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post #46 of 53

aha

in my sistem it sounds more dynamic - and clear not dull . is a very big difference .
post #47 of 53
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Originally Posted by infinitesymphony View Post
Yes, adding a dedicated card will offload some of the sound processing to the sound card, freeing up a few CPU cycles and allowing the EAX effects to be transmitted to your external DAC.
I'm going to go ahead and do it. This onboard audio just isn't cutting it for me.
post #48 of 53
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I'm going to go ahead and do it. This onboard audio just isn't cutting it for me.
Please report back on this one. I'm interested to know how big a difference this makes.

Cheers
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I'm going to go ahead and do it. This onboard audio just isn't cutting it for me.
The Prelude is actually a worse transport than normal x-fi's. Why? Because it cannot transport a pcm-signal with eax effects in Vista. It's drivers are designed in a way that doesn't allow it. To get pcm-output you must use the spdif/output option, but then it will bypass all processing by the card. Unless you use the lossy Dolby Live option.

In comparison, regular Creative X-fi's CAN output an spdif signal with EAX effects as long as you enable it from the x-fi's control panel.

So as a transport, the Prelude loses.
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The Prelude is actually a worse transport than normal x-fi's. Why? Because it cannot transport a pcm-signal with eax effects in Vista. It's drivers are designed in a way that doesn't allow it. To get pcm-output you must use the spdif/output option, but then it will bypass all processing by the card. Unless you use the lossy Dolby Live option.

In comparison, regular Creative X-fi's CAN output an spdif signal with EAX effects as long as you enable it from the x-fi's control panel.

So as a transport, the Prelude loses.
This is only in Vista? Does XP work properly like the creative's do?
post #51 of 53
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This is only in Vista? Does XP work properly like the creative's do?
Yes, I've heard that in XP it works correctly. Vistas sound management is different. I tried getting this information across to Auzentech but their support doesn't seem to understand english much if at all.
post #52 of 53
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The Prelude is actually a worse transport than normal x-fi's. Why? Because it cannot transport a pcm-signal with eax effects in Vista. It's drivers are designed in a way that doesn't allow it. To get pcm-output you must use the spdif/output option, but then it will bypass all processing by the card. Unless you use the lossy Dolby Live option.

In comparison, regular Creative X-fi's CAN output an spdif signal with EAX effects as long as you enable it from the x-fi's control panel.

So as a transport, the Prelude loses.
I went for the X-Fi Elite Pro. I got it for a tad less than a Prelude anyways thanks to a friend owning me a favor.

In the end, it's usually better to go "first party" on something anyways. That's just how I am.

I've seen enough mixed feedback about Auzentech customer service and posts like this one that I just figured I'd better stick with Creative. I've had good luck with two other X-fi cards in the past on two different machines so all should be well.
post #53 of 53
What if a juli@ was to be thrown in?
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