Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card


Don’t get too excited, this is not the newest in HDMI 1.3 sound cards. No, this is Auzentech’s latest sound card release jack of all trades that ignores HDMI entirely…like the good old days before it existed. This card will be much more valuable if you are planning on going Analog 7.1, as the name implies, versus those of you just looking to pass S/PDIF.

The Forte has the benefit of both DD and DTS surround modes to chew through so I was looking forward to playing through some of our reference movies. A slight gripe I did have with the Forte was that you have to manually switch to either DTS or DD, according to the soundtrack you’re listening to. Now I say this, but you don’t have to, but surely you want to if you want to listen to movies as they were intended to off of the disc? This aside, surround sound from the Auzentech X-Fi Forte was excellent. Accurate placement of the sound meant that the environmental effects came from where I expected them to and loud explosions blasted from my speakers.