Auzentech X-Fi Bravura
When we reviewed the Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD a few weeks back, I was without a doubt extremely impressed by the overall performance of the card. Combining the best hardware (For the most part, anyway) for impressive sound quality across the board, the X-Fi HomeTheater HD is really a true audiophile's dream. But let's be realistic here — unless you are really picky in audio and searching for the best of the best, the rest of the crowd may find it just a bit hard to justify the cost of a sound card that pretty much retails for more than most motherboards at press time. What if you are a casual audiophile looking for a sound card that delivers more than what integrated audio solutions offer, but at a more affordable price tag? Auzentech might just have the solution for you. The Auzentech X-Fi Bravura is a PCI Express based audio board that costs roughly half of what the X-Fi HomeTheater HD commands at the time of writing this review, yet retains some of the electronics found on its bigger brother such as the bi-polarized aluminum electrolytic Nichon MUSE ES audio grade capacitors, Cirrus Logic CS4382A 24-bit 192 kHz 8-channel DAC, and a handful of other things. It even has fully swappable operational amplifiers on all channels, which even the X-Fi HomeTheater HD does not have! Is the Auzentech X-Fi Bravura an appealing solution to the masses, or is it just riding on the brand, a cheaped-out version that you shouldn't bother with? We took the liberty to find all the answers for you in our review today!