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1. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
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3. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2
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4. Creative Sound Blaster Audigy
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5. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2
$19.22 list($29.99)
6. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live!
$43.69 $39.88 list($49.99)
7. TURTLE BEACH 3430-01 Catalina
$19.00 list($49.99)
8. Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16
$151.68 list($169.99)
9. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
$28.49 $26.65 list($32.99)
10. TURTLE BEACH 3425-01 Riviera 6-Channel
$89.88 list($129.99)
11. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
$145.00 list($199.99)
12. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
13. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
$44.88 list($79.99)
14. Creative Labs Sound Blaster PCI
15. Creative Labs 16Bit-Dac 32-Voice
16. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
17. Digital Research DRSOUNDA3D1 Aureal
$276.95 list($299.99)
18. Guillemot Maxi Studio ISIS XL
19. Hi Val 3D 16Bit Sound Card Enhanced

1. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Gamer PCI Soundcard (70SB035000013)
by Creative Labs

our price: $110.19
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Asin: B0000WA8AU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 3224
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Gamer Sound System ... Read more


  • Superior Fidelity 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio
  • THX Certified Sound Card for Cinematic Audio
  • Advanced Resolution 24-bit DVD-Audio Playback
  • Ultra-realistic EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD Effects
  • Complete Cinematic Surround Sound with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX Movies

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound!
A few years ago i bought a sound blaster audigy gamer and a set of creative inspiration 4400 4.1s. I got it and installed it and i washappy. Last month my mom got me the Audigy 2 ZS Gamer. It came with 5 games, 4 of them awesome. (tomb Raider not so good). I plug it in and fireup itunes. WOW. Reviews ive read have said that it is not to big an improvement over the Audigy. It is. Now im getting a new set of speakers to complement it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome value....Can't beat the price and features...
I was going to pick up the regular Audigy 2 for about fifteen to twenty dollars less but when I looked at the bundle that came with this it was impossible to turn down.

I received the games (all full versions as indicated).The training tutorials on the game CDs are pretty good, which was a relief because as expected no manuals for the games.

Picked this up with a T7700 sound system and Far Cry (awesome game) if you have a very solid PC to run it...I am playing it at max settings with my new Geforce 6800 OC and the graphics are simply amazing.

By picking up the sound card, T7700 speakers and Far Cry I also get fifty later to spend on Doom 3 and a fifteen dollar rebate on the T7700 speakers...

Can't beat this deal and the whole package is a very solid deal for high quality sound...

4-0 out of 5 stars good solid card though I did not get Jedi Academy
I have had little compatiblity problems with this card on games.Of course I have a top of the line computer from Falcon that is tweeked to perfection.On my other PC with the Audigy 2 I noticed that my 6.1 setting would revert to the primative 2.0 setting in some games, but that is no longer a problem with this card using the 6.1 speaker setting.I have not tried 7.1 yet as I am still raising funds for the Gigaworks speakers(aka robbing banks, bashing the heads of stupid rich people, steeling corperate info, ect.;).
This card does not come with Jedi Academy as the other reviewer said, however.I have been wanting that game and only wish it did!The only complaint I have with this card is that it does little to position sounds properly in some games.I cannot get the speech to come through the center speaker only other sounds but that is the game's fault I think.If you have EAX 3 on a game it will not position sound accurately, you must have an EAX 4 compatible game.Knights of the Old Republic does not position speech through the center channel for instance.My old card(Audigy 2) positioned sound perfectly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great deal! Great card!
This card includes 5 full version games (all prices are prices as of 4/8/04)
1. Halo ($43.99)
2. Star Wars : Jedi Academy ($44.99)
3. Splinter Cell ($29.99)
4. Rainbow Six 3 : Ravenshield ($19.99)
5. Tomb Raider : Angel of Darkness ($19.99)

Just the games on amazon cost $158.95!! It also has built in firewire and 7.1 surround sound. Not bad for a card that costs 133.99! Excellent card all around! ... Read more

2. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Internal Sound Card
by Creative Labs

our price: $84.54
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Asin: B0000CG4DI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1665
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Sound System ... Read more


  • Complete Cinematic Surround Sound with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX Movies
  • Superior quality 24-bit/192kHz audio, ultra-realistic game effects, and studio quality music settings
  • Exclusive Creative THX Setup Console provides accurate audio calibration for a precise speaker listening environment
  • The only available PC platform for Advanced Resolution 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 surround and 24-bit/192kHz stereo DVD-Audio playback
  • Multi-Environment audio -- up to four simultaneous environments processed in real time, with Bass Boost, Multi-Band Graphic Equalizer, Audio Clean-Up and Karaoke

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Card, Great Price, Excellent Sound
I found the Card Super easy to install, and super easy to configure.
The test items in the software make sure for a superb audio experience.
I was using a TURTLE BEACH card, and its hideous. I would not give the "Turkey" Beach card away, but I am keeping it for my own workshop, since I have a home network where I repair PCs.
About the only issue thus far has been the lack of DTSaccess.
But, I am sure I will get this solved; the Audio quality has worked superbly with my Altec Lansing 5.1 system, and the sound is beyond awesome.
I have never had any significant problem with a Sound Blaster card, and the extras with this card are great. LARA CROFT alone justifies the buy !!!
If you love great sound, want to do some home recording, then this item, with its additional MIDI port for home studio input will be just a dream setup.
Admittedly a MAC G3or above is a better move for a home studio, but this card is so superb, and very cool, you cannot do better for the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good card but pricey
First, To the reviewer below. It is not always that difficult to install this sound card. The difficulty was in your motherboard not working very smart. If you are using a Windows based machine you can control which hardware device you want to process your sound through the control panel.

Also for the reviewer below. That popping noise could be attributed to your electricity regulating itself from A/C turning on or some other high starting amp device. Are you running a high quality surge protector? Do you have clean power....ok now the review

The card is good. It sounds like it costs $80. I would not hesitate to purchase in the future..... However I found that I got just as superior sound quality if not better from my much much cheaper Chaintech 7.1 card running full digital through its optical cable(included for free btw). Plus via vinyl audio drivers kick butt.

My reccomendation... save some money on this card and buy a digital speaker setup like the Logitech Z5500 or something like it.


2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Product
I agree with Ken on this totally.I have 15 years of sys admin work under my belt and by far this was the hardest install of my entire life.

Last time I called for support it was for a raid array failing, this was just a simple install of hardware.Support could not help me after two hours of talking with their "experts".The final resort was to reformat my machine.Granted I needed to anyway, but still had massive issues with installing it.I ended up with just installing this with DRIVERS only, since the software was error-ing out constantly.

To boot it does not work with my power Mac on the way :(

If you are not technically savvy, this is not the card for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars I hope you know your way around a computer!
Funny, I dont see any comments below about how insanely DIFFICULT it is to install this card. And dont look to the manual, it wont help.

To install this board, the first thing you must do is go into the setup BIOS and disable the onboard audio-this is not in the instructions. Then you may install this Sound Blaster only to find that your system says it is working properly, but you still dont have any sound. After days of screwing around with this thing I got this wonderful advice back from Creative Labs tech support..."uninstall all other PCI devices along with the sound card, then reinstall the sound card first. Test your sound, and if it still doesnt work, uninstall and move to another slot." HUH?!? Well, that's exactly what it took, uninstalling EVERYTHING and starting all over.

I must say that the sound is amazing now that I've got this thing working, but I also upgraded to Klipsch 5.1 speakers so I wont give all the credit to Creative Labs. And dont expect any assistance from their tech support on weekends, or evenings...they keep bankers hours. Too bad, I could use some help diagnosing and fixing this constant "popping" sound I hear now about ever 5-10 minutes.

I never had these kind of problems with my Hercules Digifire which was plug and play and gave me years of beautiful troublefree service. Not worth the trouble. POP!

5-0 out of 5 stars Audigy is tops....
Yes, there are some sound cards in the same price range as this Audigy 2 that would be sufficient for most people and their uses. However if you are a gamer, have a decent set of surround sound speakers, and like to enjoy the "environments" of action games, then an Audigy 2 is for you. It allows for endless customization of sound, and has all the features like EAX advanced sound that your old sound card probably doesnt. It's also got a firewire jack to go along with the multi speaker inputs. The directions are simple and straghtforward for installation, and I wouldnt forsee many problems. If your looking for a great sound card at the right price, this is for you. If you want more inputs and features, go with the Audigy 2 Platinum edition, or the Platinum PRO. ... Read more

3. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro Internal Sound Card (70SB036000000)
by Creative Labs

our price: $201.25
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Asin: B0000CD0B9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 13830
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro Sound Card ... Read more


  • Ultra-realistic EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD Effects
  • Studio Quality Audigy2 ZS External I/O Hub
  • Superior Fidelity 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio
  • THX Certified Sound Card for Cinematic Audio
  • Advanced Resolution 24-bit DVD-Audio Playback

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound Card, Poor Music File Format
This sound card puts out great sound, much better than Windows Media Player or any other Player I've tried.It has many Audio adjustments so you can have your own sound studio.

