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Auzentech Prelude 7.1 (Source: Hardware Canucks)
EAX 5.0 and Dolby Digital Live on a single PCI sound card

Auzentech is set to release the first third-party Creative Labs X-Fi based sound card – the Prelude 7.1. The Prelude 7.1, announced last month, allows users to enjoy multi-channel EAX 5.0 positional audio without connecting four sets of audio cables. Auzentech licenses Dolby Digital Live multi-channel audio encoding technology to provide users single-cable convenience over S/PDIF.

The new Prelude 7.1 mates features previously found on the Auzentech X-Meridian with the Creative Labs X-Fi sound processor. Auzentech equips the Prelude 7.1 with a removable OPAmp on the front channels output of the sound card, unlike the X-Meridian’s four removable OPAmps. A LM4562NA is the default installed OPAmp on the Prelude 7.1.  

Auzentech pairs the Creative Labs X-Fi sound processor with two memory chips for 64MB of memory. AKM digital-to-analog convertors are installed on all eight audio channels, a step up from the Cirrus Logic DACs employed by Creative Labs. Other notable features of the Prelude 7.1 include audio headers, although it is unknown if they meet Creative Labs’ specifications.

Expect the Auzentech Prelude 7.1 to trickle into retail channels in the coming weeks.

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Case Connections
By AstroCreep on 5/30/2007 5:54:20 PM , Rating: 3
Why is it that very few sound card manufacturers give you the pins to use your case's audio connectors? That really pisses me off.
I can't tell from the pic if they'll 'allow it', but they didn't on previous models. :(

RE: Case Connections
By Justin Case on 5/30/2007 6:25:28 PM , Rating: 2
The internal audio cables in most cases aren't shielded at all. Running them through the EM noise storm that's the inside of a PC case probably won't do wonders for the sound quality and noise levels. Perhaps audio card manufacturers don't want people judging the sound quality of their cards under those circumstances.

Either that or they just save $2 by not including the pins.

Probably the latter.

RE: Case Connections
By PurdueRy on 5/30/2007 6:47:41 PM , Rating: 5
The front panel audio cables ARE shielded. So it is the saving money issue.

I can tell you this card does have front panel audio's on the upper left of the card.

RE: Case Connections
By deadrody on 5/31/2007 8:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know what kind of case you have, but on every one I've ever owned, all case wiring is twisted pair, NOT shielded.

RE: Case Connections
By PurdueRy on 5/31/2007 10:54:21 AM , Rating: 2
LED, power connections, reset...etc are always twisted pairs. But I have cut open my cables before to use the wires and pins for my own projects and I had to peel back a layer of shielding to get to the wires themselves.

RE: Case Connections
By PurdueRy on 5/30/2007 6:48:08 PM , Rating: 2
The X-Meridian has front panel audio connectors

RE: Case Connections
By Steve1000 on 5/30/2007 8:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
This card has front Panel audio connections, according to the specs. If you check the Picture you can see them on the top left.

RE: Case Connections
By gramboh on 5/31/2007 2:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
I built a new PC at the end of March. My Antec P182B case came with shielded front audio connectors which plugged directly into my budget Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer and it works great.

P.S. I hate Creative Labs.

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