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Description : User's guide 
Language : English 

Introduction

 

■ 24Bit / 192㎑, DR, s/n : AK4396, high performance DAC chipset having 120㏈ of premium quality is adopted pursuing ultimate HiFi sound by employing analog circuit design technique which ensures utmost quality.

 

■ FDO(Full Differential Output) is generally adopted in the best HiFi Audio. FDO type Triple OPAMP circuit is perfectly realized, premium OPAMP and film condenser allows users to experience utmost tuned sound.

 

■ PNK(PCI Noiser Killer) circuit, designed by AUDIOTRAK, perfectly shields noise inflow from inside the PC and PCI slot.

 

■ Internal/external analog-in terminal for connecting with TV receiving card and etc., is completely separated from analog-out terminal not to affect analog output quality unless the analog input is used.

 

■ Independent power supply and high-capacity premium condenser prevent Ripple of the power supply to inhibit any of quality loss.

 

■ Anti-POP circuit shields unnecessary noise during power ON/OFF.

 

■ Being furnished with high performance audio controller adopted for the professional recording card and the highest quality two-channel dedicated DAC chipset, it realized both stability and high quality sound. And it shut out the noise arising from the operation of the product using PC power by the application, with our own design, of stable circuit design and PNK (PCI Noise Killer) circuit arresting the noise from the main board. As it was built-in anti-pop circuit, it also minimized pop-noise which may occur when switching PC power ON/OFF.

 

■ As it gives sound which is well-balanced in all bands of Lo/Mi/Hi, it enables your computer to be transformed into a specialized audio system for listening to music by the application of circuit configuration of Triple OPAMP in the form of (FDO, a technology employed in HiFi Audio). In addition, such applied OPAMP is designed to be replaceable in the form of socket so that changing OPAMP enables user to change into the desired tune color to the user’s preferences.

 

■ It facilitates using earphones or headphones the headphone jack as well as standard RCA jack and can operate 600Ω headphone easily as it is built-in powerful headphone driver.

 

■ It supports Upsampling up to 192㎑ and can output after upsampling the playing frequency ranged at 44.1㎑ or 48㎑ which MP3, audio CD, DVD or various kinds of video files have up to 192㎑.

 

■ Specification

· Analog Output : 2 Channel RCA(Left, Right) & Headphone Output(3.5mm Stereo mini jack)

· Analog Input : LINE IN(External), AUX IN(Internal) 

· Card Type : Standard PCI, LP(LowProfile)

· Headphone AMP : 0㏈ as default, Amplification Mode applied by Jumper Enable with a headphone more than 150Ω.

· Digital Output : Optical-Out Terminal

· Supported Frequency : 44.1㎑, 48㎑, 96㎑, 192㎑

· Operating System : Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, 32 / 64-bit compatible

 

■ System Requirements

System requirement is crucial to take full advantage of high quality sound and multimedia features provided by PRODIGY HD2. PRODIGY HD2 is basically designed to use minimum computer source, but you are strongly encouraged to meet recommended system requirement for maximum performance. High performance 2-channel stereo speaker is strongly recommended for enjoying high quality sound.

 

■ Recommended System

· Intel dual core higher or equivalent AMD CPU

· Intel, AMD chipset motherboard

· 4GB more main memory

· One vacant PCI slot

· Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (Recommended 64-bit)

· S-ATA type hard disk (Recommended SSD)

· Hi-fi AMP & speaker or AMP-embedded 2 channel(2.1channel)-dedicated stereo speaker

 

※ Please note that you need to have new CPU and graphic card as comparably high system performance is required to play the high definition format media such as Blu-ray, MPEG-4 AVC (H. 264), VC-1, etc. in addition to the latest 3D game. 

 

(We recommend you to use CPU greater than RAM dual core, RAM greater than 4GB and graphic card supportable greater than direct X 11)

 

■ Package Contents

· PRODIGY HD2 card

· LP type fixed bracket

 

※ Install CD is not provided. (Please download at website www.audiotrack.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Connectors

 

 

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■ External Connection Jacks

① RCA L, R-out terminal (Left white, Right red) : For connecting with AMP or speaker.

② Headphone-out terminal (white) : For connecting with earphone or headphone.

③ Line-in terminal (white) : For connecting with external line input such as TV receiving card.

④ Digital(optical)-out terminal (angular) : Digital(optical type)-out terminal.

※ Caution : Avoid directly facing a beam lit after connection of an optical cable to an optical-out terminal for preventing vision damage.

 

■ Internal Connection Terminal

⑤ AUX-IN (white) : Internal analog-in terminal for connecting with TV receiving card.

※Caution : Simultaneous use of AUX-IN terminal with line-in terminal is not allowed, so disconnect line-in terminal from other device prior to using AUX-IN terminal.

 

■ Other Terminals and Jumper Setting

⑥ JP1 : As a headphone amplification ON/OFF jumper, if it is ON during headphone usage over 150Ω, about 200% (comparing to RCA output) amplification is applied, and if it is OFF during general earphone or headphone below 150Ω usage, 70%(comparing to RCA output) amplification, default, is applied.

