Thursday, September 4, 2008

Asus Launches Xonar HDAV1.3 in India

Asus has announced the launch of
audio/video enhancement combo card - the Xonar HDAV1.3 in India. As per the
company claim, this is the world's first HDMI 1.3a compliant combo card. The
card is capable of outputting uncompressed multi-channel high definition audio
from Blu-ray movies. It also enhances video with an onboard Splendid HD

About the launch of this new product, Vinay Shetty, business
manager (Components), Asus India, said, "The Xonar HDAV1.3 provides enhanced
audio visual performance in one single card. With the launch of this card, we
are diversifying our product portfolio to provide effective multimedia solutions
to all end users."

The card features Protected Audio Playback Systems
(PAPS) and full Advanced Access Content System (AACS) certification. Without
both certifications, typical PCs must down-sample Blu-ray audio to DVD quality
(48K/16bit). The PCI Express based Xonar HDAV1.3 is designed for next generation
home theater PCs (HTPC); and is equipped with AV200 audio processor and HDMI1.3a
certified HD video processor.

The Xonar HDAV1.3 comes with a 3 years
warranty and will be available for an approximate end-user price of Rs. 15,300.
It will be distributed nationwide through Rashi Peripherals.