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NU EVGA sound card

Don't know if this was posted already but looks interesting.

https://www.evga.com/articles/01281/evga-nu-audio/
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The NU audio software is very basic for a $250 sound card. I see sound cards that cost less, that have more features. I can't see any feature or exclusive feature NU audio software that's geared towards gamers or people that would use the sound card for home entertainment.

I don't see anything about:
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Virtual Speaker
Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Headphone
DTS setup
Scout mode
Microphone morph options


I won't be surprised if we see this sound card for under $180 within 6 months. Audiophiles recommend going with external Amp & DAC setup for listening to music. Gamers that would spend $100+ on a sound card, they like features gears towards them. The average gamers is happy with onboard audio quality or they have a USB headset. Maybe i'm missing something but i just can't see what makes evga nu audio card worth $250.
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Quote: Originally Posted by MSim View Post
The NU audio software is very basic for a $250 sound card. I see sound cards that cost less, that have more features. I can't see any feature or exclusive feature NU audio software that's geared towards gamers or people that would use the sound card for home entertainment.

I don't see anything about:
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Virtual Speaker
Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Headphone
DTS setup
Scout mode
Microphone morph options


I won't be surprised if we see this sound card for under $180 within 6 months. Audiophiles recommend going with external Amp & DAC setup for listening to music. Gamers that would spend $100+ on a sound card, they like features gears towards them. The average gamers is happy with onboard audio quality or they have a USB headset. Maybe i'm missing something but i just can't see what makes evga nu audio card worth $250.
Yeah, if the software is limited to just this EQ basically in the marketing page pictures, there's no reason why I would get this card over the AE-5.

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$250 for a "HiFi" stereo soundcard which has pretty much the same functionalities as an external DAC/amp? That's a pretty hefty price-tag for a product that can only used with PC, and it doesn't even have any Dolby/DTS licensing (although who cares about that when HDMI is already making them obsolete).

At least the output impedance and power delivery is good for headphones (if the given info is correct about the output impedance being a fraction of an ohm).
But there are massive amounts of HiFi competitors in the same price-bracket, like Massdrop O2+SDAC, Aune X1s, Schiit Stack, Topping DX3 Pro, Burson Play, etc.
And every one of the competitors would most likely be a superior option compared to the NU soundcard.

Oh lord, it even requires a SATA connector for power.
At that point I would just buy a Burson Play for $250 as it has exactly the same features as the NU, but it can also be used either as an internal (in the drive bay of the PC-case) or external solution.

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Oh lord, it even requires a SATA connector for power.
I guess this is the "EVGA's psu knowledge" for better audio.

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I actually really like the look of it in a case next to an EVGA GPU...

Except it doesnt offer anything substantial over other devices available, requires a SATA power cable, the front panel HD Audio connector is on the side and ruins the aesthetic, and its $250.
Just buy a Fiio E10K for like $60 and enjoy a pocket full of saved cash.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post
$250 for a "HiFi" stereo soundcard which has pretty much the same functionalities as an external DAC/amp? That's a pretty hefty price-tag for a product that can only used with PC, and it doesn't even have any Dolby/DTS licensing (although who cares about that when HDMI is already making them obsolete).

At least the output impedance and power delivery is good for headphones (if the given info is correct about the output impedance being a fraction of an ohm).
But there are massive amounts of HiFi competitors in the same price-bracket, like Massdrop O2+SDAC, Aune X1s, Schiit Stack, Topping DX3 Pro, Burson Play, etc.
And every one of the competitors would most likely be a superior option compared to the NU soundcard.

Oh lord, it even requires a SATA connector for power.
At that point I would just buy a Burson Play for $250 as it has exactly the same features as the NU, but it can also be used either as an internal (in the drive bay of the PC-case) or external solution.
The SATA power connector is weird. Creative AE-5 has a 4-pin molex connector. It's only required if you plan on using the RGB led strip included with the sound card.
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It says that it uses USB protocol, so your computer will think it's just a normal USB DAC. I think they really need some software DSP to go along with it for the price I'm sure it's going to cost.

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It says that it uses USB protocol, so your computer will think it's just a normal USB DAC. I think they really need some software DSP to go along with it for the price I'm sure it's going to cost.
The card uses XMOS xCore-200 USB-controller... for example O2+SDAC uses XU208 USB-controller which also belongs to the Xcore-200 series.

$150 vs. $250
same functionalities, the only difference is that the NU has the optical output (which has no DDL/DTS encoding support). Of course there is the mic input too, but with a $250 price tag you should be already using a high-end USB table mic.

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