The Black Box that comes with it seems like overkill and I think most people do not even need it. This obviously adds to the cost.

This could probably be rated 5 stars except for the Music File Format.I't's poor compared to the Windows Media Player

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
It is not up to the expectation of that I have thought about this hardware but i will watch over this slowly.

2-0 out of 5 stars interference problems
This card looks very fine on paper en sounds also pretty good.
The only problem is that the card is nor working properly in my system.I have four western digital 740 sata disks in my system
this sound card picks up noise when i reading or writing to the disks this is very disturbing. I replaced the card with another
simpler card and everything works oke.

5-0 out of 5 stars great system
the two reviews below criticising this card are written by the same person. if you look around this person has written one star reviews of almost all new creative lab products using the same language, eg: "for crying out loud I am a computer engineer."

this is one of the best card combo's on the markjet and professional reviewers say so. if the person below is learnign how to use a computer and installing their first card (and that is clearly the case from the "format" comments), they should take a breath and think about their own issues, not those of creative labs.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's all true...
The guy before me is completely correct.I received this card and installed it in my board, tried to load the drivers but I kept getting the "Blue screen of death."By this time I was thinking it must be win2k(BTW, I did have SP2).I formatted my whole hard drive and put XP Pro on with all updates SP1 and all.I loaded the drivers and everything was going smoothly, it recognized the card and said it was working properly.So I go to test and it doesn't work, at all.So then I formatted again to get a fresh start and the same exact thing happened.I have the Soyo Dragon Platinum MB w/ P4 2.4 GHz.If you have the same chipset I do or close to it, look elsewhere.The customer support is terrible and they make it seem like you're the idiot and didn't install it right or anything.A complete waste of time, I'm sending this nightmare back and getting a Hercules digifire. ... Read more

4. Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro Limited Edition
by Creative Labs

our price: $329.99
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Asin: B0006BK50I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 20744
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Product Description

MODEL- SBAUD4PROVENDOR- CREATIVE LABSFEATURES- Sound Blaster Audigy 4 ProSound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro is an amazing fusion of Entertainment andMusic Creation. Featuring ultra-high quality DACs and an ExternalI/O Hub which provides 6 Stereo Inputs/6 Stereo Outputs, SoundBlaster Audigy 4 Pro enables amazingly clean recording of sixchannels at 24-bit/96kHz with low latency ASIO 2.0 support. SoundBlaster Audigy 4 Pro also comes with the all new EntertainmentCenter software and remote control unit, transforming your PC intoa Entertainment Center with easy MP3 and movies playback andnavigation.Includes Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro PCI card, Sound Blaster Audigy 4Pro External I/O Hub with infrared receiver, Remote Control unit anda battery, AD_LINK cable, Power Converter Cable, 3.5mm (1/8 ... Read more


  • 3rd party Games and Applications included
  • ? Entertainment Center and Remote - Easily Navigate through Movies, Music and Pictures with the Entertainment Center Software and IR Remote.
  • ? Professional Quality DACs - Create Extremely Clean Recording with High Quality A/D Convertors and 10-Input Connectors on the External Hub
  • ? Studio Quality Audigy¿4 Pro External I/O Hub - Studio quality I/O with analog stereo connectors for six channel input, optical and coaxial digital I/O, full-sized MIDI I/O, microphone with gain control
  • ? EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD - Feel the Adrenaline Rush of Ultra-realistic EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD Effects in your Games

5. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Internal Sound Card (70SB035000003)
by Creative Labs
list price: $199.99
our price: $169.09
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Asin: B0000CD0BU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 4221
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Audio System ... Read more


  • Ultra-realistic EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD Effects
  • Front Panel Audigy 2 ZS Internal I/O Drive
  • Superior Fidelity 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio
  • THX Certified Sound Card for Cinematic Audio
  • Advanced Resolution 24-bit DVD-Audio Playback

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Run Screamingin the Opposite Direction
I thought this would be a nice upgrade from the SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 , which had good performance. Upon initial install None of the audio applications are finding the card. This includes the MediaSource that comes with the Card.Hmmm.. It seems that to really uninstall the SB Live! first you must follow a page long proceedure outlined in a service ID file at Creative Tech suppport but not mentioned in the install instructions...another hour and two more reboots, and now my Live Card and all its applications are really really gone from Windows. Unfortunaltely this did NOT fix the problem. SO my next bit of advice from Creative goes like this:
"advice you to uninstall all the drivers and applications of the sound card. Remove the sound card from the PCI slot. Update your motherboard BIOS to the latest updated followed by windows to latest service pack and updates. Download and install the latest Direct X. Now put back the card into the computer in another PCI slot. Install the drivers and applications from the installation CD than update your drivers from our support side."

Sounds fun, but I'd rather be listening to music!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good sound, convenient I/O box, but still has problems
The Good News: The hardware is all first rate. The I/O panel box is a wonderful and convenient. It looks good, and works very good.
The Bad News: Unfortunately, Creative clearly employs freshman software school engineers. In the more than two years that Windows XP has been out, Creative STILL has not figured out how to write compatible software and drivers for XP and SP1. It is maddening and pure frustration should your system crash or freeze after doing the creative installation. Calling Creative for support is useless, hopeless. They are truly helpless. They do not have a clue! If by chance you manage to get the system running, you will find the hardware functions extremely well and the sound is gorgeous. Creative should simply contract out the software engineering to a competant firm and be done with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hyper Threaded Processor Users Beware
The good about this card:It sounds great and has nice inputs.

The bad about this card:It constantly crashes my Windows XP Pro box.After much searching I found that Creative has problems with Hyper Threaded or Multi-Processor systems.If you have one AVOID THIS CARD LIKE THE PLAGUE.Creative's idea??Disable Hyper Threading.My idea??Buy a different brand of sound card!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great piece of hardware!
After using an old Creative SB Live! Value (The original, not the 5.1) for several years, I finally upgraded, and I must say I'm seriously impressed.As the other reviewers have said, Creative has horrible tech support, as was evident when I upgraded to XP with my previous card.This one, however, went in flawlessly.To anyone buying this who isn't a complete geek such as myself, I have a few pointers... 1) Uninstall your previous card first (Go to device manager, right-click on it, and pick Uninstall).2) Take a good look at the directions, because there are several cables to hook up to both the card and the Platinum drive.3) If you're using older (Analog/cheap) speakers, plug them into "Line 1", not the main speaker jack.And 4) When you turn the computer on after installing the card, put that install CD in right away, because otherwise windows bugs you about the locations of a few files during the PnP setup.

Anyway, enjoy.This is a great product... The kind of quality I've come to expect from Creative.Huzzah!

5-0 out of 5 stars review below is from a crank
the review belowtitled "format" has been placed by a crank who has written the same review for EVERY creative labs product. cleasrly they don't know what they were doing, installed the card or software wrong and now have a grudge. ... Read more

6. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Sound Card (70SB006003007)
by Creative Labs
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005UK8V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 9362
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 24-bit sound card brings cinema-style 5.1 Dolby Digital sound quality to your desktop PC, so you can get the most out of your DVDs, music games. Compatible with 5.1 Dolby Digital speaker systems, it enables your PC to produce full surround sound in either digital or analog mode. Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 comes with a complete assortment of audio software including Creative PlayCenter(TM) with a 320kbps encoder and 9x MP3 acceleration which allows you to create, edit, rip and listen to high quality MP3 and WMA files. The included EAX(R) Audio Technology, powered by the EMU10K1(TM) Digital Signal Processor, allows you to adjust the bass and treble of your audio and add effects like arena or concert hall for a custom listening experience. Sound Blaster Live! is also a great card for professional-level music production. It enables you to load up to 32MB of sample sounds into your PCs host memory, and it provides 48 MIDI channels with 128 GM GS compatible instruments and 10 drum kits. For maximum functionality, it also provides an extremely versatile range of ports and interfaces that includes an IBM compatible 15-pin joystick port with analog support, Analog/Digital Out, Line In, Microphone In, Line Level Out(front)/Headphone Out, Line Level Out (rear), MIDI In, Telephone Answering Device In, MPC-3 Analog CD Audio In and Digital CD Audio In. Includes a digital CD Audio cable, a user manual CD-Rom and drivers for Windows 98 98SE, 2000, Me and XP. ... Read more


