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EVGA NU Audio Sound Card

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by V F, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. V F


    Joined: Aug 13, 2003

    Posts: 14,999

    Location: UK

    Audio DSP:
    • XMOS xCORE-200
    • Native DSD Support (up to x256)

    • Output Configuration:
    • 2 Channel (Analog)
    • 5.1 Channel (Digital via S/PDIF)

    • Dynamic Range (DNR) / Signal-to-Noise (SNR):
    • 123dB (Stereo Playback)
    • 121dB (Line-In Recording)

    • Playback Format:
    • Up to 384kHz, 32bit (Stereo)
    • Up to 192kHz, 24bit (Optical)

    • Headphone Amp:
    • 16-600ohm (Independent Analog Control)

    • Maximum Voltage:
    • 8Vrms

    • Maximum Current:
    • 250mA

    • Recording Format:
    • Up to 384kHz, 32bit (Line-In)
    • Up to 192kHz, 24bit (Mic-In)

    • RGB Lighting:
    • 10 - Mode w/ Audio Reactive Lighting

    • I/O:
    • Stereo Out (RCA L/R)
    • Headphone Out (6.3mm)
    • Line-In (3.5mm)
    • Mic-In (3.5mm)
    • Optical Out (TOSLINK Passthrough)
    • Front Panel Header

    • Premium Components:
    • DAC - AKM AK4493
    • ADC - AKM AK5572
    • OP-AMP (Headphone) - ADI OP275
    • OP-AMP (Line Out) - ADI AD8056
    • Capacitors - WIMA, Audio Note(UK), Nichicon
    • Power Regulators - Texas Instruments TPS7A47/TPS7A33 ultralow-noise power solution

    • Switchable OP-AMPs:
    • Headphone, Line out

    • Interface:
    • PCIe x1 Gen2

    • Power Connector:
    • 1x SATA Power

    • Supported OS:
    • Windows 10, 8.1, 7

    Available January 16, 2019

  2. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 9,107

    Location: South Yorkshire

    No price, for people who are really into the audio stuff is Audio Note someone you'd be excited to see their parts on this?
  3. V F


    Joined: Aug 13, 2003

    Posts: 14,999

    Location: UK

  4. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 4,632

    Location: Finland

    So sound card without sound card's features.
    But hey, you'll get gamer bling bling...
  5. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 59,101

    Never even heard of Audio Note myself - I use WIMA and Nichicon extensively though and rate them highly. The regulators are pretty decent and will make a big difference IMO compared to soundcards that barely filter the PC's 12/5V inputs.

    EDIT: Though a bit cramped the PCB does look like it is reasonably well laid out for the most part with some attempt to avoid parasitics and interference - they seem to have used Panasonic FC caps quite a bit which are good but I'd have liked to see Nichicon KZ in those positions (subjectively I find they do a little better).

    Nice to see the opamps on the final stage appear to be socketed so can be swapped out though the selection is good I'd probably change the 275 for the OPA1692 personally - I suspect the 275 was chosen due to its performance and DIP8 format as some of the other options aren't available in DIP8 so not easily socket mounted.

    Overall I quite like it - it is a bit bling for the sake of bling component wise but I've generally been happier with those setups over what engineering wise is "adequate" to do the job.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019
  6. R3X

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 9, 2013

    Posts: 2,052

    Looks stunning and with my luck probably does beat the AE5 since I only bought it recently !

    Wonder if the headphone amp and sound quality is better then the AE5, looking forward to reviews.
  7. Rossi~


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 17,639

    Swappable OPAmps is good, change these up to your preference if they leave it easy enough to do like the STX (which is still great).

    The chip itself (AK4493) is the upgraded/replacement to the AK4490 that is found in many discrete DACs, including some by Schiit. Read into that what you will, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be better (nor worse) than Schiit, there's other aspects to consider after all.

    Overall, glad to see more high quality soundcards are still being considered, even if they still market with all the buzzwords.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  8. DataVampire

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 4, 2005

    Posts: 1,375

    Location: Herefordshire

    Hmmmz worth upgrading from my asus essence stx2 7:1 ?
  9. Rossi~


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 17,639

  10. hobib_ali

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 26, 2010

    Posts: 1,010

    ill be getting this 100% to replace my old ZXR, ive changed my ZXR 3 times and not been happy with the result to alway turned back to the ZXR, hopefully I can buy this for the £190 asking price for elite EVGA members, otherwise it will cost around £230-£240
  11. Amidar

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 15, 2003

    Posts: 2,350

    Location: Darlington

    Just ordered mine from the EVGA EU webstore for 211.34 Euros including delivery :)
  12. R3X

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 9, 2013

    Posts: 2,052

    Please let us know if it is any good, am sure the full on reviews will compare to Creatives AE5 shortly too, am intrigued what EVGA can do.