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AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Worth the Wait! 4/20/2011 2:03:39 PM

Pros: Outstanding component and construction quality, far better than any of the three Creative products I've owned. Dedicated driver development, which are now fully enabled. Sound for games, music, and movies that will impress. Reliable, three years and still running fine. No problems with WinXP SP-3 32bit.
Great technical support.

Cons: Beta-testing the RC driver development was a bit of a pain, compensation would have been nice. All the OAMPS should be socketed for easy swap. Sockets for memory expansionas well would have been nice.
Green-On-Green-Off-Green-On-Green-Off....you know what I mean. ;o)

Overall Review: Short and sweet, this is a Great card for game support, and a fine card for music and movies. Now that the drivers are fully functional and stable it's an easy ride. FWIW, the reason out of house beta testing is that no one company can build every machine in use to test on.
You will benefit from upper-end speakers, especially 5.1 & 7.1 systems, but 2.1 is cool as well as positional sound is very good. In use since 2008 and the card is still fully working.
About my comment on Tech support, it is my understanding that Auzentech has never really gotten much support from Creative concerning the hardware they licensed to them. Much like a retail buyer won't get much support from Creative either. I applaud Auzen for doing well with limited resources from Creative.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
S/PDIF In issue 3/10/2010 9:26:51 PM

Pros: Sounds great. Not a Creative product... sort of.

Cons: Oldish drivers, they don't seem to be moving away from Creative's horrid drivers.
For some reason the S/PDIF in just wouldn't see the S/PDIF out from my Stanton turntable, which was the whole reason I chose to go with the card. Auzen has a horrible reputation for responding to tech issue, so rather than deal with that, just returned the card.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great 2/11/2010 7:24:46 PM

Pros: Separate microphone and line inputs, front panel connection, X-Fi chipset, volume levels of all inputs can be controlled by the driver (unlike some cards with C-Media chips).

Cons: None

Overall Review: The driver interface for this card is identical to any Creative brand X-Fi card since it uses the same chipset. The optical inputs are mini-TOSLINK instead of regular TOSLINK but two adapters are included in the package (or you can just use mini-TOSLINK cables). I got this card after I had some bad luck with some cards using a C-Media chip and it is better in every way. Speaker levels can be adjusted individually and they are remembered, even when changing between headphone mode and 5.1/7.1 mode. The headphone and surround modes use two different profiles, unlike cards with the C-Media chip. I have no complaints about this card.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
don't buy this for digital sound 2/6/2010 11:10:20 AM

Pros: When it works, it sounds crystal clear and beautiful. Quality-looking components, very rich analogue sound from the little bit I tested.

Cons: Keep in mind that I may have just received a faulty card, but since day 1 this thing has cut out Dolby Digital Live sound on me quite often. I tried moving PCI slots, new drivers, even a fresh install of a new OS (Windows 7) and nothing would eliminate the problem. Auzentech support also takes quite a while to respond, and the first 3 replies from them were simply informing me that DDL takes a few seconds to initialize (which had nothing to do with my issue). I absolutely can not recommend this card if you're planning on using it primarily for DDL. I made the mistake of thinking they would just release quality drivers and everything would be fine.

Overall Review: Again perhaps I simply received a faulty card, but Auzentech has been pretty terrible to work with and since I purchased the card 7/16/2008 I'm sure they won't repair, replace, or even test it.

Lesson: don't put up with second-rate hardware. If it has issues out of the box send it back and buy something else.

All in all, the analogue sound has never died on me so if you're planning on using that and NOT the digital output you should be fine. It even has upgradeable OPAMPs which is a plus if you're into analogue. I never saw the point since all sound coming from a PC is digital in the first place.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
Outstanding High End Sound Card 1/17/2010 8:21:46 AM

Pros: 5.1 bliss! When playing CD audio over multiple channels (anything more than stereo left and right) you are required to use an 'upmixing' technology. Most home receivers use Dolby Pro logic to accomplish this task. This X-fi based card uses an AMAZING upmixing technology that is a function of the CMSS. This technology is absolutly amazing. You can move the vocals to the center channel! Bass management feature lets you control the crossover frequency to the .1 subwoofer channel as well as an optional 15dB boost. The X-fi Crystallizer is a big plus. Overall the bass managment, 5.1 upmixing and Crystallizer are 3 three things I can not live without. I have an exstensive 24bit DVD-audio collection that sounds incredible on this card!
I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat. P.S. I recommend using the analog out to take full advantage of the chipset on the card.

