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Well, I found some pretty exciting news today for the Audio part of my home media pc setup.


the "C-Media CMI8768/PCI-8ch+ PCI chipset (8CH audio single chip with Dolby Digital Live Real-Time Contents Encoder, The World First Dolby Digital Live support PCI audio chipset)" in now avlibale in a commercial PCI card for PC's.


A review at:
http://www.elitebastards.com/page.php?pageid=11421


I'm sure this "X Mystique" branded card is/will not be the only one to end up using this chipset, so I thought it woudl be suitable to start a thread dedicated to all cards using this chipset. So please contribute with other comments, brands, reviews and prices to this thread.


I am sorely tempted to run out and get one even though I just got my Envy24 Chaintech pci card and very happy with that. The idea of gettign digital out with 3d sound to my cinema amp for pc games is a very very nice prosepct.


I have only found two USA retailers that have the card, newegg and xoxide. Both at the $100 mark.



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ok, AOPEN make a pci soudn card using the same chip?


see: http://usa.aopen.com/products/sound/CobraAW870LP.htm


Anyone knwo if it does dolby digial live in hard ware as well? It is only $25 in the USA.
EDIT: ok, probably not.


I am gettingo the bottom of this....


It looks like Cmedia makes 2 chips with very similar model numbers.


See their english product page:
http://www.cmedia.com.tw/e_product_01.htm


There are:

CMI8768+ 8CH High-Performance PCI Audio Single chip

CMI8768 8CH High-Performance PCI Audio Single chip


It is the CMI8768+ that does 3d sound encoding in hardware.
 

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i like the mystique with my 5.1 resciever onkyo and 5.1 headphones guillimont. its good for movies and games, but it makes surround sound in music nice as well.
 

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Originally Posted by nemiHTPC
Edit :

ok, AOPEN make a pci soudn card using the same chip?


see: http://usa.aopen.com/products/sound/CobraAW870LP.htm


Anyone knwo if it does dolby digial live in hard ware as well? It is only $25 in the USA.
EDIT: ok, probably not.


I am gettingo the bottom of this....


It looks like Cmedia makes 2 chips with very similar model numbers.


See their english product page:
http://www.cmedia.com.tw/e_product_01.htm


There are:

CMI8768+ 8CH High-Performance PCI Audio Single chip

CMI8768 8CH High-Performance PCI Audio Single chip


It is the CMI8768+ that does 3d sound encoding in hardware.


Hrmmm saw this link:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...g&cm_ite=total



Says "Supports real time Dolby Digital Live 7.1 output"


But no CMI8768+


"CMI8768/PCI-8ch HRTF audio chipset"



Thinking about risking 30$ and trying it...
 

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New driver on C-Media's site...FINALLY!

http://www.cmedia.com.tw/download/OS_e-cmi8768.htm


version 5.12.01.0046.5.1, dated 10/28/2005


C-Media has finally started putting drivers up for this chip! It comes in the form of a 2 meg setup.exe with just a driver only install. No fancy demos and stuff. I've been using it for a couple days now with no problems. It does include 64 Voice hardware sound, instead of the 16 voices of the earlier drivers.


Just FYI.
 

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New driver on C-Media's site...FINALLY!

http://www.cmedia.com.tw/download/OS_e-cmi8768.htm


version 5.12.01.0046.5.1, dated 10/28/2005


C-Media has finally started putting drivers up for this chip! It comes in the form of a 2 meg setup.exe with just a driver only install. No fancy demos and stuff. I've been using it for a couple days now with no problems. It does include 64 Voice hardware sound, instead of the 16 voices of the earlier drivers.


Just FYI.
Does that driver by any chance have support for ASIO? I don't think Bluegears will ever get around to adding it to the X-Mystique drivers.
 

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Does that driver by any chance have support for ASIO? I don't think Bluegears will ever get around to adding it to the X-Mystique drivers.
I don't know if the X-Mystique is a reference board. If it's not, then these might not work. According to this post , there are new 64-bit drivers for the X-Mystique, with 32-bit drivers on the way. No word about ASIO, but who knows?
 
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