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Since the thread is getting some action, I've edited the current price as of 29 Dec 06:

 

 

$81.99 3 Business Day Shipping $5.69

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16829156001

 

AuzenTech XPlosion 7.1 Channels, 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

 

Original Price: $114.99

Instant Savings: -$40.00

 

$74.99

 

3 Business Day Shipping $5.69

(Not available in HI, AK and PR)

 

Outside of CA USA, 81 bucks, no tax.

 

(I had to pay CA USA tax, so it was 86 for me).

 

Sale is due to new card coming out: http://www.driverheaven.net/showthread.php?t=119630

Drivers: http://www.auzentech.com/site/download/mannuals.php

Op-Amp thread (applies to Xplo): http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums.../m/368004071831

So, if you want to upgade your op-amps:

Replacing Your Operational Amplifier s(OPAMPs)

 

Note that if you drive an external receiver through the digital S/PDIF output, this sound card upgrade is not for you. But if you drive multi-channel speakers directly from the analog outputs of the Auzentech X-Mystique and X-Plosion sound cards, this upgrade can make the analog signal stronger and clearer. Recordings have greater detail and accuracy and expansion and separation will be improved in the soundstage.

 

For this sound card upgrade we recommend the Texas Instruments / Burr Brown OPA2134PA. You will need six in total to upgrade the OPAMPs on your X-Mystique or X-Plosion card. Visit http://www.digikey.com/ to purchase your OPAMPs. Search for OPA2134PA at digikey.

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Excellent sound card, I highly recommend it. Totally worth the $130 I paid for it a few months ago.

 

Auzentech has also done a very good job of getting driver fixes out, and supports both x64 and Vista.

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Damn, great deal!

 

If they shipped to canada, i would have already ordered one :(

 

Too ba they are $150CAD at ncix....my audigy 2 zs will have to do me for a while.

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Damn, great deal!

 

If they shipped to canada, i would have already ordered one :(

 

Too ba they are $150CAD at ncix....my audigy 2 zs will have to do me for a while.

 

I don't know why NewEgg doesn't ship up there, it's a huge customer base just waiting to be tapped.

 

EDIT: ncix should lower their prices too, as this is a auzentech flush of the supply channels.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16829156001

 

AuzenTech XPlosion 7.1 Channels, 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

 

Original Price: $114.99

Instant Savings: -$40.00

 

$74.99

 

3 Business Day Shipping $5.69

(Not available in HI, AK and PR)

 

Outside of CA USA, 81 bucks, no tax.

 

(I had to pay CA USA tax, so it was 86 for me).

 

Sale is due to new card coming out: http://www.driverheaven.net/showthread.php?t=119630

Drivers: http://www.auzentech.com/site/download/mannuals.php

Op-Amp thread (applies to Xplo): http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums.../m/368004071831

So, if you want to upgade your op-amps:

Replacing Your Operational Amplifier s(OPAMPs)

 

Note that if you drive an external receiver through the digital S/PDIF output, this sound card upgrade is not for you. But if you drive multi-channel speakers directly from the analog outputs of the Auzentech X-Mystique and X-Plosion sound cards, this upgrade can make the analog signal stronger and clearer. Recordings have greater detail and accuracy and expansion and separation will be improved in the soundstage.

 

For this sound card upgrade we recommend the Texas Instruments / Burr Brown OPA2134PA. You will need six in total to upgrade the OPAMPs on your X-Mystique or X-Plosion card. Visit http://www.digikey.com/ to purchase your OPAMPs. Search for OPA2134PA at digikey.

 

 

Why would this card not be for people that use optical or spdif through an external reciever? This is the only card that supports DTS and Dolby over a single digital cable. If anyting, this is THE ONLY card for people running digital audio home theater systems.

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Why would this card not be for people that use optical or spdif through an external reciever? This is the only card that supports DTS and Dolby over a single digital cable. If anyting, this is THE ONLY card for people running digital audio home theater systems.

 

Beats me, I didn't catch that before. The main reason I purchased this card was because it had this capability, both DTS Connect and DDL sound amazing through it, far superior for both music and games, as well as movies.

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Why would this card not be for people that use optical or spdif through an external reciever

I think it is in reference to the op-amp upgrade.

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I think it is in reference to the op-amp upgrade.

 

Ah, good point. I thought about doing it a while back, but I can't really see any reason to use multiple cables when the optical works just fine...

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Were there any ABX tests done on the op amp upgrade, between a card with and without it? Placebo plays a huge role in this, I've seen it a lot. Before ABX, I actually knew someone who thought WAV and AIFF sounded different. Because the terms he uses to describe it sound a lot like placebo.

 

Maybe it does make a great difference, but in electronics, everything can be measured. Unlike speakers where it's impossible to fully measure what make sound different than another, it's rather easy to see what is done to the signal differently with different op amps. Has anyone done an ABX test, or measured it, or said it sounded different with no real basis?

 

I'm not dissing the card, I've never tried it, but I've always been audio tech first, computer second, so if I could save someone the aggravation of going through a pointless upgrade(assuming it is pointless, I have yet to see proof of it being so or not yet), good. :)

 

The M-Audio Revolution 7.1, now known as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16829121122 does a bit better in RMAA than that one, and has better stock op amps. It's also cheaper, I have to recommend it over this card. It's lacking in EAX though, so if the Auzentech card has EAX effects that can go head to head with the Audigy, perhaps it is the better deal.

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Were there any ABX tests done on the op amp upgrade, between a card with and without it? Placebo plays a huge role in this, I've seen it a lot. Before ABX, I actually knew someone who thought WAV and AIFF sounded different. Because the terms he uses to describe it sound a lot like placebo.

 

Maybe it does make a great difference, but in electronics, everything can be measured. Unlike speakers where it's impossible to fully measure what make sound different than another, it's rather easy to see what is done to the signal differently with different op amps. Has anyone done an ABX test, or measured it, or said it sounded different with no real basis?

 

I'm not dissing the card, I've never tried it, but I've always been audio tech first, computer second, so if I could save someone the aggravation of going through a pointless upgrade(assuming it is pointless, I have yet to see proof of it being so or not yet), good. :)

 

The M-Audio Revolution 7.1, now known as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16829121122 does a bit better in RMAA than that one, and has better stock op amps. It's also cheaper, I have to recommend it over this card. It's lacking in EAX though, so if the Auzentech card has EAX effects that can go head to head with the Audigy, perhaps it is the better deal.

 

you link to a 5.1

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