I’ve been beating myself up a bit this week as I thought I’d wasted my money on a Auzentech Prelude 7.1 videocard in my new media center PC, as it wouldn’t help me play the new HD audio formats like Doly TrueHD and DTS HD, that offer superior sound quality over older Dolby formats.
However, after doing some research today I think by accident I’ve purchased the correct card as Auzentech will be launching later the Auzentech HDMI X-Tension extension card that will connect to my Auzentech Prelude card, allowing it to support HDMI 1.3 and Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD.
HDMI 1.3 is the latest HDMI format that supports the new lossless audio formats, as well as providing automatic audio syncing and better image quality.Â At the moment only hi-spec HD-DVD (hang onto these soon to be collectors items!) and Blu-ray support HDMI 1.3.Â Luckily I also purchased a HD 3870 video card that has a HDMI output, so the video from the GPU will be connected to the X-Tension and added to the audio from the Prelude card and sent to my receiver via a single HDMI cable.
I can’t wait until the X-Tension card comes out for my prelude soundcard so I can access the better quality soundtracks on my discs.Â The new setup I’ve purchased to play my discs is just crying out for it’s first run.Â I’ve got an amazing new Yamaha RX-V1800 to plug my new Media Center into, as well as a SVS 6.1 speaker system with upgraded front speakers and crazy SVS subwoofer…..
Luckily I’ll be one of the first people to move into my new block, otherwise I think the other neighbours will boot me out!