With the NU Audio Pro 7.1, EVGA offers a PCIe sound card for demanding gamers and audiophiles, which should spread the passion of EVGA's CEO. The NU was developed in cooperation with the British company Audio Note and offers analog 7.1 and digital 5.1 surround sound. Thanks to integrated RGB-LED lighting, black-red cover and black backplate, the EVGA NU Audio Pro 7.1 also looks chic.
The features of the EVGA NU Audio Pro 7.1 PCIe sound card at a glance:
- High-end gaming sound card from EVGA
- Recording power up to 32 bit / 384 kHz
- Distortion-free analog playback
- Including sub-card for analog 7.1 surround sound
- Integrated RGB LED lighting
EVGA NU Audio: high-end sound card for gamers
The EVGA NU Audio Pro 7.1 has been developed for particularly demanding gamers and, thanks to a second sound card that comes with additional connections, offers analog 7.1 surround sound. A 6.3 millimeter jack output is available for headsets. It has a high-quality LT1469 operational amplifier, which delivers a particularly rich sound, reduces distortion and improves transient response. In combination with the dual mono power amplifiers of the type LME49600 an output impedance of less than 0.05 ohms is achieved. The headphone output supports DSD (Direct Stream Digital) with an analog volume control via software.
The AKM AK5572 is used as the ADC (analog-digital converter) on the main card. It is 32-bit capable, offers a dynamic performance of 121 decibels and is equipped with digital high and low pass filters. The analog-digital converter of type AKM AK5572 works at the line-in interface and guarantees the best possible quality when using mixing consoles and external microphone amplifiers.
The second sound card is called NU Audio Pro Surround and serves as an additional connection module for the analog 7.1 surround sound. It is equipped with three 3.5 millimeter jack sockets, which serve as signal outputs for rear and side speakers as well as the center speaker and subwoofer, and are equipped with AKM AK4493 digital-to-analog converters. The sub-card requires its own PCIe-x1 slot and is internally connected to the main card via Mini-DisplayPort.
High resolution sound recordings
The microphone input on the NU Audio Pro has a Cirrus Logic CS5346 amplifier. This supports a maximum dynamic range of 103 decibels and 24 bits / 192 kHz. The digital and optical SPDIF output supports 5.1 surround sound. EVGA only uses high-quality capacitors for its gaming sound card. The Seiryu capacitors were designed exclusively for the NU Audio Pro series, which reduce the grain in the heights and improve the transparency in the mids. The board is multi-layer, silver-coated and gold-plated with insulated ground surfaces.
EVGA gives the NU Audio Pro 7.1 sound card a black-red cover with 3-zone RGB LED lighting with different modes, which can also react to the music being played. A black backplate on the back provides shielding against electromagnetic radiation. The high-end gaming sound card is powered by a SATA power connector.
1x PCIe x1 Gen2 (EVGA NU Audio Pro sound card)
1x PCIe x1 Gen2 (EVGA NU Audio Pro Surround)
1x Mini DisplayPort (both cards, including connection cable)
Connections (NU Audio Pro):
2x RCA L / R (output, analog)
1x 6.3 mm jack (headphone output)
1x TOSLINK (output, pass-through, optical)
1x 3.5 mm jack (input, line-in)
1x 3.5 mm jack (input, mic-in)
Connections (NU Audio Pro Surround):
1x 3.5 mm jack (output, rear speakers)
1x 3.5 mm jack (output, side speakers)
1x 3.5 mm jack (output, center and subwoofer)
Power supply: 1x SATA power
Native DSD support (up to x256)
7.1 / 5.1 / 4.0 / 2.0 (analog)
5.1 Channel (digital via S / PDIF)
Dynamic range (DNR) / signal-to-noise ratio (SNR):
123 dB (stereo playback)
121 dB (line-in recording)
up to 384 kHz / 32bit (stereo)
up to 192 kHz / 24bit (optical)
16-600 ohms (independent analog control)
up to 384 kHz, 32-bit (line-in)
up to 192 kHz, 24-bit (mic-in)
Illumination: RGB (3 zones, audio-reactive)
Compatibility: Windows 10 (64-bit)