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X-Fi™ Prelude 7.

Extreme Sound for Extreme Gamers and Extreme Audiophiles

Owner’s Manual
(Revision Date: Oct. 22, 2007)

Auzentech, Inc.
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Copyright

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chemical, manual or otherwise, without the prior written permission from Auzentech, Inc. In no
event will Auzentech, Inc be liable for direct, indirect, special, exemplary, incidental, or
consequential damages resulting from any defect or omission in this manual, even if advised of the
possibility of such damages. In the interest of continued product development, Auzentech, Inc.
reserves the right to make improvements to this manual and the products it describes at any time,
without notices or obligation.

Disclaimer

The software described in this document is furnished under a license agreement and may be used
or copied only in accordance with the terms of the license agreement. It is against the law to copy
the software on any other medium except as specifically allowed in the license agreement. The
licensee may make one copy of the software for backup purposes only. The Software License
Agreement is found in a separate folder on the Installation and Applications CD.

In the interest of continued product development, Auzentech, Inc. reserves the right to make
improvements to this manual and the products it describes at any time, without notices or
obligation.

Trademarks

AUZEN, AUZENTECH logo are trademarks of Auzentech, Inc. Sound Blaster, Blaster, the Sound
Blaster X-Fi logo, the Sound Blaster PCI logo, X-Fi, ALchemy, EAX, Multi-Environment,
Environment Panning, Environment Reflections, Environment Filtering and Environment Morphing
are registered trademarks or trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and/or
other countries. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Microsoft, MS-
DOS, Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. "DTS",
"DTS-ES Extended Surround" and "Neo:6" are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.. All
other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Contents
1. Introduction
1) Introducing the Product

2) Soundcard Layout

3) Package Contents and Specifications

2. Installation

1) Before You Proceed

2) Installing the Sound Card

3) Installing the Driver

4) Changing the Sound Mode

3. Connecting Speakers

4. Console Launcher Mode


1) Game Mode

2) Entertainment Mode

3) Audio Creation Mode

5. Audio Console
6. ALchemy Driver for Windows Vista
7. Reference
- Feature List of Modes

8. Troubleshooting and FAQ

9. Technical Support

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1. Introduction

1) Introducing the product

Thank you for purchasing the Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1, featuring the Creative latest audio
revolution, SoundBlaster® X-Fi™ chipset.

① Using the latest X-Fi™ audio processor from Creative, Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 helps
conserve system resources. It is built around the blazing fast X-Fi™ audio processor with more
than 51 million transistors and performing 10,000 MIPS (Million Instructions per Second). This
reduces CPU load when playing multimedia files and games, and can improve VGA performance
and the video frame rate of games.

②The Operational Amplifiers ("OPAMP") produce excellent S/N (Signal-to-Noise ratio) and high-
quality sound. LM4562— a high-quality audio opamp of National Semiconductor—is used for front
audio output. OPA2134 of Texas Instruments is used for other outputs.

③The analog input and output of Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 provide excellent sound quality. DAC-
AKM AK4396VF is a high-quality DAC chip used for hi-fi audio and supports 120dB of S/N and
dynamic range. The ADC-AKM 5394AVS in Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 has higher specifications
than even professional audio interfaces.

④ Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 has digital output combo-ports (optical/coaxial) for connecting
various type of digital equipment. You can use any type of digital equipment you like (supporting
24-bit/96 KHz).
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⑤ Continuous driver support from Creative will keep the Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 current with
your computer Operating System (WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS VISTA 32/64-bit).

⑥ Sound positioning during gameplay is available through the latest Creative's EAX technology.
The first sound card other than Creative's own products to support the latest EAX technology,
Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 provides advanced sound in games with EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 and
hardware acceleration. EAX 2.0 compatibility has appeared in third-party soundcards as well as

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earlier Auzentech soundcards, but that technology—utilizing software acceleration in a 3D
engine—can provide only limited sound positioning.

