What we realized at that moment was how the limitations of typical audio output from a PC as we knew it had come to an end—and what we were pioneering was a way to literally combine the best of two audio worlds, old and new. One feature we did like to see was plastic plate support under the Pentium 4 socket. The Old Meets the New Every once in a long while, there’s always someone out there who will introduce a radical motherboard design – something that’s so different and so unexpected. Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter. It left everyone stunned. AX4B Tube Clean, crisp sound, plus top-notch chipset technologies.
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Even Stereophile Editor John Atkinson has “gone over to the dark side. Joel Strauch PC World. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. What we realized at that moment was how the limitations of typical audio output from a PC as we knew it had come to an end—and what we were pioneering was a way to literally combine the best of two audio worlds, old and new.
We are pleased with this kind of integration, it’s about time these featuers became a standard for motherboards everywhere.
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How the Future Would Be. The AX4B is intended primarily for audiophiles, music lovers, and “serious gamers” who want the best possible sound, according to AOpen product manager Al Peng, a self-described “audiophile for more than ten years.
This time around, it is AOpen that shocked us all with the Vacuum Tube motherboard. We don’t think it’s 53 out of the realm of possibility to see RAID start becoming a standard on motherboards as well as LAN and sound. He has since given several cards positive reviews, and admits that for casual listening, the computer can be pretty darn convenient—despite its lack of audiophile respectability and its obvious sonic limitations.
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Audip early June announcement from the company touts the audio capabilities of the AX4B Tube Motherboard, so called because of an onboard dual triode, a Sovtek Shop Recordings Buyer’s Guides More. Please visit HWZ for the latest reviews and news. Vandersteen Event in Atlanta Thursday November 1.
AOpen AX4B Tube Audio Motherboard
First showcased during Computex this year, this board has received a lot of interests and it has changed how we perceive a motherboard. A true “tube motherboard” with Pentium 4 performance would be the size of several football 5533, dwarfing the early Univac.
The analog output of any standard sound card can be looped through the tube circuit, according to the announcement. Bonus Recording of November Audiophile components such as Rel-Caps and Cardas wiring are used where aaudio, and AOpen claims to have solved the problems of using tubes in a computer’s electrically noisy environment. Recording of October At this kind of economic climate, it’s very daring of AOpen to pull this kind of stunt indeed.
This is a good precaution for consumers that use heatsinks that don’t fully comply with Intel’s design guidelines. Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook. Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter. Depending on how much pressure these heatsinks apply to the socket, it’s possible to badly bend your board.
With Intel’s E chipset, the AOpen AX4B Tube motherboard is said to provide “a revolutionary fusion of old and new technology, producing unsurpassed PC audio output that takes full advantage of the Intel Pentium 4 processor’s capabilities. One feature we did like to see was plastic plate support under the Pentium 4 socket.
I did encounter one problem during installation of the daughter card which houses all of the sound output connectors, including the optical out.
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AOpen’s classy packaging that’s sure to catch your attention. That’s something very rare indeed and we should give AOpen a good pat on the back for daring to go where no manufacturers have gone before ok, I’m a Trekkie fan.
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