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  • Hardware Review: Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1

    I'm going to style this after durwoods review of the Audiotrek. It just made things easier!

    Hardware Review: Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1

    What it is/does: High Performance 8 Channel Audiophile PCI soundcard

    Reviewed by: RedGTiVR6
    Manufacturer : Auzentech
    Model: Auzen X-Meridian 7.1
    Specs:
    • The C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8788 Audio Processor is the heart of the AUZEN X-MERIDIAN 7.1.
    • 4 pcs 24-bit/192kHz AK4396VF (120dB-part spec.) DACs for 7.1channel output. (24-bit/192kHz in 7.1channel playback)
    • 1 pc 24-bit/192kHz AK5385VF(114dB-part spec.) ADC input (24-bit/192kHz recording)
    • 1 pc 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 transmitter for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF output.
    • Supports onboard high grade special COAX+OPTIC combo type transmitter module for up to 192kHz SPDIF out.
    • Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF receiver for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF input.
    • Supports onboard high grade special COAX+OPTIC combo type receiver module for up to 192kHz SPDIF input.
    • Standard 10PIN Front Panel Audio supports connectivity for stereo audio output and a microphone input from most new chassis. (All 7.1channel analog output muted by jack connection sense of front panel headphone out / Dual MIC input available by back panel mic input and front panel mic input)
    • 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 setable 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.
    • Individual 10-band EQ for each channel,.27 global reverberation environments.
    • Supports most industrial standards of 3D sound for PC gaming, including EAX™ 1.0 & 2.0, A3D™ 1.0, and DirectSound™.
    • Swappable DIP type OPAMP controlled preamp out circuit (4pcs output control OPAMP IC with DIY socket)
    • Surface mount type OPAMP controlled preamp input circuit (2pcs input control OPAMP for ADC and 1pc MIC input gain control)
    • 5Vrms (Differential DAC output with gain adjustment / approximately full swing from +/- 8V dual power supply)
    • Proper OPAMP control circuit (large capacity 1A +8V, -8V, dual power supply circuit) for high quality audio quality, prevent audio distortion at high volume level.
    • Upgrade Extension available (Extra 6.35mm MIC / Extra Digital I/O sold separately)
    • Supported operating systems: Microsoft Windows® 98SE / ME / 2000 Service Pack 3(SP3) / XP Service Pack 1(SP1) / Server 2003 SP1/ XP Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE) / XP x64 Edition.

    Price: $199

    Rating: Untested, a 9/10.
    I'd like to see the following:
    RCA style jacks - but to get enough RCA jacks out on a card like this, it would have to have more than one normal sized back plate.


    Manufacturer website: www.auzentech.com

    Purchased at: http://www.newegg.com/

    Pros:
    • High Quality Components
    • User replaceable opamps
    • Digital Optical IN and Out
    • 5Vrms outputs (tested at both 60Hz and 1kHz to read 4.74v)

    Cons:
    • As mentioned above, I would like to have seen female RCA jacks.
    • There's almost too much stuff you can do with this card. For some that might be a pro. For my application, I'm marking it as a con because I want to be sure that all processing is turned off on the card so that I can do it all via the software that I choose.
    • I would like to see more analog outputs, but again, I'm sure that for most people this card will have plenty of outputs.
    • I don't believe there is any 'directwire' program like other cards have. However, this should be controllable via some outboard software programs.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  • #2
    I am a little confused. It does have something similar to "directwire" or is that ASIO part of the card? Also, does it really have ASIO drivers? I was told no, but their website says yes. I guess I'll wait until you give a full test run.
    System always under construction


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    • #3
      I have no idea, right now I've got a lot going on...lol

      where did you see the info about direct wire?
      Jan Bennett
      FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

      Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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      • #4
        Oh ok. I think if you just cut and pasted from my review it must have accidently carried over from the Prodigy Review. Look at your "pros" list.

        I know the feeling. With Christmas, trying to buy a house in the next few months, catching up on 3 seasons worth of 24, trying to get together with friends, craziness at work and then when I have free time, test software and hardware for my new carputer setup.
        System always under construction


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        • #5
          thanks - updated....

          new job is making things pretty hectic around here...lol
          Jan Bennett
          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by durwood View Post
            I am a little confused. It does have something similar to "directwire" or is that ASIO part of the card? Also, does it really have ASIO drivers? I was told no, but their website says yes. I guess I'll wait until you give a full test run.
            Once I loaded Allocator, I found that the card shows up under ASIO, see attached:
            Attached Files
            Jan Bennett
            FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

            Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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            • #7
              Also, just thought I would update this thread with some info for those interested in hacking...
              Attached Files
              Jan Bennett
              FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

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              • #8
                And a few more:
                Attached Files
                Jan Bennett
                FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                • #9
                  This is nice hack .... can you provide more details about the (I believe it is) rca jack you are about to install ??

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                  • #10
                    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=92334

                    that should help you out some.

                    Jan Bennett
                    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                    • #11
                      Merci.

                      I am eager to see how you will fit those rca connectors on the board...

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                      • #12
                        I won't be fitting them directly to the board. I'll be soldering on extensions. I wish I could fit them directly on the board.
                        Jan Bennett
                        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                        • #13
                          Not even a few weeks old and hacking away. I love it.

                          Did you listen to it with the original 4580 opamps before you swapped them with the burr brown ones? I am sticking with the 4580's in my prodigy until I do a little more research on the opamps.

                          How did you decide on the opa2134?
                          System always under construction


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                          • #14
                            I spoke with a few of my friends who have been into audio (home and car) for ages. The Burr Brown is considered the best of the best.

                            You can go here for a more indepth work log: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=92334

                            Jan Bennett
                            FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                            Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                            • #15
                              You can order up to 5 "samples" of those opamp on the Ti website here

                              Be shure to select the Dip8 form factor ...

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