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Auzentech's new Prelude 7.1 to feature Creative Labs X-Fi audio processor

Auzentech this week announced the first third-party sound card featuring Creative Labs’ X-Fi audio processor. The upcoming Auzentech Prelude 7.1 couples Creative Labs’ EAX 5.0 with Dolby Digital Live multi-channel audio encoding technologies. Auzentech promises Dolby Digital Live encoding under Windows Vista with the Prelude 7.1.
Details of the Prelude 7.1 remain scarce, as the product isn’t scheduled to launch until next month. Creative Labs’ X-Fi initially launched with hardware acceleration, however, the latest X-Fi XtremeAudio lacks hardware acceleration, even while carrying the X-Fi name. It is unknown which X-Fi audio processor the Prelude 7.1 integrates.

Creative Labs has had troubles enabling hardware acceleration for EAX audio technologies under Microsoft’s Universal Audio Architecture, or UAA, under Windows Vista. Creative Labs found a work around for UAA with its ALchemy OpenAL wrapper.

"We’re excited to provide Auzentech with our award-winning X-Fi audio chipset and technology to provide an outstanding audio experience for Auzentech’s customers,” Steve Erickson said, vice president, Creative Labs Audio Division.

Expect Auzentech to unleash the Prelude 7.1 at the end of next month.

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RE: Drivers?
By sotti on 4/18/2007 6:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
DTS Connect is listed in the press release.

RE: Drivers?
By Anh Huynh on 4/18/2007 7:13:18 PM , Rating: 3
No it isn't.

The PR states "Santa Clara, CA -April 16, 2007: Auzentech, Inc. (, developer of the world's first Dolby® Digital Live and DTS® Connect PCI sound card, announces today a new sound card series based on the Creative X-FI™ chipset."

It says they're the first company to release a sound card capable of DTS Connect, however when it talks about the Prelude 7.1,, it only mentions DDL.

RE: Drivers?
By Aquila76 on 4/18/2007 10:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
It will fully support EAX 5.0 and have the same expandability as the Auzen X-Meridian™ 7.1.

The X-Meridian supports DTS Connect; it stands to reason this one will as well.

RE: Drivers?
By Anh Huynh on 4/19/2007 12:35:21 AM , Rating: 3
Dolby Digital Live is the only encoding that the card will have for sure. I spoke to the Auzentech PR guy and he said DTS: Connect has a 50/50 chance of making it, they're working on licensing.

RE: Drivers?
By UNCjigga on 4/19/2007 1:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
Why isn't there any software-based solution to support DDL or DTS Connect encoding on existing soundcards? Aren't modern CPUs up to the task? Or what about a GPU-accelerated solution? It peeves me that my HTPC has SPDIF out but I can only get multichannel audio from DVDs, xvid rips with AC3, or SACD/DVD audio. If I want multichannel audio from games, I have to hook up 6 extra cables and the back of my PC becomes a mess.

RE: Drivers?
By clemedia on 4/18/2007 11:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
I really hope it supports DTS connect. Although DDL is better than nothing. I really need Digital output, and PCM isn't going to cut it.

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