ASUS today announced the launch of a series of specially-developed motherboards that lets theater-sound aficionados and audiophiles build their dream home-theater PC. The ASUS Absolute Pitch Series features three audio technologies for different forms of aural enjoyment. The DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers theater-like sound on modest equipment for an affordable, full-range sound, ENVY HD delivers a comprehensive 10 channels of audio output for a professional audio experience, and BD 192/24 delivers high-fidelity Blu-ray decoding for a dynamic sound output similar to a live entertainment experience.
Theater-like Sound with DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
To deliver an awe-inspiring audio experience to amateur enthusiasts, ASUS partnered theater sound experts DTS to offer the exclusive DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC technology. This feature raises the bar in surround sound delivery, even on existing 2.1 speaker systems, with voice clarification that boosts barely-audible speech to enhanced clarity; bass enhancement that provides dynamic lows to recreated sound landscapes; and soundstage expansion technology for an extremely powerful virtual surround sound output.
Exceptional 10-channel Sound Reproduction and Professional Interface with ENVY HD
Audiophiles seeking a first-class audio experience and a professional user interface can turn to the critically acclaimed ENVY HD. ASUS has perfected the technology, previously available only on professional sound cards, for the PC platform—delivering a comprehensive 10 channels of audio output. Additionally, enhanced with a professional-looking interface, ENVY HD delivers a plush user experience to aspiring studio enthusiasts with its comprehensive controls and an intuitive graphical user interface.
Next-generation HD Entertainment with True Blu-ray Decoding for PCs
Users looking for the best standard in home-theater entertainment can enjoy real, high-fidelity output with the BD192/24. This feature supports the decoding of Blu-ray Discs on the PC platform for an overwhelmingly dynamic sound that resembles live performances. With a 192kHz sampling rate and 24-bit sound output, BD192/24 gives users a comprehensive sonic experience with all highs and lows—previously available only in a cinematic environment.
The Best Audio Enhancements Available with the M4A785G HTPC Motherboard
Embedded with all the Absolute Pitch performance tools, the new ASUS M4A785G HTPC motherboard ushers in a new generation in sound delivery. PC users and DIY enthusiasts can experience virtual surround sound without extra investments in equipment, 10-channel audio output with a professional GUI, and high-fidelity entertainment. Additionally, the M4A785G HTPC is equipped with Home Theater Gate—an intuitive software suite—for users to easily access the media applications. A remote control can be used to manage the audio settings and output from a distance of up to 10 feet away from the monitor or TV. To achieve exceptional sound delivery, only superior components are used in the M4A785G HTPC. They include independent power connectors for a purer sound and significantly lower electronic noise, and gold-plated RCA audio connectors that maximize conductivity and signal transmission while enhancing durability. Embedded with all these key features, the M4A785G HTPC is the best motherboard choice for DIY sound enthusiasts when building a home-theater PC.
|Model||M4A785G HTPC/RC||M4A785G HTPC|
|CPU||AMD® Socket AM2+/AM2
Supports AM3 Phenom™ II
|Chipset||AMD 785G/ SB710|
|System Bus||Up to 5200MT/s; HyperTransport™ 3.0|
|Memory||Dual-channel, DDR2 1200(O.C.)/1066/800/667, Max. 16GB|
|Graphics||– Hybrid CrossFireX™, Full HD 1080p, and DirectX 10.1 support
– HDMI/DVI/RGB output at back panel
– Maximum shared memory of 512MB
|Audio||ASUS Absolute Pitch Hi-Fi:
– 10-channel High Definition Audio
– Lossless Blu-ray 192kHz/ 24-bit audio
– DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
– 2-ch Gold-plated RCA output at back I/O
– Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
|Storage||– 1x PATA controller up to 2 devices
– 5x SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, and 10
– 1x external SATA
|Expansion Slots||– 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
– 2 x PCIe x1
– 1 x PCI
|Accessories||Includes a remote control||Does not include a remote control|