Asus is about to launch a new range of media center systems at Computex and the first one of those is the Dav Center A33. We've managed to get hold of some early information about this system and what it's all about. Asus has taken a slightly different approach compared to many of its competitors and designed a media center system with some rather interesting features. The A in the A33 name stands for audio and the A33 is supports DVD-audio, SACD Hybrid, HDCD and XRCD as well as normal audio CDs.
It does of course play any digital audio formats from your hard drive as well. It also has a built in DTS decoder and a built in 5.1-channel amplifier with 100W per channel and automatic environment optimization. For those interested in video it also has HDMI - both input and output - as well as component video - again input and output, if the information we've received is correct. It can output video up to 1080p resolution and if this wasn't enough, it also has a front mounted 2.4-inch LCD display for control functions such as play lists.
The A33 is powered by an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ CPU and has 2GB of DDR2 memory as well as a 320GB SATAII hard drive as standard. The motherboard is one of Asus' own M2R690-1 DHS which has been specifically designed for this system. It will also come with a slot in DVD writer, a dual tuner hybrid TV card with hardware encoding and 802.11 pre-n Wi-Fi. Other features include S/PDIF in and out, eSATA, FireWire and various video in and out options.
Asus has designed a special cooler for the DAV and during normal operating it's meant to be as quiet at 25dBA, while it will never be louder than 28dBA even at full load. We will bring you more information on this system as we get it and hopefully we'll find out if it really supports HDMI and component video input during Computex next week.