Diamond Multimedia has announced a brand new sound card, the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1. Actually, the card's full name is "Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 PCI-e Low Profile 24 Bit Record and Playback Internal Sound Card," but that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
The Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 offers 7.1 surround sound and support for 24-bit 192 KHz / 96 KHz / 48 KHz / 44.1 KHz playback and 24-bit 192 KHz / 96 KHz / 48 KHz / 44.1 KHz recording. Compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, the card features 7.1 channel output, 4 x 3.5 mm stereo outputs for front R/L, rear R/L, side R/L and center/subwoofer, 3.5 mm stereo connectors for line-in, 2 x RCA connectors for coaxial input and output, 2 x optical connectors for SPDIF input and output, as well as HD audio link for front audio. There's also anti-Pop protection circuitry as well as support for special effects (including concert hall).
The Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 PCI-e Low Profile 24-bit Record and Playback Internal Sound Card is already available at the Diamond Multimedia Online Store as well as authorized resellers including Amazon, Fry's Electronics, NCIX, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Futureshops and Best Buy Canada. Priced at $59.99, the card carries the model number 'XS71HD' (just in case you had problems remembering its full name).