Thursday, April 9, 2009
While Blu-ray drives for the desktop PC aren't commonplace yet but once prices come down, it won't be long before we're using our PC's as machines for playing back HD content.
While it's not a Blu-ray drive, Asus has just introduced another component in the jigsaw of cool gadgets you need for true HD Blu-ray playback on your PC - the Xonar HDAV 1.3 sound-card.
Asus claims that it's the first company to offer hardware-based support for Dolby TrueHD's lossless compression, and will output the bitstream information to an AV receiver. The company also says that this cool gadget also supports most graphics cards on the market and allows for the delivery of both video and audio outputs through a single HDMI cable.
To take advantage of the soundcard's capabilities, the Xonar HDAV 1.3 is bundled with Arcsoft's TotalMedia Theatre software player.