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. A true “tube motherboard” with Pentium 4 performance would be the size of several football fields, dwarfing the early Univac. Recording of January The Best Jazz Albums of Generating stable high-DC voltages for the tube’s plates was another problem AOpen had to solve, one that likely most of the company’s engineers had never encountered. Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected.

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Built by a group of dedicated engineers, AOpen has allowed the creativity of their designers and engineers to bring the plain AOpen AX4B to a higher ground.

Recording of August This time around, it is AOpen that shocked us all with the Vacuum Tube motherboard. The Best Jazz Albums of The AX4B Pro was aydio solid during our stress testing. Recording of June Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

In terms of layout, the AX4B Pro isn’t anything too special. Stereophile’s Products of First showcased during Computex this year, this board has received a lot of interests and it has changed how we perceive a motherboard.

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Recognizing that tube amps have long been favored by guitar players and audiophiles—and that there must sx4b some reason for this other than blind faith—AOpen engineers decided audjo include the tube circuitry as an audio buffer for stereo playback or for the left and right front channels in a surround sound system.

Recognition of the fact has led at least one maker of computer motherboards to introduce a model with a vacuum-tube audio circuit. AX4B Tube Clean, crisp sound, plus top-notch chipset technologies.

Six Suites for Viola Solo. Cambridge Audio Edge A integrated amplifier. We can only speculate as to why company engineers decided to put the tube circuit on the motherboard rather than on an add-on sound card.

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Dealer Event in San Francisco Thursday. This is a good precaution for consumers that use heatsinks that don’t fully comply with Intel’s design guidelines. An 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 Kingko Audio and Omega.

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And with music CDs the tube offered as4b, full-bodied sound comparable to a good home audio setup. Recording of January Normally, such radical ideas would have been thrown right out of the Product Manager’s office and never been heard ever again.


Music played back on the machine sounded as smooth as butter.

Michael Fremer to Appear in Indianapolis Friday. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Bonus Recording aufio November 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.

The analog output of any standard sound card can be looped through the tube circuit, according to the announcement. We are pleased with this kind of integration, it’s about time these featuers became a standard for motherboards everywhere.

I did encounter one problem during installation of the daughter card which houses all of audi sound output connectors, including the optical out. However, the idea to integrate vaccuum tube amplification was not only received with enthusiasm, but was given the go-ahead to make it into a audik shipping product.