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Sound Blaster Extigy Review

By: Cameron Wilmot | Sound Cards in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 17, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Creative



It's fairly important we take note of the specifications of this baby taken straight from the Creative website, some of them, for a PC sound card, are pretty damn impressive to say the least.


High Definition Audio Quality


- High Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) exceeding 100dB using high linearity, low distortion 24-bit converters with resolutions of up to 96kHz


- 24-bit / 96kHz Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) for various analog inputs


- 24-bit / 96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for 6-channel analog speaker and headphone output


- Independent 24-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters for Line and Microphone input controls to provide recording and mixing flexibility


- Supports Sony/Philips Digital Interface (SPDIF) format input signal of up to 24-bit / 96kHz quality


Professional Quality DSP Engine


- Creative's high performance hardware Digital Signal Processor for precise sampling rate conversion, CMSS, 3D audio algorithm processing, digital mixing or bass management; as well as accurate Dolby Digital processing


- Host based 32-bit floating point effects engine for professional quality real-time effects, processing, mixing and positioning of audio streams


EAX ADVANCED HD™ Advanced Audio and 3D Audio Technology


- Optimized user-selectable settings for headphones, two, four or six speakers and external A/V amplifiers


- Improved Creative Multi-Speaker Surround™ (CMSS) technology accurately places any mono or stereo source in a 360o audio space


- Realistic EAX technology reverb, panning and elevation effects bring life to your music and games


- Advanced Time Scaling feature allows variable playback duration without altering pitch of original content


- Powerful Audio Clean-Up feature removes noise and 'clicks' from playback of vinyl disks or cassette tape recordings


Dynamic Dolby Digital Playback


- Dolby Laboratory approved hardware. Dolby Digital decoding that does not rely on the host processor power for decoding, resulting in a consistent Dolby Digital playback that does not depend on the software or hardware DVD player


- Dedicated Dolby Digital (AC-3) hardware DSP decoder with support of up to 24-bit I/O data format. Ability to decode Dolby Digital streams from optical, coaxial SPDIF input or host PC via USB connection


- Built-in 24-bit DACs provide optimum audio resolution for Dolby Digital playback, making it the perfect partner for DVD applications


- Optimum bass management feature allows speakers of different sizes to be accommodated - be it Creative Inspire™ range of 5.1 channel speakers or '6-channel ready' home A/V amplifiers


- Provides mixing of Dolby Digital audio with the real-time gameplay audio effects - a feature that a normal consumer Dolby Digital A/V receiver is not capable of supporting Advanced USB Features


- Optimized dynamic bandwidth allocation architecture for audio data transfer via USB bus. This architecture provides support of simultaneous playback of 5.1 multi-channel audio together with a compressed Dolby Digital (AC-3) stream. This is ideal for playing 3D games with Dolby Digital tracks


- MIDI I/O connection to PC via high speed USB assures reliable, immediate MIDI transfer for professional quality MIDI recording and/or playback


- Works as a stand-alone unit or with more functionality when connected to the PC via the USB connection


Works with the Following Standards


- Windows 98SE, 2000, Me and XP


- Sound Blaster MIDI and General MIDI


- Plug and Play™


- EAX ADVANCED HD for music




- Microsoft DirectSound, DirectSound3D & derivatives


- Dolby Digital


- USB 1.1


Sound Blaster Extigy Audio Performance


- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) >= 100dB


- Crosstalk (Left/Right and vice versa) = -97dB


- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted) = 0.006 %


- Frequency Response at -3dBr = < 10Hz to 23kHz Specifications are based on digital-to-analog audio playback (e.g. CDDA, WAV, MP3, Dolby Digital)


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