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I had this budget sound card put in my older PC running XP because I had purchased 5.1 surround sound speakers which my older card could not provide. The card is positioned into an available PCI slot in your computer, and after disabling any older sound card from your bios to prevent any conflicts, the PC is rebooted and then you have to install the software and drivers that come provided in order for you to get the best out of the card.
The transformation was unbelievable! When I attached my 5.1 speakers into the back of the Audigy SE sound card, the difference was unreal. When I played songs in WMP or Winamp the quality and tones were on a par with my dedicated £600 Hi-Fi system. I would go even further to say it was probably slightly better!!
The installed software allows you to configure the sound card in various ways, also giving you special effects such as hall, or theatre etc.
If you run into any problems with configuration the software provides a configuration and diagnostic test which will tell you where you have gone wrong (hopefully)
For a so called low end "budget card" I really found this sound card of amazing and incredible value. When I bought it a few years back it cost me around £50 but I noticed that prices have come tumbling down and they can now be bought for as little as £20, which is unbelievable.
If you're like me and enjoy music on your PC and listening to videos and music on the internet then I highly recommend this sound card.
I realise there are far more powerful cards out there but they will only satisfy the really intense gamers who demand the best sound available when playing their games.
The back of the sound card has support for:-
Line level Out (Front / Rear / Side / Centre / Subwoofer) or Headphone Out
Line In / Microphone In / *Digital I/O
Aux Audio In
Supports SPDIF Out for Stereo Digital Speakers or SPDIF In/Out with Creative Digital I/O Module (sold separately).
This card doesn't work on Vista although the Creative website say there is an updated driver for it. Downloading this update may cause the loss of some of the functionality of the sound card. This is because Vista uses sound hardware in a totally different way to XP.
First up, this sound card falls in the budget category of soundcards. Nevertheless, don't be put off with this. It might not be the best card in the world but if your looking for cheap and the best for your money then this is most definitely it!
This PC component is one of several parts for upgrading my old desktop (see my other reviews) which has on board sound.
Installation is quite easy, which pretty much needs you to hook it up onto a free PCI slot on the computer's motherboard. The instructions and CD (inc. drivers and software) are of great help and the whole process should take you around 5 minutes. Those who may not be familiar with upgrading their PC's should read around (google) or ask a friend who is familiar with upgrading PC's to help them.
The main difference in sound quality when compared to the onboard sound is the control over the bass. Bass sounds deeper and smoother with no distortion. This sounds fantastic on my Philips MMS speakers and in all the overall sound quality is a noticeable improvement.
It should also be noted that this card has leads which allows one to connect a microphone, as well as a surround sound speaker set, which to my knowledge is not common on such cards (budget/value range).
In conclusion, if you looking for a reliable good value sound card whether its to replace an older sound card or on board sound, then look no further. You can get this for around £15 and please dont forget to recycle your old PC components.
Thats an excellent sound card with a clearest possible tones.
It has following interfaces: 1 x audio - SPDIF input/line-in/microphone - mini-phone 3.5mm, 1 x audio - line-In - 4 PIN MPC, 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x audio - line-out (rear/right surround) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x audio - line-out (centre/subwoofer/left surround) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Some technical properties:
- interface Type: PCI
- Signal Processor: Creative Audigy SE
- Sound Output Mode: 7.1 channel surround
- DAC Data Width: 24-bit
- Sample Rate: 8 kHz (min) - 96 kHz (max)
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 100 dB
- Max Speakers - 8
High Definition Audio Quality
- Playback: 24-bit Digital-to Analog conversion in 16 or 24-bit with sampling rates of up to 96Khz to analog 5.1 speakers
- Recording: 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion in 16 or 24-bit with sampling rates of up to 96kHz
- SPDIF output with up to 24-bit resolution at selectable sampling rates of 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
Software included is very easy to use and gives you high range of possibilities.
I have got this sound card for almost one year and I'am very pleased with this purchase, have it connected to 5.1 speakers system. Impression is wonderfull.
Can recommend it to all who expects something more from music and a listening experience.
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