ASUS introduced the Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim sound card for HTPCs. Full specs can be found at ASUS.
Uncompromising HD Digital Audio and Video with World's Only True Blu-ray Audio Bitstreaming
The Xonar HDAV1.3 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 into DVD quality (48K/16bit). Utilizing ArcSoft's Total Media Theater, the ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 is capable of decoding Blu-ray movies and takes full advantage of lossless digital audio formats such as Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ for professional, high-fidelity sound at 24bit, 96–192Khz. The PCI-based Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim is also designed from the ground up, and is built for next generation HTPCs. Equipped with the proprietary AV200 audio processor and certified HDMI1.3a connect, it is capable of delivering the highest quality 7.1 channel 192K linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) audio and high definition video through the HDMI port.
Perfectly Designed for Next-gen HTPCs
The Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim is equipped with an essential digital HDMI1.3 interface, which bitstreams next-generation Blu-ray quality audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master and Dolby Digital Plus via the ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre application to the user's AV receiver. This powerful playback ability, combined with a low-profile design and bundled low-profile bracket, makes the HDAV1.3 Slim perfect for next-generation HTPCs right out of the box.
True Cinematic Video Enjoyment
The Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim offers bit-to-bit exact lossless audio output, eliminating the need for Blu-ray audio downsampling that would result in poor quality audio output. It also transmits both video and audio through a single HDMI cable, helping to eliminate cable clutter. Furthermore, most motion picture cameras used for Hollywood movies capture video at 24 frames per second. Content recorded on Blu-ray media are also based on 24p. With the Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim's support for 24p video via HDMI, users with a 1080/24p compatible LCD monitor and a 1080/24p player will be able to bring cinema-like visuals out of their HTPCs and fully experience digital videos the way they were produced in Hollywood studios.
Key Features at a Glance - the Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim:
Supports DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus, up to 192Khz, 24bit, and 7.1 channel LPCM audio formats
Delivers bit-to-bit exact lossless audio output without Blu-ray audio downsampling
Supports 24p frame rate video playback
Transmits both video and audio through a single HDMI cable