CLARO halo XT
C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8788 Audio Processor:
TPA6120A2 - Built in 120dB Headphone AMP IC from TI supports up to 600ohm headphone
Jumper switch to select different impedance level of headphone.
High Quality RCA connectors for each analog outputs.
24-bit/192kHz AK4396VF (120dB-part spec.) DAC
24-bit/192kHz AK5385BVF ADC for line input
Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF high grade special Optical output (up to 5.1ch output)
Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF high grade special Optical receiver
Supports onboard Coaxial or CD Digital input connector (An optional Cable (CA-1
) is needed for Coaxial input connection)
Supports onboard 2pin digital output connector (An optional Cable (CA-1
) is needed for Coaxial output connection)
Standard 10pin Front Panel Audio supports: connectivity for stereo audio output and a microphone input from PC case
- 10ft (3m) optical digital cable
- RCA cable
- RCA-Stereo convertor
- Stereo extension cable
Operating systems: Microsoft Windows VISTA, VISTA (x64), XP, XP (x64).
CLARO halo XT is designed to deliver the best audio quality for headphone users including high impedance headphone owners. This performance is carried out through a built-in high fidelity headphone amplifier IC. Additionally, Claro halo XT can deliver its incredible audio to your existing receiver/amplifier through its high class RCA connectors up to 7.1ch. Upgrade your PC to a powerful and high quality audio center which can never be matched by onboard or other inferior sound cards!
(1) Sound Processor
- Headphone output with TPA6120 AMP IC
- High Quality RCA connectors for Front output
- Gold plated RCA connectors for Rear, Center/subwoofer and Rear-surround outputs
- Swappable OPAMPs for all analog outputs
- C-Media CMI8788/PCI-8Ch PCI chipset
(8ch Audio Chipset with Dolby Digital Live real-time Content Encoder and dts CONNECT technology enabled PCI audio chipset)
- Full-duplex ultra high 2ch 24-bit/192DAC (AK4396)
- 24-bit/192kHz Stereo ADC (AK5385)
- Sophisticate circuit design for Enhanced Microphone input
- High Quality RCA connectors for front output (2ch)
- Gold plate RCA connectors for up to 7.1 ch on XT
- Stereo Headphone output connector.
- Onboard Optical output (up to 5.1ch)
- Onboard optical input
- Front Panel Audio with fully automatied muting feature.
- MPU401 (with optional cable)
TPA6120A2 - High Fidelity Stereo headphone driver from TI. Each output goes to stereo headphone, where the listener enjoys crisp, clean music.
Therefore, users can experience hi-fi stereo without the need for an external amplifier.
Claro halo design excellently provides the output to high impedance headphone up to 600ohm. A jumper switch for the high impedance headphone setting is on the board ("HIGH" or "LOW")
Note: DO NOT CONNECT LOW IMPEDANCE HEADPHONE (under 32ohm) WITH "HIGH" SETTING.
Toshin Kogyo audio capacitor
High grade for audio capacitor(UTSJ type) from Toshin Kogyo is used for analog output (Headphone and RCA ).
Panasonic - Metalized Film Capacitor
Claro halo uses high grade metalized film capacitors for both opamp and headphone amp IC ports to ensure noise-free ananlog output.
Samyoung - mass storage Capacitor
Mass storage capacitors and protection circuits deal with electronic shock and noise effectively. They control in-rush current to be gradual increase and decrease for fade-in and fade-out. This protects monitor speakers and headphones from being damaged by the "pop-noise" when you turn on and off the system.
Swappable OPAMP socket for Front Channel
Claro halo separates the signal to positive and negative in DAC then send the mono polarized signals to four dual opamps where only one type of polarity signal will be handled per each opamp in order to maximize the efficiency of the opamps. And this circuit can increase stereo-talk dramatically. Please note that total 4 opamps are to be swapped for your perferred analog sound color. Factoy installed opamps are 4580 (JRC).
High Quality RCA connectors
High quality RCA connectors are mounted by nuts and lock washers to ensure rigid installation and endurance.
Advanced Front Panel Audio support
You can enjoy headphone amplifier output on Front Panel Audio on your PC case. Claro halo provides Intel standard (AC97) Front Panel Audio pin for your PC case. All analog outputs will be muted when you connect headphone on Front Panel Audio of your PC case. And we provide a jumper switch to disable the muting feature. And users can connect a second microphone without any reduction of input signal level
* See Front Panel Audio Usage
For external MIDI connector. The optional connector cable is avaialble for MIDI in/output. Please see CA2 cable.
Claro halo XT is a bundled Claro halo with an addition of "XT card". The XT card extends the analog outputs to 7.1 ch. Connect the XT card to this connector.
2pin connector for digital input and output
2pin connector for coaxial digital input and output. CA1 cable (2pin one end coaxial the other end) is available. See CA1 cable.
For supporting cables or XT, see Accessories
Claro halo XT package
XT Dolby Digital Live: A real-time encoding technology, Dolby Digital Live converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bit stream (48kHz at 640Kbps). Dolby Digital Live provides a single cable connection (via coaxial or optical) to your Dolby Digital enabled surround sound system.The real-time interactive capabilities of Dolby Digital Live technology are ideally suited to PCs because it reproduces audio cues and effects that follow the on-screen action, transforming game play into an exciting and realistic entertainment.
Pro Logic IIx is the first and only technology to process any native stereo or 5.1 signal into a 6.1- or 7.1- channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience.
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music, watch movies or play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1-channel soundtrack through any set of headphones. Best of all, "listener fatigue," a phenomenon commonly associated with headphone playback, is replaced by a spacious, natural sound field that listeners can enjoy for hours.
DTS INTERACTIVE: A real-time encoder that takes any LPCM (2 channel or more) and encodes it into DTS bit stream (48kHz at 1.5 Mbps). DTS INTERACTIVE
provides a single cable connection (via coaxial or optical) to your DTS enabled surround sound system. stereo or multi-channel (up to 5.1)audio sources are re-encoded into a DTS audio signal and sent out from the sound card to any DTS enabled system such as, powered PC speakers, an A/V receiver or any other DTS- compatible surround decoder sound system. The installation process is simple and eliminates the clutter, tangles, and cost of multiple analog cables
DTS NEO:PC : An up-mix matrix technology that turns any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround sound. You can turn your stereo audio (WMA, MP3, CD, and more!) into a convincing multi channel audio experience.Borrowing from DTS NEO:6 that provides you with surround sound from stereosources in high- end home theatre products,NEO:PC soptimized for your system and is the perfect companion to DTS INTERACTIVE .