⑦ Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 has all necessary connectors for 7.1 channels of digital and analog
output. You can connect to a wide range of equipment, simultaneously. In addition, the extension
port allows further expansion of the Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1. Visit www.auzentech.om for
updated information on available and compatible Auzen X-Tension’s line of product.

※Note
Some Auzentech products are only available in certain regions. For more information on product
availability and possible upgrade options, consult your local distributor or visit www.auzentech.com

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2) Sound Card Layout

① MIC: Connect a microphone.

② LINE IN: Connect devices such as CD player, MP3 player, TV-card (analog).

③ FRONT OUT: Connect the front L/R speakers (analog).

④ REAR OUT: Connect the rear L/R speakers (analog).

⑤ CENTER/WOOFER OUT: Connect center and woofer speakers (analog).

⑥ BACK SURROUND OUT: Connect rear-surround L/R speakers (analog, 7.1 channels only).

⑦ S/PDIF IN: Connect a digital audio playing device with optical or coaxial cable (Combo type).

⑧ S/PDIF OUT: Connect a digital audio recording device with optical or coaxial cable (Combo type).

⑨ F/P AUDIO: Connect the front ports of computer case.

⑩ AUX IN: Connect an analog cable from other devices like TV-card.

⑪ FRONT OPAMP: Changeable opamp socket for front output (default: NATIONAL LM4562).

⑫ EXTENSION PORT FOR OPTION BOARD: Connect the extension board (available separately).

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3) Package Contents and Specification

●Package Contents of the Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1

- ”Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1” sound board

- 2pcs 3.5mm mini-plug TOSLINK adaptor for COAX+OPITC combo connectors

- 3 meter TOSLINK fiber optic digital cable

- Drivers/Applications/English Manual installation CD

- Installation Guide / Warranty Card

●Specifications of the Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1

Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 SPEC


Interface PCI 2.1 or higher

In 24-bit / 96kHz
Analog Spec. 24-bit / 192kHz/ 2ch STEREO
Out Or 24bit / 96kHz/ 7.1ch
OPTICAL / COAXIAL combo port
In 16/24-bit – 32, 44.1, 48, 96kHz (Bit Matching)
Digital Spec. OPTICAL / COAXIAL combo-port
16/24-bit - 44.1, 48, 96 kHz
Out DD / DTS pass-thru
Microphone Input 24-bit / 96kHz , Mono
MIDI In/Out 16 Channel (Available with Option Console)

Line Out 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 (φ3.5mm STEREO )


MIC IN ⅹ 1
LINE IN ⅹ 1
AUX IN ⅹ 1
In/Out Ports
OPTICAL IN / OUT
COAXIAL IN / OUT
F/P Audio ⅹ 1 (Connecting to front panel of computer)

S/N 120dB (All Output) / 123dB (Input)

Device Driver Direct Sound , MME , WDM, ASIO 2.0

Direct Sound / Direct Sound 3D


Supporting API EAX 1.0 / 2.0
EAX ADVANCED HD 3.0 / 4.0 / 5.0 (Supporting hardware Acceleration)
OpenAL

Extension Port Additional console or HDMI 1.3 option boards available.


(Available separately)

O/S Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista 32 / 64-Bit

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2. Installation

1) Before You Proceed

Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 features the latest technologies for multimedia and games. Installation may be

difficult on some older-model computers. Please double-check the system requirements before installation.

Requirement

Basic Recommended

▪Intel Pentium 4 1.8G or higher,


▪Intel Pentium III 1GHZ or higher,
equivalent AMD CPU or higher
equivalent AMD CPU or higher
▪Intel motherboard chipset
▪Intel/VIA/AMD motherboard chipset
▪512MB RAM
▪256MB RAM
▪Available 1 PCI slot (ver 2.1 or higher)
▪1 PCI slot (ver 2.1 or higher)
▪Microsoft Window s XP SP2
▪Microsoft Windows XP

Hard disk supporting UDMA 66/100,
▪Hard disk supporting UDMA 33 or higher
7200rpm
▪CD-ROM (24X or faster)
▪DVD-ROM 8X or faster
▪Ste reo speak ers (Powere d)
▪5.1 channel speakers (powered)

2) Installing the Sound Card

Please read the instructions below before you install your new sound card.

