Auzentech recently announced its Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card has been delayed to the last week of January 2009. This will be the first native PCI Express audio card with full HDMI 1.3a support, providing non-downsampled audio even during playback of 24p video. The original release schedule of this card was September/October 2008.
"I regret delaying the product release," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "The decision came suddenly due to strategic marketing changes by our partners. These partners have been instrumental in making the Auzen X-Fi™ HomeTheater HD an industry-supported audio solution. When it is released at the end of January, it will include the necessary software to access the advanced HD capabilities of the soundcard—and much of that software comes from our partners."
The Auzen X-Fi™ HomeTheater HD soundcard can play Blu-ray Audio with no downsampling, and play high bit-rate audio such as Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream without altering the original sound. Because it provides non-downsampled audio during 24p video playback (the same video framerate seen in theaters), the Auzen X-Fi™ HomeTheater HD soundcard allows you to enjoy Blu-ray movies in their full glory.