  • Experience real-time digital audio & effects with head-turning 3-D positional audio from the EMU10K1 Digital Signal Processor
  • Create CD quality MP3 or WMA files with a 320Kbps encoder & up to 9x encoding acceleration
  • Surround yourself with theater-like Dolby Digital 5.1 audio in movies
  • Easily connect to Cambridge SoundWorks DTT3500, DTT2200 and other Dolby Digital-ready 5.1 home theater systems
  • Compatible with Windows 95/98/98SE/NT/2000/ME

Reviews (18)

1-0 out of 5 stars Wrong chipset
This card does NOT have a EMU10K1 chipset as advertised, so it does NOT work in linux.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
I never really thought sound was important until I started referbushing computers myself. The old no name brands would not of been suffice since I run a HiFi Stereo, and every glitch in the sound is noticeable. My new computers always ran off On board motherboard sound (which I thought was suffice). This old computer needed a card, and since this was the cheapest PCI card presently available I bought it. I am still amazed at the strenghth of this card! I run only two channels, but the Sound if full and rich threw out the frequencies(compared to on-board). It is definetly worth the upgrade(I bought it for only $20!)
The complaints (I have not done research) most likely come from first timers who did not install their cards properly. I have absolutely no problems with the card. It is such a simple devicethat I doubt there could be real problems (maybee those people have the volume wave/mp3 slider set to high for there stereo).
My Settings
600 Mhz K7 AMD
256 MBS PCI 100 RAM
Some really old motherboard
And some really old Radeon Graphics Card
And this Sound Card (I used to have a Aureal Vortex Card)

Great upgrade from onboard!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent little card
I bought mine off of Ebay.Got all the hardware and software.I put it in my system after pulling my old Aureal Vortex 2 (Creative labs bites for buying them out) I turned on my system and it works perfectly.I have thrown audio conversion, mixing, recording, running about 64 channels and more at it and so far it has done just fine.It is a decent card for a cheap price.I does everything I need.I have not had any crackling, popping, or snapping.I would say if you want a decent card for a cheap price this is a good one to go with.It handles 2 channel, 4 channel, and 5.1.It also has a SPIDF connector, and a game port connector for those who have not upgraded to a USB joystick yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars I let my daughter install the card.
I've read the poor reviews for this soundcard. However, I thought for the price of this card (30 bucks), I'd give it a try.

In other Amazon posts I've said, "When all else fails read the directions," and this installation is no different. I went through the installation procedure with my 12-year-old daughter. I did help her with lining up the card on the board, but after that we turned on the machine and booted into XP (we put the Sound Blaster installation CD into the CD drive before Windows fully loaded). The system found the card immediately and pulled the driver from the CD.

She said, "Is that it?" I said, "I believe so," and yep it sure was. Now we have pure, crystal clear surround sound from a thirty dollar card!! I also do not have any hissing or cracking noises out of the speakers others mentioned.

The Sound Blaster Live! CD also lets you install apps that work with the card and they were just as easy to install, but I did not install all of the apps.

Now I am not saying you will not have any problem (how would I know that?) as I have had some Creative issues with some other products, but I have always gotten around them.

Some tips:

1. If you are going to purchase this card online goto the Creative website and do some research. (e.g. is the card compatible with your Operating System? do you have any available PCI slots, how much memory does it require? THE BASICS!). Otherwise, just goto your friendly neighborhood office supply store and read the specs there (and be careful when the friendly clerk wants to give you a lesson in sound cards, you'll pay more in the end).

2. Consider which other devices you may wish to connect to the soundcard e.g. a mini disc player, microphone, etc.

3. Consider whether you need a full or half-duplex card. Full-duplex cards can record and play back sounds, while half-duplex cards can do one or the other, but not at the same time.

4. If you have onboard sound on your current computer, don't forget to disable that before you go installing this card or for that matter, any sound card.

Hopefully, if you do choose this card, it will work as seamlessly as it did for my daughter. Maybe she'll turn into a computer geek yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars No 5.1
Horrible card. Standard drivers either have horrible static or only work in 2 of my 6 speakers. Horrible, horrible, horrible experience overall. ... Read more

7. TURTLE BEACH 3430-01 Catalina 8-Channel PCI Sound Card
by Turtle Beach
list price: $49.99
our price: $43.69
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Asin: B0001YAPLE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Turtle Beach
Sales Rank: 4634
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

High Quality, Versatile Surround Sound for your PC The Turtle Beach Catalina provides eight analog outputs for supporting 2, 4, 5.1, and 7.1 multi-channel speaker configurations. The optical S/PDIF output provides multi-channel surround sound when connected to a digital audio home theater system. The optical S/PDIF input allows recording from pure digital sources, such as Minidiscs and CD players. Catalina is the perfect audio upgrade for serious PC gamers, DVD movie fans and digital music enthusiasts. Application Catalina's 8-channel outputs can be used in a variety of configurations, ranging from stereo with multiple headphones to full 7.1 surround sound. A versatile array of inputs and outputs let you connect a wide variety of devices for recording and playing back different audio sources with your PC. ... Read more


  • Inputs - Mic, Stereo Line, S/PDIF, Internal connectors for CD & Aux audio sources
  • Optical S/PDIF In/Out for recording & playback of pure digital audio at resolutions of up to 24 Bits at 96KHz sample rate - allowing for pass-through of Dolby Digital & DTS multi-channel DVD sound to external A/V receivers
  • Selectable 2, 4, 6, or 8 analog line output channels with 18 Bit resolution at up to 48 KHz sampling rate
  • Converts stereo sound sources to multi-channel format - so you can listen to 2-channel MP3 music or movies with an enhanced multi-speaker surround sound environment
  • Supports Game Surround Sound APIs such as EAX 2.0 & A3D

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 7.1 Sound Card
Just to respond - while the Catalina is a *different* card than our older Turtle Beach Santa Cruz, it does have some things the Santa Cruz just didn't have.

7.1 outputs
Both digital in and out - S/PDIF optical connections.
24 bit / 96 kHz
Pass throughDolby® Digital and DTS®

So while a Santa Cruz might have been more what you were looking for - this is still a GREAT card.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as many features as the Santa Cruz
I bought this card mainly because of the digital input so I could use it with my digital multi-track recorder. I had already purchased and returned the Sound Blaster Audigy because of some static during playback. When I saw that Turtle Beach offered a card w/ digital inputs I thought it would be great. The sound on this card is excellent but the lack of features has caused me to return it and put my old Santa Cruz card back in. The digital-in works and you can monitor it through your speakers. My problem was that I couldn't record it. For some reason Acid Pro software does not recognize that signal. It could be because of the sampling rate being much higher but I don't know. The Audigy would let me at least record it. If you were watching DVDs and sending the audio to a digital receiver I could see where it would be helpful. Also the lack of the versa jack was also a major drawback. I use the versa jack on the Santa Cruz to monitor with my headphones. I still couldn't get the headphones to work along with the other speakers or to get it to where I could easily switch it back and forth from the software. Anyway, Turtle Beach cards sound great. I use it with the Klipsch Pro Media 2 speakers and the sound is incredible. I took all my other components out and just use the sound card and speakers. My advice would be to stick with the Santa Cruz model if you can find one. I am giving it three stars not because of sound quality but because of a lack of features.

1-0 out of 5 stars Get the Santa Cruz instead!
This card have less features than the Santa Cruz. It does not even come with any tweakable parameters such as an Equalizer. I have the Santa Cruz in my other pc and wished that I bought that card instead! ... Read more

8. Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 PCI Sound Card
by Creative Labs
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00000J579
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 11323
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- SBPCI16 VENDOR- CREATIVE LABS FEATURES- Sound Blaster 16 PCI PCI 32-voice Wavetable Sound Card. 16-bit full duplex CD-quality audio with 32-voice wavetable synthesis; allows for use of headphones or speakers. Supports 2MB 4MB or 8MB wavetable sample sets utilizing system memory. -- SPECIFICATIONs --------------------------------------INTERFACE- 32-bit PCI SOFTWARE - Creative Multimedia Deck Creative SoundOLE Audio Mixer Audio Configuration Utility. MANUFACTURER WARRANTY: 1 YEAR ... Read more


  • Backed by a three year warranty
  • CD-quality audio with a fast PCI connection
  • Based on the award-winning SoundBlaster 16
  • 128-voice MIDI music synthesizer
  • Plug and play

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars An effective basic soundcard
I keep a lot of computer equipment at home, due to the fact that I am an A+ technician working to complete my MCSE (microsoft certified systems engineer) credentials.I bought a pre-owned computer from ebay last month in order to practice setting up computer networks at home.This particular computer is a business-class desktop, designed more for the office environment rather than the typical entertainment PC that we would normally have at home.I decided to add DVD capability to this system, in order to enjoy a movie at my work desk whenever the mood strikes me to take a break from work (which happens quite frequently).I added a Sony DVD player, this particular Soundblaster soundcard, and a pair of Cambridge Soundworks speakers.Within thirty minutes, I was watching The Lord of Rings.

