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First non-creative card ever to use EAX 5.0, It uses a AK4396 DAC and AK5394 ADC, National LM4562NA OPAMP. Expected release is Q4 this year.

Hardware specs at the bottom: http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/x-fi_prelude.php

Is this going to finally best creatives top of the line xfi range?
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swappable op amp , they took the xfi and perfected it

they just sold me
    
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I'm torn with it. I think that they have taken the X-Fi and bettered, it... but I wouldn't say they've made it perfect.

The X-Fi is a great card and has a very good DAC. It's only the power and analogue output that needed to be upgraded. Auzentech did this.

What I am not a fan of is that only the Front L/R op-amp is socketed. What is more, they picked a good op-amp for the front channels... but opted for a OPA2134 for the surround channels. To put this in perspective... while the OPA2134 is not a bad op-amp it is a very basic op-amp and is commonly found in Cmoy amps. It would have been better for Auzentech to keep the same op-amps throughout all channels so the sound would be even and would match.
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I can't wait for this card. I don't want to go the creative route because their cards lack optical.
    
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I think this would be the only other card I would think about getting apart from creative simply because of its perfected features.
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I think that I would take this card over any of the creatives. It has all the X-fi features plus all the other goodies like digital outputs right off the back of the card, which comes in very handy for a person running an HTPC. I think Auzentech has finally made the one card that has all the bell and whistles regardless what your trying to play through it, games, movies, music, whatever it can do it all! Only reason I wouldn't buy it is because I know its going to be well over 200 bucks when it comes out and for me thats just too much to spend on a sound card unless your an audiophile.
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I think that I would take this card over any of the creatives. It has all the X-fi features plus all the other goodies like digital outputs right off the back of the card, which comes in very handy for a person running an HTPC. I think Auzentech has finally made the one card that has all the bell and whistles regardless what your trying to play through it, games, movies, music, whatever it can do it all! Only reason I wouldn't buy it is because I know its going to be well over 200 bucks when it comes out and for me thats just too much to spend on a sound card unless your an audiophile.

well you almost contradict yourself here... you'll buy this card over anything that creative makes. The problem here is that the core of the card is made by creative. All it is, is an X-Fi with an upgraded output and power section.

Also, you don't have to be an audiophile to spend $200 on a sound card. I'm sure there are gamers, media buffs, and people who do their own recordings who will willingly spend $200 on the card.

The thing that ruins it for me is that only the main L/R op-amp is socketed. All the others are not, which means you have to be handy w/ a soldering iron to swap them... and since they're SOIC package it's no different than swapping the op-amps on a genuine Creative X-Fi. To top it off, the main op-amp is different from the surround op-amps... can you say mis-matched sound?
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice View Post
I can't wait for this card. I don't want to go the creative route because their cards lack optical.
You can buy an adapter to give you optical for very cheap. I've posted the link before,but don't have time to search for it right now. Don't let that sway your decision.
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why would you want optical anyway. coax is better
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