March 7th, 2011

Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G

Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2g Review

Introduction

Auzentech have been around for a few years now and that’s a good thing; as well as being impressive. They entered the sound card game when it was all about Creative and they did so by simply taking a popular chip, the X-Fi, and throwing it on a board of their own with some nice tweaks. A winning formula. Now though, they’re branching away from these roots with the re-tooled X-Meridian 7.1, named the 2g. Packing a C-Media CMI8788 audio processor with support for plenty of connectors, a daughter board and replacable OpAmps; audiophiles look like they’re in for a treat. Let’s see if the rumours are true.

Features

  • Dolby Digital Live
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Dolby Virtual Speaker
  • Dolby Headphone
  • DTS INTERACTIVE™
  • DTS NEO:PC™
  • 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).

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