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I'm new but I need help on a decision. I'm buying a new soundcard and was wondering which SOUNDS better. I'm mainly going to be watching movies on a 5.1 surround setup and listening to a lot of different types of music. I will be occasionally playing tf2 and cod4. And I'm using Vista 64 if that makes a difference.
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Your using it for gaming, then look no further, The Auzentech X-fi uses the latest EAX which is essential for today's gaming. Also this soundcard is equiped with high end solid capacitors and high end lm4562 opamp. To add more to that it uses the already excellent x-fi chip which is then modified even more by Auzentech! The Asus Xonar D2 isn't bad for the price either but it lacks actual EAX and for movie watching and such, the prelude can do just as much if not more.

edit: Vista supports EAX http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2006/11...eax_after_all/
Edited by CrackClocker - 7/4/08 at 10:11pm
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Does Vista support EAX though because I hear it doesn't?
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You need alchemy to make vista support EAX. And even then its only done through software emulation.

Also the new Xonar drivers allow support of EAX5, but it has no alchemy type program so its useless in vista.
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I suggest the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude, as I have one myself, and will state that it is the top audiophile card on the market, and it really is a great card. Swappable opamps, are a great feature for any card to a true audiophile, allowing me to tweak the sound signature, to what ever headphones I may be using.
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The Prelude sounds best overall, but it doesn't work well in Vista To get full EAX you have to use a program (boo).

For vista, I would defintely recommend getting the Xonar.

It simply breaks down to this

Windows XP - Auzentech X-Fi Prelude
Windows Vista - Aus Xonar D2 (or D2x)
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Originally Posted by Nubcake View Post
The Prelude sounds best overall, but it doesn't work well in Vista To get full EAX you have to use a program (boo).

For vista, I would defintely recommend getting the Xonar.

It simply breaks down to this

Windows XP - Auzentech X-Fi Prelude
Windows Vista - Aus Xonar D2 (or D2x)
I completely disagree with you their buddy

Prelude and Vista work perfectly fine.
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I completely disagree with you their buddy

Prelude and Vista work perfectly fine.
It didn't work fine for me, I've tried it on both of my Vista rigs along with a buddies to see if I had a bad card.
post #9 of 16
For music and films the Xonar puts out better audio quality than the X-Fi. All of the Xonar's features work right out of the box with Vista as well. EAX effects are processed through the Xonar's DS3 GX2.0 technology, which might not be hardware accelerated but it sounds just as good to me.

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Originally Posted by CrackClocker
The article you linked to is from 2006, before the offical release of Vista to the public. EAX used to function via the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) of the operating system, but Vista doesn't have a HAL. For EAX to function on X-Fi cards requires the use of Alchemy, a seperate program. Asus cards do not require this as they are able to process EAX effects through DS3 GX2.0 without the need for additional programs.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 7/5/08 at 6:32am
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It didn't work fine for me, I've tried it on both of my Vista rigs along with a buddies to see if I had a bad card.
Works fine for me. You must be doing something wrong.
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