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post #1 of 12
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So quite some time back i heard the prelude was the best card to get for audio.
So heck i decided to splurge $170 on it, first sound card i own.

Great card and all but.... the ports on the back aren't color coded.
Not only that but even looking directly at them without proper light, you can't tell what the hell is what. Like most people i also have my computer on my desk, so i can't exactly go to the back and see it without trouble.

Here are pictures i googled.
acheter-auzentech-prelude-x-fi-7-1.jpg
auzentech-prelude-71.jpg
xfi_prelude_soundcard_4.jpg

Just ranting cause seems like a big design flaw, or is it because gold connectors are better than traditional plastic ones.
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post #2 of 12
The gold are definitely better than plastic. Remember the old SB Live! value and Audigy Value cards? Those had plastic, color-coded jacks. Over time, those tended to discolor and some even chipped or broke.

Nickel or gold plating is simply more durable.
post #3 of 12
I actually much prefer gold-plated ports. Looks a lot more professional IMO.
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Originally Posted by Narzon;14482611 
I actually much prefer gold-plated ports. Looks a lot more professional IMO.

i understand that, but it's friggin ridiculously hard to see what ports are what. They couldn't paint the icons or anything, are all sound cards like this ?
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Originally Posted by Hotcarl;14482858 
i understand that, but it's friggin ridiculously hard to see what ports are what. They couldn't paint the icons or anything, are all sound cards like this ?

All the high end ones are like this. Of course, the Essence STX and Titanium HD I have make it pretty easy to see where the jack is.
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grab some coloured sharpies and away you go!
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ehh, i just remind myself it's the 3rd port. If if not i just stick it in each and every hole till I get the reaction i want.
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hotcarl;14483384 
ehh, i just remind myself it's the 3rd port. If if not i just stick it in each and every hole till I get the reaction i want.

Amen brotha.

I do think they need to emboss the icons on better or fill them with something that contrasts the gold plate
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post #9 of 12
I can't see the back of my case, at least not without moving it or doing some tricky maneuvers. That said, after a couple days I just memorized which port is which. Never really been a problem since. It may be an annoyance now, but I'm sure you'll get used to it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hotcarl;14483384 
ehh, i just remind myself it's the 3rd port. If if not i just stick it in each and every hole till I get the reaction i want.

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