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Audio Performance
Output SNR
?
124 dB
124 dB
109 dB
112 dB
117 dB
109 dB
100 dB
113 dB
Input SNR
?
118 dB
118 dB
 
98 dB
115 dB
 
100 dB
113 dB
Output THD (%)
?
0.0003
0.0003
0.0004
0.0006
0.001
0.001
0.002
0.002
Input THD (%)
?
0.0002
0.0002
 
 
0.006
0.003
0.002
0.0006
Frequency Response
?
10Hz to 90kHz @ 192kHz
10Hz to 90kHz @ 192KHz
10Hz to 46kHz @ 96kHz
10Hz to 42kHz @ 96kHz
10Hz to 46kHz @ 96kHz
40Hz to 15kHz
40Hz to 15kHz
20Hz to 20kHz @ 48kHz
Output Full-Scale Voltage
?
2 Vrms
2 Vrms
 
3 Vrms
2 Vrms
3 Vrms
2 Vrms
4 Vrms
Op-amps
?
Swappable
Swappable
 
Swappable
 
Swappable
SMD
Swappable
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
 
 
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/192kHz
Recording
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
24-bit/96kHz
 
N/A
24-bit/192kHz
Analog-to-Digital Converter
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
 
24-bit/96kHz
N/A
 
Digital-to-Analog Converter
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/192kHz
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
N/A
 
S/PDIF Output
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
 
 
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
 
Stereo Playback
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
Multi Channel Playback
 
 
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
S/PDIF Input
 
 
 
 
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
 
I/O Ports
3.5mm Output
?
Adaptor
Adaptor
4
4
4
1
1
 
6.3mm Output
?
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
4
6.3 mm Input
?
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
2
Front Audio
?
1
1
2x 5-pin
10-pin
 
10-pin
10-pin
 
S/PDIF Output Optical
?
Adaptor
Adaptor
1
 
1
1
 
 
S/PDIF Combo Output
?
1
1
 
1
 
1
1
1
RCA Output
?
1 L/R
 
 
 
1 L/R
1 L/R
 
 
S/PDIF Input Optical
?
 
 
1
 
1
1
1
 
S/PDIF Combo Input
?
 
 
 
 
 
1
1
 
3.5mm Input (MIC)
?
 
 
1
2
1
1
2
 
Headphones Port
?
 
 
Integrated
1
1
1
1
 
Features
Interface Type
?
PCI Express
PCI
PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI
PCI
Processor
?
ASUS AV100
ASUS AV100
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity
Creative X-Fi CA20K
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity
Creative 20k2
C-Media CMI8788
 
7.1 Channel Sound Output
?
Karaoke
?
 
 
 
 
Vocal Effects
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stereo to Surround Sound
?
Dolby, Xear 3D
Dolby, Xear 3D
CMSS - 3D
 
CMSS - 3D
CMSS - 3D
Xear 3D, DTS
 
Digital Audio Intermediary between PC and Home Theater
?
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
 
 
Digital Audio Intermediary between soundcard and software.
?
ASIO
ASIO
ASIO
ASIO
 
 
 
ASIO, GSIF
WDM
?
 
 
 
 
 
API Compliant Standards
OpenAL
?
 
 
A3D 1.0
?
 
 
 
 
 
DirectSound
?
 
 
 
Dolby Headphone
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dolby Digital Live
?
 
 
ASIO 2.0
?
 
 
DTS (Digital Theater Systems)
?
 
 
 
 
DTS Neo:PC
?
 
 
 
 
 
EAX
?
 
 
v5.0 HD
v5.0 HD
v5.0 HD
v5.0 HD
v1.0, 2.0