① If you already have a third-party soundcard installed that will be removed, uninstall the driver.

② Turn off the computer. Unplug the power cord. Confirm that the power cord is unplugged.

③ The chipset and parts on the sound card are sensitive. Before taking the card from the anti-static bag

please roll up your sleeves, wash and dry your hands, and discharge static electricity from your body by

touching the metal of your computer's chassis.

④ Open the computer case. Remove any old third-party soundcards. Insert the sound card into a blank PCI

slot.

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⑤ Do not connect the sound card to the CD-ROM with the analog cable. The WDM driver transfers audio

CD data through the data cable.

⑥ Check the sound card is inserted into the slot firmly, and secure it with a screw. It would be possible for

your computer to fail to boot if the sound card were not installed properly.

3) Installing the Driver

①Check the instructions below before installing the driver.

I. If you have used a sound card, confirm that the previous sound card and its driver have been

uninstalled.

II. If you’re using onboard sound, you will need to access the CMOS (BIOS) utility at startup. Refer to

the user’s guide of your motherboard if you do not know how to enter setup. Pressing the DEL or

ESC key several times during startup is one possible approach.

A. Enter the menu INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS (or ADVANCED SETTING, CHIPSET

SETTING)

B. Disable Onboard sound (AC97 Audio), MIDI port and Game port.

C. Choose SAVE & EXIT in Exit menu.

III. Please update the motherboard chipset with the latest patch.

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▪WINDOWS XP

①After you have installed the sound card and restarted your PC, you should see the following window.

①Click Cancel and insert the installation CD into your CD/DVD-ROM drive. Run SETUP.EXE file from the CD

(or you can download the latest driver by visiting www.auzentech.com).

③ Follow the instructions in the installation window.

④ After installing the driver, reboot your computer.

⑤ When you return to the desktop, the "Volume Panel icon will be visible in system tray (lower right corner of

the screen).

①Click the icon to open the control panel. You can change the mode with the panel.

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4) Changing Sound Mode (Windows XP / VISTA)

①Changing Mode: The Change-Mode button is at the left-bottom of the console.

①Select a mode you like. The optimized control panel will help you enjoy the sound.

③ Mode Description

Entertainment: Multimedia files, CD/DVD playback, Digital out, CD ripping.

Audio Creation: Recording, MIDI work.

Game: 3D audio, EAX.

Read section 4 (Console Launcher Mode) for detailed information.

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3. Connecting Speakers

< Analog 7.1 Channel Diagram >


● Analog 7.1 Channel Ports

FRONT

REAR

CENTER/WOOFER

BACK SURROUND

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< Analog 5.1 Channel Diagram >

● Analog 5.1 Channel Ports

FRONT

REAR

CENTER/WOOFER

BACK SURROUND

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< Analog 4 / 4.1 Channel Diagram >

● Analog 4 Channel Ports

FRONT

REAR

CENTER/WOOFER

BACK SURROUND

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< Analog 2 / 2.1 Channel Diagram >

● Analog 2 / 2.1 Channel Ports

FRONT

REAR

CENTER/WOOFER

BACK SURROUND

< Headphone Diagram >

● Headphone Port

HEADPHONE

REAR

CENTER/WOOFER

BACK SURROUND

※Note: Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 uses 3.5mm (1/8 inch) stereo mini
jacks. Use a converter to change 5.5mm (1/4 inch) stereo jack into
3.5mm stereo jack.

