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post #46 of 445
I bought this card, installed it on Win7 with the newest drivers, but there's crackling sounds through headphone out. I did some research and apparently this issue existed with the Forte already but there's still no solution to it for Win7, so i returned it for the STX.

Unfortunate though, because this card sounds very good for its price.
post #47 of 445
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Where did you buy it?
Didn't you just say you bought a STX in the other thread?
post #48 of 445
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Where did you buy it?
Didn't you just say you bought a STX in the other thread?
Newegg has them.

Newegg.com - Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Sound Card - Sound Cards
post #49 of 445
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Where did you buy it?
Didn't you just say you bought a STX in the other thread?
I got it at NCIX in canada.
Yea, because of the crackling sound i returned it for the STX.
post #50 of 445
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I got it at NCIX in canada.
Yea, because of the crackling sound i returned it for the STX.
Did you see the little switch in the upper left hand corner of the card?
It is there to prevent certain power and hardware configuration from causing ground loops in the audio hardware. Should have fixed it with a simple flip of the switch.
post #51 of 445
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Did you see the little switch in the upper left hand corner of the card?
It is there to prevent certain power and hardware configuration from causing ground loops in the audio hardware. Should have fixed it with a simple flip of the switch.
Oh snap...
post #52 of 445
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
Did you see the little switch in the upper left hand corner of the card?
It is there to prevent certain power and hardware configuration from causing ground loops in the audio hardware. Should have fixed it with a simple flip of the switch.
What part are you talking about?


The I/O Mode control?
post #53 of 445
Thread Starter 
The switch is NOT in that picture. Actually it is more of a jumper pin that switches the ground.
Actually, there are quite a few differences from the actual card to that picture.
If that is the picture I released in the sneak peak, that is the engineering sample and the production sample varies.
post #54 of 445
Any idea's how much this will cost? I am looking forward to seeing the full review
post #55 of 445
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MSRP: $129.99
post #56 of 445
Looking forward to seeing the results from this.
I hope it doesn't eat the ST, I only just got one!
post #57 of 445
This is my first post here, but I thought I would share my experience now that I've spent a bit of time with this card installed in my secondary PC. The below impressions are from listening to FLAC-encoded music via foobar2000 in WASAPI Exclusive mode. I have hundreds of my CDs and DVD-A discs ripped to FLAC on hard drive, so there was quite the variety in my listening tests. My headphones are the Sennheiser HD595, AKG K702 and Denon D2000.

My current impression is that the headphone output is underwhelming. Regardless of the output/filter mode used (there are four modes), the card doesn't seem to drive my headphones as cleanly and noiselessly as my Benchmark DAC1 PRE and Denon AVR-4306. Using the stock op-amp, the low-end isn't robust enough for my tastes and I can hear a very slight veil of noise. Furthermore, changing tracks sometimes has the card emit a loud clipping sound. The clipping sound and noise are problems that even my motherboard's onboard analog audio output has not faced.

On the plus side, the SPDIF output is bit-perfect and supports 44.1, 48 and 96kHz sampling rates at both 16 and 24-bit. HDCD flags pass to my AVR with no problems and there are no issues with dropouts or the like. It is a completely stable, bit-perfect output with no adjustment needed at the driver level.

As for gaming, this is my first non-onboard sound card in a while that did not have a Creative hardware-based DSP and support for EAX 5.0. That being said, I can honestly say that you aren't missing much with just EAX 4.0 support. Games that support EAX 5.0 or hardware-based EFX audio still sound great with this card's more basic feature set, and ALchemy works very nicely for my 40+ DirectSound3D game collection. Additionally, there is no crackling audio like I sometimes experience with my Creative X-Fi Elite Pro. Despite what some might say, this is still a good gaming card.

All in all, I will keep the card in my secondary PC since I like its digital output and will hope Auzentech releases the HDMI upgrade as promised so I can digitally output my multichannel music rips. I do wish for the headphone implementation to be improved upon.

I hope this helps, but remember that your mileage may vary.
post #58 of 445
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What HDMI upgrade are you talking about?
post #59 of 445
I am referring to the auxiliary digital output for HDMI connectivity, which is mentioned on the site. On the final revision of the card, it looks to be through the "DIGITAL EXT" connection. I was under the impression (from affirmation through tech support) that it will be used for a future bracket connection that will allow audio output over HDMI, including multichannel PCM.

Perhaps you know what Auzentech actually intended to do with it? Is it to simply connect to a graphics card with HDMI pass-through?
post #60 of 445
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Actually, the internal digital output is just that a S/Pdif output and so is limited by that standard. I am pretty sure I mentioned in my sneak peak that it could be used for HDMI GFX cards.
Your right though in that you can just connect it up internally to a GFX card that has HDMI output BUT the audio is limited to S/Pdif standards for stereo and DDL or DTS-C standards for surround. I don't think this header would be capable of multichannel PCM in the same way HDMI is. S/Pdif doesn't have enough badnwidth to handle that type of material.
Unless the header is not just S/Pdif, mybe it is a hybrid?
I will look into it and post information here on whatever I find out.
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