Complete Dolby® Home Theater Technologies: X-Meridian 7.1 2G includes the full set of Home Theater Technologies to enhance your gaming and home entertainment experience. Dolby® Digital Live, Dolby® Pro-Logic IIx, Dolby® Headphone and Dolby® Virtual Speaker.
Sound: With a D/A converter of 120dB level, high end audio components, and an analog design tuned for peak performance, the X-Meridian 7.1 2G is designed to provide the best audio possible for Music, Movies and Games. End-users can further tune the audio via the replaceable OPAMP for the all channels.
Proprietary Pointing Ground Technology: Inheriting from our past sound card, X-Meridian 7.1 2G uses the Auzentech proprietary pointing ground technology which shares one point for the DAC, OPAMP, Power supply and output jack, stopping noise with much less distortion than most other sound card in the market and most motherboard audio.
Performance: By using C-media CMI8788 PCI chipset, the Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2G provides high performance audiophile quality sound to your AV equipment.
High Quality PCI Audio Card (Standard Profile)
Developed around C-Media CMI8788 audio processor
Support for Complete Dolby® Home Theater Technologies
Support for DTS Connect™, DTS Interactive™, DTS Neo:PC™
Digital In/Out Combo (shift between Coaxial and Optical In/Out with the included adaptor.
Standard 10PIN Front Panel Audio supports
C-Media FlexBass™ - LFE channel crossover frequency setable from range 50 to 250Hz in Small speaker mode and Small/Large speaker selectable
Compatible with Auzen X-Tension™ DIN
Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2G represents the latest generation in multi-channel PC audio and provides the following key features:
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Dolby Virtual Speaker
7.1 Virtual Speaker SHIFTER: Virtual Surround over 2 channel speaker or headphone.
ASIO (Audio Stream Input Output): With the ASIO output driver in the Auzen X-Meridian 7.1, you get high performance, low-latency audio input/output from ASIO compatible applications.
DVD Playback with full 5.1 speaker and 7.1 speaker surround sound using PowerDVD, WinDVD software decoding application. (with DD 5.1, DTS 5.1, DD-EX 6.1/7.1, DTS-ES 6.1/7.1 decoding )
Direct DTS CD / DTS WAV file digital audio bypass or loop back available.
Support 7.1Ch playback for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows ME, Windows 98 SE (Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or higher is required)
SPDIF output allows pass-through of Non-PCM Dolby Digital and DTS stream to external DD/DTS decoder and A/V receivers in Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Server2003.
External 2channel PCM SPDIF input thru COAX + OPTIC combo connector to real-time monitored encoding output (DDL and DTS Interactive) support
Sensaura CRL3D HRTF 3D positional sound enhancement with MultiDrive™, EnvironmentFX™, ZoomFX™, MacroFX™, etc.
DirectSound™3D HW acceleration. Max No. of 3D Voices - 128
A3D™1.0, EAX™1.0, 2.0 (powered by Sensaura), HRTF-based 3D Positional Audio (C3DX™), DirectSound™3D SW
Unique Karaoke functionality : Mic Echo, Key-shifting, Vocal Cancellation
Media Magic Voice, popular feature for disguising your tone in online chatting.
10-band Graphic Equalizer with 12 preset modes; 27 global environment effects
Media FlexBass: Advanced bass management features allow a wide variety of different speaker types and combinations to be supported, ensuring each speaker gets only the signals it can efficiently reproduce.
Large, Small Speaker setting available for all channel speaker
LFE channel crossover frequency configurable in Small speaker mode (from 50Hz to 250Hz).
X-Meridian 7.1 2G Rear Panel Connections
MIC IN (3.5mm Stereo minijack): Connects to external condenser or dynamic microphone for voice input. OPAMP controlled preamp input circuits on board provides increased MIC input gain. The jack is a 3-conductor TRS-type jack
LINE IN (3.5mm Stereo minijack): Connects to external analog line-level sources, such as CD players, MP3 players, MD players, cassette players, TV card's internal line output, any analog stereo output devices.
FRONT (3.5mm Stereo minijack): Connects to Front Left/Right inputs on powered analog speakers, an external amplifier or headphones.
SIDE SURROUND (REAR / 3.5mm Stereo minijack): Connects to Rear Left/Right inputs on powered multichannel analog speakers, an external mutichannel amplifier in 4, 5.1 and 7.1 channel analog playback modes.
CENTER/S.WOOFER (3.5mm Stereo minijack): Connects to Front Center and Sub-Woofer inputs on powered multichannel analog speakers, an external mutichannel amplifier in 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog playback modes.
BACK SOURROUND (REAR CENTER / 3.5mm Stereo minijack): Connects Rear Center 1 / 2 inputs on powered multichannel analog speakers, an external mutichannel amplifier in 7.1 channel analog playback modes.
COAX(RCA) + OPTIC(with 3.5mm miniplug-TOSLINK adapter) Combo S/PDIF Intput (Up to 24-bit/192khz support, S/PDIF COAXIAL and OPTICAL Digital Input): Connects to external digital devices with S/PDIF output, such as DVD Players, CD Players, Settop boxes, Game consoles, Digital TVs, etc. High quality COAXIAL and TOSLINK Optical S/PDIF input receives pure PCM digital audio at resolutions of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz sampling rates.
COAX(RCA) + OPTIC(with 3.5mm miniplug-TOSLINK adapter) Combo S/PDIF Output (Up to 24-bit/192khz support, S/PDIF COAXIAL and OPTICAL Digital Output) : Connects to external digital devices like AV receivers, decoders or digital speaker systems. High quality COAXIAL and TOSLINK Optical S/PDIF output transmitts pure PCM digital audio at resolutions of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz sampling rates. Also allows pass-through of Non-PCM Dolby Digital and DTS stream to external DD/DTS decoder and A/V receivers.
