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M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Surround Sound PCI Card ( PC / Mac )

by M-Audio

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  • Output for up to 7 powered speakers plus powered subwoofer
  • 7.1 places speakers both beside and behind the listener, for an incredible immersive sound experience
  • Includes Dolby Digital EX DVD Player software for Windows
  • Also supports 4.1, 5.1 & 6.1 formats
  • Full support for Microsoft Windows Media Audio 9 Professional
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Product Description

Audiophile quality 24-bit/192kHz audio playback / Supports pro 2-channel 24-bit recording / Dolby Digital 5.1 output

Product Details

Product Manual [879kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00008DD20
  • Item model number: 991203
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,073 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2003

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

There are no (not even beta) drivers and the Windows XP/64 drivers do not work.
M. Camacho
Their forum has a reply by an Maudio tech who says that they don't supply dates for driver updates to be completed.
Canada user Amazon_com
To be honest this thing sounds much better than anything I have ever heard from Creative.
Benjamin J. Borton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2004
I've been looking around for an el cheapo sound card, and I came across this M-Audio 7.1 card (I know, not exactly cheap). Anyways, this is not so much a review as it is buying advice and information. If you look at the used products for this card, there is a Chaintech 7.1 card being offered under this product listing. This sounded fishy to me so I looked into this card. Turns out, the M-Audio is very similar to this Chaintech sound card, using the same audio processor; the Envy24HT chipset. However, the M-Audio supports true 24 bit sound on the analog outputs, whereas the cheaper Chaintec is limited to 18 bit on the analog outs. (the analog outs are where the typical PC speakers are connected to). But, this gets more confusing. First, the Chaintec can support 24 bit/192 khz sound on analog, but only in 2.1 speaker mode, whereas the M-audio can do it 2,4,5,or 7.1 speaker mode. But this is only for the analog output. Why you ask? Well, the analog signal must pass through a DAC, or digital to analog converter in order to translate the audio signal for playback, and the M-Audio uses a better DAC than the Chaintec for channels 1-6. However, the Chaintec uses a better DAC on channels 7-8 (the Wolfgang DAC) hence it can support true 24/192 sound on these two channels. Aside from this analog issue, the M-Audio is known to have problems on its SPDIF output (this is the output on the card that connects to a digital connection like coax or toslink). So, for people who want a sound card to connect to your receiver or an amp, this becomes a drawback (although M-Audio is working on a fix for this problem through soon to be released drivers). Practially speaking, it's not a huge problem, but it'll bug audiophiles because the digital output on the M-Audio does not have native support for ASIO.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Euler Operator on September 22, 2005
After months and years of frustration with balky, expensive, poorly sounding sound cards from that 'creative' company, I finally gave up and did my homework. M-Audio has been in the business for a long time, but most of there gear is specialty items. At just the right time came just the right product. This is an excellent sound card--the specs you can read, but hearing is believing.

The difference is just incredible. You don't know what you're missing in your music until you try out this sound card. Absolutely no distortion, dead quiet background noise, and silky smooth, flat wide response. Listening to a lot of jazz, blues, classical and acoustic music demands the very best of a sound system. With the Revolution card, I can hear musical detail that just wasn't there before. I don't need to turn up the volume (although it's a lot of fun) to hear the rhythm section and background instruments. The splash of cymbals, the clank of a cow bell, or the strings of an acoustic bass are right there in front of you. You'll want the best quality speakers or headphones to get the most out of this card.

Great user interface / control panel. The control panel is cleanly designed and easy to understand. You can see the input signal strength independently of setting the output volume and avoid overdriving the DACs. There are a bunch of surround sound synthesis options which work very well--even with headphones.

I went for the 7.1, but the 5.1 would be fine for most applications and at a (street) price 1/3 of the high-end SB cards.

Well done M-Audio. It's about time someone showed SB how to do it right.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2003
This is best card going.I knew about the company from recording
school.It will be awhile before people catch on to the fact that
M-Audio makes proffesional sound cards and audio interfaces for
digital multi-track recording.Creative is just dabbling compared
to these people.There is no break out box or midi game port,you
will need usb controller.Every current sound format for games
and dvd is covered!192khz is well beyond Audigy 2 and it is far
superior in audio output than any other card going.Easy as sin
to get up and running and yes it runs on XP.Make sure you got XP
service pack 1 installed and you will have zero problems as long
as you properly disable your on board sound.Don't load the dri-
vers on the disk,go to their site and download the current XP
drivers and then shut down and install the card.The digital coax
and mic/line inputs will allow you to run external equipment in
and then out through the card,that's why there's no need for the
break out box and also how they can offer it so cheap.Believe me
the sound is beyond compare.Do yourself a favor though and buy
quality speakers...The sound will smoke your digital home thea-
ter receiver and that is no B.S.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo Jones on October 29, 2004
If you're primary concern is music and you don't play any games AND you have a FAST (2Ghz processor +), this is the best sound card you can buy for the $$. If you play any games which need EAX support, don't even think about buying this card. Buy yourself an Audigy 2 ZS and be happy. Finally--your PC needs a fast processor--this thing takes some speed.

I upgraded from a SB Live 5.1 to this card and my Logitech Z-560's sound amazing now...they were good before, but now there is so much more depth and clarity, its amazing!!
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