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Auzentech X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Revealed - Sneak Peak
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Default Auzentech X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Revealed - Sneak Peak - 09-17-2009, 08:30 | posts: 6,462

We have a bit of an exclusive look at upcoming Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 PCI-E Audio Interface for you guys today. The Bravura is a new 7.1 soundcard from Auzentech powered by the Creative Labs X-Fi audio...

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New flagship?
   
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Default 09-17-2009, 12:53 | posts: 73 | Location: netherlands

X-Fi HomeTheater HD was my long awaited dreamcard so i just wait a bit longer, this card looks the way i was dreaming the card would be, this is awsome
   
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Default 09-17-2009, 12:58 | posts: 16,129 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

If you look also there is a secondary digital output that can be used for HDMI according to the specifications! Personally, I am very glad they went back to replcable opamps across the board.
   
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Default 09-17-2009, 14:52 | posts: 76 | Location: Uk

OMG Digital out

Never could understand why creative dropped digital out on X-fi cards..

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Default 09-17-2009, 17:04 | posts: 4,336 | Location: New Hampshire

I'm more excited about this than I was for their HD Home Theatre PCI-e card that was recently released! Nice article Rob, thanks very much for filling us all in!
   
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Well, acccording to the spec, the card has a secondary digital output on the card for HDMI. With this in mind that would mean this card will also support HDMI for digital output with HDMI cable and analog output.
HDMI high resolution audio and replacable opamps. Nice combination.
   
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Default 09-17-2009, 17:18 | posts: 4,336 | Location: New Hampshire

Indeed a nice combination and the major selling point for myself (I live in small apartment with no room for TV so I use my computer, Blu-Ray player, 24" Dell, and PowerDVD, for all my 1080p entertainment needs)!
   
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Default 09-17-2009, 23:52 | posts: 1,599 | Location: New Mexico

That looks really sweet, definitely a good thing to have upgradeable op-amps for all channels.. kind of like my X-Raider. It is a very nice looking card.. may be my new card down the road. Any word on a launch window or still too early to tell?
   
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To early to tell. When I get further information that I can release I will post it.
   
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It looks messy, I hope that isn't the final design, it'd make my system look bad.
   
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Default 09-18-2009, 21:11 | posts: 88 | Location: Bulgaria

Card looks great, but why EAX 4? When Auzen already have cards with EAX 5?
   
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Default 09-19-2009, 01:17 | posts: 16,129 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

..Because gaming is not the primary aim of this card. It is meant more for music..movies etc..
   
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Default 09-19-2009, 02:37 | posts: 1,599 | Location: New Mexico

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It looks messy, I hope that isn't the final design, it'd make my system look bad.
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Please understand this card is in the very early stages of development and the board design and final design are subject to change.
Considering the article states that it is an early build and that the board and final design are subject to change.. odds are the final build will look different. You'd be wise to notice it even lacks the expansion slot connector and cover, so its an extremely early sample, more to prove a point that it works than anything most likely. Its a sneak peak of the card anyway...
   
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Default 09-19-2009, 04:06 | posts: 5,077 | Location: Toledo, Oh

Why would it only have EAX 4 when it has an XFI chip? Is this some new chip with crippled capability? As far as I know all XFI chips support EAX 5. I know they wouldn't purposefully cripple it to appeal to music/movie lovers, that would be just retarded.

*I assumed it had the XFI chip, it in fact doesn't in the pic. Are they going to add the chip later?
   
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Default 09-19-2009, 04:16 | posts: 16,129 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

I uses a different chip. Gaming effects etc are rendered through software.
This is not a crippled chip, it is just not a 20KX DSP as seen on the Prelude or Forte.
As I said, it is not aimed at the heavy gamer market.
They have the Prelude and Forte for that market. This card is aimed more at the music/modders -headphones crowds..

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Is this going to be the replacement for X-Fi Prelude?
   
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Is this going to be the replacement for X-Fi Prelude?
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No this card is NOT meant as a replacement for gamers using the preludeor Forte....
   
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Default 09-19-2009, 19:54 | posts: n/a

I wonder how this will compare to the Asus Xonar Essense st and stx.
   
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I wonder how this will compare to the Asus Xonar Essense st and stx.
I'm thinking it's a direct shot at those cards.
   
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Default 09-21-2009, 01:19 | posts: 1,599 | Location: New Mexico

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I'm thinking it's a direct shot at those cards.
My thoughts exactly. Its definitely a music and movie card, plus the headphone amp and upgradeable op-amps just add to it. Its looking really good, may have to watch for this when it gets closer to launch.
   
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Default 09-21-2009, 02:59 | posts: 16,129 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

Auzentech had replacable opamps since their early cards. The X-Meridian 7.1 is a great example with fully replacable opamps.
   
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Why only EAX 4.0
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Default Why only EAX 4.0 - 10-02-2009, 22:36 | posts: 280 | Location: Calif.

I'm going to guess the reason the Bravura only goes up to EAX 4.0 is because Auzentech has some agreement with Creative Labs so as the Bravura does not compete with the Creative sound cards when it comes to gaming.
Auzentech might get a better price for the X-Fi chips if they limit the card to EAX 4.0.
   
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Default 10-02-2009, 22:49 | posts: 19,559 | Location: Guru3D testlab

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I'm going to guess the reason the Bravura only goes up to EAX 4.0 is because Auzentech has some agreement with Creative Labs so as the Bravura does not compete with the Creative sound cards when it comes to gaming.
Auzentech might get a better price for the X-Fi chips if they limit the card to EAX 4.0.
it's all about licenses .. the more features a company wants to license and implement, the more the company (Auzen) needs to pay.


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