 

 

 

 

Installation of hardware devices

① Remove the computer case from the computer. Accommodate the sound card to a vacant PCI slot. The latest motherboard usually has three types of slots which are the longest PCI Express 16x slot for graphic card, the shortest PCI Express 1x slot, and the PCI slot for the PCI sound card. The PCI slot has the same length with the PCI sound card so that users can easily locate the PCI slot. 

※Caution : For slim case, exchange the sound card with the provided LP type bracket, and then install. 

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② Locate a PCI slot. Remove the empty guide from the computer case. The guide is usually inserted in a vacant slot. When installing an extension multimedia card, users are strongly encouraged to accommodate the sound card to a slot which is positioned one or more slot away from the graphic card.

 

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③ Insert the sound card in a vacant slot. Slowly press the sound card after exactly aligning the bottom and the guide part of the sound card with the slot. Firmly press the sound card into the slot until it fits snugly, and then use the screw to secure the guide part and computer case.

※Caution : If the sound card is wrongly accommodated to the PCI slot, then the power is on, system including the sound card may cause severe damage.

 

④ After completing the installation of the sound card, place the computer case back on the computer, reconnect the power cable, and install the speaker. ※Caution : Users should use AMP-embedded speaker using power cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check-ups for driver installation

 

 

There are some check-out points to be performed prior to driver installation as follows.

 

Deactivating Embedded Sound Devices

The sound devices are generally embedded in the most of latest motherboard and are considerably inferior to the sound card purchased. newly installed sound card occasionally conflicts with on-board sound devices. Please refer to below for setting the sound devices as "Disable".

 

※Caution : In case of wrong setup of motherboard ROM BIOS, it may cause a booting error. Users are strongly encouraged to consult about the setup with manufacturer of your motherboard.

 

① Turn on your computer, and then keep pressing [DEL] to enter UEFI SETUP. Method for entering the UEFI SETUP may differ depending on the motherboard, mostly by pressing [DEL], but rarely by pressing F1, F2, or F10.

 

② Select Sound Setting mostly from Onboard Device or Integrated Peripherals, but rarely from Advanced Setting or Chipset Setting.

 

③ Set Onboard Sound, HD Audio, AC'97 Audio as Disable, Press Esc. Then Save & Exit appears. Press the Save & Exit to complete the setting.

 

ex) Onboard Device Configuration   →   High Definition Audio   →   [Disable]

      Integrated Peripherals   →   HD Audio Controller      →   [Disable]

 

For your information, please contact main board service center for setting UEFI if the setting main board UEFI said above is different from in your main board because it slightly varies from the main boards. 

 

Motherboard Chipset Patch and Windows Update

Unless motherboard chipset driver, windows update, and service pack are properly installed, error or continuous noise may occur during driver installation of the PCI sound card. Therefore, if the operating system is newly installed, windows update and service pack as well as motherboard chipset patch driver included in the installation CD bundled with motherboard should be applied prior to installation of the sound card. If you think you don't know well enough about your motherboard chipset, please consult with manufacturer of your motherboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driver Installation

 

 

■ Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1

① After finishing installation of sound card and booting your PC, the message that new hardware has been found appears as below, download driver installation file for PRODIGY HD2 at http://www.audiotrack.net AUDIOTRAK website - DOWNLOAD – DRIVER, unpack the setup file, execute Setup.exe file and then install the driver.

※ In Windows 10 redstone, control program is only installed in executing Setup file because Envy24 Family Audio driver is automatically recognized.

 

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※Note: To use the control panel program, you must use Setup program to install.

 

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② After completing the installation as follows, restart your computer if prompted.

 

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③ After restarting your computer, the control panel icon is created on right side of the taskbar. Also the Audio Deck control panel program is registered on start program menu.

 

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④ Click the control panel icon on the taskbar, and then control panel appears on the screen. 

You may set volume control, digital output, analog output channel configuration, input configuration, and so forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control Panel Functions and Setting

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Click the Audio Deck icon on right side of the taskbar, and then the control panel appears on the screen.

 

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① S/PDIF Control : Set the output of digital.

② Play Back : Control the volume of digital output separately.

③ KalaOK :  You can use the voice cancel function removing the vocal range of playing music and the pitch control adjusting the pitch. 

※ This function doesn’t work in Window 10.

④ Advanced Control : You can change the control panel language.

⑤ Information : Shows driver version, window version, direct X version and control version.

※ It shows 8.1 in Window 10.

⑥ Mute : If you check this, the state becomes mute.

⑦ Link : Under checked state, the volume of left and right channel can be controlled at the same time.

⑧ Master Volume : You can control the volume of sound card by moving up or down the volume fader.

⑨ Exit : It makes the control panel not appear in Window screen.

 

 

 

 

■ S/PDIF Control

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How to output digital : You can set digital output mode and playing frequency.

 

◎ Using S/PDIF output : If you check this, the digital output is enabled and if you put optical cable in the optical jack, you can see red light comes out from the opposite side of the cable. If you uncheck this, the red light doesn’t come out.

