Auzentech Prelude Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by davaid, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. davaid

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    Well after a very long waiting the Auzen X-Fi Prelude card is out from Auzentech which is centered around the X-Fi audio processing chipset from Creative..

    So many people predicted that this card will be better than the X-FI from Creative as it combines both the best of the gaming world and the best of music world (inherited from the X-Meridian).

    I have created this thread so we can discuss issues and testing of the card and how does it compare with the X-Fi's from Creative and other sound cards....etc.

    So please post your testing results so you can help others make a wise upgrade decision (like myself).

    Cheers.
     
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    MEGA PISSED
     
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    hopefully mine will be here by tomorrow
     
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    they appeared at the german distributor today. took me one hour to order one because i couldnt checkout with only one item (shop was stuck at the choose payment site). added one dumb cable for whatever and it worked then, hope it will be here by thursday.
     
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    Just mean they didn't bother sending it to Lucas arts for THX certification. Doesn't mean anything more then that. THX is not a technology....it is a set of guidlines and standard a card must meet to be considered THX certified. Don't put too much stock in THX certification. The X-Meridian wasn;t THX certified either and it chews alot of other card that are THX certified.

    BTW, My Audigy 2 Value didn't come with a THX panel either. I do have a THX panel for the card now though;)
     
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    Aww I'm so going to miss the THX control panel from the Audigy2 ZS. I love the chrome text. :sarcasm:

    I could never see what all the fuss was about THX apart from the lovely chrome text when certain DVD's start. Plus I've only ever opened that once after a fresh OS install to set the D I/O and front channel position below the monitor. Apart from that nothing else was touched. Or I never saw improvements that I needed.
     
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    I am sure the improved sound quality will more then make up for it:)
     

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    THX Sound you need THX speakers with DD 5.1 to get them. so if you dont have THX speakers and DD when seeing HD DVD or Blue Ray or DVD you wont get THX.
     
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    THX isnt any thing special its just 3 letters and it just marketing.
     
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    Yep, although it usually is a sign of quality.
     
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    that part is true, THX speakers do sound better then the other ones with out the THX logo.

    THX means your speakers support THX BASS but again, to have true THX Sound, you must have a sound card or amp that does DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 and great speakers to get that THX BASS sound.
     
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    NO! THX is just a certification. A company sends a sample to LuasArts, if they thing it's good enough the give it THX certification, nothing more. THX bass sounds like a marketing scheme. Speakers can't "support" something, all they do is vibrate. And THX speakers don't always sound better than non-THX speakers. Take the Logitech Z-5500, they're THX certified but sound like crap next to professional quality speakers that aren't.
     

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    The Audigy 2 ZS or "classic" X-fi are THX certified and the don't hold a candle to the X-Meridian for pure sound quality not to mention the Prelude. Just because it has THX cert's doesn't mean much. Some see it as a selling point some do not. I go for sound quality myself not how many stickers are on the box:)
     
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    Nope.

    THX is a certification.
    But the hardware/software must contain certain functions.

    e.g. a speaker calibration.

    They is now way for speaker calibration on the prelude momentarily.

    independently of the THX, also the following X-Fi functions momentarily are missing.

    Dolby Digital and DD EX decoder
    DTS and DTS ES decoder
    Dolby Pro Logic decoder
    DTS NEO:6 decoder
    and
    DVD Audio MLP decoder


    In addition the Prelude the following functions seem to be missing.

    one mixer channel less
    Automatic headphone recognition.
    and the bass subwoofer level
     
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    THX console on my X-Fi didn't help much either, the distance and angle selection are limited and I can't calibrate the speaker placement according to my speaker setup which is based on the guideline from Dolby. I can't change my speaker placement to follow Creative's guideline since I hook up everything to my receiver. My PS3, DVD player, sat receiver and etc use Dolby content so I would get the best sound experience based on Dolby placement.
     
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    Oh my god AlChemy of Creative doesn't work on the Prelude....

    So no EAX in Vista!!!
     
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    I finally got mine the other day, Im not sure what I was expecting but it sounds terrible to me. Im not any kind of audiophile but going from a Razer Barrucuda to this is terrible. The Razer sounded so much better than this. Also about Alchemy I read that a older version would work on this card but I havent tried it yet. Another thing I have the logitech Z-5500 speakers and I thought optical would work with this card but I can only get 2.1 with this does anyone know why?
     

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