AudioTrak Prodigy 7.1 Sound Card review

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AudioTrak Prodigy 7.1 - Conclusion


You know what?  I love this card.  At we don't like to rave about products, but here I am, stark raving mad about the Prodigy.  We've had great opportunities to review some of the best consumer audio cards available, and the AudioTrak Prodigy is a little bit special.  If you have an old Santa Cruz or GameTheater but can't find a worthy successor, not even the M-Audio Revolution, your search is over: the Prodigy is a worthy upgrade.


At $100USD you get a whole lot of sound card love, almost rediculous.  The Prodigy 7.1 provides the perfect balance between gaming, listening, and recording.  We're not aiming for a quote on the box, but this card is perfect.  Remember, I'm just raving.  Even if you never intend to do any recording with the Prodigy, you can be sure that it will still offer excellent sound quality for watching movies or playing.  I could see many Prodigy's used for HTPC's, for example.


The Prodigy will perform quite well for games.  It's not an Audigy2 ZS with EAX4, but if you really feel you need more frames per second, go buy a better video card.  I honestly don't care about audio cards eating CPU cycles at this point in computing, it's all about sound quality.  That said, the Prodigy is the best Envy24HT based sound card that we've tested.  It beats the M-Audio Revolution for games, not just for CPU cycles, but also in its ability to suck you into a game.  It's the Immersion Factor.  Prodigy wins, hands down.


I find the Prodigy to be an intelligent card, in its engineering, its features, and ability.  There were some incompatibilities with VST plugins for the NSP, the choice-limiting bundling of SRS with WinDVD, and too much software was in demo mode.  But the NSP and DirectWIRE do provide useful feautres for listening, home recording, mixing, and mastering.  Add to that the new Sensaura3D algorithms which provide pretty good 3D effects, 7.1 channels of audiophile sound, and shh... the headphone amp.


guru3d_edit_125_single_gold.jpgThe AudioTrak Prodigy 7.1 gets an Editor's Choice.


Highly Recommended.


Ending Links

I would like to thank Keith Kowal at VIA and Nikki Kang at AudioTrak, for fielding really silly questions.  As always, all the important people get the silly questions.  Hey, Hilbert... I got a questi... no, I better not.


Test Machine:

Asus A7N8X-DeeLucks (1004)

AMD 1700+ (@1466MHz)

Gainward GeForce4 Ti4200 (ForceWare 52.16)

1Gb Micron DDR SDRAM

60Gb IBM GXP60, 75Gb IBM GXP75 (pray for me)

Terratec DMX 6-fire (v.

M-Audio Revolution 7.1 (v.

WinXP Pro SP1 and DX9.0b


Rotel RX-846 reciever

Sony XA1-ES cd player

Kef Q30 loudspeakers

Rega Planar2 vinyl spinner w/Sumiko Blue Point MM cartridge

Grado SR-125 and SR-60 'phones


Media used:

Radiohead, OK Computer

Beastie Boys, Hello Nasty

Beethoven String Quartet Op. 131, live at Old First Church, October 2002, San Francisco, CA.

Jimi Hendrix, Wild Blue Angel, DVD

Jimi Hendrix, Live at Woodstock, DVD

Pulp Fiction, DVD


More Special thanks to:

Mariko Takei

Kiki T. Kat

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses





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