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Windows 8 brings back the direct Audio Hardware Acceleration [just like old times - XP].

Don't be shocked. Its True.

As soon as i upgraded to Win-8 from win-7, i quickly noticed the difference of the sound quality re-produced by my X-Fi Prelude. This difference made me to search "Behind-Screen" scenario of W-8 and my skeptics were TRUE.

Even though i have problems with the current Prelude drivers i am still enjoying my sound card in the way that its intended to be. I hope Auzentech will update the drivers for the new Windows 8 Sound Engine Platform soon.


May be its time for CREATIVE again to show off with their PowerFULL X-Fi Chip with EAX 5.0 Advanced HD. Who knows.


Reference - Below shows the difference


Win-8 Sound Engine :-




!!! ---______---______ !!!



Win-7 Sound Engine [Crap] :-



A word to "X-Fi Prelude Owners - Windows-8 Users" :- Please select the compatibility mode as "Windows XP SP3 or Windows 7" for the Prelude drivers before installing it. Even though it may not solve all your problems, it would solve some of them.
    
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Do you mean that this is like the days before Windows XP?

 

I mean, I remember when I upgraded to Windows XP, I was no longer able to enjoy the superior audio quality when playing a CD in my CD-ROM drive because XP was not using my 2-pin digital audio cable that I had connected between the CD-ROM drive and my Audigy 2 ZS.  I remember noticing a difference in audio quality and even the performance of my system in general when playing a CD.  So, I unplugged that cable and I was unpleasantly surprised that I was still able to play my CDs.  In Windows 98, I had to have that cable plugged in in order to play CDs.

 

The reason I called it "superior" is that I didn't always use the 2-pin cable.  Instead, I used the 4-pin analog cable for the longest time until one day I found a 2-pin audio cable sitting in my drawer (it came with the Audigy 2 ZS) and so I decided to see what the difference would be.  lol  That was a good day.  :)

 

Ever since, I've wished that we were still able to have setups like that where the audio can go directly from the optical drive to the sound card instead of having to go through everything else first.

 

So, does this mean that we might be able to go back to those kind of setups in the future thanks to Windows 8?

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Do you mean that this is like the days before Windows XP?

I mean, I remember when I upgraded to Windows XP, I was no longer able to enjoy the superior audio quality when playing a CD in my CD-ROM drive because XP was not using my 2-pin digital audio cable that I had connected between the CD-ROM drive and my Audigy 2 ZS.  I remember noticing a difference in audio quality and even the performance of my system in general when playing a CD.  So, I unplugged that cable and I was unpleasantly surprised that I was still able to play my CDs.  In Windows 98, I had to have that cable plugged in in order to play CDs.

The reason I called it "superior" is that I didn't always use the 2-pin cable.  Instead, I used the 4-pin analog cable for the longest time until one day I found a 2-pin audio cable sitting in my drawer (it came with the Audigy 2 ZS) and so I decided to see what the difference would be.  lol  That was a good day.  smile.gif

Ever since, I've wished that we were still able to have setups like that where the audio can go directly from the optical drive to the sound card instead of having to go through everything else first.

So, does this mean that we might be able to go back to those kind of setups in the future thanks to Windows 8?

Nope not the days before XP. But XP's Audio architecture was outstanding compared to its predecessors . Your 2-pin Digital connection stuff was replaced by Ultra-DMA tech in windows XP. The difference in sound quality you felt might be something else related though.

But Win-8's audio architecture is a mix of both the worlds [XP & Vista/7]. This change is news to Audiophiles & Gamers[X-Fi Owners] as on Vista & 7 , MS's decision was ridiculous to drop direct Sound Hardware Acceleration which directly affected the sound quality & EAX 5.0 Capabilities.

During the days of Vista/7, i also had XP on my system as dual boot just to enjoy the music thru XP for the sake of Sound Quality.

But yes once again the developers have to re write the drivers for new platform.
    
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