Along with the launch of their new ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player, Creative has also extended its Sound Blaster family of audio products with the Recon3D today. This is a USB bases audio device which gives cross-platform support for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac.
Running dimensions not much different to your typical gaming mouse, the Sound Blaster Recon3D is a compact USB audio solution which promises a dramatic improvement in audio playback quality and immersion thanks to THX StudioPro, a full suite of audio enhancements developed by Creative and THX audio engineers.
The Recon3D also features Dolby Digital via its optical input, giving full 5.1 surround decoding, which combined with THX TruStudio Pro promises excellent accuracy and positional audio playback in conjunction with a gaming headset.
Voice communications are also enhanced thanks to the inclusion of CrystalVoice processing, implementing innovative tech that's designed to deliver crystal clear fidelity in multiplayer games, online chats and video conferencing.
This is all made possible via Creative's integrated Sound Core3D processor, their most recently introduced Quartet DSP with four independent processor cores. Low power consumption was key during the development phase of the Core3D along with high performance and super high quality HD audio digital to analog converters (DACs) as well as analog to digital converters (ADCs) on the one chip.
We designed the Sound Blaster Recon3D to enable seamless audio enhancement for all platforms - whether it's a console gaming system or a Mac or PC, Sound Blaster Recon3D provides the best audio experience and voice communications available," said Ryan Schlieper, product marketing manager for audio and gaming at Creative Labs, Inc. "We've been able to accomplish this based upon our heritage of designing and selling more than 400 million sound cards. This simple-to-use solution leverages the evolution of our audio engineering expertise, the Sound Core3D, resulting in the Sound Blaster Recon3D, which enables all gamers to experience dramatically improved sound quality, regardless of platform or content.
Slated for release to the retail market in the US in October, the Recon3D will cost $129.99.
For the full rundown on the Sound Blaster Recon3D's feature set and capabilities, head on over to the official press release here folks.