- By Terren - NCIX.com @Feb 20, 2007
Onboard Digital optical and coaxial input/output
Built-in front panel audio support
Dolby Prologic IIx, Dolby Headphone, DDL, DTS:NeoPC and Base management system
And your can enhance PC to 24bit/192Khz resolution and better than 115dB signal to nosie ration with CLARO
CLARO is the premier digital HD audio solution featuring a set of clear 8 discrete outputs, digital outputs and inputs in a well arranged design. The S/PDIF optical and coaxial outputs are also an ideal way to transfer digital audio data to external recorders or amplifiers without the loss of audio quality up to 24bit/192kHz. And CLARO provide extreme surround-sound and ultra-resolution digital audio while playing games, listening music and watching movies via Dolby Digital Live or dts:Interactive.
CLARO fully supports 7.1 surround sound when combined with normal stereo music and also DVD movie. Play a DVD movie and enjoy the hottest surround sound environment itself.
So user can enjoy Hollywood movies on your desktop computer, with the same audio reproduction that moviemakers intended to reproduce in the theater - 7.1 theatrical surround sound. Or listen to MP3s, other stereo music and even gameing in a virtual surround sound environment with up to 7.1 channels of surround sound.
And CLARO supports Dolby Headphone mode for conveying 5.1 surround and 3D gaming audio over your stereo headphones
For Front Panel Audio Express of PC case, expend Front Panel Audio connector on your PC case with CLARO Front Panel Audio Connector. And it supports link detection automatically. With the front panel audio enabled, users can connect a second microphone without any reduction of input signal levels.
- by Terren - NCIX.com @Feb 20, 2007
The C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8788 Audio Processor is main engine of CLARO
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 WM8785G (110dB-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 high grade special Optical and Coaxial connectors for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF output. (work simultaneously)
Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF high grade special Optical receiver for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF input.
Supports onboard Coaxial or CD Digital input connector for up to 192kHz SPDIF input. (Optional Cable need for Coaxial input)
Standard 10PIN Front Panel Audio supports connectivity for stereo audio output and a microphone input from PC case
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.
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I bought this card because of the immense praise HT Omega has received for both sound quality and lack of software hassles.
There are as many connections on the back as possible, with both optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and optical in. No combo ports. Tested on an Altec Lansing 2.1 set, which I feel I need to upgrade now.
Overall it's a good card. Works much better than the Auzentech HDA Xplosion which would rarely even install in Vista x64. Still it's based on the CMedia chipset and their control panel software looks extremely dated.
I know this is alot of money for a sound card. There are other cheaper cards with the oxygen chip but I opted for the claro. From reviews I have read they make an excellent product. Install easy, software is light and simple to use. Had a chaintech in my htpc hooked up to my sony receiver and this is 10 time better than the chaintech. I like the optical in - out and also has digital coax. It does anything in digital. Played batt2 in dig3/2 sounded awesome. Come with a opt cable as well. I have a aud2 in another rig and it is very good but wished it had the optical.
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