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< S/PDIF to External Devices Diagram >

● S/PDIF Cable
COAXIAL
COAXIAL
COAXIAL
OPTICAL

AV Receiver / Decoder / Digital Speaker

●Optical plug
OPTICAL
Adapting the port shape
(Included)
OPTICAL

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< MIC / LINE IN Diagram >

LINE IN CDP

MIC
MIC

Front Audio Port


(Available when connecting
to FP AUDIO)

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4. Console Launcher Mode

1) Game Mode

In Game Mode, Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude 7.1 is optimized for 3D audio and EAX performance
in games. With the Game Mode console, you can:

 Adjust the master volume or mute all audio.


 Configure playback settings for your speakers or headphones.
 Adjust the Bass Boost and Bass Management settings.
 Enable multi-channel up-mixing.
 Enable virtual surround sound.
 Enhance detail and impact of audio with X-Fi Crystalizer.
 Adjust equalizer settings.
 Adjust basic controls for common mixer sources.

※ Note: Please refer to the help menu (click or icon, upper-right side of the console) for
detailed information.
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■X-Fi CMSS-3D (SURROUND / HEADPHONE / VIRTUAL)

● CMSS-3D technology expands your stereo MP3s


and digital movies into surround sound over
multichannel speakers, stereo speakers or even
headphones. Voices are centered in front of you and
ambient sounds move around you.

■X-Fi CRYSTALIZER

● X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores the detail and


vibrancy to your compressed music and movies. Highs
and lows are intelligently enhanced so you'll hear
everything in crystal clarity.

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■EQ (10 band Equalizer)

● EQ helps you adjust the frequency between


31Hz ~ 16kHz. Ten optimized presets and user
presets are available.

■Mixer

● Mixer helps you adjust the playback/recording


volume. You can create customize sound with SVM
and EAX effect.

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■Speakers

● You can select a speaker mode for your speaker


configuration. Channel and noise test is available in
this menu.

■Bass

● You can separate the low frequency of sub-woofer


and front speaker. Gain-boost and crossover -
frequency adjusting is available for suitable sound
setting.

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2) Entertainment Mode

In Entertainment Mode, your audio device is optimized for movie soundtrack and music
playback. With the Entertainment Mode console, you can:


Adjust master volume, bass and treble levels.

Adjust volume mixer settings.

Configure playback settings for your speakers or headphones.

Adjust equalizer settings.

Enable environment effects.

Enable multichannel upmixing.

Enable virtual surround sound.

Enhance detail and impact of audio with 24-bits.

Configure Dolby and DTS encoding settings.
® ®

※ Note: Please refer to the help menu (click or icon, upper-right side of the console) for
detailed information.

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① Speakers
● You can select a speaker mode for your
speaker configuration. Channel and noise test is
available in this menu.

② EAX Effects
● EAX Effect provides eight surround effect
presets to realize the sound space virtually. Of
course, you can adjust the amount of effect for
creating your favorite sound.

③ X-Fi CMSS-3D
● CMSS-3D technology expands your stereo
MP3s and digital movies into surround sound
over multichannel speakers, stereo speakers or
even headphones. Voices are centered in front
of you and ambient sounds move around you.

④ X-Fi CRYSTALIZER
● X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores the
detail and vibrancy to your compressed music
and movies. All the highs and lows are
intelligently enhanced so you'll hear everything
in crystal clarity.

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⑤ SVM (Smart Volume Management)
● SVM is the feature that reduces the gap
between the high and low peak of the sound by
monitoring the dynamic range. And it also
prevents unexpected volume changes.

⑥ EQ (10 BAND EQUALIZER)


● EQ helps you adjust the frequency between
31Hz ~ 16kHz. Ten optimized presets and user
presets are available.

⑦ Mixer
● Mixer helps you adjust the playback /
recording volume. You can make your favorite
sound with SVM and EAX effect.

⑧ Digital I/O
● In the Digital I/O menu, you can select the
sampling rate for S/PDIF.

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3) Audio Creation Mode

In Audio Creation Mode, your audio device is optimized to handle sophisticated audio operations
such as bus routing, multi-channel wave recording and stereo balancing. You need to be familiar to

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the Audio Creation Mode if you want to use its functions perfectly. With the Audio Creation Mode
console, you can:


 Mix and record multiple audio sources.

