Looking for a new high end sound card that isn’t a cookie cutter "me too" card? Want one that offers great sound with no compromises? Is gaming not very high on your list? Then you might take a look at the Auzentech X-Meridian.
Auzentech. A name that’s fairly new in the PC enthusiast world is throwing down the gauntlet to the likes of Creative, Turtle Beach and the rest of the established sound card companies out there with the release of their new X-Meridian. The X-Meridian is aimed at the user looking for high quality sound with no holds barred. While sound quality is the primary focus of the X-Meridian, it doesn’t leave gamers completely out in the cold and it does offer support for EAX 1 and 2, but that’s about all.
There’s no hardware acceleration for games, so the DSP duties are offloaded to the CPU. If you’re not concerned with having bleeding edge gaming performance though, and instead having top notch sound quality, read on.
Let’s see what Auzentech has to say about the X-Meridian:
Designed by Auzentech’s award-winning team of engineers, the new X-Meridian 7.1 sound card marks the dividing line between audio that sounds great, and audio that sounds perfect.
Like the X-Mystique and X-Plosion before it, the X-Meridian is a highly-anticipated Auzentech "World first" as the only all-original sound card engineered specifically to maximize the potential of the C-Media CMI-8788 chipset. The result is the highest quality Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital Live, and DTS Connect certified soundcard for your PC. X-Meridian delivers a pristine bitstream to your AV equipment as well as the highest analog output levels of any sound card on the market.
Upgrade to X-Meridian and cross over to pure high-resolution digital surround-sound audio while playing games, listening to music, or watching movies. Surround yourself with 24bit, 192 kHz resolution and better than 115 dB signal-to-noise ratio. Experience audio you can believe in.
Dolby Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience.
DTS Digital Surround is the sound format found in movie theaters. The Auzentech X-Meridian turns your PC into a DTS-Connect enabled PC capable of playing full surround sound from DTS-enabled movies, music videos, music discs, and games, as well as providing surround sound from normal stereo sources.
Dolby Digital Live, a real-time encoding technology, converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bit stream for transport and playback through a home theater system. With it, your PC or game console can be hooked up to your Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single digital connection, ensuring the integrity of the audio signal.
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to wear any set of headphones and listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1-channel soundtrack. Listeners enjoy a spacious, natural soundfield without disturbing others.
Engineered for Sound by Auzentech, the X-Meridian is designed by the award-winning engineers at Auzentech and constructed to a level of quality in order to thrill the most demanding of audiophiles.
Enjoy pure high-resolution digital surround-sound audio while playing games, listening to music, or watching movies. Experience audio you can believe in.
The age of 7.1 surround sound for the home is here. But it’s not just reserved for DVD movies encoded in Dolby Digital EX. With Dolby Pro Logic IIx, any movie, CD, TV program or video game can be enjoyed through this enhanced surround sound technology.
Pro Logic IIx is the first and only technology to expand any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience.
Three listening modes–Movie, Music or Game–allow you to tailor the audio to meet the different needs of the programming. In Game mode, for instance, special effects signals are routed to the surround channels for fuller, dramatic impact. Music mode features three additional user controls:
DTS Connect is the latest thing from DTS that turns your PC into an action-packed entertainment experience that surrounds you in sound. Make your movies, music and games come alive in exciting, dynamic, multi-channel DTS Digital Surround, the same sound format found in movie theaters. DTS Connect is a whole new way to enjoy your PC. DTS Connect makes it easy to turn your computer into the ultimate PC sound entertainment experience.
Dolby Digital Live
Enjoy audio from your PC or game console through your home theater with Dolby Digital Live. A real-time encoding technology, Dolby Digital Live converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bitstream for transport and playback through a home theater system. With it, your PC or game console can be hooked up to your Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single digital connection, eliminating the confusion of multiple cables and ensuring the integrity of the audio signal.
Dolby Headphone: 5.1 surround sound through any pair of headphones.
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to wear any set of headphones and listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1-channel soundtrack.