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Daily News Round #1 for March 26, 2005

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for March 26, 2005
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Mar 27, 2005 2:49 am

- HDA Mystique Q&A

For lovers of the now non-existant soundstorm audio solution from NVIDIA, you'll be very interested to know that a company by the name of "HiTeC Digital Audio" are set to release a standalone PCI audio solution in the U.S. which allows the encoding of all audio content into AC3/Dolby Digital on the fly, just as soundstorm was also reknowned for. The "HDA Mystique 7.1 Dolby Digital Live Sound Card" is based on C-media's CMI8768+ chipset and makes use of an 8 channel 24bit/96KHz capable DAC, and of course SPDIF in/outputs are resident as well.


From NVNews -> "Currently only available in the North America on ebay, the sound card is already impressing the HTPC market and several lucky gamers. I was able to contact the US distributor for a quick Q&A. Click the title link to head to the forums.


I was able to make out a trail of marketing to the company that will be distributing the Dolby Digital Live capable HDA Mystique 7.1 Sound Card and asked them the following questions...


Are you currently working on a US release?


HDA's US distribution is handled by BlueGears, Inc. ( BlueGears, Inc. is a newly registered company, but that with extensive experience in marketing & sales, distribution in the US.


How long until we see the Mystique in US retail outlet (online or brick and mortar)?


We are now preparing the launch of this product thru online retail channels. This should be ready by mid April. We will than contact offline retail stores, but we don't have the schedule yet on this.


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