 Route audio to specific bus destinations.

 Apply studio-quality effects to all sources.

 Position MIDI output in three-dimensional space.

 Enhance detail and impact of audio with X-Fi Crystalizer.
(Change the screen resolution 1024x768 or higher before opening the Audio Creation
Mode console. The console will be clipped in low resolution.)

※ Note: Please refer to the help menu (click or icon, upper-right side of the console) for
detailed information.

① ② ③ ④ ■Audio Source Selection

Use the mixer to select a device and control various


effects and input/output settings.

① Input section helps you control line/MIC/aux input

② Multi-Channel Wave helps you adjust master L/R, front L/R,


rear surround L/R, Center/Woofer (LFE) and side L/R.

③ 3DMIDI consists of 1 MIDI master and 32 channels. Each


channel is allocated to the channel connected with MIDI
synthesizer A and B.

④ ASIO helps you use ASIO driver on Audio Creation mode.


(Connecting with master L/R, front L/R, rear surround L/R,
Center/Woofer (LFE) and side L/R).

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■Master Auxiliary Effect
Adjusts the amount of effect delivered to the main mix.
This effect signal is applied when:

 Aux Effect is activated.


 Aux Send Control is set higher than 0.

■Monitor and Global Effect


Monitors the volume level of each channel and applies
the global effect, selects speaker channels on Speaker
Configuration menu, and adjusts the amount of EQ,
EAX, Crystalizer and SVM.

■Recorder
Supports WMA / WAV file format; quality setting is available.

You can record instantly in Audio Creation mode.

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■Snapshot Tool and Help
■Insert FX
You can save and load the settings of Audio
Insert FX section consists of 4 effect
Creation mode easily by using Snapshot Tool.
selection and their edit tools.
Help shows you the information about the
function of Audio Creation mode.

■Simplified Mixer Block Diagram


The following simplified Mixer Block Diagram shows diverse route of audio signal and various options point
that can be chosen in Audio Creation Mode.

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5. Audio Console

■Device Information ■Mode


Shows information about wave / MIDI / Mixer devices. Allows you to set the mode to Entertainment, Game, or
Audio Creation mode as needed.

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■Speakers ■EAX Effects
Sets speaker configuration and sound level monitoring Selects an effect from eight EAX effects and adjusts
(SVM). the amount of effect.

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■SPDIF I/O ■Bit-Matched
Sets SPDIF input and the sampling rate of digital Applies the bit rate of playback/recording source.
output.

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■X-Fi Crystalizer ■Restore Defaults
Adjusts the X-Fi Crystalizer level. Returns all settings to defaults.

6. ALchemy Driver in Windows Vista

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■ALchemy
The ALchemy program is for Windows Vista
only. ALchemy activates OpenAL and
enables Hardware acceleration & EAX
ADVANCED 5.0 on Windows Vista systems.

 Supports EAX ADVANCED 5.0


 Supports Hardware Acceleration

Please refer to the directions below.

■Directions
- The ALchemy program detects games in your
PC.
① ② - The games are listed in box ①
- You can select one of the games and click
button ③ to adopt OpenAL.
③ - The game title will be transferred into the box
④ ②.
- The ALchemy application is now enabled for
⑤ that game.
⑥ - If you want to revoke ALchemy, select the
⑦ game in box ②. Click button ④
⑧ * Your settings will remain even if you reboot the
computer.

●ALchemy Interface Description


① Box to display the list of games detected from the PC.
② Box to display the list of the games selected to adopt OpenAL from box ①.
③ Button to transfer the game you selected from list ① to list ②.
④ Button to revoke your selection.
⑤ Button to change the settings on the game.
⑥ Button to manually search for games that are not detected automatically.
⑦ Button to return all settings to default.
⑧ Button to check for updates available online.