 

◎ AC3 / PCM automatic selection (48㎑) : It is compatible with all sound formats such as MP3, audio CD, DVD movie, general video file etc., and you can use pass through.

 

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◎ PCM mode : Check this for using high performance external DAC such as DR.DAC3.In this mode, you can output by upsampling the sample rate up to 192 ㎑. You must identify the digital input supportable frequency in the unit before using upsampling because the input unit cannot receive the signal if you output with the frequency which the input unit cannot support.

 
 
 
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How to monitor digital input : If you select pressing Digital In marked in square box below, you can use the analog input (LINE IN or AUX IN) for TV reception card and so on.
 
※Note : It has the structure that analog signal input in LINE-IN jack for PRODIGY HD2 is converted into digital signal through the additionally installed ADC (Analog to Digital Covert) chipset and receive the digital signal input by the main controller chipset. Please note that, in such digital input mode, the input gain cannot be controlled, i.e. the volume of the input cannot be controlled, moreover, it is not furnished with a feature that mixes the playing sound in the Window and digital input signal together and outputs it and it is set so that can use the output selectively.
 
◎ No monitoring : If you check this, the signal inputting the analog input doesn’t output.
 
◎ Output with front speaker : You can use the analog output with RCA jack or headphone jack for the analog input signal.
 
◎ S/PDIF output : It outputs the analog input signal by digital through optical jack.
 
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Test : You can test the output of the left and right speaker.

 

※Note : If Digital In is checked, the speaker cannot be tested.
 
 
■ Play Back
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PCM SPDIF : You can control the volume of digital output.

 

※Note : In case of pass through of AC3/DTS and digital output of analog input by checking ‘Loop Back S/PDIF In to S/PDIF Out’, the volume cannot be controlled.
 
 
■ Advanced Control
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◎ Language : You can set the language for control panel. If the font is broken, press Auto to select English.

 
◎ Smooth GUI Mode Enable : If you check this, play gauge is not shown in the control panel.
 
 
 
■ Information : You can see driver version, window version, direct X version, control version, etc.
 
※ It shows 8.1 in Windows 10.
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Hook-up Application
 
 
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Cautions when Exchanging OPAMP

 

 

You can replace OPAMP according to your preferences in music because PRODIGY HD2 is applied in the form of socket which OPAMP is replaceable. If you want to replace OPAMP, install new OPAMP so that the direction between OPAMP and the groove in the socket can be aligned. 

You must use OPAMP with the available specification.

 
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Available specification for OPAMP
※ Dual type, Dip type
※ When you check the specification of working voltage for OPAMP, you can use such OPAMP if the voltage can support ±9V.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Detailed Specifications

 

 

ㆍLine-Out 

1) Socket Type Exchangeable FDO Triple OPAMP

2) Type : RCA Jack

3) Output Level and Attenuation : 10㏈V(Maximum), 0.5㏈ Step Size

4) Impedance : 200Ω

 

ㆍHeadphone Output

1) JRC4580 Dual OPAMP

2) Type : 3.5mm Mini Phone Jack

3) Maximum Output : 120㎽

4) Output Gain 0 ~ 20㏈V(maximum)

5) Gain Setting Jumper(JP1) : ON(up to 20㏈V), OFF(up to 10㏈V, default)

 

ㆍAnalog Input

1) Type : Line-In (3.5mm Mini Phone Jack) / AUX-IN(4P, Internal)

2) Input Level : 0 ~ 6㏈V Max

3) Impedance : 10K Ω

4) Volume Control and Recoding : Not Supported

 

ㆍDigital Output

1) 24Bit/192㎑

2) Type : Optical-Out Terminal

3) Format : IEC-958Consumer(S/PDIF)

 

ㆍSampling Rate : 44.1, 48, 96, 192㎑

 

ㆍD/A Converter (AK4396)

1) Dynamic Range (S/N): 120㏈ A-Weighted (Typical)

2) Frequency Characteristic : 5㎐ ~ 40㎑

3) Sampling Rate : 30㎑ ~ 216㎑

4) Bit Resolution : 24Bit

 

ㆍA/D Converter (AK5357 / AK5358)

1) Dynamic Range (S/N): 102 ㏈ A-Weighted (Typical)

2) Frequency Characteristic : 20㎐ ~ 40㎑

3) Sampling Rate : 4㎑ ~ 96㎑

4) Bit Resolution : 24Bit

 

ㆍChipset : Envy24HT-S(VT1721 / VT1724)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service Guide

 

 

ㆍ2 year limited warranty for free the date of your purchase is applicable.
 
ㆍThe date of purchase is referred to the dated itemized receipt. If proof of receipt is not possible, the date of the purchase is estimated from product manufactured date. 
 
ㆍThe limited warranty is only applicable for free in case of normal usage during warranty period. Any failure or damage of the product by natural disaster (lightening, fire, flooding, etc.), remodeling, and carelessness or mistakes of user even if during the warranty period.
 
ㆍFor more information about product and technical support, please feel free to visit our website and go to Q&A board to be supported.
 
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