What we have here today is a new kind of Prodigy, the latest in a long line of Audiotraks Prodigy series.
Unlike most of Audiotrak's products, this Prodigy is not geared towards the home recording studio, but aimed squarely at the gamer-slash-audiophile. The Prodigy has a few interesting features, such as sporting an X-Fi audio chip and PCI-Express, to make it worth a look. It also has replaceable OPAMPS and you've probably heard by now, a dedicated headphone output to handle those indignant and expensive audiophile headphones. More on that later.
However, were starting to see more and more sound cards with Creatives chips in them, which is an interesting direction for Creative.
They used to lock their chips to their own cards, but due to excellent competition from ASUS they have very little choice but to open their portfolio. The good news is that just about every sound card I've seen with Creative chips have been exceptional, and the Prodigy is no exception.
And here we are, with a fine X-Fi branded card from Audiotrak, the Prodigy 7.1e. The new Prodigy 7.1e promises high-fidelity with high-performance AKM 24-bit/96 KHz digital-to-analog converters, a separate headphone amplifier, optical digital I/O with AC3/DTS pass-through, exchangeable opamps, and of course, Creatives PCI-e X-Fi chipset.
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Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1e X-Fi Audio Card Based on Creative's PCIe X-Fi chipset, the Prodigy 7.1e keeps sound quality high and prices low for a superior value. It may be a no-frills sound card, it has features that a gamer would want like OpenAL and a stable driver, but also for audiophiles in upgradable opamps and a dedicated headphone out. Solid value.