Update: We have published our XS71HDU review.
If you need to increase your PC’s audio functionality, but aren’t necessarily interested in installing your own internal soundcard, you will be looking at USB based soundcards instead. Diamond Multimedia have let us know that they are getting ready to launch their newest external soundcard, the XS71HDU.
Since full hardware specs haven’t been disclosed, we’re not sure if this is basically the USB version of their Xtreme Sound 7.1 XS71HD that we reviewed a while back. The name certainly indicates that they are at least closely related, and based on the specs on paper, they are very similar in that they both support 7,1 digital audio input and output, as well as 24-bit 192kHz playback and recording. It could very well be the same C-Media CM8288 audio processor lurking underneath that handsome looking enclosure.
Update: We have received our review sample, and after prying it open we saw that it uses a a different processor – CM6620. The Codec is the same CM9882 that the XS71HD uses though.
We’ll be sure to dig into it deeper once we get one in for review. For now, you can check out Diamond’s product page. The XS71HDU will be around $60 when it hits store shelves in May 2014.