Auzentech X-Fi Bravura 7.1
A golden clad feminine figure resembling some form of royalty takes centre stage on the black packaging with a smaller image of the sound card also displaying. A whole row of features from EAX 4.0 to dts Interactive stretches right across the bottom.
Inside, the X-Fi Bravura 7.1 is cradled between two cardboard arms preventing any damage to the electrical components featured on the card; the bundled accessories are sleeved underneath. This bundle comprises of a quick installation guide, driver CD, optical cable & adapter, 1/4” headphone adapter, jack collar and a few stickers.
Aesthetically, the audio card looks spot on with a black PCB giving rise to the distinctive, bright green capacitors and gold PCI bracket matching the yellow PCI Express connection. Consequently, the Bravura takes up just one PCI-E slot which is generally located just above the PCI-E x16 slots on a motherboard.
The I/O features a total of seven ports which, reading from left to right, are Line/Mic In, ¼” Headphone, four 1/8” stereo (Front, Rear, Centre/Subwoofer & Side) and a Digital Out which can be used with both Coaxial and Optical cables.
The mode switcher is a new Auzentech innovation allowing users to customise the sound card hardware in keeping with the speaker and microphone configurations with one button for each.
MODE0 is for Line/Mic In and MODE1 for Speakers/Headphones: pressing either of these buttons scrolls through the 6 available settings with the corresponding LED illuminating to distinguish which mode is in use.
Each particular setting is specifically designed for a certain level. For instance, the speaker modes consist of performance sound, comfort sound and multichannel movie with a different filter, output level and characteristic so as to optimise each level.
Looking a little more specifically at some of the electrical components, it’s good to see Auzentech using separate Operational Amplifiers (OPAMPs) for each channel. Moreover, Auzentech allow for OPAMP upgradability so as to give the opportunity to reduce the effects of distortion and lower transfer loss with the use of even higher quality components should you so wish.
That said the OPAMPs included as standard with the X-Fi Bravura are not to be sniffed at. The front, rear and side channels use a JRC5533DD chip, the centre/subwoofer a JRC4580D and lastly the headphones a LME49720 opamp.
A front panel audio header is found at the end of the X-Fi Bravura 7.1 for the connection for headphone/microphone jacks from the front of a pc enclosure.