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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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Unfair criticism towards CL
By SuinusLatinus on 4/19/2007 12:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think some of the critics towards CL are unfair. I've had CL cards and can't complain. The sound is better than onboard solutions. And it removes that task from the CPU. And, at least with me, it rarely crashes.

Don't like the bloatware (I don't either)? Don't install it! The same thing about bloatware could be said from most of the software that comes with mainboars or graphic boards.

As for support, I've once asked for help in their foruns (an apparently defective card) and a CL rep answered me in hours with very helpfull suggestions. At the same time I emailed their support team. Again, in a matter of hours there was a reply. They immediately offered to replace the card, what I did.

I only had good experiences with their hardware and their support staff.

And why the hell did MS killed DSound??? What was the advantage??? For now I'll stay with XP, thank you.




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