Just seen this on the Auzen site, maybe they will look after those who bought the prelude ?
The home theater card sounds a better option anyway
Press Release - 09.17.2008
AUZENTECH Revises HDMI Product Line
Auzen X-Tension HDMI 1.3 Board Superseded by Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD
Santa Clara, CA - September 17, 2008: Auzentech, Inc.(www.auzentech.com
) announces today that the Auzen X-Tension HDMI 1.3 board demonstrated at CES 2008 will not come to market. Instead, Auzentech will focus its HDMI efforts on the forthcoming HDMI 1.3-native PCI Express card, the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD.
According to Stephane Bae, President of Auzentech, the Auzen X-Tension HDMI 1.3 board had been developed as an extension board for use with selected previous and present Auzentech soundcards. It was developed without the participation of the major technology owners, and therefore would have had limited capabilities that were acceptable based on research performed at that time.
The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD, on the other hand, has broad support for audio technologies in the marketplace because it was developed in partnership with Creative, Cyberlink and Silicon Image. The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD outputs a bitstream of high-definition, multichannel audio from Blu-ray Discs with no downsampling, to take full advantage of lossless digital audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
"We developed the Auzen X-Tension HDMI 1.3 board before entering into agreements with Creative, Cyberlink and Silicon Image. These agreements have made the impossible, possible -- by uniting the technologies necessary to fully support HDMI 1.3 in compliance with HDCP and AACS," said Stephane Bae.
Although the Auzen X-Tension HDMI 1.3 board will not be manufactured, Stephane Bae describes it as "an important step in the development of the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD."
The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD is scheduled for release in Oct. 2008. An upgrade and pre-order promotion is planned shortly before the release date.