After the first launch in November last year, EVGA showed off the second generation Nu Audio Pro sound card at CES 2020. The new model has been improved in a number of ways, including the addition of 7.1-channel output options and RGB light. In the sound card market, EVGA is a newcomer. But the release last year of the first-generation Nu Audio demonstrates the company’s determination to break into a more segmented market for high-end audio solutions.
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The second generation Nu Audio Pro sound card improved in component selection, but still uses the same XMOS xCORE-200 DSP (digital signal processor), AKM’s AK4493 DAC (digital conversion chip) and AK5572 ADC (modal conversion chip), and Cirrus Logic’s CS5346 ADC.
However, the supported analog components are said to have been improved, so the new sound cards have been enhanced in a number of features. The NU Audio Pro now has a red-black appearance, introducing rGB straps on the side to synchronize its animation as audio plays.
As a direct alternative to last year’s model, it sold for $199 (1377 RMB). Interestingly, EVGA has also introduced a second subplate for sound cards to support 7.1-channel audio. With three additional outputs and on-board DAcs, it is able to generate and output audio signals completely independently.
The interface between the cards, fully digitized through its exclusive DP connector. The PCIe interface of the subplate provides only structural support. In theory, you can leave it anywhere in the chassis, but it’s best to ground it to avoid performance losses.
The Nu Audio Pro Sound Card Kit with 7.1 Add-on Cards is known to be priced at $299 (2068 RMB). In addition, consumers can choose separately, the main card / sub-card is priced at $199 / 119 (1377 / 823 RMB) respectively, the expected time to market in a few months.