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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.
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    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.

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

    where did you see the info about direct wire?
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    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.

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    thanks - updated....

    new job is making things pretty hectic around here...lol
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    Quote 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:
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    Also, just thought I would update this thread with some info for those interested in hacking...
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    And a few more:
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    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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    New CarPC - this one for tuning

    that should help you out some.

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