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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 R3MF on 4/19/2007 4:40:42 AM , Rating: 2
i doubt it would be PCIe, as that would appear to require a new chip due to these latency issues with the bus.

where is my linux driver? i am waiting to drop £80 on the extreme gamer, but not until i get a linux driver.

RE: Drivers?
By someguy123 on 4/19/2007 5:18:36 AM , Rating: 2
creative is slow -or sometimes not even willing- at developing driver fixes for windows, much less linux. for the people who've never faced problems with creative cards, its because you lucked out didn't purchase something in your computer that conflicted with the poorly made drivers.

honestly, creative selling their chip to other company doesn't surprise me. what does surprise me is that another company would use the x-fi chipset. i mean, what else can you do besides fixing the drivers? i guess the addition of Dolby features might intrigue some, but it's basicly the same as any other x-fi card.

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