Asus Brings HDMI to Sound Cards
At Computex 2008, Asus announced that it is readying the world's first HDMI ready sound card for mass distribution, and it's going to be feature-packed for sure. The Xonar HDAV1.3 complies with the HDMI 1.3a standard, and will decode lossless HD audio from Blu-ray discs in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio at 24-bit, 96-192KHz, delivering up to 7.1 channels of crystal clear audio. Connecting via a PCI-E x1 slot, the HDAV1.3 uses analog audio to produce a 120db signal-to-noise ratio with very little distortion. This card should be a hot-ticket item for people lacking a high-end video card or powerful CPU, as the Xonar HDAV1.3 can handle the video end of a Blu-ray disc also, thanks to an on-board Splendid HD video processor.