Now, about the Soundblaster.This is a very good Soundcard for its intended purpose.Which is to provide basic sound functionality to a desktop computer.The sound quality is good enough to enjoy listening to stereo sounds from music CDs and DVDs.But please, do not expect this card to provide you with theatre-like surround sound quality.This is definitely the wrong price range if you need that kind of quality.

I compared the sound quality of this office system to my primary home system.My home system is a Dell Dimension 8200, with a Turtle Beach Soundcard and the Altec Lansing surround system.I switched the mode of operation of the Altec Lansings from surround to stereo for comparison purposes between the two systems.Subjectively, you can definitely tell the difference between the two.

I can recommend this Soundblaster to anyone who is simply looking to add stereo sound to his or her desktop computer.It is inexpensive and easy to install.It will require the use of one of your PCI slots.For your information, I installed this card on an IBM 300PL desktop PC.The system has a Pentium III processor and 128 MB of RAM.It is running an evaluation copy of Windows 2000 Advanced Server.The DVD player is a Sony DDU1621 and the Monitor is a KDS 17 inch flat screen CRT.If you are interested, I wrote reviews on the KDS monitor and the Sony DVD player, here at Amazon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Drivers are unreliable
I installed this card in a new home built computer.When I got Windows XP installed the sound came on and sounded fine with the generic drivers provided by Windows XP.I then proceeded to install the drivers that came with the sound card.After installing the Creative drivers I discovered the sound on some of my games was distorted.I rolled back the drivers to the generic XP drivers and the sounds returned to normal.The only problem is I have no access to the advanced features in the audio control panel.I can adjust volume control but I have no way to adjust the treble or bass or other effects.If I reinstall the Creative drivers those functions return but then so does the distortion.

3-0 out of 5 stars Be careful what is written on the box
I purchased the Creative Sound Blaster 16 PCI card to replace my built in sound engine.The installation was simple, typical of a pci card.The inclosed directions to install the card were ample to do the job.They sell these items at Walmart so I took a look at the box before coming back to Amazon and buying at a better price.It does say on the box this card is Windows XP compatible.It will work but the drivers on the installation disk are not Microsoft "signed" which means you must force the driver installation.Again, not a big thing, Windows XP took the drivers and the card worked fine.Typical of using any software or hardware in Windows XP, it is a good idea to go online immediately for an XP compatable/updated driver.That I did, found one from Creative's website; downloaded and installed it.Here is where you must be very careful.My very latest version of Windows XP/SP1 loaded this latest driver and then the sound system promptly shutdown.No sound at all came from the speakers.I rebooted a couple of times thinking the reset would correct the problem.It didn't nor did XP indicate a problem with the hardware or driver in the system/hardware file.Fortunately XP allowed me to go back to the earlier driver and the sound was back on.So if you have Windows XP and this card, be sure not to destroy the installation cd because Creative's new driver does not work on XP, at least not on mine.

The sound from the card is just fine.I don't really see much of a difference between this card and my original onboard AC97 engine but I spent the money so I'll keep it.Maybe a new set of speaks will help.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible performance!No way to uninstall!
Even though this is a very low end card, I expected performance at least on par with the integrated sound.Unfortunately, I was disappointed to find that the sound stuttered badly, especially in games and during playback with Windows Media Player.I wasn't upset, however, until I tried to uninstall the drivers (for the purpose of installing my higher end sound card), when I discovered that all uninstall efforts crashed my computer.I have tried to uninstall several different ways (with the help of 2 different Creative technical support folks and the Creative knowledge base), and the drivers are STILL installed!Needless to say, if I ever get these drivers off, I will be purchasing a sound card from a different manufacturer.

3-0 out of 5 stars not bad
basic entry level card. has mic/line-in ...and sterio out. good value if you ask me... ... Read more

9. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX Soundcard
by Creative Labs
list price: $169.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005PWVU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 38790
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- SBAUDIGYPLATEX VENDOR- CREATIVE LABS FEATURES- Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eXSound Blaster® Audigy Platinum eX is a professional home studiosolution that opens up a whole new world of unprecedented high definition audio, with the flexibility of an external drive.You'll experience incredible audio clarity with 24-bit multi-channel5.1 sound, and stunning 100dB SNR. The increased power of the Audigy chip enables EAX® ADVANCED HD to deliver a host of innovative highdefinition audio effects with next-generation interactive 3D audio for gaming and sophisticated effects for music.The external Audigy drive has the most comprehensive connectors for analog or digitaldevices including professional audio gear, home-stereo receivers,Optical DACs, MIDI devices, and DV Camcorders.You'll also have the advantage of high-capacity connectivity to SB1394 qualified devices like DV Camcorders, future NOMAD® Jukebox and external harddrives/high-speed CD-RWs.Includes Audigy PCI card, Audigy extension card, external Audigy drive (with InfraRed receiver), remote control and batteries, internal SB1394cable, Audigy extension cable with 15-pin MIDI/Joystick interface, digital CD audio cable, analog CD audio cable, power supply splitter cable, connection cable to Audigy card, 3.5mm to 1/4 ... Read more


  • Uses Creative's Audigy chip
  • EAX Advanced HD offers 3-D audio performance
  • Built-in Dolby Digital decoder for true 5.1 multi-channel playback
  • External Audigy Drive offers accessible connectors
  • Includes wireless remote control

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars open purchased computer hardware at the store or immediately
I did a great amount of research on sound and video cards, be-
fore I purchased this product at compUSA. I did not immediately
open it, as it was factory sealed, and I did not intend to install it for a while, because I was going to use it with the
computer I was building. Imagine my surprise whe I did open it
and discovered that the "external drive" advertised on the box
was missing. CompUSA refuses to issue a refund or exchange, and
I have contacted creative labs to see if I can get the drive,
but they have not responded as yet. Will contact them by phone next. I plan on posting my results with creative labs by the end
of July.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music Creators Rejoice
With the newest audio processor since the days of the Live, Creative has once again outdone itself. With all the power of professional souind boards at hundreds of dollars less. There is no background fuzz while recording from a MIDI input (unlike SBLive!), and the ability to record dual tracks simultaneously makes this board the music creators paradise.

It also sounds remarkable. I hooked up my DVD player, XBox, and even a simple portable discman to the external drive and enjoyed the quality of sound. The DTS decoder works well too. I noticed no distortion after hooking up my Klipsch Pro-Media 5.1 (6 piece) surround speaker set, despite the sound information running from my DVD player to PC, then from PC to Speaker system.

Gaming sound effects are awesome as well. Previous games like McGee's Alice and Deus Ex being high up on the list of games that sound totally awesome. Unfortunately there aren't many games that can fully utilize the new EAX HD capabilities, but the standard regime of FPS games sound great.

This card is by far the best thing to happen to sound cards since the first release of SBLive! Great for making your PC the new household hub for entertainment centers.

4-0 out of 5 stars It works fine if you use your noodle
Yes, the card doesn't work with XP when you install it.It's not brain surgery; In fact, it's rather easy, and you will be up and running in no time.Also the second card isn't supposed to fit into the PCI slot the same way the other cards there do since it does not have a PCI connector! Unlike the main card it does not actually go in the PCI slot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Card but many bugs!
I bought this card in November because I recently purchased the Klipsch Promedia 5.1 speaker system. At first I was kind of intimidated with all the cables and connections for this card, but after reading the instruction's manual it was pretty straight foward. I was also confused about the PCI connection for this card since it has three slots instead of two, like a typical PCI card, but it fits fine. When the card was perfectly setup inside my PC I proceeded to install the software and drivers provided on a Cd-Rom by Creative. I installed the full version with all the add-ons provided. Then I proceeded to download the Windows XP drivers from the Soundblaster's website. When I was all done I decided to try my speakers with this top of the line card, but my PC froze every time after just a few seconds I started playing a track. Afters many hours of rebooting and brainstorming this problem, I arrived to the conclusion that it was the Creative Playcenter that wasn't holding up on Windows XP. So a word to the wise those who have XP do not install Creative Playcenter or you will suffer the consequences.

