Auzentech readies an X-Fi based sound card
While reviewing Auzentech's Oxygen HD-based X-Meridian sound card a couple of months back, we pointed out that Creative was at last starting to get some real competition. That card's gaming performance wasn't very impressive, though, so now Auzentech is readying yet another sound card to cater more to gamers. And what better chipset to choose for a gaming sound card than Creative's very own X-Fi? Indeed, as Auzentech boasts, its upcoming Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card will be the first offering not made by Creative to sport an X-Fi audio chip.
The Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 will have full support for EAX 5.0 hardware audio acceleration, and it will offer the same real-time Dolby Digital Live encoding functionality as the aforementioned X-Meridian. Auzentech intends to release the X-Fi Prelude 7.1 near the end of next month, although Vista users will have to wait until the fourth quarter of this year before they can use the card's Dolby Digital Live encoding feature. Nonetheless, it'll be interesting to see whether Auzentech can come up with a better sound card than Creative, provided it starts off with the same audio chip. (Thanks to TR forum gerbil Taddeusz for the tip.)