Auzentech Collaborates with Creative Labs
Anh Tuan Huynh
April 18, 2007 4:05 PM
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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
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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4/18/2007 6:36:45 PM
These days? It's been that way since the mid 90s. Nowadays with integrated sound getting so good, there is no reason to spend $100-200 on those cards. Multicore processing should take care of CPU hit without H/W acceleration.
4/18/2007 6:44:12 PM
You would think that, but sound tests still show hardware soundcard is still better than onboard. Esp since apps are USING both cores now..
4/18/2007 9:08:05 PM
no longer can those claims of "running my virus scan while playing half life" be made.
play a game like stalker and all of your cores will be maxing out at times. 4 cores might be able to do it... but why?? last year alone, 3-10% reduction in cpu usage for using a creative vs other brands showing little or no % difference. that was during k8 testing too, not like they were slow machines.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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