X-Fi HomeTheaterHD Recommended by X-Bit Labs Based on 18 Months Usage
Over the half a year that the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD worked in my computer, it never gave me a single reason to be disappointed but provoked positive emotions only. Although the HDMI output and the support for multichannel HD audio are not exclusive features anymore, no other sound card can match the mix of qualities Auzentech offers in its latest product.
The card differs from its main opponent ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 with the X-Fi audio processor which is still unrivalled in games. Sound cards from Creative with the same processor (excepting the newest Titanium HD) are much inferior in sound quality and cannot transfer multichannel audio over HDMI. And none of these opponents can boast an integrated headphone amplifier with a dedicated output or a semiprofessional microphone amplifier.
Excerpt from review: "There are many kinds of users and this card seems to be targeting as wide an audience as possible. No matter what you’re after, Gaming, Music, DVD, BD Media or high resolution options for your desktop or HTPC, the Auzentech Home Theater HD 7.1 has you covered. The fact that this card negates the need for a receiver is an awesome feature to those without the required external gear. Offering full surround sound with no destructive compression routines and preserving the original audio content as originally recorded. Yes, it is a great time for PC audio!.... If you’re looking for an excellent sounding well rounded audio card, you can put the Auzentech Home Theater HD 7.1 to the top of your list. "
Translated from French: "The Making of Music is one of the big surprises of the card. With the Creative software provided with the installation CD, you'll be able to record, compose, edit, cut, arrange, apply effects, postprocessing, mixing, separations and combinations of channels, convert an analog signal digital and vis-versa. The HDMI input opens up possibilities hitherto unimagined. We thought it was only reserved for connecting the output of the graphics card to send audio and video to an AV amplifier HD, but we found the ability to connect a turntable, Blu-Ray, DVD, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (if it offers a conversion from DSD to PCM via its HDMI output), any short platinum with an HDMI output, even the PS3! The possibilities are so vast...."
"Today I unbox a very unique product. This card has support for DTS-HD and TRUE-HD so you can actually experience lossless Blu-Ray audio with this sound card! Also it features an X-fi chip, so it's great for gaming..."
"If you ignore the initial driver issues with NVIDIA GPUs, I was shocked by one thing about the Auzentech card: it worked without giving me any HDCP errors. I'm used to any new HT product breaking HDCP and generally not letting me watch the movies that it's designed to play back. Auzentech was the first that didn't do that. I had these problems with nearly every IGP chipset on the market upon their initial release, even with the ASUS Xonar HDAV when it first came out, but the Auzentech? Nope...."