Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Xonar D2 or Auzentech Prelude?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Xonar D2 or Auzentech Prelude?

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone, my birthday is in two weeks and im pondering what to spend my money on.

I have $100 cash, and a computer job is going to bring in another $100.. so im virtually sitting on $200

But anyway, i want a new sound card and im leaning toward the Xonar D2 since i've read its a better choice in Vista despite not having the EAX the Prelude/X-fi have.

Rep+ for input
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 37
The Prelude is a better card, I'm fairly sure.
post #3 of 37
Prelude for sure.
Once again...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
  hide details  
Reply
Once again...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 37
Thread Starter 
Well i understand the X-fi is like "whoah" but according to this article
http://techreport.com/articles.x/13874/1
The Xonar has slightly better sound quality and drivers.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 37
And the Xonar now supports EAX 5.0 if that tickles your fancy.
I'd get the Asus personally.
Almost done...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 (next upgrade) DFI Lanparty Dark (next upgrade) 8800GT 4x1Gb Crucial Ballistix 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Acer 20" Logitech G15 PC P&C 750W Quad Lian-Li PC-A71B (next upgrade) 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Lachesis Corepad C1 XXXL 
  hide details  
Reply
Almost done...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 (next upgrade) DFI Lanparty Dark (next upgrade) 8800GT 4x1Gb Crucial Ballistix 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Acer 20" Logitech G15 PC P&C 750W Quad Lian-Li PC-A71B (next upgrade) 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Lachesis Corepad C1 XXXL 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 37
EAX doesn't matter with Vista.


I still say Prelude. One positive review doesn't counteract all the negative I've seen.
post #7 of 37
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by biftek View Post
And the Xonar now supports EAX 5.0 if that tickles your fancy.
I'd get the Asus personally.
That makes me lean toward the Xonar even more

Quote:
Originally Posted by Namrac View Post
EAX doesn't matter with Vista.


I still say Prelude. One positive review doesn't counteract all the negative I've seen.
Can you give an example of negative reviews? On newegg i saw a few that had 5.1 problems.. is there anything besides that?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 37
Go with the Prelude. The only thing holding the Auzie back is its crappy drivers (it doesn't play nicely with some other components, but that could just be the other components).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9000 Uh, iunno SLI 280m 6GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500gb Raid0 Windows 7 64bit 17" 1920x1200 Logitech MK700 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Alienware M17X body Logitech G9 Xtrac Ripper 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9000 Uh, iunno SLI 280m 6GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500gb Raid0 Windows 7 64bit 17" 1920x1200 Logitech MK700 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Alienware M17X body Logitech G9 Xtrac Ripper 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 37
A dissenting opinion.

I would favor the Xonar D2 as the overall better card.

I've got both an X-Fi (equivalent to the Prelude in most respects) and a couple of sound cards with the C-Media CMI8788 (the APU on which the Xonar D2's AV200 was based), so I've got experience with both. I prefer the CMI8788's refinement; the sound output for music and movies seems more sophisticated and possessed of more finesse than the X-Fi, which I find to be powerful and meaty, but brutal.

If your primary needs are for gaming, the Prelude is better; I found X-Fi cards to have a bit better positional sound effects than any C-Media card I've got. C-Media cards still have fair-to-good positional sound abilities (it varies by card, interestingly), but the X-Fi beats it in gaming.

Overall, though, I like how C-Media CMI8788 APU outputs sound over all uses.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X3 720 BE Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 2 x 2GB Crucial Ballistix Tracers PC3 10600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Almost 8TB of storage AMD Stock Cooler Windows Home Server CoolerMaster SilentPro M 700W 
Case
Lian Li PC-V2000B (with thlnk3r mods) 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X3 720 BE Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 2 x 2GB Crucial Ballistix Tracers PC3 10600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Almost 8TB of storage AMD Stock Cooler Windows Home Server CoolerMaster SilentPro M 700W 
Case
Lian Li PC-V2000B (with thlnk3r mods) 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 37
http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/Asus...s/5135-11.html

Just a quick google.


I've just heard very little good about the card.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Xonar D2 or Auzentech Prelude?