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7. Reference
■Feature List of the Modes

• Summary of Game / Entertainment / Audio Creation Mode

Audio
Entertainment Game
Creation

EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 Limit Limit Yes

EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 Limit Limit Yes

EAX ADVANCED HD 3.0 Yes Yes Yes

X-FI Crystalizer Yes Yes Yes

Graphic EQ 10 Bands 10 Bands 10 Bands

Smart Volume Management Yes Yes Yes

Bass Management Yes No Yes

ASIO 2.0 Support No Yes No

ASIO 2.0 Direct Monitoring 0 12 (6 pairs) 0

3DMIDI Playback Yes Yes Yes

3DMIDI Interaction No Yes No

Bit-Matched Playback No Yes No

Bit-Matched Recording No Yes No

X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround Yes No Yes

X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Yes No Yes

X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual Yes No Yes

The driver is developed by Creative and updated continuously. Differences may exist
between the manual and your version of the driver. You may download the most recent
manual and drivers from the download area of the Auzentech website. Visit
www.auzentech.com for updated information and technical support.

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8. Troubleshooting and FAQ

Q. After installing, why doesn't Windows detect the sound card?

A. Confirm that the sound card is inserted firmly into the PCI slot. If you still have a problem, insert it into another PCI
slot.

Q. Why is there a popping noise during playback?

A. Disable the onboard audio device (in CMOS menu) and update the motherboard chipset driver. Also try inserting
the sound card into another slot to for a secure IRQ resource.

Q. Why is there no sound from some channels?

A. Check the connections and cable. Then refer to user’s manual for connection information. Make sure that the
channel configuration is correct.

Q. Why doesn't the pass-thru function work when playing a movie through digital output (S/PDIF)?

A. In your player software, select the function "Using S/PDIF output" or "Using a decoder" and set the sampling rate
to 48 kHz in configuration menu.

Q. Why am I unable to use the ASIO function?

A. You can use ASIO only in Audio Creation mode. Change the mode to Audio Creation before using ASIO.

Q. Why is there no sound recorded through my microphone?

A. Select MIC as recording device on the mixer and adjust the recording level. You can amplify input gain by 20 dB
with the boost option.

Q. Why is the sound on each channel not accurate when watching movies in 5.1 channel?

A. You should set the output channel to 5.1 channel or 3/2+LFE in the configuration menu of your multimedia player.

Q. Why is there too much surround or 3D effect when playing music?

A. EAX effect can cause this problem. Deselect the check box "Using EAX effect" on the console. Or adjust the
amount of effect to reduce the 3D effect.

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Q. Why do I only hear music on the front speakers when I activate the CMSS-3D function to listen to music
with 5.1 channel?

A. Activate the function, CMSS-3D and check "Stereo Extend." Then set the stereo envelopment fader to center.
Stereo Envelopment helps you set up the listener’s position.

Q. Why does the volume seem irregular and the audio noisy when listening to music and watching movies?

A. When MP3 or multimedia files are made, audio volume are often set overly high. You may need to adjust the
master/wave volume and use the SVM function to normalize the volume.

Q. Why are volume and settings values different on each console mode?

A. Game, Entertainment, and Audio Creation modes have a independent settings to optimize their functions.

Q. When I play music, why does it come out from all channels (5.1 or 7.1 speakers)?

A. Check whether the CMSS-3D function is activated. If so, deselect the CMSS-3D check box on the console.

Q. How do I change the OPAMP?

A. You can change the OPAMP for the Front channel. Pull out the existing OPAMP and insert the OPAMP you want
to use into the socket. Please check the direction before inserting to avoid product breakage (match the hollow side
of socket and OPAMP).

OPAMP Socket OPAMP IC

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9. Technical Support
Please visit the following links for information related to Technical Support, Warranty, Audio Tips
and additional FAQ:

Technical Support http://www.auzentech.com/site/support/online.php


Services
Warranty http://www.auzentech.com/site/download/warranty.php
FAQ http://www.auzentech.com/site/support/FAQ.php
Audio Tips http://www.auzentech.com/site/support/audio_soundcards.php

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