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For those of you who are audiophiles and are looking for a sound card that's not a Creative one then over at the Bench House as they may just have what your looking for so head on over to see how the TerraTec Sixpack sound card has to offer you.
HotHardware reviews the Logitech Z-560 THX 4.1 Speaker System and were impressed with them very much especially the price.
If you're in the market for a set of speakers go and have a look at the review.
For those who are in the market for some new speaks, the folks over at PC Hardware want to share what they found about the Altec Lansing ADA890 Speakers. here's a snip:
"The satellites are impressive, small, but powerful enough to handle 15W. The left and right front speakers connect to subwoofer using thicker cables, due to the extra functions each one handles. The left speaker has a phone jack, while the LCD display placed on the foot of the right satellite speaker offers information regarding volume level and mode indicators. Next to this display there is a power on button, the mode, bass and treble buttons that control these settings and another button, bigger than the others for volume level control. All these commands are digitally controlled."
Seems that SoundBlaster has finally decided to get a new audio processor going to keep up with the competition. Head on over to t-break and see their take on the SoundBlaster Audigy Sound Card to find out if it's any good. here's a snip:
"Audio Prodigy- those are the two words that gave birth to the new Sound Card from the company that dominates the PC audio market. Creative introduced their latest Sound Card- Audigy, here in the sunny city of Dubai on the 16th of September and we were invited to the launch party where the Senior Vice President of Creative, Mr. Low Chee Seng gave a brief overview of his company's past, present and future. After that, the regional Marketing Manager, Mr. Wesley Yee presented a demo of the Audigy Sound card."
Hercules has come out with another addition to their sound card line. Head on over to accelenation as they show you the Hercules Fortissimo II Sound Card. here's a snip:
"The Fortissimo II, as I am sure you can guess, is the follow-up to Hercules' successful Fortissimo card and offers quite a few notable features which set the two apart. First of all The Fortissimo 2 uses Crystal's SoundFusion 4624 audio processor, a scaled-down version of their 4630 chip that powers Hercules' GameTheater XP card."
For those who are looking for an alternative to the SoundBlaster series of sound cards, there is the Philips Acoustic Edge. Head on over to OC Addiction to see if it's any good or not. here's a snip:
"Another thing I really liked was the amount of documentation provided to get both the casual user, and serious audio afficianado started with this product. The CD has several videos showing, not only how to install the card into your PC, but even goes as far as showing you how to disable your AC97 audio in the bios (if you have that sorta thing) so you'll have a worry free install. There are also audio demonstations of the different Q settings."
Altec Lansing is known for making decent speakers at a reasonable price, but can they do the same thing with headphones? Head on over to Hardware Zone to see their take on the Altec Lansing AHS30 Headset. here's a snip:
"don't you just hate the clutter caused by your desktop microphone? Well, you won't get that anymore with Altec Lansing's AHS30. This unique headset will put the microphone to where it belongs, right in front of your mouth. As a unique stereo headset, the AHS30 promises to deliver not only good audio quality but also the convenience of a microphone for those into speech recognition and video conferencing."
With many of the team play games on the market, more and more people are using headsets that offer both audio and microphone capabilities. With so many to choose from, which are we to get? BiT-Tech.net tries to help in your decision making by reviewing the Plantronic Gaming Headset. here's a snip:
"With the amazing growth of online games like Counter-Strike and Tribes 2 of late, headset mics are becoming more and more commonplace. Any gamer will tell you that good headphones are much better than any speakers for gaming, due to the fact that stereo separation is so much easier to pick up on headphones - in other words, you can tell which direction something is coming from very easily. In addition, with the release of the new voice patch for Half Life (and the imminent patch for CS implementing this) microphones are going to become more and more essential for online gaming - already, clans are finding that they can gain a huge advantage over their opponents by using voice commnication with an application such as Roger Wilco"
Seems that Creative has been feeling the heat lately from folks like Hercules. So what do you do when you are getting some of your market share taken from you? Why you make a newer and better audio processor! No review samples out yet, but the folks at machIT have a news snippet concerning the new technology, so go see for yourself.