Auzen X-fi Forte 7.1 thread

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by ROBSCIX, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. elkosith

    elkosith Maha Guru

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    Hey everyone,

    Currently i'm using auzen xplosion cinema, would it be a big upgrade if i switch to forte? I'm looking for better music, and my speaker has analog connection only.

    My mobo doesn't have any pcie 1x slots, but it has 3 pcie 16x slots. Can i use the pcie 16x slot for this card?
     
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  2. N0sferatU

    N0sferatU Ancient Guru

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    Remember me Rob? :)

    I just decided to build a full-fledged HTPC and I was saddened that I wanted a super slim case so I regret to say my LM4562'd X-Meridian isn't making it over on the transition.

    Will I miss it going with this card? I just bought it. Obviously we're going full analog again. What OMAMPs does this card use stock? I see it only has one replaceable OMPAP (what is in there stock?).

    Side note Rob here's what I'm doing Click me
     
  3. ROBSCIX

    ROBSCIX Ancient Guru

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    Sure do.
    You can't fit your XM in the media PC case?

    The Forte uses a 49720-IIRC, another version of a LM4562NA many say.
     
  4. N0sferatU

    N0sferatU Ancient Guru

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    not this particular case...I found some other cases that would but they were either shoddy build quality, had below average reviews, or were just really expensive. Lian-Li I chose had phenomenal reviews and I decided I wanted a quiet case (which this one should be).

    Plus my current aging machine will be my work machine and I like to listen to headphones a lot when I work so I figure keeping the X-Meridian in there would be better than onboard for the Sennheiser's...then again I'm looking forward to see how the headphone AMP on the X-Forte compares to the hot voltage line outs on the X-Meridian. I'll give you my little comparison to follow. I just got all the hardware today (minus the case which comes Monday...BOO!!!). The Forte looks like a nice card but I'll have to wait until Monday to try it out.
     

  5. ROBSCIX

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    I have already tested nad reviewed it. Great little card for the price. I even tested it with a $250 OPA627 and OPA637 SM opamps installed...;)
     
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    You have more will power than I do for sure. I would've had that pc built on top of the motherboard box friday night:nerd:
    Post pictures!

    I am thinking about picking up this card for my HTPC also. I'm curious as to how best to hook this up to my 5.1 receiver. Its a pretty old sony but it has both optical and preamp inputs. Would I see any benefit from connecting thought the preamp inputs rather than the optical due to the age of the processing technology in the receiver? I also have an older Dolby Digital "ready" receiver that is a bit more powerful and might be a little better quality that I can bring back into service if its better suited for the job. Any thoughts?
     
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    Try both but chances are the analog will give you better sound quality especially if your using a older units as the DAC in the card will mostlikley surpass the DAC in the unit your connecting to.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Analog it is.
    I'm glad I will be able to put my old receiver to work since I paid the early adoptor price for it back in '97.
     
  9. ROBSCIX

    ROBSCIX Ancient Guru

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    If you use analog you can also change out the opamp for improved sound or sound more to your preference.

    I tested out all the Forte with all the Auzen opamps when I reviewed the card.
     
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    Nice review btw. I was looking for opamps the other day just for pricing and general research. Is there a good retailer that you know of that sells the modules that fit into the sockets rather than just the chips alone? I took a look at the opamps on my creative card and I don't think I'm up for soldering something that small. I saw you can buy the opamps and on the Auzen site but I'm just curious if there is a better alternative (wider selection/price). . Thanks for your help.
     

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    Which has better components for listening to music and watching movies, the x-fi forte or the x-plosion 7.1 cinema?
     
  12. ROBSCIX

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    Has anybody tried newer opamps with this card?
     
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    I was just wondering what people are finding as the best settings on this card for music and games?

    :)
     
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    I'm planning on picking this card up this month but my current surround system is in a sad state (reduced to 2.1 ) so I'm thinking of getting a quality set of headphones instead of a satellite speaker system. I've heard good things about the Sennheiser HD595. Would these be a good match with this card or are there better headphones in the same $200 price range?
     
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    you will be hard pressed to find better headphones than Sennheiser Imop ..:) take full advantage of the Headphone Amplifier too ..
     

  16. ROBSCIX

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    The HD595's are great headphones and are a great match with the Forte 7.1
     
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    Thanks for the responses guys. I found the 595s for under $200 so I'll be placing the order soon. Too bad I'll be getting these before the Forte as I'm sure on-board sound won't do them justice.
     
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    The LME4972 opamp is this a better sounding opamp over the LM4562NA ?
     
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    There are varying opinion on that question. Some say they are the same others say that the LME sounds better. Your ears so your the judge...
     
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    Ears they are the Deciding factor there :) some may need to change the battery's in the hearing aides :)
     

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