Auzen X-fi Home Theater 7.1 HDMI 1.3!

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by ROBSCIX, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. ROBSCIX

    ROBSCIX Ancient Guru

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    Nice thing about being a reviewr is I get to speak with people much higher up the chain then generic tech support. The info I gave you was verified. It was very surprising to see it operating in such a way but it does non the less... It may just be a glitch or something that was overlooked.

    As for what is going on wiht you, maybe you just have a glitch with WIn7...
     
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    Just stumbled onto something interesting while testing a workaround for Lavcat.

    Sinced he has no Output Information in W7 using PowerDVD, i thought i would see if ReClock would be a suitable alternative for him, and i discovered that when using wasapi exclusive mode on ReClock and using PowerDVD10 it reports that the output is what it should be, as in 24/48 with the DTS HD track on my BluRay's, as well as showing as the correct 16/48 or 24/96 on the PCM tracks, while TMT3 still shows 16/48 on them all with the exact same settings in Reclock, no idea if anyone else has come across this.

    On a side note it also has flawless playback with 1080p mkv files, with GPU Acceleration reducing CPU usage to around 2-3%, or even lower if i use SPDIF, cracking player, has definetly improved alot recently.
     
  3. Radical_53

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    That workaround seems to be an option. I just ran into the same problem using a Forte when I was trying to watch some movies on my PC. I only wanted to output sound to me headphones so I thought I wouldn't need the HTHD in the first place.
    Right now I'm running Win7 with PDVD10 and every movie I tried so far only gave my the typical 16bit/48KHz downsampled audio.
    Is there anything else worth a try other than extracting the audio from the disc?
     
  4. GenClaymore

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    nope the extracing is your only choice unless you move on to the auzen hdmi card.
     

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    Great, thanks for the answer! ;) I'll have to try it out then and see or rather hear how much work the difference may be worth to me. Half an hour here or there or 80-90€ for the other card. Well...
     
  6. ROBSCIX

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    If you are talking about sending different stream to different outputs.....FYI, the Bravura actually has the speakers and headphones configured as totally different outputs. You can actually send a different stream to the headphones, speakers and S/Pdif!
    I foudn that part very interesting as you could actually connect the card up to allow different Zones, such as playing music in your room watching a movie in the PC room or playing a game using the other outputs. Just for example.
     
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    Does the ReClock wasapi mode not work for you then, i've had flawless playback with every BluRay so far using it.
    I can audibly hear a difference between PDVD10 non downsampled and TMT3 downsampled, but i'm not going to rule out placebo effect, or even differences in the audio decoders used by the two players, and i have yet to much comparisons of PDVD10 without ReClock.
     
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    @robscix: Thanks, that sounds interesting too ;) What I meant was that I did "only" get the Forte (and not the HTHD) because I never planned to connect speakers to my PC, only headphones. I thought I'd never use the HDMI audio part anyhow so why pay double the price for the card.
    That was the initial thought. Now I got my hands on a Blu-Ray drive and thought it would be a nice idea to be able to watch movies in full quality.
    I did think the card would only prohibit full quality sound for digital connections, not analogue too.
     
  9. ROBSCIX

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    Well S/Pdif cannot handle that high of resolution...just too much data so you need the HDMI hardware. However, this card outputs full resolution over analog also.
    With audio sources I alway try and think of the future also...just because you don't want to do something right now doesn't meant you won't want to in the future. I always figure the more features the better especially when it has to do with newer technology. Might be something you want to get into in the future.
     
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    Seems like that would have been the better idea, yes. I'll give the ripping workaround a try and then maybe I'll have to change cards again :D
     

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    Well, ripping is not really a work around and is just more work!!
    When I used the HTHD 7.1 I just popped a Blue ray in the drive and up comes the video with full resolution surround sound through analog. Nice stuff!
    That alone is what made the card a great unit from my perspective. Many use receivers etc with it but the point that you don't have to is a major selling point.
     
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    Well you would have to use a blu ray ripper software and then anydvd/bd to get around the pap the protection. While the blu ray movie is in the drive. When you do it. I tried it because another person mention it in a thread a while back.
    Sure it takes up space But it does work and you get full res blu ray audio without the need of a HDAV/X-FI HDMI. I did that with my blu ray movies that I have.Tho you can just do the audio using another tool. But I usually do the whole movie so I dont have to keep putting my movies in my drive to watch them besides getting the ful blu ray audio without having a HDAV any more.
     
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    I ripped a BD today and it takes ages :D I'll take the easy route and so I ordered a HTHD.
     
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    Yep, add in a BD ROM and you're good to go.
     
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    That's what I planned to do, yes. I actually didn't even know about the restrictions of the PAP until I got the BD-ROM some days ago.
    If now the new driver comes out like it's being rumored I'd be all set :)
     

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    Yes, the card will allow full resolution audio output over analog in Vista and above. It will downsample in XP.
     
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    I received my card yesterday and Blu Ray movies are a blast with this :)

    It seems that I have an issue here and there though. Is ist possible that there's some kind of bug with the sample rate? When the card is freshly installed, the maximum rate I can set is 96KHz at 24 bit. If I switch to entertainment mode and start PowerDVD, I can even choose 192KHz. If I keep it at that rate the card seems to reset itself though here and there in game mode or when I start specific games. Modern Warfare 2 works for example, Bad Company 2 or Splinter Cell won't start or have no audio at all.
    It should be "enough" to keep the sample rate at 96KHz right as PDVD does some upsampling on the movies?
     
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    IIRC, it depends on the mode. So, entertainment mode will be 24/192, gaming mode 24/96...
     
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    Oh ok. Seems like that setting hadn't changed when I switched modes so it gave me some problems as I described.
    The new drivers are pretty nice btw., much faster when changing modes for example.
     

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