Originally Posted by VampyreGTX
I bet they'll have a more than just a 'few' customers. Also, how about waiting to make a comparison to see the extra features I bet the Auzentech will have over the ASUS. They've had months to implement some of the features that ASUS owners have been whining about in their own card. If they didn't believe they would make money at that price-point, they most likley would have started it lower. I will guarantee you the card will sell quite well. I'm considering purchasing it when it releases, solely since I use W7 and arcsoft will have nothing to do with my OS for months still.
Oh... what's your Xonar go for now... still looks like about 230-240 and people are still buying it. Just because you bought a faulty card before, doesn't mean the current, fully or even 'mostly' functional cards (asus and soon auzentech) aren't worth the 250 price point still.
Not sure what your definition of 'quite well' is, but I cannot imagine any such definition from a business case standpoint. Companies can and do make horrendous mistakes regarding market size, ROI and so on and from the look of it Auzen has done so here. Their site still says it includes a Power DVD Trial
which means you have to drop another $70 or so just to use the thing making the actual price more like $320. Not a good deal at all, and most of us are savvy enough to understand that.
While I would like a card that has good gaming support the fact is that fewer and fewer games are being written for EAX so the advantage of using the X-Fi chipset is pretty small. I don't use my HTPC for gaming anyway. In fact, I cannot imagine what features you are describing that this card would do any differently than the ASUS card. 24P? Nope, the Asus has that. Bitstreaming? Right... VMC support? By the time this card is released Asus will either have it working again or it will be shortly thereafter. I am scratching my head to figure out what meaningful feature it might have that the HDAV does not.
If the ASUS slim card comes out in the next couple of weeks as has been suggested then the Auzen card will be a very expensive option with little value to back up the extra expense. I doubt very much they will ever make back their investment. Let's do the math. 100 of the cards brings in a gross of $25K, but less than half of that will go to Auzen. They will have to sell many more than that to make $100K back and I suspect development costs well over that - I am an engineer at a company that develops high end audio systems for business jets and I can tell you development costs can be quite high for a product like this.
Add in that there will no doubt be more competition from the video card makes at some point soon and I am comfortable that this card will not earn back the investment Auzen made in it.
Remember, this is just my opinion. It may not be worth much to you. Not even sure it is worth much to me...