Asus introduced the Xonar HDAV1.3 that is the world’s first HDMI-ready sound card. Runs on a PCI Express x1 slot, the Xonar HDAV1.3 is able to decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio at 24-bit, 96-192 Khz and deliver up to 7.1 channel of surround sound. It is powered by Asus’ AV200 codec chip.
There is a deluxe edition of the sound card, which comes with also an additional HDAV H6 surround channel expansion card.
To reduce noise Asus uses analog audio with 120db signal-to-noise ratio with distortion as low as 0.0004% on all 7.1 channels. To handle the video portion of Blu-ray discs ASUS integrates a Splendid HD video processor that provides a clear image form Blu-ray titles without having to rely on the CPU of a computer.