For the time being there really are four options for HTPC enthusiasts to enable bitstreaming: Yeah it gets half a point but I don’t think a full point is warranted. Tipping the balance is the bundle. It does not appear to be able to handle anything above that, such as x The chip does not encompass as many gaming features as the Creative X-Fi does, but it still does support DirectSound3D and other formats. There will be multiple choices for the audio output in both Win 7 and Vista. Initially I wasn’t very impressed, but could see the potential.

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It does for the most part exactly what it is supposed to do.

hfav The card fits in any modern PCI slot, and installation is very straight forward. With no analogue outputs, this PCI sound card is designed for just one thing – sending high-definition audio to an AV receiver. Armed only with digital connections on-board, the HDAV 1.

It requires a 3rd party card to handle all video duties hence the HDMI in and out ports. Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. As I mentioned before, the only analog outputs from this card will be powering headphones, and the output from there is actually quite nice and neutral.

It has a front panel header on the pcb, does that qualify as atleast half a point deduction from it not having hdag analogue output? This chip features full HDCP 1. Asus Apple Sony Google Valve. Latest News Hadv Videos. There will be multiple choices for the audio output in both Win 7 and Vista.


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Xonar HDAV Slim | ASUS USA

There is not a whole lot to hdag card, but it gets the job done. Andy decided that forking out tens of thousands for an expensive ‘Kaleidoscape’ server was simply crackers. The other large chip is of course the AV, which is the overall controller for this board. As mentioned previously, it can also handle encoding DD 5. That is the product we are taking a look at today.

Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim PCI Soundcard

With the latest drivers from Asus though, it can emulate higher levels of EAX. If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums. A large picture of the card is present along with a bright blue label detailing the DTS and Dolby technologies included for the card.

The program is opened, and the audio output in settings needs to be set to HDMI. Logitech’s intelligent solution to their smart home restores Harmony.

Again, software compatibility for the full functionality is currently missing. Not a whole lot of padding in there, but the box is thick enough to absorb shock when needed. These cards are a lot more affordable than the HD series, and the HD certainly looks to be hitting the sweet spot for both playback of video and audio.


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Asus HDAV 1.3 Slim Review: Bitstream for the Masses?

The latest AMD HD series of cards also support bitstreaming, but as of this writing I do not believe any 3rd party BD playback software supports that functionality. It is able to bitstream HD audio from Blu-rays without issue.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Asus have done a great job with the package inside of hdac box.

The card also features a combo digital coax and optical port, but I question the usage due to the HDMI output already present. There are no connections to a daughtboard or break-out box. Cardboard protects the delicate card inside the package and a compartment below the card houses the cables and bundle included. I found no issues in playback with my small hdag of Blu-ray disks.

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