Besides this problem, the card works perfectly. The external drive fulfills every music lovers delight. Wether its karaoke or hooking up your TV to your card, it is make this card worthy of its price. My pleasure was hooking up my Playstation 2 with a Toslink fiber optic cable to my pc speakers. Fiber Optics is the way to go, its the neatest sound you will ever experience. The only problem is that my center speaker is not working during DVD play with my PS2, thus the 5.1 experience is ruined. In conclusion, the audigy platinum Ex card is simply for hardcore musicians that use their PC's has home studios or just hi-tech lovers that simply want the best.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
It wasn't extremely easy to install -- there is a daughter card that doesn't properly seat in the PCI slot, and several internal ribbons that don't work too well in my case. But well worth the hassle! I love the external "drive," which makes access to many ports & controls easy. Hooks up to a wide variety of peripherals, speakers, etc. Great sound, especially with digital speakers. Well worth the money. Let's hope that Creative does a better job than it has over the last few years fo keeping up with the drivers -- "liveware" never lived up to its promise. ... Read more

10. TURTLE BEACH 3425-01 Riviera 6-Channel PCI Sound Card
by Turtle Beach
list price: $32.99
our price: $28.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001YAPL4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Turtle Beach
Sales Rank: 34036
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Affordable, High Quality Surround Sound for your PC The Turtle Beach Riviera is an affordable, high quality sound card for enjoying immersive PC game play and multi-channel DVD audio, MP3 or other digital PC game play and multi-channel DVD audio, MP3 or other digital music enhanced with the fullness of multi-speaker surround sound. With selectable 2, 4 or 6 channel outputs, plus a digital S/PDIF output for pass-through of Dolby® Digital and DTS®multi-channelDVD sound, Riviera’s feature-rich surround sound environment makes it a perfect upgrade for the stereo sound capabilities of typical PCs. ... Read more


  • 32-bit PCI bus master
  • Selectable 2, 4, or 6 analog line output channels with 16 Bit resolution at up to 48 KHz sampling rate
  • Converts stereo sound sources to multi-channel format - for listening to MP3 music with enhanced surround sound on 4 or 6 speakers
  • Game Port for dual analog joystick connection & MIDI In/Out (interface cable is optional)
  • Supports Game Surround Sound APIs such as EAX, HRTF-based 3D positional audio, DirectSound 3D & A3D

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Product has a great software suite, as well...
The card does come with Audio Surgeon LE - as it is clearly advertised. If that's not what you wanted when you bought the card - you could have always returned the product. And if the user wanted Audio Surgeon, why wouldn't they simply buy that product?

This is a great card with:
Optical S/PDIF output for pass-through of Dolby Digital® and DTS® multi-channel DVD sound to external A/V receivers
Selectable 2, 4, or 6 analog line output channels
External line input
Internal CD and Aux inputs
Supports Game Surround Sound APIs such as EAX, A3D, I3DL2 and DirectSound 3D support
Converts stereo sound sources to multi-channel format
Environmental Effects
Game port for dual analog joystick connection

You can't get a software suite like it with other cards, and for under $30 (the cost of Audio Surgeon by itself, by the way) you get a great product.

1-0 out of 5 stars The CD does not contain what is listed on the box
I purchased this sound card because I wanted to use the Audio Surgeon software which was listed on the box and on their website.After I installed the software I discovered that it is not AudioSurgeon, but it is AudioSurgeon LE.When you click on a feature it says something like "This feature does not work in this version, you must purchase AudioSurgeon for this feature."I wrote to tech support and their response was "AudioSurgeon LE comes bundled free with the Riviera sound card."They also changed the website to say "AudioSurgeon LE"

I called Voyetra which seems to own Turtle Beach and they said "we can name the software anything we want. You can bring the sound card back to the store and if you don't want to do that you can get a lawyer."

Don't expect tech support, or customer service with this product. ... Read more

11. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Sound Card
by Creative Labs
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RVQK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 25613
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For the highest-quality audio experience, 16-bit is just not good enough. Step up to Sound Blaster Audigy 2 to hear the amazing difference that 24-bit Advanced HD makes. It delivers astonishing clarity and audio details that are inaudible on current 16-bit audio solutions, bringing your music, movies, and games to life.

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 offers Advanced Resolution DVD-audio playback up to an astonishing 24-bit/192 kHz in stereo, and delivers an ultraquiet 106 dB SNR that's far superior to ordinary CD and MP3 playback. With 6.1 speaker support, your games and Dolby Digital EX movies will sound more encompassing than ever before. The new Creative MediaSource music player will revolutionize your MP3 experience with its intuitive interface and rich feature set, while the Audigy 2 chip with EAX Advanced HD support delivers awesome power for gaming. Get Sound Blaster Audigy 2 for 24-bit/192 kHz audio fidelity--it delivers simply the best audio quality for music, movies, and games. Nothing else comes close. ... Read more


  • Pure recording path captures the quality and subtle details of your audio creations
  • The only PC solution to enable the Advanced Resolution era of 24-bit music fidelity with 192 kHz in stereo and 96 kHz in 5.1
  • The best Sound Blaster clarity ever, rivaling home-theater audio quality for music, games, and movies
  • Experience superior multi-channel audio from MP3s, CDs, 3-D games, and Dolby Digital EX movies with a rear center speaker
  • The most exciting features yet with library search, automatic playlist volume matching, and hiss removal for MP3s

Reviews (21)

1-0 out of 5 stars No input
I had this card installed in my Dell when I ordered it and I will say it does sound great BUT there is one proplem with it that I need and that is the input will not work.I called Creative Labs, Dell and got no where.Now maybe not many people need to use the input jack but it is a must for me.My old computer had a simple card but it did work.So if you want just great sound, this card is good but if you need to record albums, etc. then forget it, this card won't do it, or at least mine won't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great-Sounding Stuff
To suggest that this soundcard is a dramatic improvement over on-board sound is a massive understatement.I recently purchased a new computer, one far more powerful and speedy than my old one, but I soon discovered that my media didn't sound nearly as good as I was used to hearing.I'd had a Sound Blaster Live card in my old unit, but I could not install that in the new computer: It was not compatible with Windows XP.Hence, I had to buy a new soundcard, not something super-fancy or compatible with speakers in 100 different rooms: Just something that kicks out good stereo sound for a good three-speaker setup, not to mention the ability to utilize more channels should I ever decide to go that route.The difference in the sound blew my mind: So much richer, deeper, more full in both lows and highs.This thing makes my computer sound wonderful, whether I'm playing it through my computer speakers or running it through my stereo.Helps with cd burning as well, as it allows for full-range copying of discs with 24-bit sound.Highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars card's just wonderful, drivers suck in XP
If you can get 6.1 in a game your do'n good, it sounds great.That is IF you can get even 4.1.Mostly this card reverts back to it's primitive 2.1 speaker state(even though I have a 6.1 speaker SET from creative ITSELF!).When playing games, two out of three will revert the sound card drivers back to 2.1.In windows 98 SE this is not a problem in XPPro it is a major one.Games that revert back include Star Trek Bridge Commander, Dungeon Siege(a microsoft "designed for XP" game), Hidden evil(most Star Trek games in fact), Fellowship of the Ring, System Shock2 (with EAX enabled), Ultima 9(EAX enabled) and most of the others I am too tired to find and referrence right now.In fact the only games that play in more than 2.1 sound(EAX) are Neverwinter Nights and most Bioware Infinity titles.That's funny becasue everyone knocks Infinity Engine, but it must have something going for it to work a nit-picky sound card such as this in 6.1 EAX.Everything else gamewise(EA, Dreamscape, Sirtech, ect) doesn't work at all.I have heard others complain about this and say Winamp can rectify the problem, it does not...Don't bother with the 2ZX 7.1, it's nothing special either and is just as bad.Try a Herc or Phillips.

Doood! It's Creative!

so what?

4-0 out of 5 stars When it works like it should its quite a good deal
My experience with this product is divided into two "eras".
The first one was up until a few months ago when it gave me real headaches and problems. The second one is ever since it managed to solve itself (I don't know how, but I'm not asking either).

I'll start with the problem. My problem was the infamous "Squeal of Death" bug that Audigy cards tend to suffer from. This is some type of hardware flaw that occurs depending on your mainboard, operating system, etc. Up till now Creative hasn't managed to toally figure out why it happens, but what it does is simply cause the computer to completely freeze and emit a constant high-frequency tone while its halted (hence the "squeal"). This happens randomly during normal computer use while sound is playing. You cannot predict when it will happen, but it usually happens within the first 30 minutes of use, and its one of the most irritating things, one that can ruin your entire experience. As for Creative's support, it was very lacking. They told me to go over the same procedures again and again without any useful tips.

I've had this problem for nearly a year. Having the latest drivers for all of my hardware didn't help. I also tried formating my Hard Drive and reinstalling everything several times with no help. I did manage to understand what causes the bug to happen more frequently (such as watching DVD movies in surround mode, etc) and tryed to avoid it, but that was surely no fun.

