Auzentech X-FI Prelude 7.1 Sound Card

Packaging and Contents

Packaging and Contents

To be honest I have never previously owned an Auzentech sound card of any description, although I have always been tempted to. I must say that the box that the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card came in is very enticing to say the least. I'd almost purchase it off the shelf for the packaging alone, instead of it being the most 'hyped' sound card for some time. Featuring an image of the Auzen Prelude sound card and X-Fi processor, as well as some of the listed features, I'm excited already. I also like the moniker that Auzentech decided to run with for the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card premiere - "Audio You Can Belive In". I find this quite pertinent considering the issues that Creative Labs have had with their X-Fi based sound card.

Auzentech X-Fi Prelude box (front cover)

Here's a close-up shot of what the Auzen X-Fi Prelude sound card features and supports. However, you will notice that Auzentech has included support for Dolby Digital Live, and DTS will be coming soon, as they are currently working on driver support and licensing for the formats.

Auzentech Prelude box illustrating support

Audio you can believe in

Flipping the box over you can see the 'onboard' features of the card and a breakdown of each of the major components in a multi-language format.

Auzentech X-Fi Prelude box (rear)

Opening up the box we are greeted by the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 card encased in a blister pack. The blister pack is identical to those used by graphics card manufacturers, and the snug fit that it provides ensures that the sound card doesn't move around. Immediately below the sound card is a cardboard box that contains the necessary items for installing the card. I am happy to report that Auzentech has taken all necessary precautions to ensure that the card will arrive at your place in one piece.

Auzentech Prelude box open

The packaging contents should include:
* 1 x Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card;
* 1 x Quckstart manual;
* 1 x Driver CD;
* 1 x 3 metre SPIDF optical cable, and
* 2 x SPIDF cable blanks (plugs)

Auzentech X-Fi Prelude inclusions

SPIDF cable

Now that we've had a look at the Auzen X-Fi Prelude's packaging and contents, let's head over the page and become acquainted with what you are all itching to see...the card itself.
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Most Recent Comments

28-10-2007, 07:25:26

Wow, Nice review PV!

Looks to be a solid card.Quote

28-10-2007, 07:51:15

Looks like a decent card, if only they didn't have to use Creative drivers tbhQuote

28-10-2007, 07:57:49

i can certainly vouch for it i have one and i love it everything about it just 'feels' better than the other x-fi i had

would love a THX console for calibrating my speakers though but that aside i absolutely love it Quote

28-10-2007, 08:52:17

Originally Posted by name='SuB'
i can certainly vouch for it i have one and i love it everything about it just 'feels' better than the other x-fi i had

would love a THX console for calibrating my speakers though but that aside i absolutely love it
Seeing as it`s software is creative hybrid, I wonder if u can use the THX console that creative have on their cds ?

For me, these cards are equivilant to how an nVidia reference card gets adopted by other manufs.

Talking about the population of a creative card in comparison to this one, it`s also fair to bare in mind that out of the 5 or 6 creative x-fi cards that have been/are available, ranging from the cheapest to the professional studio ones, the density of the surface mounting goes from sparce to crazy-mad-caps-per-inch.

I would have liked to have seen a "crackle-test" on this card too, creative cards get easily bogged down fighting for internal bus usage (so it would appear but not confirmed) which makes them crackle. It`s a mad test to emulate, and it`s conditions are not 100% duplicate-able. But if u have a pc thrash at something like fah on all cores, do some rar`ing, do some massive file transfers..... and play some music - u get crackle on a creative x-fi. Maybe this is more a blame of the mobo design, or windows design, but it would be interesting.

Also - I want pci-e in this crazy lacking pci slot world !Quote

28-10-2007, 08:55:55

Creative just dont support THX in Vista, they suck

Crackle test - would have been interesting you're right

And yep, lets hope some PCI-e versions get out real soonQuote

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