Auzentech, Inc.
Company typePublic
IndustryConsumer Electronics
Founded2005; 19 years ago (2005)
FounderStephane Bae
HeadquartersUnited States, Japan, South Korea[1], ,
Key people
Stephane Bae, (President)
ProductsMultimedia, IT, Consumer electronics

Auzentech was a Korean computer hardware manufacturer that specialized in high-definition audio equipment and in particular PC sound cards.

Auzentech has its origins in March 2005, when under the company name HDA (HiTeC Digital Audio),[2] the company launched the X-Mystique 7.1, the first consumer add-in sound card to feature Dolby Digital Live. Initially only a manufacturer, HDA's products were commercialized worldwide by a network of local distributors, including BlueGears as their vendor in the United States.[3][4][5]

In 2006 the company took distribution into their own hands, ceasing relations with BlueGears, and subsequently changing their brand name to Auzen (a name which originates from "Audio" and "Zen")[4] and their company name to Auzentech.[6]

Since that time the company continued to incorporate new sound cards into their lineup in an effort to compete in a market dominated by Creative Labs.[7] Auzentech sought to provide customers with features not present in Creative's sound cards at that time, such as real time multi-channel audio encoding and built-in TOSLINK connections.[8] These features enable users to have multichannel realtime audio (like that originating in PC games) over a single digital line, instead of the previously unavoidable three analog lines running from the PC to the speakers. Also present in all Auzentech sound cards are user-replaceable opamps,[9] which offer the possibility to further improve the out-of-the-box quality of analog outputs.

Eventually expansion led Auzentech to broaden their range of products to include items such as speakers, microphones and PC cases among others.

Auzentech has recently switched from the C-Media audio processors used in their earlier cards to the X-Fi audio DSP, licensed from their competitor, Creative Labs.

Since early 2014, Auzentech's official web site has been directing to a park page, and their technical support department ceased to provide any service.


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Based on C-Media chipsets

Based on Creative Labs' X-Fi chipset


See also


  1. ^ a b "About Auzentech: Provider of World First Sound Cards". Auzentech. Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "HiTeC Digital Audio". 2005-05-14. Archived from the original on 2005-05-14.
  3. ^ "HITEC DIGITAL AUDIO INC". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26.
  4. ^ a b "HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect, Page 2". Rage3D. March 11, 2006.
  5. ^ "BlueGears X-Mystique 7.1 Review". PentarSys. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  6. ^ "Sound Card FAQ". Auzentech. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "AUZENTECH challenges Creative Labs with the release of HDA XPLOSION 7.1 DTS Connect". Auzentech. 2006-02-14. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  8. ^ "HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect, Page 2", Rage3D, March 11, 2006, archived from the original on 14 April 2010, retrieved March 8, 2010
  9. ^ "Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1". TechGage. 2007-02-28. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  10. ^ "X-Mystique 7.1 Gold". Hot Hardware. 2005-12-15. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "Auzentech X-FI Prelude 7.1 Sound Card". Overclock3D. 2007-10-30. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  12. ^ "06.26.2009 - X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema in Stock". Auzentech. 2009-06-26. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  13. ^ "Auzentech X-fi Forte 7.1 Soundcard review". Guru3D. 2009-03-25. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  14. ^ "Auzentech's first Low Profile native PCI Express Audio Card: Auzen X-FiTM Forte 7.1". 2009-01-23. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  15. ^ "Auzentech HDMI X-Tension First Card To Support HDMI 1.3 And Dolby TrueHD". April 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Auzentech Announces The X-Fi HomeTheater 7.1". Tom's Hardware. 2008-06-20. Retrieved March 8, 2010.