Then one day it passed. Don't ask me how or why, but for a few months it works flawlessly. I know that recent motherboards, though, hardly cause this bug, so if you have a new computer you should not experience this problem.

And now for the card itself (when it works).
What I care about mostly is audio quality (in stereo), and this one delivers very good audio considering its a sound card. The resolution is high (not talking about the technical one), the high frequencies are precise (though a bit harsh), the soundstage is good, and detail is sufficient in audiophile terms.
One minus is that the card resamples everything lower than 48KHz to 48KHz using so-so algorithms that make 44.1KHz sources sound lacking at 48KHz (all your CD, MP3 sources). I found a way around this using a high-quality plugin for Winamp that resamples everything to 48KHz (or higher, I use 96KHz) using the best dithering algorithms and this avoids this little trouble.

I found working with high resolution and high frequency recordings (96KHz/24bit) pleasing and flawless. DVD-Audio also turned well, and surround sound very good if that is what you're into. I am not much into it but whatever surround recordings I tried sounded as good on the secondary channels as on the front ones (i.e. the DACs are the same for all channels).

The EAX hardware effects don't really improve the sound, but they work quite well and the fact they are done on-card (without CPU usage) is a big plus. There is a nice noice-removal option which works very well, especially useful with old films or bad radio reception (using line-in), though there is a slight delay.

Lastly, I'm not a big fan of computer games, but I was quite astounded with the sound it produced in serveral EAX-supported games, so if that's what you're into I suppose it delivers the finest out there.

To sum it up, when it works like it should it delivers excellent sound quality for such a mass-market product (and considering the price), all the needed surround sound support, and advanced EAX effects that work well for games and music as well.
If you're into recording you'll be also pleased to hear that it can record using high resolution 96KHz/24bit and that it does so with a very audiable improvement than the usual 48/16, great for doing analog remasterings or recordings on an amatuer level.

1-0 out of 5 stars Reformat
Junk, absolute junk.Don't even try to complain to Creative.Talk about a bunch of losers.If you have a soundblaster already installed, you might as well reformat to get the new one to work.I am a computer engineer for crying out loud.The soundblaster uninstall does not work, and you can spend forever trying to track down all the files that need to be deleted so that your new card will install correctly, but you will never find them all. ... Read more

12. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum Sound Card
by Creative Labs
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RVQL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 36168
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Experience world-class audio! Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum gives you the ability to record audio at an amazing 24-bit/96 kHz quality and comes complete with a convenient internal Audigy 2 drive for easy front-panel access to an expanded array of all the connectors you'll ever need.

You can hear the amazing difference that 24-bit Advanced HD delivers through high-fidelity audio playback and full Advanced Resolution DVD-audio support in up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. And with 106 dB SNR, you'll experience audio clarity in games, movies, and music that's impossible on 16-bit sound cards. In addition, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 offers 6.1 speaker support in the latest Dolby Digital EX movies, DirectSound 3D games, and stereo music content with the CMSS 3-D up-mix feature.

Get Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum today and experience the incredible quality of the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 card with the added connectivity of the Audigy 2 drive for the best possible 24-bit Advanced HD experience. ... Read more


  • All the analog and digital ports you'll need for simple desktop connectivity including a super-fast SB1394 FireWire port
  • The only PC solution to enable the Advanced Resolution era of 24-bit music fidelity with 192 kHz in stereo and 96 kHz in 5.1
  • The best Sound Blaster clarity ever, rivaling home-theater audio quality for music, games, and movies
  • Experience superior multi-channel audio from MP3s, CDs, 3-D games, and Dolby Digital EX movies with a rear center speaker
  • The most exciting features yet with library search, automatic playlist volume matching, and hiss removal for MP3s

Reviews (12)

1-0 out of 5 stars I Am So Disgusted
This is a tragedy. I've been a staunch supporter of Live! cards since they came out but their quality and support went down the drain. The Audigy 2 Platinum is not plug & play compliant. The end user shouldn't have to install the card and adjust the BIOS and hardware configuration to get the card to work. All this card gives is loud pops, skipping and computer lockups. A reinstallation of the operating system didn't help. There aren't any IRQ conflicts either! Tech support was useless, they don't have clue. The sound of the card is great but that means nothing if there is popping and skipping in the music.
I wasted $165 and i will never buy another Creative product again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Made by Satan!
Well ok, after building my own "Dream System 4" I decided to go all out, even on the soundcard. Going by the specs with this card it was second to none. Going by the other customer reviews I read, it made me think twice about getting it judging by a lot of the problems that were addressed. But, I decided that "none of those will happen to me, it will work fine" WRONG. First off for a brief hardware setup. I installed it on a Athlon XP 2800 powered system with dual 80MB 7200 ATA 133 drives, 1 Gig RAM and an Nvidia GeForce4 Ti4800 8X AGP Video with the Logitech X-680 surround speakers.

Now for the problems. That's all I had. All that system robbing software (reminds me of AOL), system crashes, hung installations, more system crashes, numerous calls to both Microsoft AND Creative only to get stuck editing my registry (always a treat) and downloading numerous "patches and updates", all being a waste of time. After downloading the "updated drivers" the problem only worsened. System crashes, hangs and even more system crashes.

Sooooooo after 3 months of beating myself up (I REALLY Wanted this thing to work properly) I YANKED IT! Time to end the headaches! I went out and picked up the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz card and it has worked FLAWLESSLY!

Maybe someday (if I don't throw it on Ebay first) when Creative actually gets creative with there software so it will work correctly, I will put it back in. But for now, it will sit in the box and collect dust!

5-0 out of 5 stars WIRELESS
I heard that wireless keyboads and mice are incompatible with the audigy 2. Is this BS?

4-0 out of 5 stars my last review
i looked around, and WinAmp CAN support the controller, although it takes a bit of working with it to get it going, but if you're familiar with sound blaster products, having to work on something to get it working should NOT be a new concept for you.
anyways, yeah, it can run winamp, powerdvd, etc.
again. i'd go with it again if i had the choice.
happy shopping!

5-0 out of 5 stars very nice
heres what ive come to expect from creative labs. very very wonderful products, but you have to figure them out on your own. as youve heard, the customer support is nil, so if you're not good with computers, and willing to get in there and get your hands dirty as it were, go find another company.

i got my sound blaster up and running in my computer in about an hour, starting from when i opened the package and ending after i had installed the drivers and tested it out.
ive only had it for a day, and i have yet to use it to its full potential, but i will. and i have no doubt i'll have a blast with it.

im sorta wishing the remote would work other programs, like WinAmp, so i can get a web radio station at the push of a button, but thats a small gripe, and its in Winamps court to solve that one!

all in all a very nice soundcard. it ACTUALLY MAKES YOUR SOUND BETTER. when you play around with the settings it can give a nice little subdued reverb that adds to the atmosphere. great stuff. my little 2.1 speakers have been given some new life.

anyways, i'm off to find a good 5.1 speaker system. gotta try the DVD Audio next. I hear they're rereleasing Dark Side of the Moon in 5.1.... THAT will be something to write home about. ... Read more

13. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer Sound Card
by Creative Labs
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005PK7P
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 14700
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Conquer a new generation of gaming with Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer. Delivering 4X more effects processing from the Audigy chip, and stunning 24-bit multi-channel playback, you'll experience unsurpassed power and audio clarity in gaming. Taking advantage of that power, EAX ADVANCED HD technology produces high-definition multi-environment effects and more, for the most realistic sound ever experienced. Highly optimized for Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer, the new 3D audio engine provides the most accurate 3D audio rendering, allowing you to find and frag your opponents faster than ever before.The on-board SB1394 port lets you take on other Sound Blaster Audigy owners or anyone with a 1394 connection on their PC for easy PC-to-PC connectivity and low-latency performance surpassing traditional LAN gaming solutions. Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer also includes one of today's hottest, full-version game titles, preparing you for the most intense gaming experience imaginable. ... Read more


  • Bundled with Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Deus Ex
  • Utilizes Creative's Audigy chip
  • EAX Advanced HD offers 3D audio performance
  • Built-in Dolby Digital decoder for true 5.1 multi-channel playback
  • 24-bit multi-channel performance and 100db SNR for high-definition audio

Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars Audigy Gamer
Audigy Gamer is a good sound card. It works very well with XP windows. I have a hp computer with XP windows. I put the card in my computer and then loaded the drivers and restared my computer and it worked great. The card came with 2 games they are ok but you have to use a mouse for them I wish you could use a joy stick it would be a lot more fun. Both games work ok on my computer. If you have only 2 speakers you should get the 5 to 1 speaker set. It would work alot better for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Trouble
I have purchased a lot of electronics in the past, often with minor quirks I had to work through, but the level of problems with this product is absurd.I read all of the Amazon reviews plus reviews from other websites, and I thought I could overcome the problems.That was then, this is now.

