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Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Review - Many Different Flavours

Creative Labs has dominated the PC sound card market for as long as we can remember. Probably the most feature-packed SoundBlaster was the original Audigy sound card, bringing a ground-breaking amount of new features to PC audio enthusiasts. About four weeks ago Creative announced its new Audigy 2 sound card. Today Asher "Acid" Moses takes us on a journey documenting its new features including DVD audio and Dolby Digital EX 6.1 playback. Are these features alone worth your hard earned dollars? Read on and find out!

| Sound Cards in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 17, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Creative Labs

Taking A Closer Look

 

- Many different flavor

 

There are three basic flavors of Audigy 2: the vanilla card for budget conscious users; the Audigy 2 Platinum for mid-range users; and the Audigy 2 Platinum eX for the high-end. These are all very similar to each other; however, the Platinum version comes with a 5 1/4" internal breakout box, while the Platinum eX includes an external breakout box.

 

These breakout boxes include an infrared port for the bundled remote, MIDI-in/out, microphone and line-in jacks, optical and coaxial SPDIF in/out, two RCA inputs and a second SB1394 port.

 

 

Aside from the bundled breakout boxes, all three versions are identical; however, there is one slight difference with the Platinum eX. This version supports the ASIO 2.0 standard, whereas the Platinum and regular Audigy 2 only provide support for the ASIO 1.0 standard. The difference between ASIO 1 and ASIO 2 is that ASIO 2 supports 24-bit/96kHz recording and processing, whereas ASIO 1 can only record/process at 16-bit/48kHz.

 

The regular Audigy 2 will retail for around $129 US (about $260 AU), while the Audigy Platinum will retail for $199 US (about $400 AU). Due to the fact that the Platinum eX is not due for release until early 2003, there is no pricing information available for it as yet.

 

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