Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim PCI Soundcard

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging
 
The packaging adorning the HDAV 1.3 Slim looks professional and interesting without being garish. A large picture of the card is present along with a bright blue label detailing the DTS and Dolby technologies included for the card.
 
hdav 1.3 box  hdav 1.3 rear box
 
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Asus have done a great job with the package inside of the box. Cardboard protects the delicate card inside the package and a compartment below the card houses the cables and bundle included.
 
box inside
 
A decent package even when sitting on a retail shelf, the card is sure to stand out and will give you all the information you need when deciding whether to purchase the card.
 
 
Package
 
Asus have provided the basics needed to use the HDAV 1.3 Slim, let's see what we have:
 
hdav slim bundle  hdav slim bundle 2
 
• DVI-D to HDMI cable
• Half height PCI back-plate
• Back-plate screws
• Digital Toslink to S/PDIF adaptor
• HDMI cable (0.5 Metre)
• Quick Start Guide
• Driver Disc
• ArcSoft Total Media Theatre
 
Everything is there to get you going, including an HDMI cable, albeit a very short HDMI cable.
 
 
Appearance
 
The Asus HDAV 1.3 slim is a non-descript looking card when compared to it's big brother. With no EMI shielding (which is of debatable value anyway) and a half height form factor, the HDAV 1.3 Slim doesn't boast much in the way of DACs or high end power handling either.
 
hdav 1.3 slim front  asus hdav slim rear
 
hdav slim close  hdav close up
 
The card features Asus's AV200 that we've seen on other digital cards from Asus. This chip features full HDCP 1.2 support and can output fully uncompressed HD Audio at 24.5 Mb/sec, currently the HDAV 1.3 Slim is the only card on the market that can do this.
 
HDMI/SP-DIF
 
Armed only with digital connections on-board, the HDAV 1.3 Slim will need a set of speakers with a digital in, be it coaxial, optical or HDMI. This means you will need an external decoder to decode the digtial output of the card. The HDAV 1.3 Slim outputs either digital PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby True HD.
 
Now let's see what we're testing this compact card with.
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Most Recent Comments

04-09-2009, 04:22:41

FarFarAway

Featuring full bitstreaming HD Audio and only digital connections on-board, will the slim version of Asus's HTPC sound card be a winner?



Link

04-09-2009, 05:33:10

Rastalovich

+ Fantastic high Def sound

+ Decent enough value for money



Think these are the key things. Good to see that the pass-thru is not molested. Tipping the balance is the bundle.

U spend cash on a card that u may think is borderline too much and it hasn't got a good bundle and it makes it worse.

It has a front panel header on the pcb, does that qualify as atleast half a point deduction from it not having an analogue output ?

Great review, like to see u get ur hands on a mobo with ALC889a, like a Gigabyte flavor, just to see how u like it in comparison.

04-09-2009, 06:22:22

FarFarAway
Yeah it gets half a point but I don't think a full point is warranted.

If a company wants to provide me with an ALC889a mobo I could review the audio, but I don't think they'd just be after an audio review

12-09-2009, 18:27:34

Rastalovich
Just an FYI (and tbh I can't believe it worked first time myself).

Got a thread to post in it's own right which may come sometime sunday, but:

Take 1x Abit IX48 GT3 (Onboard RealtekHD, just ALC888), DTS 5.1/7.1 available.

add 1x Quality built (even with loud cooler) EN9800GT gracious prize from ASUS

Throw in, Vista 64 bit, Q6600/4g.

Connect the spdif (optical) out from the onboard to the spdif (yep the gfxcard actually has an optical input aswell as a header for coax).

Download VLC, take a cheap 5m HDMI cable and connect it from ur Samsung L32 (setup as a 1920x1080i resolution), and hmmm we have audio whilst watching Matrix Revolution

Excuse the bumpage, but this hasn't worked since...

EDIT: Linky to HDMI cable 10 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Labgear-Premium-Gold-Plated-Cable/dp/B000GHOT86

19-05-2010, 05:03:03

hadesan
Might be my next addition to the HTPC...
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