Want to fully enjoy your music library? Now you can!
At a fraction of the cost of buying CDs, more and more music lovers are building music libraries with their humble computer. Much of that music is kept in varying formats, such as APE and WAV, which allow them to play their music with the same quality of CDs. Although computer audiophiles are undoubtedly having a lot of fun, and listening to lots of music, they have also wished that soundcard technology could catch up and not only equal, but surpass the audiophile CD player.
Well, that day has come! Now their PC can truly become the audiophile machine that does their music justice. Germany has designed and produced the first audiophile graded stereo soundcard called the Audiotrak Prodigy HD2. This piece of hardware has quickly gained a reputation as the best audiophile soundcard in the world.
Among many audiophile graded qualities such as the low jitter oscillator and audiophile graded power caps, the Prodigy HD2 employs a fully differential output stage, similar to audiophile CD / DVD players. It also supports 192 kHz at 24-bit, with a sensational dynamic range of 120dB for playback. No other hardware in this price range provides this high level of output quality. With a short signal path and software compatibility, the Audiotrak Prodigy HD2 is more superior in quality and design than most external USB DACs in the market.
In the past, noise and interference inside computers was a big problem that limited a soundcard?s transparency. Audiotrak has resolved this issue with their PNK technology (PCI Noise Killer). This dedicated 2 channel sound card will please even the harshest audio critic, and bridge the gap between PC and Hi Fi audiophiles!
Super Charging the Audiotrak Prodigy HD2 with Burson Audio opamps:
We left no stone unturned to push the performance of this soundcard to a whole new level. First we replaced their stocked opamps with 3 Burson Audio dual opamps. The Bursons are regarded by the audiophiles and the recording industry, as simply the best alternative to IC opamps. Their performance significantly surpasses the once popular OPA627. This mod alone pushed the design complexity of the HD2 beyond many audiophile DACs or CD players. The power supply of the HD2 has also been optimized for the Burson Opamps.
A disappointment with the original design were the gold plated RCA connectors. On closer inspection, we found them to be gold plated aluminum connectors with poor soldering. So we removed the RCA connectors and replaced them with top quality CNC RCA sockets. We then widened the distance between the connectors to better accommodate the usually bigger audiophile RCA cables.
Connecting the Prodigy HD2 to one of our reference setups, the effect of the upgrade was obvious. Compared to the stocked version, this supercharged soundcard projects a much wider soundstage. Mid and high were fuller and much more realistic. Like a microscope that has been tuned and upgraded, details and intonations can now be heard and analysed at a micro level. The bass went deeper and more importantly gained control and definition.
This Prodigy/Burson beast outperforms many audiophile CD players in the market, that cost many times the amount in price. This soundcard is truly a must have for those who wish to turn their humble PC into a piece of hi fidelity audio equipment.
Prodigy HD2 shows the latest technology in high end audio playback for audiophile users.
Prodigy HD2 supports 192 kHz at 24-bit with a sensational dynamic range of 120dB(a) for playback - no other hardware in this price range provides this high level of output quality. Even better: the hardware is equipped with 3 OpAmps on sockets, this makes it possible to swap and exchange the OpAmps based on specific requirements.
Prodigy HD2 is a Low Profile PCI card, shipping with a metal bracket for a conventional PCI slot and with a bracket that allows the installation in Low Profile slots - this makes Prodigy HD2 perfect for media center and home theater solutions where small PC cases are used.
The included driver software is providing perfect compatibility (ASIO, GSIF, WDM) under all current Windows versions including Windows Vista 32-bit & 64-bit, offering high performance and low latency operation. DirectWIRE 3.0 support in the driver allows you to virtually patch your digital audio sources internally between different software applications running at the same time. PCI audio interface based on VIA VT1721 (Envy24HT-S) PCI card supplied with standard and low profile metal bracket 24 bit / 192kHz playback (analog & digital) 24 bit / 96kHz recording high quality AKM AK4396 120dB(a) S/N ratio DA converter for extremly high quality 2 channel audio playback via RCA output connectors (5Hz - 40kHz frequency response) triple OpAmp design for audio output with three extreme quality Burson Audio Dual OpAmps headphone output with 1/8" connector routed via JRC4580 dual OpAmp analog line input with 1/8" connector via AKM AK5353/7 102dB(a) S/N ratio AD converter (20Hz - 40kHz frequency response) optical S/PDIF digital output following IEC-958C standard, can be used for stereo audio playback (PCM) and multichannel streams from such sources (AC-3 or DTS data) EWDM driver based on ESI technology for all current Windows Versions