Cons: Blinking green LED! I had to cover this with tape.

Overall Review: I am a speaker builder and also hand make aluminum PC home theater cases. This card and it's unique features are very capable for top quality listening. The 24bit music sounds incredible. Highly recommended!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
4/ 5
Fantastic Sound Quality!!! 1/8/2010 1:01:48 PM

Pros: X-Fi Crystallizer & Virtual 3D Sound for headsets (I Can hear where my enemies are in Battlefield 2). I think Crytek had this card in mind when the created Crysis...

Great Sofware Package with three different modes, (Entertainment, Audio Creation & Gaming).

VERY high quality construction, this card is a joy just to look at. (All solid capacitors and a cooler on the processor).

Cons: Uses Creative's pathetic drivers.

Is know to have Mic issues, mine does.

Front panel audio header is AC'97 not HD.

Overall Review: This card is amazing for sound quality, most of us don't use PCI any more in our new gaming systems so it's nothing to toss this card into a free PCI slot. VERY IMPORTANT: If you are going to spend the money to buy THIS fantastic sounding card, spend a tiny bit extra to perchase a (USB headset), unless you want to use your onboard audio for you mic.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Poor Optical In (5.1) 12/22/2009 9:59:48 PM

Pros: Outstanding sound, even from my so-so speakers (an old Creative 5.1 set.) Subtle details in my song collection were now easily noticeable. Can't report much on gaming, though this card is capable of EAX 1/2/3/4/5. Doesn't require an extra power connection (some cards have a floppy power connection, and wont work without it.) Headers for frontside audio. Creative technology paired with higher quality components and a vastly superior workmanship. Digital input and output by either coaxial or TOSLINK (optical) without the need for a breakout box or extra bracket + ribbon cable. Output can be wrapped into a Dolby signal for 5.1 sound on home theater receivers.

Cons: I bought this sound card with one primary objective: 5.1 audio input via optical from my Xbox 360. I researched the current offerings from Auzen, Creative, H|Omega and Asus, and it was reported that this card could do it while having up to date drivers and ongoing support. Turns out, as I suspected, that the tip came from a clueless user; 2.1 "Digital Stereo" works fine over Optical, anything more and you get what sounds like continuous input clipping, and the card wont recognize or decode the signal. Didnt work using bundled drivers, new drivers, or daniel_k drivers on either win7 or winXP. (XP is a bxxxx to install when you don't have a floppy drive... search "install XP from USB," look for USB_Prep8 or some such, cross fingers.)

The search continues for what I need.

Overall Review: On the bright side, I had forgotten of Daniel_K's existence, time to dust off the old Audigy 4 Pro to see if I can get that to fly. Unfortunately, he stopped writing drivers/app-packs earlier this year, so if this card ever gets what I need out of it, Auzentech will be the author. Still debating whether or not to return it, because aside from that one point of functionality, its a great device.

for others that might be researching the same thing I was: This card cannot accept a 5.1 signal using the optical-in at the time of this writing. This includes both the PS3 and Xbox 360 optical connections (2.1 Stereo OK.)

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Incredible, but not without frustration 12/8/2009 11:09:58 PM

Pros: I have had this card for about two years using a Yamaha HTR-6160 receiver and six Yamaha NS-333 speakers and one NS-C125 and a Boston Acoustics VR-2000 subwoofer. After decommissioning my $20K+ 8 Kilowatt sound studio I never thought I would be satisfied with a PC sound system, I was wrong.
It’s sounds absolutely amazing but it’s up to you to bring it out with quality components.

Cons: Yes it does Sometime glitch and produces screeching and random noise in vista 64 bit and Windows 7 the same. I believe this is the fault of Creative's Dolby Digital Decoder and its nearly made me pull the card. Were not just talking a little noise, unless you’re connected with some 5 watt Logitech speakers.
The software supplied is a mix of 32 and 64 bit and this did not start happening until Windows started enforcing 64 bit driver signing in 07-2007.

Overall Review: The software could stand some improvement it’s pretty tedious but did I mention gamming, WOW! I’ll leave it at that

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