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HT OMEGA Fenix - A New 100 Dollar Competitor to the Xonar DX And Sound Blaster Z
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Default HT OMEGA Fenix - A New 100 Dollar Competitor to the Xonar DX And Sound Blaster Z - 11-01-2014, 19:54 | posts: 61 | Location: Canada

http://www.htomega.com/fenix.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-008-_-Product


She is now at newegg. The manual is available at HT OMEGA for viewing full specs. It is using the new CMI8828, and has the JRC 4580D OPAMPs. It has full 7.1 analog support, 24/192, swappable OPAMP for the front output, Dolby Digital/DTS Encoder, front panel audio support. This looks like one hell of a sound card for 100 bucks. I may need to see how she compares to my current Xonar D1, and pick one up. I imagine this is going to interest many people.
   
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Default 11-01-2014, 20:35 | posts: 1,024 | Location: Milwaukee, Wi USA

That is a nice card.
PCI Express X1 to boot.
I really like my Claro
Drivers are up.
http://www.htomega.com/downloads.html
   
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Default 11-01-2014, 21:24 | posts: 61 | Location: Canada

I got an email from HT OMEGA regarding the DAC on this sound card. It was impossible to tell what it was using in the pictures. They mentioned that the ADC and the DAC are both built into the CMI8828 itself. The specs appear to be lower than I expected. I wonder if the SNR stated was a typo. I have decided to just keep saving for a bit, and get the eclaro sometime in the future instead. I don't see any point in getting this over the Xonar D1 I already have. No reviews exist yet, so I guess we will all have to wait and see.


Thanks for interest in Fenix.

1. DAC

- It is internal HD codec chipset. The ADC and DAC are included in main chipset (8828). It has a new PCI Express chipset up to 24bit 192khz.

2. SNR

- It is rated for 100dB.

Feel free to contact me with any question.

Thanks
Sincerely,
Jason.

HT OMEGA - Tech Support

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Default 11-06-2014, 19:23 | posts: 1,514 | Location: Minnesota

If the SNR is 100,that would be an instant fail. Its gotta be a typo. The Claro II is rated at 120.
   
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Default 11-06-2014, 20:56 | posts: 61 | Location: Canada

I would bet it was a typo, and the SNR is probably 110. Hopefully someone will jump on one of these and give a review.
   
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Default 11-17-2014, 22:12 | posts: 61 | Location: Canada

I have to say I am pretty stoked. I just bought an HT OMEGA Claro Plus. I just couldn't resist the upgrade. She should be here in a few days. I am going to do some tests against my current Xonar D1, and do a direct comparison with both cards installed before I sell the D1 off. I own quality audio gear so the differences should be easily detectable. I will put up my results once she arrives.
   
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Default 11-18-2014, 03:48 | posts: 16,791 | Location: US East Coast

I'd venture to say that the CM8828 is C-Media's new entry-level audio chipset and that the CM8888 is the replacement for the CMI8788 audio chipset.

Supposedly, the CMI8828 is used on the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 HD audio card and it's SNR is only 100dB. If that's true, it would stand to reason that any card based on the CM8828 would be around the same.


   
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Default 11-18-2014, 19:05 | posts: 5,455 | Location: Michigan,usa

I have used that diamond card before,wish I never got it, the coaxial on it drove me to grab it as I wanted Coaxial and i thought the Virtual Headphone would be good. But sadly the Software suite ruined it and the way it was setup.

The Virtual Headphone dsp on it did nothing as it did not work and the software was similar to my VIA control panel in style but with extra features,Which didn't work anyway. I had to give it away as I couldn't sell the diamond card. But the software suite is the same exactly one that the Phoebus uses.

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Default 11-18-2014, 20:04 | posts: 61 | Location: Canada

My Claro Plus should be here on Thursday.
   
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Default 11-18-2014, 23:11 | posts: 16,791 | Location: US East Coast

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Originally Posted by GenClaymore View Post
I have used that diamond card before,wish I never got it, the coaxial on it drove me to grab it as I wanted Coaxial and i thought the Virtual Headphone would be good. But sadly the Software suite ruined it and the way it was setup.

The Virtual Headphone dsp on it did nothing as it did not work and the software was similar to my VIA control panel in style but with extra features,Which didn't work anyway. I had to give it away as I couldn't sell the diamond card. But the software suite is the same exactly one that the Phoebus uses.
From what I've read, the Phoebus doesn't exactly work either....lol


   
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Default 11-23-2014, 03:23 | posts: 294 | Location: Calif.

So far I can only find HT Omega, Diamond & Syba are using the CM8828 chip.
   
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