Wrapped around a C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD PCI Audio Processor and still using a PCI slot to avoid the use of a bridge chip to allow a PCIe version the new Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G looks to improve the already impressive performance of the original. It is just as powerful and tweakable as the original, though they did shave the headphone amplifier off, so [H]ard|OCP has no qualms recommending this card for anyone who needs to update an older soundcard. They do caution that the difference between this card and the previous generation from Auzentech, or indeed from almost any manufacturer, is so slight that users of modern C-Media 8788 cards don’t need to upgrade.
"Auzentech promises to deliver the second generation high performance PCI audio card that will let you know the difference between audio that sounds great and audio that sounds perfect. We put Auzentech’s new card to the test."
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