I have seen a picture of it, courtesy of www.audiomidi.com, NAMM 2001 coverage. Try it. Only 100kB pix.
Appears to be an all-on-one PCB. Can't tell the codec but appears to be a single IC, not stereo pairs. So it appears they focused on cost but will it match the more expensive Delta1010? I would guess it should be somewhere between the Audiophile and the 1010.
This is good as the 1010 seems to be a dead end. at least for WINDVD. Shelina from Intervideo keeps e-mailing me that they do not support the card even for Dolby Digital, and I cannot get WINDVD 2000M to turn opn for anything other than stereo.
As Cliff has an in with M-Auduio, would suggest that they include the following in their software:
1. Dolby digital decoding for DVD and HDTV
2. DTS decoding for DVD and CD
3. Ambience extraction for external audio and CD's
4. 24/96 decoding dor Audio DVD's
If they can do this, they would take over the functions of external pre-pro's costing several thousand dollars and it would be a real winner.
If it just does Dolby Digital, it will be worthless. Bill
Thanks Soren. I too agree that the 1010 outputs the best digital sound I've had the pleasure of hearing, including top of the line high end audio digital decoders I've reviewed. I'm wondering whether the problem with WINDVD 2000M is because I use the ASUS board and their software includes an OEM version of WINDVD. I hate fooling around with it noe as I'm getting such good results from Power DVD 3.0 and Intervideo through their help e-mail claims that they don't support this board. Will probably wait until I get the DTS version. Thanks. Bill
Bill, the OEM versions are almost always missing DD decoding, because it means a licence payment to Dolby. If you upgrade to the full version it should work fine. Note that neither PowerDVD nor WinDVD have specific support for any 6-channel cards - they just support the generic Windows WDM 6-channel spec, and all cards that fit that spec work. Since the 1010 has WDM drivers, it should (and does, in my experience) work with all software capable of outputting 6 channels.
From the photo it seems like this card is offers 8 analog ins and outs plus S/PDIF in and out. Note that there's no separate DAC unit, and according to Cliff it's based on Envy24. So in other words, this card is a 1010 with the DACs built onto the PCI card itself - a budget version of the 1010. It will probably have marginally worse sound quality but will be much cheaper. Also hopefully it will mean some new investment is put into the drivers.
Since it's so similar to the 1010 and all the existing Delta cards use a single driver today, I would bet that the new drivers will work perfectly with the 1010.
I donâ€™t have a prototype card yet. Talked with the project manager last week and they are discussing the analog interface to be used for the Theater card. If they leave it in the current configuration I could have a card in about a month or it they change the interface a new PC board would have to be designed. Iâ€™ve upgraded my receiver to a 7.1 getting ready to test the new soundcard.
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