The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 is Auzentech's first Low Profile native PCI Express audio card designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the X-Fi Forte improves the circuitry and upgrades the components. Select Update Driver. If Windows doesn't find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow their instructions. Reinstall the device driver. In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select Device Manager. Right-click (or press and hold) the name of the device, and select Uninstall. Auzentech has been developing an HDMI soundcard for quite a while and this new card is said to be loaded with features for any audio tasks. Today in the Guru3D audio lab, we have a brand spanking. Auzentech X-FI Prelude 7.1 Sound Card: Oct 10, 2007: Auzentech X-Fi Prelude: TechGage Oct 10, 2007: Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card: Computer Shopper.

Product:X-fi Forte 7.1 Soundcard
Product code (SKU):XFIFORTE71
Street price:$129.99

Hey guys and gals, we have the latest soundcard offering from Auzentech in the house. it is the all new X-fi Forte 7.1. First let's deal with some background about Auzentech.

Auzentech built the world's first card to offer Dolby Digital and DTS in an add-in soundcard. Auzentech's real claim to fame came in the form of the legendary limited edition X-Meridian 7.1 (XM) soundcard. The XM catapulted Auzen to the fore front of PC audio cards and gained the company much fame in the PC audio world. After the release of the X-Meridian 7.1, Auzentech only had two ways to proceed; either surpass the XM with features and/or sound quality or move back to more generic cards. Auzentech further surprised the masses when they announced they would be releasing a new card built around the 20K1 DSP chip, commonly known as the X-fi processor.

This also noted the first time Creative Labs released their proprietary DSP technology to another soundcards house.

Auzentech once again cemented their hold on the audio world and offered products to another market segment; the very large PC gaming market. The highly successful X-fi Prelude 7.1 seemed to command a large audience and it seemed everybody and their brother purchased a Prelude 7.1, which was considered by many to be the best gaming card in existence.

Today in our audio lab we have the new Auzentech X-fi Forte 7.1 soundcard ready to be put through our considerable, majestic yet always fair tests. Let's see what Auzentech sent over shall we? Next page please.


Before getting stuck into this review, I want to take you back in time with me for a moment. It won't take long I promise...
Prior to the early 1990's, PC's had little capacity to output sound beyond basic beeps. The sound card as we know it was popularised by Creative Labs at the start of the 90s with its range of Sound Blaster products. The SoundBlaster became a de- facto standard for amateur audiophiles, gamers, and home users, and was quickly emulated by other hardware manufacturers. The product line has continued to evolve, but other manufacturers have also come and gone and subsequently been swallowed by Creative. Hardware manufacturers like Terratec, AOpen, Hercules, Philips, M-Audio have all either fallen by the wayside or vanished into total obscurity.
For a while the sound card market appeared to stagnate, until an innovative manufacturer named Auzentech arrived on the scene. Within quick succession, Auzentech released sound cards that began to reinvigorate the market...namely the X-Plosion, X-Mystique and finally the X-Meridian. Utilising alternative C-Media chipsets, Auzentech began to secure a solid following and fan-base for both their quality, performance and innovation.
Auzentech's X-Meridian sound card also had the dubious honour of going head-to-head with Creative's latest offering...the Creative X-Fi. However, Creative seemed to be having a change of heart from their attitude of the past and were having a change of direction. Last year the PC enthusiast community began to hear rumours that Creative were going to begin licensing their audio chipsets. Whether Auzentech's surge in popularity had anything to with this is purely speculative, but I would be prepared to wager on it.
Subsequently, Auzentech were given the license to start producing their own range of X-Fi based sound cards and the rumour mills were buzzing with excitement at this interesting collaboration. As the days to release were ticking down, news was rapidly spreading that the Auzen X-Fi Prelude was shaping up to be something very special, and free of issues that plagued Creative's X-Fi based cards.
Today I have been given the honour of reviewing the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card, and I can safely say that it has been well worth the wait. But don't take my word for it, take a look at it yourself...

The Auzen X-FI Prelude 7.1 sound card specifications were taken directly, and unashamedly from Auzentech's website .Auzentech sound cards & media devices driver download for windows 8
Key Components

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  • Creative X-Fi CA20K audio processor
  • One AKM AK-5394 super high performance 96kHz 24-bit ADC for analog input
  • Four AKM AK-4396 96kHz 24-bit advanced multi-bit DAC for analog output
  • 64Mbytes of memory for audio processing
  • High fidelity audio OPAMPs for analog input and output (TI OPA2134)
  • Front L/R output OPAMP is replaceable by end-user (National LM4562NA)
  • Dual mode S/PDIF receiver and transmitter
Audio Performance (Rated Output @ 5Vrms, Typical Value)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)
  • Stereo Output : 120dB (part spec)
  • Front and Rear Channels : 120dB (part spec)
  • Center : 120dB (part spec)
  • Subwoofer and Side Channels : 120dB (part spec)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion Noise at 1kHz (-3dBFS, A-weighted) : 0.001% - part spec
  • Frequency Response ( /-0.01dB, 24-bit/44.1kHz input ) : 20khz (part spec)
  • Frequency Response ( /-0.01dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ) : 43.5 khz (part spec)
  • 16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
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IO Connectors
  • One 3.5mm MIC input connector in rear panel
  • One 3.5mm line input connector in rear panel
  • One 4-pin AUX connector on board
  • Four 3.5mm 8 channel line output connectors in rear panel (FL/FR/C/SW/RL/RR/RSL/RSR)
  • One S/PDIF combo input connector in rear panel for receiving either coaxial or optical digital
  • One S/PDIF combo output connector in rear panel for transmitting either coaxial or optical digital
  • One 10-1pin front panel connector on board for MIC input and headphone: more
  • One 40-pin digital extension header on board to support AD-Link and other digital functionality
S/W and drivers
  • Creative X-Fi Driver

The Auzen X-FI Prelude 7.1 specifications look very good on paper, but just how well these equate to real-world performance we'll see later in the review. But for now, let's turn the page to see what you are actually getting for your money...

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Wow, Nice review PV!
Looks to be a solid card.Quote
Looks like a decent card, if only they didn't have to use Creative drivers tbhQuote
i can certainly vouch for it i have one and i love it everything about it just 'feels' better than the other x-fi i had
would love a THX console for calibrating my speakers though but that aside i absolutely love it Quote
Originally Posted by name='SuB'
i can certainly vouch for it i have one and i love it everything about it just 'feels' better than the other x-fi i had
would love a THX console for calibrating my speakers though but that aside i absolutely love it
Seeing as it`s software is creative hybrid, I wonder if u can use the THX console that creative have on their cds ?
For me, these cards are equivilant to how an nVidia reference card gets adopted by other manufs.
Talking about the population of a creative card in comparison to this one, it`s also fair to bare in mind that out of the 5 or 6 creative x-fi cards that have been/are available, ranging from the cheapest to the professional studio ones, the density of the surface mounting goes from sparce to crazy-mad-caps-per-inch.
I would have liked to have seen a 'crackle-test' on this card too, creative cards get easily bogged down fighting for internal bus usage (so it would appear but not confirmed) which makes them crackle. It`s a mad test to emulate, and it`s conditions are not 100% duplicate-able. But if u have a pc thrash at something like fah on all cores, do some rar`ing, do some massive file transfers..... and play some music - u get crackle on a creative x-fi. Maybe this is more a blame of the mobo design, or windows design, but it would be interesting.
Also - I want pci-e in this crazy lacking pci slot world !Quote
Creative just dont support THX in Vista, they suck
Crackle test - would have been interesting you're right
And yep, lets hope some PCI-e versions get out real soonQuote

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