Pros: Sound is very clear. I hear things in music that I never heard before. Underlying beats, harmonies... it's just beautiful. Playing games also feels like the surround presence is better and more distinct.

Cons: I'm not a fan of where they put the connectors for the front audio. I was hoping maybe on the side facing the hard drives or the side facing out of the case. However, they put it on top of the card, so I had to connect it before sliding it in next to a nearby device.

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  • Chace E.
  • 2/4/2013 11:13:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent sound card! Runs great and offers wonderful audio. the Digital outs work great with my receiver on giving it true 5.1 surround sound. Not just a stretched out 2.1. Easy install drivers from website. Works great on Windows 8.

Cons: Only cons is about drivers, the CD that came with it my Windows 8 wouldn't read. No big deal I just downloaded them off the website very easily. But when I went to install them my AVG seen it as a virus. Just had to bypass that and it installed fin.

Other Thoughts: Got this card when it was on sale for $149.99, planed on getting it anyway full price or not but i noticed it was on sale at the time and took the opportunity. Very satisfied with this card.

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  • Edward D.
  • 11/29/2012 6:14:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card

Pros: The sound reproduction with gaming and music is incredible. Great Drivers support especially for newly installed Windows 8.

Cons: Nothing I can think of right now. So far so good.

Other Thoughts: I replaced an X-Fi due to hardly any driver support and up to now still beta drivers for Windows 8. I can't believe the sound on this sound card even using analog 5.1 speakers from Logitech. It is truly incredible. Black Ops 2 and Hitman Absolution never sounded better. Last but definitely not least, thank you so much for the fast shipping.

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  • Michael N.
  • 10/24/2012 9:02:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Sounds good, lots of connectivity, supports lots of different formats

Cons: Good, but doesnt sound great. I used to own a Claro (original) years ago and in my opinion it sounded better than this Claro II. The Dolby Headphone seemed to work so much better back on the old card too. The positioning just seemed to work very well and the sound quality with it was good. Dolby Headphone on this sounds like the speakers got pushed far away and a strong reverb was turned on, nothing more. I remember the old tech being so good I once thought someone was coming down the hallway to the side and behind me, when I looked no one was there and I realized the sound came from my headphones. With this card I had to do some major tweaking to get the sound just right. For the price, users shouldnt have to do that.

Other Thoughts: This card seems above average at best, the Claro and the Halo XT are far superior sound cards.
Dont really know what changed, since this seems very similar to the older model in many ways, yet something just fell apart with it.

Wish this card also had swappable op amp sockets. I suspect that the choice of op amp may be hindering the sound potential of this card. Ill probably do some modding soon to add in better voltage regulation and a swappable amp socket.



The Halo XT is still my favorite sound card.

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  • Eric C.
  • 10/8/2012 10:19:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsthis soundcard is AWESOME

Pros: 2 things.

No bloat software like creative. Soundcard has fairly basic looking controls, but they work, and they're simple to use/understand which is the most important thing.

Best customer service ever. I had an issue with drivers that made my sound go crazy whenever it awoke from sleep, and so I sent an email to customer service. Guess what? A reply in 2 minutes. Yes, TWO minutes. When's the last time you got instant customer service? Exactly.

Cons: People might wonder if they installed 16 bit windows 95 software onto their windows 7 when looking at the HT OMEGA control panel. I kid. It functions, who cares!?

Other Thoughts: I was using the sound blaster audigy 2 from over a decade ago. Hardware was fine, but guess what, drivers sucked which means, useless hardware.

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  • Brian R.
  • 9/15/2012 5:20:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggspiece of junk

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Flimsy cheap thin metal. I am now waiting on my third to arrive, the first two were totally bent up to the point they wouldn't sit flat on the floor. The first seemed damaged in shipping. The second one was obviously put into the box bent up.

Other Thoughts: Newegg has been great about RMA's

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