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PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card Review


PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card Closer Look:

Included as part of the package with the Devil HDX is a Devil-themed package of PowerColor's Xear Audio Center. The amount of options are directly related to how much of the Devil HDX hardware you have installed. In this instance I have both the parent and daughter board connected to show all of the possible options. On the left side of the GUI are the input/output sources. With the daughter board installed, you have the option of using the speaker output from the parent or daughter card and gain the microphone input. Right clicking on the inpu/output will open a drop down menu that lets you investigate how granular you want to get with your adjustments to the sound. The speaker options are the same 14 items regardless of which one you choose. The S/PDIF output has just two options and the Microphone input allows for adjustment of up to four options. At the top of the window is an Audio Status panel that gives you information on input and output/playback, and capture currently applied settings.



The volume setting tab is just a standard slider arrangement, so I will skip that slide. Instead, let's start with the Speaker Setting tab. Here you can choose the speaker setup you are using. Options again are dependent on the hardware installed. Sample rate lets you choose from 44.1 to 192KHz and either 16 or 24-bit. The equalizer offers 12 different presets, with the option of saving your own preferences to a file.



Environment effects give the user 28 special environmental emulations so you can hear different sound reflection and reverberations. The 7.1 Virtual Speaker shifter is used to configure 7.1 speaker rotation in relation to the user location. Flex Bass II is used to "increase/decrease the LFE strength. This function can cut the low frequency band (50~250Hz) of stereo music content (ex. Mp3, WMA, CD Audio) and transfer to subwoofer or each speaker."



Xear SingFX is used to set up the system to use when having Karaoke night at your home. Xear Surround Speaker is used to simulate a surround environment when working with a two speaker setup. Xear Audio Brilliant is used to "restore the clarity and details of compressed audio in music, movies and games (MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, etc.)."



The Xear Dynamic Bass "can increase the bass reproduction capability of small speaker drivers by applying psychoacoustic techniques." Xear Smart Volume can be used to normalize sound levels of music to "reduce the frequencies required for volume adjustments on Televisions, Docking Speakers, PCs and other consumer products". Finally, Xear Voice Clarity can "increase clarity, intelligibility, and prominence of receiving voice in VOIP, game, music, or movies without suppressing or changing other audio."



By using some of this feature set, you can tailor the final sound quality to get the most out of the system speakers or headphones.

  1. PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card Closer Look: Continued
  3. PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card Closer Look: The Software
  4. PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card: Specifications & Features
  5. PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card Testing: Setup & Testing
  6. PowerColor Devil HDX PCIe Sound Card: Conclusion
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