Auzentech Prelude Discussion Thread

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

  1. Postalisback

    Postalisback Ancient Guru

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    Yeah, I realised that on my old motherboard as well, whenever I move the mouse it would make noise, glad it's sorted now, still gotta get the X-Fi Prelude, however :D
     
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  3. ElementalDragon

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    just over the weekend, TigerDirect had a weekend deal to get the Z-5500's new for $139 i believe after a MIR.
     
  4. Radical_53

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    Well, as you're talking about speakers... could someone recommend me a good headset?
    I'm trying to find a microphone as a single thing so that I could use my Sennheiser HD 590, so far I haven't found anything useful.
    Are there any headsets that have a so far similar performance from the headphone part, that do have a nice mic also? (... and don't require a headphone amp? :D ).
     

  5. anthony

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    I must say i picked up a set of the z5500 because of the sales and i must say that im NOT that impressed with them. Moving up from my z5300 i was expecting a lot better sound quality. They do sound a little bit better but not by leaps and bounds. However the control center is a nice touch and very handy.
     
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    Are you running optical; coaxial? Sometimes, one change in the configuration can make a huge difference.
    BTW: the control center has a HUGE cool factor. If only the remote had forward/back controls, it would be perfect!
     
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    Headset...Grado SR-80 ($95 USD) and worth every penny. :) Best bang for your buck.
     
  8. LedHed

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    Does the Prelude have Vista x64 signed drivers?
     
  9. anthony

    anthony Maha Guru

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    Im running it through analog with my x-meridian. I do like the control centers additional inputs because i can bypass my computer and run straight to the speakers for my satellite receiver. I didn't even bother testing out digital out of my sound card because the resolution of the sound card is more than the receiver can handle.

    I did however notice that when i tweaked my EQ it became much flatter and smooth transitions because these speakers have better freq response.
     
  10. Radical_53

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    @lehed: Yes, they work and they are signed :)

    @nosferatu: I'll have a look at them ;) So far I looked at Sennheiser (as I like my HD's), AKG, Beckerdynamic and the newer Razer Piranha.
    I didn't really want to spend 400$ and more like some of the AKGs cost, but I don't want to get anything that is noticably worse than my HD 590's.
     

  11. ROBSCIX

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    @anthony , if you can take back the 5500's I would. You can find good quality HTIB for $200 or less. ShopONKYO.com has great deal for home theatres IF you live in the USA. -You get receiver and full speakers and sub for $200 or less. For Canada, try Ecost.com as they usually have HT system for great prices. These system would sound much better then the Z-5500's. Hope this helps.
     
  12. GenClaymore

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    IMO when I went from my Z5300 to a z5500 after giving the z5300 to my dad, I notice a improvement. But I was using digital most of the time, because at the time I had the Razer barracuda AC1 and headphones. And I had them in digital.

    Them being Digital and me not wanting a HT speaker setup that was more then 200 dollars. Is the main reason why I got them, so I wouldnt have to unplug my headphones to use them and back and fore.

    I dont agree that a 200 HT setup would sound better then the Z5500's, because I asked for help before I even got my Z5500's like a year and 2 months ago.

    People was telling me I was better off with the Z5500's then getting a HT setup with 200 dollar budget.

    Also we do have a 200 dollar HT setup in the other room and upstairs both of them are trash. Thats another reason why I disagree.
     
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  13. anthony

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    Yea i think i will return them. I may just buy a decent amp to drive my z5300 speakers and then later down the road pickup good speakers.

    Has anyone played around with a DIY speaker setup?
     
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  14. PHJF

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    HTIB are better than z5500? I know they are powerful (1+kW), but better?

    I got my parents a Sammy HTX50 (1kW, 5-disc DVD Upconvert) for christmas for ~$200 for their new TV and it sounds pretty nice for the price.
     
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    Some, it depends on what you get. I don't mean the cheap units with the DVD players built in and little small cube speakers. I am talking about HTiB's from Onkyo and other higher end audio manufacturers that have decent AV receivers and moderate speakers. The Z-5500's aren't particularly nice sounding when compared to HT systems, they can't compete with a quality receiver and speaker system.

    @Anthony, you have a point about the budget of $200...There are some places that sell decent HTiB's for under $200. HT systems have been dropping considerably in price. Of course get what you think will be the best match for you. When it comes to playback systems for a PC, most will always tell you a receiver and speakers are much better then a "PC" branded speaker system.
     
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  16. ElementalDragon

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    anthony: you mean hooking up different speakers to the Logitech subwoofer's? dunno if it's the greatest idea. i've never tried myself, but i find the Z-5500's speakers to be quite nice. And i'm not sure why you'd have expected the Z-5500's to sound "leaps and bounds" better than the Z-5300's. They're both in Logitech's high-end speaker lineup. I mean.... if you were like me, going from a set of Logitech Z-640's to the Z-5500's, then yeah...... nice boost in audio quality on just about every level.
     
  17. anthony

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    @ ElementalDragon

    no i mean buying a nice HT amp and hooking the logitech speakers to them. Later down the road look at new speakers possibly a DIY solution.
     
  18. Keitosha

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    I am SO excited!!

    Tomorrow i will get a new X-Fi Fatal Pro (Retail, thus also a brand new box), because my previous Fatal Pro died + extra 3 months warranty. I'm gonna sell my X-Fi and i've ordered the Prelude. In fact the Prelude would only cost me €25 more. I got the Prelude for €150 and i can already sell my X-Fi for €125, since it's a brand new version. :)

    Got a few questions, since i won't bother looking through all the 25 pages in this thread:

    1. Will the experience be the same as with my X-Fi? I also loved the sound of my X-Fi, but i felt that it was missing something. ;)

    2. The software interface, is it the same as with the X-Fi, like the Entertainment, Gaming and Audio Creation windows?

    3. Less bloatware compared to X-Fi?

    4. Does it only have the X-Fi chip or also have the CM8788 chip? Some guy i know told me that the Prelude has both, but i'm not sure.

    When i get the Prelude, i will rip my crappy current soundcard out of my rig and put it in my cats litter box so they can piss on it. :peeright:[​IMG]:peeleft:

    I remember when i went from onboard to X-Fi, i didn't really noticed the sound quality increase, but when i was forced to use onboard again (now a PCI version, but it's the same crap) i was like "No! Please no! Sounds horrible! :( ".

    Even though Creative sucks as company and their customer support, their cards produce way better sound than onboards. ;)
     
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  19. ElementalDragon

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    good thing Auzentech is even better. that's one thing i hated about Creative. once the X-Fi came out, they completely abandoned the Audigy 2's and such, even though they're still a fairly good card for how cheap they are. almost never released a driver for Vista. think the only version they released.... was the version that came out just after Vista did.

    Fairly certain you'll love the Prelude to death.
     
  20. PHJF

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    Except my microphone still doesn't work right 90% of the time.
     

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