Hardware Review: Auzentech X-fi Prelude
3 Words to begin: SAVE YOUR MONEY!
So i've been running a xmeridian direct to a alpine 701, then to 3 lrx amps and DLS audio. Then i decide to upgrade to the brand spanking new prelude.
First off: The bads.
2) Its SOFT!!! real soft. I doubt the 5v rms is really there.. probably more like a 3- the Meridian is at least 2x as loud.
3) Asio is still jittery... you have to use the audio creation mode to enable full asio, which there is a volume control specifically for asio, once you bump that up, everything distorts....
4) Drivers:- Hell big / affected startup times by around 10-12 seconds.
Note i tried on both RCA's and optical, and i had a hissing noise from all speakers due to the fact i had to drive the overal system volume (701 and amp gains) up just to hear the damn thing.
Better soundstage- probably 20% better on the high mids up, but remember the amps and everything after need WAAAAy more power.
The x meridian is back in the car, and my vista has a new soundcard, where it seems good for gaming.
too bad the x meridian is discontinued. i did a SPL test with the x meridian and the above setup with 189db..... the prelude only managed 132db on the same settings.