View Full Version : ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 is poised to revolutionize the PC audio landscape?

06-04-08, 04:10 PM
ASUS unveiled at Computex the Xonar HDAV1.3, the world's first HDMI 1.3a compliant audio/video enhancement combo card . Capable of outputting uncompressed multichannel high definition audio from Blu-ray movies, the Xonar HDAV1.3 also enhances incoming HDMI video with an onboard Splendid HD processor - providing the ultimate multimedia enjoyment. Asus claims the chip enhances colors and edges for high-definition video, reduces flicker, and even "recovers clarity" with low-resolution content.

Despite its fancy video processing capabilities, audio remains the Xonar's focus. The HDAV1.3 supports both PAPS and AACS content protection schemes, allowing it to output uncompressed Blu-ray audio in all its glory. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are supported, as well, and the card is capable of feeding 7.1-channel, 24-bit/192kHz LPCM audio through its HDMI port. Asus isn't busting out a new audio chip for this latest Xonar. Instead, the card uses the same AV200 audio processor that we saw in the Xonar D2X, allowing it to take advantage of Asus' DS3D GX 2.0 EAX emulation scheme. The HDAV1.3 uses the same Burr Brown DACs, Cirrus Logic ADC, and National Semiconductor OPAMPs, too. This time around, however, the OPAMPs sit in sockets that allow particularly picky users to swap in their own chips.

Deluxe versions of the HDAV1.3 will come with a daughter card connected by a ribbon cable. Both cards will slide into PCI Express x1 slots, although it appears that the daughter card doesn't actually require electrical connectivity. On the main card, you get HDMI input and output ports, a shared line/microphone input, RCA front-channel output, and S/PDIF input and output ports. The daughter card expands the Xonar's analog output capacity, serving up RCA jacks to fill out the HDAV1.3's eight output channels.

Asus hasn't yet settled on pricing for the HDAV1.3, but we're told to expect the card to become available in mid-July.

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thats a bit to much, why does it require two cards, they should have made it a single card solution.


06-04-08, 05:04 PM
Hmm that is interesting, and I wonder why the two cards myself. Never thought I would see that, but if it is a vast improvement over the D2 I am gonna get one.

Still no optical in and out thou? I guess the hdmi will do.

Mr Bigman
06-04-08, 08:33 PM
Why would they offer HDMI on a soundcard when its a video connection mostly?

06-04-08, 09:03 PM
Why would they offer HDMI on a soundcard when its a video connection mostly?

Some video cards have HDMI out but no audio on the video card.

This sound card has an in and out for HDMI. You would go out from Video Card into Sound Card. Sound card would join audio and video. One HDMI signal to your TV.

Mr Bigman
06-04-08, 09:22 PM
Thats a kick ass idea.

I mentioned these cards a while ago and nekro thought i was LOL and now he spots them and reports them.

These cards are better than Xfi's.

06-05-08, 09:31 AM
These cards are better than Xfi's.

this new card might be, current asus cards are not