Auzentech X-FI Prelude 7.1 Sound Card
Published: 30th October 2007 | Source: Auzentech | Price: US$199 RRP |A Closer Look
Well after a considerably long wait, we finally get a chance to have a look at the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 up close and personal.
To say that the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 looks a little 'busy' would be an understatement. The brown PCB is a little 'different', especially compared to Creative's black version. Personally I prefer black, but hey!
Auzentech has utilised every bit of the available real-estate on the PCB, where Creative's offering looks decidedly more sparse. Not that it has any effect on performance, but the Prelude's 'busy' appearance makes you feel like you are getting a lot more for your dollar.
The beauty of the Auzen X-Fi Prelude's design layout is well illustrated.
One particular area that is testament to Auzentech's build quality is the inclusion of solid capacitors. Increasingly we are seeing solid capacitor usage become the 'norm', particularly from motherboard manufacturers. Solid capacitors offer much higher quality and better reliability when compared to their electrolytic counterparts. Solid capacitors also have a higher tolerance for higher temperatures and they also perform better with higher frequencies and higher current than electrolytic capacitors. The Auzen X-FI Prelude 7.1 soundcard is certainly designed to last, and give trouble-free audio pleasure for many years to come.
On the flip-side of the card, Auzentech has kindly included identification for the inputs and outputs.
The LM4562 from the NATIONAL combines extremely low voltage noise density (2.7nV/ √ ^Hz) with vanishingly low THD+N (0.00003%) to satisfy demanding audiophiles. The really cool feature here is that the OPAMP's are able to be changed. Don't like the NATIONAL LM4562! Then simply swap it out for one that is more to your taste. Excellent feature Auzentech!
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Now that we've had a look at the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card in a little more detail, let's head over the page and see how the installation process went, and what the included software offers...