I purchased the card not over a week ago and installed it in my machine.I am on the verge of upgrading my CPU along with my software, so I purchased this card to work both in my old 400 MHz Pent. II machine running on Win98(first edition) and to work on a new XP system I'll get in the near future.The box, description, and tech support people ALL clearly assert that the software and the card work with Win98 first edition.THEY DO NOT.


Here is why:When attempting to load the software, the autoload program will give you an error telling you to upgrade your system.Dumb, huh?Yup, in a leap before you look move, Creative has started shipping retail versions of this product, each clearly stating they work with WIN98 First edition, with CD's that don't contain the proper software.

But that's not all.

After calling tech support, I was told to "explore" the CD and install each program individually.They assured me that the proper software was on the disk, but the front end loading program was not correct.I tried this grand idea, and it DESTROYED MY OPERATING SYSTEM.I could not even reload WIN98.Luckily I had a new hard drive I could install, which I did, and reloaded WIN98.It only took me roughly 12 hours of work to recreated everything that formerly existed on my old hard drive.

But that isn't the end either.No, I, like a fool, tried again.Nope, not even with nearly 30 gigs of extra hard drive space, nothing on earth running on my computer that could conflict, and an overly optimistic attitude, could I get the software to properly load.On a positive note, this time it didn't crash the entire system.

Ahh, but that is still not the end.I called tech support again, and they told me to do various things to attempt to make the card to work.So, I completely updated my WIN98 from the microsoft site (I had always done this before, but remember I had to start with a new, clean HD), I upgraded my system BIOS and drivers from the manufacturer, AND I swapped around every card to try to resolve system conflicts.

Nope.None of it worked - furthermore, it wasted more hours needlessly.

So friends, I now await the final step in this quest to listen to my computer ding in 4.1 surround sound or higher - I will try installing new software from Creative, if the CD ever arrives.Yup, the tech people at Creative don't ship out new CDs, that's another department - and none of them really know when the other gets around to doing their job, so I don't know when I'll get the CD.Maybe this week...maybe next...

If it works, I'll write a review on the sound quality.For now, I put my old Montego back in the computer and have enjoyed my 2.1 dings and blips.

One final note for the working class among you.Please realize that Creative does not have a toll free number and is only open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Central time Monday-Friday.If you are like me and work during these hours, you will never be able to both call and be by your computer at the same time.That leaves you to waste time at work just to get "answers" that don't work.Oh, and the email support is a joke.After explaining the above, the first person to respond (a day later) asked me if I'd tried installing the drivers.I responded by asking if they actually read the emails or just liked playing cruel jokes on foolish customers.The second person (again, another 24 hour turn around) just told me to wait for the CD.That would have been a nice thing to tell me BEFORE the guy on the phone gave me personalized instructions on how to kill my old hard drive.

Moral:buy a SantaCruz card

Update:2/4/2004:New CDs are junk - still does not work.Creative labs must just not care to help.

Update 04/21/2004:I got too busy to return the card, so when I bought a new XP system, I decided to give the card another try.DOESN'T WORK AGAIN!The software installed, but the card gives out no sound.I'd call them for support, but again that 9-6 M-F timing is the worst possible.I e-mailed them and will see if they can offer a real response.

Update 1/10/05: I dropped this into a new XP unit and it works fine.I'm still not sure it is worth it, but it does work.If you have an XP unit it likely already has 5.1 sound available right off the motherboard.If you are a gamer, I'd first buy a great video card, more RAM, and a good speaker system.Then see if you need this card.I doubt you will.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Rocks
My gaming experience has increased dramatically with the purchase of this card.Awesome card for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars MOST REALISTIC SOUND CARD EVER!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sound card for your GAME/MUSIC/DVD MOVIE!!!!!
The Creative Labs Augigy Gamer Sound Card is one of the best sound cards up to date. With the support of 5.1 dolby digital technology, combined with your DVD player, it can create amazing surround sound. This sound card also supports up to 6 speakers (so get the Logitech 640!!!) and combine it with this excellent card. Not only can it be used for movies/music, playing PC games are a delight. From Counter Strike to Unreal Tournament, this card can prove to you that the enemy cannot hide. You'll hear footsteps from your rear speaker and front side speaker. If you are looking for a sound card with amazing capabilities at a low price, get this sound card, you won't regret it!!! ... Read more

14. Creative Labs Sound Blaster PCI 512 Sound Card
by Creative Labs
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00004Z7EF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 40673
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

For casual audio users and gamers who are looking for a hassle-free branded audio solution, the Sound Blaster PCI 512 is the entry-level environmental audio solution for gaming and multimedia applications. It offers incredibly immersive 3D audio, support for multiple speakers, and wide support for game, audio and multimedia titles. ... Read more


  • 3-D audio in real time
  • Environmental Audio support
  • Sound Blaster PCI compatibility
  • Plug and play
  • Hardware acceleration

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars sound blaster pci 512
This is the best card for your money the pci 512 is a real sound blasternot like what the guy said below there. I a beta and benchmark tester for games ive tested lots of games bottom line the 512 works real good with most and all most all games. I have tested games with diff sound gards sb live 5.1,pci 512,pci 128.between the sb live and pci 512 the is not much difference just in looks. so i highly reccomed this card but if you can put in just 10 buck get the sb live 5.1

4-0 out of 5 stars Quality sound card., great tech support.
I have to say, the comment about tech support would ordinarily imply that something "happened" that required my calling them.Rest assured, it didn't.My archaic computer (Compaq PResario 5070) has its sound card built into the motherboard, and I was told by the store guys that since i couldn't pull it out I would need to go into the BIOS and reconfigure them and disable the original drivers and such in order for the Sound Blaster to work.Well, not knowing anything about my computers BIOS, I called tech support and they were very friendly and helpful.The card is working great, and has all these cool 1/8 inch input jacks that I never had before on my old soundcard.Line in, Mic, front speakers, rear speakers... I don't do any gaming, I mostly got it for home audio recording, and as you can see from the actual hardware, it's been really helpful.Great product.

1-0 out of 5 stars soundblaster that isn't
I have had this card for too long. I bought it when I upgraded to a Pentium 3 (that processor does not like ISA cards). I had upgraded from the AWE64 which was an awesome card in its time.
This PCI512, it is not a Soundblaster chip. Its made by a company Soundblaster bailed out of trouble or something. Anyway it does not share 100% compatibility with soundblaster drivers. If you can afford a new sound card, you can afford to pass this one up. It doesn't work very well in all situations. If you are like me, you buy Soundblaster because they set the standards for compatibility. Atleast before you buy this card go to the soundblaster website and look for yourself what support you cannot get for it. I found very, very little. In fact, it had to be from another source that I found out that my gaming problems was because the PCI512 is not a Soundblaster chip. Soundblaster never comes out and says publicly that you are not buying an original SB design.
Bottom line? This card almost works. Probably that is why SB felt safe to market it under their own name.
I rate it one star because for the money you can do ALOT better. All of the SB PCI series are like this from what I am told.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to more expensive cards
I chose the Sound Blaster PCI 512 sound card for use with a low power, 5 speaker surround sound system (Cambridge/Creative Labs.) I mainly use this card for gaming and listening to music.

The card has separate front/rear channel plugs for surround sound speakers, a microphone plug, and comes bundled with a decent amount of software. The control software contains controls for "Environmental Audio", which applies different affects to audio output. The most entertaining component of the bundled software has to be the keyboard, which lets you play with a few hundred different instruments and effects- very fun if you don't have a real keyboard to play with.

I have not noticed any flaws in this sound card's performance, and I have not encountered any bugs in the drivers or control software.

