sound cards

ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 high-def audio-decoding sound card

ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 high-def audio-decoding sound card

Seeing graphics cards which can take on the strain of decoding high-definition video is quite usual, but ASUS have turned the tables slightly with their Xonar HDAV1.3 sound-card.  HDMI 1.3a compliant, the card takes on decoding surround-sound lossless audio from high-definition media, as well as including an integrated Splendid HD video processor.  It's based on ASUS' own AV200 codec chip, which includes dedicated digital to analog convertors.

ASUS Xonar U1 USB Sound Card

ASUS Xonar U1 USB Sound Card

This portable USB sound card looks a little like a really thick hockey puck, but apparently it works really well at providing a portable audio upgrade solution for, say, a laptop. It offers up an audio out and an audio in jack and comes paired with an array mic, for whatever you might want to use it for.

On top of that, the technology inside is where it gets really fun, starting with support for a bunch of Dolby technologies as well as several DSP modes. The people over at Everything USB really seem to like it, they didn’t have too many complaints.

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