VIA launches audio solution

VIA Technologies has unveiled a high performance Audio Controller, designed to bring eight-channel support, and a new level of audio performance to the motherboard and entry-level soundcard market.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 12, 2002

VIA Technologies has released the VIA Envy24PT, a high performance Audio Controller designed to bring 8-channel support, and a new level of audio performance to the motherboard and entry-level soundcard market. For the last two years, the Taiwan-based company has been developing high-end audio solutions to meet the growing demands of increasingly entertainment centric PCs.

“As customers demand higher quality integrated audio solutions, the VIA Envy24PT offers the perfect hi-fi answer for this important segment of the audio market,” commented Steve Chen, head of the VIA Audio Division. “Combining support for the latest audio formats with crisp clear I/O paths, the Envy24PT promises to substantially improve audio fidelity over previous solutions, as well as decreasing CPU utilization for improved performance in applications such as gaming,” he added.

The VIA Envy24PT is the latest addition to VIA’s Envy line of Audio Controllers supporting up to 24-bit resolutions and 96kHz sample rates for an enhanced listening experience. Enabling 8-channel outputs, the VIA Envy24PT can support the latest DVD-Video Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES soundtracks for enhanced flyover effects, as well as having 4 simultaneous inbound channels. Like all Envy24 controllers, the VIA Envy24PT is designed to pass audio as cleanly and clearly as possible, bit-for-bit accurate.

Hardware manufacturer Aopen which has also developed audio solutions for serious gamers with their AX4B-533Tube series of motherboards lauded the breakthrough. “We are very excited about the new plateau of sound performance we can deliver with VIA’s Envy24PT Audio controller combined with our hi-fi vacuum tube architecture, that is sure to deliver onboard sound like has never been heard before,” commented Al Peng, product manager at AOpen America Inc.

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