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EX8000 Front Panel
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EX8000 Rear Panel
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MaXiO PCI Card

ESI is now shipping the MaXiO XD, a 24-bit/192kHz PCI Audio/MIDI interface.

The basic MaXiO XD system consists of a 2-rack space unit, EX8000, and a PCI interface. The EX8000 front panel features 8 balanced mic preamps, XLR/TRS combo connectors with +48V DC phantom power, and 10 step LED metering lights for each channel. EX8000 also offers AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital I/O, and headphone monitoring. The PCI host interface card features four E.D.I (ESI Digital Interface) connectors, each capable of supporting one EX8000 unit, handling a total 32 channels of input and output simultaneously when fully connected.

MaXiO XD is compatible with Windows XP and Windows 2000, utilizing ESI's EWDM driver, offering low latency performance


EX8000 2U Rack

  • 24-bit / 192kHz ADC with 123dB(a) dynamic range
  • 24-bit / 192kHz DAC with 120dB(a) dynamic range
  • 8 balanced analog inputs with combo (XLR / TRS) connectors featuring ESI's newly developed 'XD-PRE' high precision & ultra low noise (-135.5dBu) microphone preamplifier on each analog input channel with support for +48V phantom power
  • Mic/Line selection switch and gain control for each analog input channel
  • 8 inserts (one for each analog input channel) with 1/4" connectors
  • 8 balanced analog outputs with XLR connectors (+4dBu)
  • 8 balanced/unbalanced analog outputs with TRS connectors (-10dBV)
  • Headphone amplifier with volume control
  • 8 channel digital I/O in AES/EBU (XLR connectors) and coaxial S/PDIF (RCA connectors) format, supporting up to 24-bit / 192kHz
  • 8 channel ADAT optical digital I/O with S/MUX support
  • 10 step LED level meters on front panel for all channels (input and output)
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz
  • Word clock input: Fs / 256*Fs (via BNC connector)


  • 32bit PCI Interface with PCI Bus-Mastering support
  • PCI slot compatibility - designed for +3.3V and/or +5V PCI slot
  • 24-bit / 192kHz audio interface
  • max. 32 input channels and 32 output channels
  • Full Duplex - simultaneous record / playback
  • 4 E.D.I & 1 M.D.I connectors
  • coaxial digital I/O support up to 24-bit / 192kHz
  • Word Clock I/O: Fs / 256*Fs, BNC connector
  • 1 in / 1 out, 16 channel MIDI
  • supports EWDM driver: MME/WDM, DirectSound, ASIO 2.0
  • Windows XP/2000 compatible

MaXiO XD with EX8000 MSRP US $1,999.99. EX8000 MSRP US $1,499.99

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