This is a great card for anyone looking for a simple, affordable option for gaming and music. Without a high-quality speaker system, you will probably not notice the difference between this sound card and more expensive ones such as the Sound Blaster Live!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good card
This is a very nice card, espically for games n' such, nice upgrade from my old SB16 card. And since it's from Creative you know it works. Overall a great card and I recomend it. ... Read more

15. Creative Labs 16Bit-Dac 32-Voice Line Mic/Midi Interface ISA Waveffect Sound Blaster 16
by Creative Labs
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00004Z72Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 53877
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Product Description

Expand your audio horizons with the Sound Blaster 16 WavEffects. Designed for the home, business or government user, the SB16 WavEffects lets you experience more realistic music reproduction while still providing the standard-setting compatibility and CD-quality sound that thousands of applications depend on. Get 32-voice, software based music synthesis provided by Creative WaveSynth. Hear the difference, with better sounding music and multimedia in your Windows. applications. Record and playback high quality sounds, or talk to someone over the Internet with the provided 16-bit, full-duplex hardware capability. Finally, use any sound application worry free because you have a genuine Sound Blaster. No more need to worry about compatibility with that new title or application. And with wide support for all popular operating systems and APIs you will never have to second-guess a title's requirements again. ... Read more

16. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Soundcard
by Creative Labs
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005OSUE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 46982
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Includes wireless remote control and front panel Internal Audigy Drive with accessible connectors
  • Utilizes Creative Lab's Audigy chip
  • EAX Advanced HD offers 3D audio performance
  • Built-in Dolby Digital decoder for true 5.1 multi-channel playback
  • Full bandwidth and 96 DMA channels

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Card at a Great Price
I am running XP and had a SB Live card. The card has been great for about 2-3 years but I wanted something more. Even though some of the reviews I have read for this crad talked about install problems. I still got the Audigy Platinum card. All I can say is I had not one problem installing the card. It runs like a dream. I just got all the latest software from creative's site instead of using the install CD. The card is running strong and I am very happy with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Consumer Audio Cards on The Market
Want truly superior gaming, audio playback, and recording sound?Do you record audio to you computer? Do you play video games? This card will rock your world with it's hardware sound effects and multiple level EAX environments that create a virtual world only the Audigy Platinum 2 can beat.With Dolby DTS and 5.1 codec, and multiple audio inputs and outputs with the live drive, you won't ever buy another brand!Turn your computer into a complete recording studio in minutes!Want to sound like you are recording live? choose from different accoustical environments to suit your sound.The hardware is quiet and packs 100 db s/n (signal to noise) ratio and 24 bit encoding and up to 96 kHz sampling (better than CD).With awesome technology like this, you can become a pro DJ, Track Master, or warp to the world of your video game with one great card.Now all you'll need is a bigger hard drive to store all of your music and games on!

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Build, Worse Support
I purchased this card in 12/01.After a very quirky install, the card worked well for 4 months and then went dead.It took numerous phone calls to get an RA.It then took Creative 4 months to return the card, which still didn't work.A few more phone calls and a new card arrived.After working for 3 months, died.I marked the card and returned for repair/replacement.After 4 months I received the same card back, not working.I was then sent a 5.1 card that I couldn't hook-up to the front panel.I am now junking this card and trying a new product.Will never use a Creative product again.I could excuse the problems, but not the shameful lack of customer support and service.

5-0 out of 5 stars I didnt see any problems
I recently purchased and installed the audigy platnium(w/internal breakout box) and have had absolutely no problems with the card. I popped it in and XP(w/SP1) recognized it with no problems.I loaded up the driver disk and in less than 10 mins I was up watching DVD's in 5.1 digital audio. My advice: Get this card since its going down in price due to the introduction of the Audigy 2 line. Its a real steal!

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless piece of junk on XP and Win2000
I first installed this card on an HP machine running Windows 2000 Advanced Server and... Viola! The first time Windows 2000 crashes and gives me the BLUE SCREEN since I first installed it a couple of years ago. I gave the card the benefit of doubt and thought that I had installed and uninstalled too many software and hardware that the machine might have become unstable.

But recently I bought a brand new Dell Precision Worstation 530 running Windows XP Professional. Everything was working like a Swiss clock... until I installed the Audigy Platinum on it. Once I did that, I started getting hard crashes and blue screens. It crashed my machine more than 30 times before I finally trashed the card. The guys at Microsoft might have gotten sick of receiving my blue screen crash reports. I downloaded and installed the recent drivers from Creative's website (revision: AUD-WEBUP-W2-US, Date: 8/26/2002) and it didn't work.

Contrary to Creative's claims, this card just doesn't work on Win 2000 and XP Pro machines, or at least the Audigy customer base who use Win 2000 and XP Pro are too small for Creative to bother with a fix.

The sounds for gaming and CD play are good, I don't deny that, and it might be a cheap choice for a small home studio (it's not a genuine 24-bit though), but if you're using Win2K or XP pro, it's useless unless Creative finally realizes there's something terribly wrong with the driver and do something to fix it. ... Read more

17. Digital Research DRSOUNDA3D1 Aureal Vortex 1
by Digital Research
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00001T38J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Digital Research
Sales Rank: 104022
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Product Description

Vortex1 PCI supports A3D, the most advanced positional 3D technology available today. Originally developed for NASA for use in their astronaut training programs, Aureal's A3D is the de facto standard for 3D audio on over 3 million PCs. A3D puts the listener in the 3D environment, making sounds appear to come from any direction - left and right, front and back, top and bottom - giving gamers a decided advantage over their opponents.Powered by Aureal's own 300 MIP Vortex1 AU8820 audio processor chip, the Vortex1 PCI integrates an audio acceleration engine, 64-voice studio-quality wavetable synthesizer, and digital game port on a single high-performance PCI board. ... Read more


  • Accelerated DirectInput game port
  • A3D 1.0 positional 3D audio support
  • Professional 64-voice wavetable synthesizer with DLS 1.0 and DirectMusic support
  • High-performance PCI 2.1 interface
  • Superior audio quality (exceeds PC98/99 specifications)

18. Guillemot Maxi Studio ISIS XL
by Guillemot
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000050FH9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Guillemot
Sales Rank: 89318
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The world's first PCI full-duplex 8-input 4-output home recording studio with all the convenience of an external rack for a fraction of the cost of other professional systems. Designed primarily for the home musician, Maxi Studio ISIS is an excellent solution for multimedia developers, broadcasters, Website designers, disc jockeys, audio aficionados and many others. ... Read more


  • Virtual control console to adjust monitoring and I/O levels
  • Allows eight simultaneous inputs and four independent outputs in full-duplex
  • 32, 44.1 or 48 KHz S/PDIF input and output in both gold-plated RCA and optical format for digital transfers with a DAT or a mini-disc
  • External 20-bit converters for a perfect audio fidelity
  • 2 MIDI ports

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars better than expected
When running on Windows 98 and having dedicated hard drives for win,audio and cakewalk this card runs great cant beat it for the price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy this Card if You use Windows 2000 or XP!
I bought this card about two years ago and found it to be an excellent value.It offers an incredible amount of functions for the price.However, I have been extremely frustrated with the manufacturer's attitude regarding providing drivers for Windows 2000 and XP.For the longest time, they would not even comment on the possibility of providing drivers for these two operating systems.I migrated to Windows XP about three months ago and have been checking Guillemot's website for drivers practically on a daily basis.Finally, the company provided a small note to the effect that they will provide no 2000/XP drivers for this card.They blame it on the chipset.I can't figure out what difference that makes!

4-0 out of 5 stars Once tweaked awesome card.
The card was tempermental when on on Windows 98SE, but once I switched to Windows MEand I am nowrunning a Intel 466mhz Celeron with a 5200rpm Harddrive and 128mbs Dimm Ram. And loading the new current drivers from their website, it is now a flawless system. Worth taking the time to configure to your computer it is well worth the effort. Very versatile and works great with Cakewalk Pro 8. ... Read more

19. Hi Val 3D 16Bit Sound Card Enhanced Audio
by Hi Val

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Asin: B00000JNXY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hi Val
Sales Rank: 120650
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Product Description

Hi-Val is the world leader in manufacturing multimedia devices. With Hi-Val multimedia you will submerge into the wonderful world of dazzling effects and enjoy all power of your new sound system. The card is fully compatible with all major operating systems and is very easy to setup and configure. ... Read more

by Creative Labs

Asin: B00009EQ02
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
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Product Description

Immerse yourself in the gaming experience with the Sound Blaster PCI128. Designed for the home user, gamer or multimedia enthusiast, you can hear every gunshot and experience the enemy sneaking up behind you. Use the four-speaker output to truly experience real 3D sound! The Sound Blaster PCI128 utilizes the PCI bus, allowing it to use far less CPU overhead than traditional sound cards. This translates into higher frame rates in your games, more bandwidth for 3D audio and multi-channel support for upcoming game titles. For professional music playback, the Creative synthesis engine provides 128-voices of wave-table sound. User selectable sample banks let you choose the quality level you want. Now every instrument sounds just like its real life counterpart, not a poor facsimile. Because it uses Sound Blaster PCI technology you won't have to worry about compatibility. Creative's patented technology provides near-perfect Sound Blaster emulation. This means that the Sound Blaster PCI128 works with the existing base of MS-DOS and Windows titles. So if you are ready for the next level of gaming audio, step up to the Sound Blaster PCI128. ... Read more

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