- by David_W @Dec 16, 2010
Sound Processor & Major Components
C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD PCI Audio Processor
PCI 2.2 Interface with Bus Mastering and Burst Modes
4 synchronous I2S output pairs
4 synchronous I2S input pairs
Multi-channel AC-link can support 2 AC97 codecs
All I2S I/O pairs support 32-bit high-definition PCM data transfer and adjustable sample rate up to 192KHz
Integrated up to 192kHz/24-bit S/PDIF transmitter for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF output
Integrated up to 192kHz/24-bit S/PDIF receiver for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF input
S/PDIF IN supports digital loop back path for transforming between optical and RCA connection
MPU-401 MIDI UART port support
External EEPROM Interface for Sub-Vendor/Sub-Device ID using custom driver
4pcs Digital to Analog Converters: AKM AK4396 120dB 192kHz 24-Bit Advanced Multi-Bit Stereo Delta Sigma DAC. Max Audio Resolution Playback & Quality is 24-bit/192kHz in Stereo and 24-bit/192kHz in 7.1.
1pc Analog to Digital Converter: AKM AK5385 114dB 192kHz 24-Bit Delta Sigma ADC. Max Recording Sampling Rate is 24-bit/192kHz in Stereo.
1 pc CMI9780 AC'97 2.3 CODEC for AUX input, CD input, MIC input (16bit/48kHz playback/recording).
The following items are included with the "Auzen X-Meridian 7.1" package:
"Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2G" sound board
2pcs 3.5mm miniplug-TOSLINK adapter for COAX+OPTIC combo connector
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I selected this card mainly for it's digital audio input so I can feed it digital audio from a dvd player and a satellite reciever. I was happy to find I can add a second digital audio input by installing their Auzen X-Tension card for around 40 clams which is great considering the sale price of the main card on sale(thank you ncix) and avoid the need for an external switch.
This card is very well built with a beautiful board layout, higher quality capacitors throughout, swappable op-amps and identical circuit paths for all four stereo pairs. Installation is simple, but then again the C-Media control panel is antiquated and hasn't been improved that much in over 10 years (!). For ASIO users this is a non-issue. Sound quality is above pretty much everything else I've heard in this price point including various X-fi cards and M-Audio Revolution cards. Onboard sound and cheaper 7.1 channel cards cannot touch this product. I use this card for a multi-channel audio application that is very specific, so unfortuantely I can't comment on whether or not it would be optimum for home theatre or gaming. But if you want 8 channels of prestine ASIO then this card might be for you. There is no "digital loopback" in this cards ASIO driver, so if you ever needed to use ASIO4ALL to get multiclient ASIO applications to work in your setup, do not get this card soley to eliminate this problem. The stock 55322DD op amps sound very bright and forward in the midrange when compared to the sound of stock M-Audio and X-fi cards. This improves with time from either OP amp burn in or just getting used to the new sound, I can't say which one - likely more of the latter.
A so far awesome sound card, however being pci, it can be hard to find a slot to install sometimes, especially in a SLI/CF system or a mini-atx board. One of the great things about this card is it allows for a input from other devices so as to output that sound. AKA, I can transfer sound from my playstation 3 (using the optical audio cord included) and make the sound come out from my computer speakers. Theoretically, when I get my Razer Tiamat, I should be able to use it with my PS3 indirectly even though they are not directly compatible. So even though the sound card is only rated 2/5 stars for games. I seem to find that it vastly improves my sound on games with my regular speakers and allows for bypass of specific compatibility. As said before, download the drivers from the website and DO NOT install the ones on the CD, even though they work, they are not up to date and the updated drivers will cause you to have to restart a few more times.
The good news is, that i got this sound card in 4 days, and to me that is fast. NCIX Rocks man. from my view the card look pretty good. the box that the card came in was o.k. No damming to the box, or the box that the sound card came in. Wye i have not test the sound card yet, Check it out, i am waiting for 3 Amplifier i have on order, i am going big!! on this one, I am a big PC gamer, specially i watch nuff Movie and lissn to nuff Music. So I ope this is the sound-card.
On the box, it Rate Movies 4-stars, Music 4-stars and Pc games 2-stars. games rating is only 2, too that is not good, i think EAX on this sound card is 1.0 to 2.0
I'm very pleased with the performance of this card. The sound quality is fantastic! There are many options in the Oxygen console to tailor the sound to your listening preference. I was very surprised with the sound quality of the "Virtual 7.1 Surround" option. I am also very impressed with the DTS Interactive (on-the-fly) codec - I like it better than Dolby Digital (I'd never heard or used it before purchasing this card). I like that you can upgrade all the opamps (not just the front channels as with most cards). I also like that this card has 7.1 analog outputs. The only (minor) thing I don't like is that you cannot enter pass-through mode via the Oxygen console. I highly recommend this sound card!!!
I bought this soundcard since I wanted the ultimate sound quality for my computer. I'm using a (Harman Kardon AVR-1600) receiver with (KEF KHT-3005SE) speakers I've bought here ~380 days ago at only 1000$. Of course this soundcard is overkill if you're using sub-200$ speakers but if you have something great then you will hear it's full potential. If I compare it to my Auzentech Forte, the only cons is that I lose my lovely headphone amp but since I rarely play with headphone it's not a deal breaker though it's still a shame at Auzen.
This is a good sound card, replacing my Creative XFI xtreme audio card that just up and died. Sounds great.The bundled software was crap and could not install. I had to download from the net, and then no problem. A little finicky setting up the different sound configurations, but not too bad.I would definitely recommend this card.
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