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|Item model number||SD-PEX63081|
|Item Weight||7.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.6 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.6 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches|
|Color||7.1 Surround Sound|
|Audio-out Ports (#)||1|
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Syba SD-PEX63081 7.1 Surround Sound PCIe Sound Card, S/PDIF In & Out CM8828 Chipset
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- Based on CM8828 multichannel Audio Processor
- Based on C-Media CM9882A 8-Channel HDA CODEC
- Sampling rate up to 24-bit and 192 KHz for both playing back and recording
- Ports: Line-in, front out, side Surround out, center/base out, rear Surround out, Microphone input, s/PDIF & digital coaxial input, s/PDIF & digital coaxial output
- Headers: 4-pin analog CD-in (L-G-G-R), 9-pin Intel HD front panel Audio, 4-pin analog CD-in (G-R-G-L)
- Based on CM8828 Multichannel Audio Processor
- Based on C-Media CM9882A 8-Channel HDA Codec
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This multi-channel PCI-Express sound card is a versatile PCI-Express 24bit multi-channel audio controller that brings you computer at par with the fidelity of state-of-the-art home audio electronics. It provides surround sound output and crystal-clear audio quality for playback and recording. Some of the typical applications for this part are computer based High fidelity multi-channel audio, home theater and entertainment, cost effective multi-track audio, PC-based data acquisition, waveform generation.
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Bought for gaming and multimedia use.
Excellent value for the money.
Hardware is solid
Have not had any compatibility issues so far
Driver installation process was fussy, Win 7 setup was smooth, but Win 10 install required some troubleshooting to get working,
Software works but is goofy, weird transparency for no apparent reason, some text hard to read, ridiculous number of identical logos on info page.
Long cable to daughter card is good or bad depending on how your slots are arranged.
I don't know if other reviewers were expecting automatic upmixing of 2 channel sources to 5.1 or 7.1 output, but the built in Windows drivers aren't going to do this. It also doesn't automatically decode Dolby Digital or DTS (due to legal concerns) without purchased software like some paid DVD decoders, and optical output is limited to 2 channels unless encoded with Dolby Digital or DTS. The C-Media software (the people who made the controller chip) might do this, but be aware you'll need something to decode it on the other end--a PC with DVD software like I mentioned above or a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver. Don't blame the manufacturer of the card because you don't have much experience with computer audio.
Don't expect audiophile quality, but the cheapest presumably decent-sounding PCIe card with optical in was 4x more expensive, and my goto brand for audio quality, HT Omega, doesn't even make one. So, if you need something serviceable with optical in or something cheap to replace onboard sound, I recommend this.
One thing that might be an issue for some people is the fact that all the connectors aren't on the same backplate. It comes with a second one that must be connected to the first by a short included cable. However, this fact is clearly visible from the picture on the product page. I'm writing this review months after I tossed the box and I can't remember if it came with half-height backplates. Anyway, if your slots are already packed, you might be in trouble.
In the end, I rate it five stars. Don't get me wrong, five stars aren't for outstanding audio quality, just more (working) features than I expected for the price. I try to rate things on a relative scale.
There was something I thought of that I wanted to add: Recent versions of Windows (at least from Windows 7 in my personal experience) reliably support multiple sound devices. So, you can, and I do, use this card purely as an optical input, and use the marginally better onboard analog output for the speakers. You can also put in a second card, even a different brand or type, and use this as an input, and the other card for output or additional inputs. Be aware that multiple inputs may or may not mix simultaneously, depending on the setup. I've experienced both. If it doesn't, you will have to manually switch the input source in Windows. There are supposedly software "hacks" that may let you get around this, but I've never got them to work. Anyway, one nice thing about this particular card is that the optical jacks are on the main card, so if you don't need the speaker jacks you don't even need to plug the second bracket in. That saves a slot on your motherboard for another card or USB/etc. bracket.
UPDATE: I asked Amazon for a replacement. It came in two days, no extra charge. Thank you Amazon! I installed the two sound cards (main and front satellite). Closed computer case and plugged in all cables including the audio cable (Digital - S/PDIF Out for my computer), except the power. I turned on my receiver and speakers, set them to Digital In, then plugged in the computer power. Windows 10 found the card on start-up and installed the appropriate drivers (listed with no conflicts in Windows Device Manager). I did not install the proprietary drivers and software from the included disk or website. (This card is not found on the driver website as listed in the instructions!). My PC has it's own third party audio control software and I didn't want the card's proprietary software to conflict with the existing software. My audio software recognized the S/PDIF Out and I set it as the default. I haven't tried the analog mini-plugs yet for the 7.1. I bought the card for the Digital Out to my 7.1 receiver. So far so good, with strong, clear surround sound.
but it does what it should most of the time.
I got it as a warehouse deal, and it didn't include the mini sized plates (the plates I actually need for my application) so I had to make some.
Description said "some parts may be missing" or something like that so I didn't deduct a star for that.
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