Auzentech X7 meridian pro's and cons
Firstly the Auzentech's saving grace it's it's sound, using it unmodded, from 3.5mm splitter to rca's and then to a alpine H701 = 3 words HAWT DIGGETY DAAAAAAAAAAAMN!
Power, accuracy, clean (ABSOLUTELY NO NOISE) i had some problems with an x-fi preboot. but with this none.
Why analogue you ask? Well optical runs perfectly fine - except for an audible buzz between song changes in RR. Don't ask me why- i don't know, and well analogue doesn't have any. Decided not to be anal about it...
Major Hibernation issues... especially for car pc's with 1 PCI Card - it does not like to share resources... and even after multiple bios configurations on the Via M10000- i got it to it's own IRQ - BUT it still won't hibernate.
CD drive control is also a bit screwy as is Line in - the volume jumps all over the place when adjusting it- I don't know why even though I've mapped everything to master volume - It's not an RR problem it happens in the mixer as well...
Workaround has been Devcon / hibernate trigger- disable and enable during hibernation and resume
Thankfully it keeps it's settings !!!
Also- it won't disable when winamp is playing so your script has to be modified to stop winamp, disable pci, hibernate... and enable pci, play winamp on hibernate
Like i said, the sound has been it's saving grace...
Is it worth it? 50-50... i can't be *#*$# to rip out the pc and look for new cards again... so yes... i'll stick with the workarounds for now.:yield: :yield: :yield: :yield: :puke: :violin:
I guess it's a driver problem which is still listed as Beta... the auzentech tech support has been great- telling me to run defrag and scan disk which won't be worth a damn, i need to tell them to rtf mp3car.com f.... cos their ****ty driver sucks....
Audiophile with car pc - No - stick with externals or get an alpine 701.
Audiophiles with car pc and can be bothered to spend lots of time hacking - yes.
Non audiophiles - stick with onboard sound or whatever basic and Proven cards there are...
auzentech just got everything working
Just tested in car, it now hibernates with no problem
with the help of hibernate trigger, devcon and auto it.
1st shut down winamp, disable card.. hibernate ...
on resume, power up card, start winamp.
Easy fix for some, PITA for me, but at least it's working now. BTW auzentech support asked me to RMA the card and they'll give me a new one.
but it's kind of too much of a bother to rip out the pc, and wait for a new sound card from the states.
This fix doesn't really work.. i've traced it to the asio plugin in winamp (both the dll one and the installer one) i believe even with 1 gb of ram, asio is very demanding on the processor. buffers need to be set above seven to prevent chops...
The card will not hibernate unless disabled: Furthermore---- Killing winamp with ASIO plugin and auzentech WONT WORK together--- the card will not disable when ASIO is used. btw ASIO plugin detects the auzentech as oxygen media - not auzentech...( guess it's the same driver)
My guess is a driver problem as the card wont shut down with anything inside it's buffer ( am i correct ? does this the card even have a buffer?)
I was testing this in car and if ASIO was not used, winamp could be shutdown, and hence the card....and proper hibernation can be carried out. If asio was used - hang, bluescreen core memory dump and lots of beeping...
So i redid my script on startup and shut down to disable / enable asio then kill winamp then disable car, then hibernate.. Used Auto IT's record function.
How do i know it's ASIO ? The card will shut down andl hibernate with media player, windows media player, and winamp with any other output plugin, just not with ASIO.
I doubt rma'ing the card will help... It's probably specific to my system, probably as i'm running too many usb devices that have waay too many IRQ's.
Anyway Auzentech if you're reading this - it's time to upgrate your bloody beta drivers.
Just to highlight
2 x 4 port usb-s
Port 1 -
External DVD via 2 usb ports for power and data.
Direct to PC USB -
Why am I not ripping this out of my car -???
It sounds so damn good.... What alternative do I have back to X-fi?... Would you have rather have a misbehaving wild and unpredictable Lindsay Lohan in bed ? Or Julia Roberts? Older and more stable and reliable....
I'm no audiophile - BUT if i went back to creative, I'd instantly become one because of the comparison of the 2 cards....
So you have been warned, these cards are not for novices.