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Computer Evolution Revolution

What's a Good Movie worth without Theater Quality or BETTER sound?
Having the Audigy Studio Pro Internal system is like having an audio production studio at your fingertips.  You can produce "voice-over" dubbing on the CD/DVD creations at will.  Using this card with the ATI 8500DV produces wonderful results in all AV areas.
The Sound Blaster Audigy family of audio cards once again establish the benchmark for PC audio with, delivering audio clarity comparable to high-end home stereo solutions as well as unprecedented realism in audio playback. Powered by the Audigy processor, which if four times more powerful than any previous audio processor, Sound Blaster Audigy brings your PC closer to the ultimate digital entertainment experience!  The Soundblaster tradition of producing sound cards by which all others are judged has not been lost on the Audigy Series.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum

Introduction to the Audigy Platinum
 
  • Stunning 24-bit multi-channel performance and 100dB SNR for high definition audio
  • Innovative EAX® ADVANCED HD™ technology delivers high definition audio environments for ultra-realistic gaming and enriched music effects
  • Fully integrated SB1394 (IEEE® 1394 compliant) ensures optimum performance for qualified products like DV Camcorders, digital audio players, external hard drives/high speed CD-RWs, DVD Burners, DVD Players and home entertainment equipment
  • Professional home recording studio with expanded front panel multi I/O connectivity, low latency ASIO™ support and bundled music creation tools

Tap into unprecedented high definition audio and extensive front panel connectivity with Sound Blaster® Audigy™ Platinum. You'll experience incredible audio clarity with 24-bit multi-channel 5.1 sound, and stunning 100dB SNR. The increased power of the Audigy chip enables EAX® ADVANCED HD™ to deliver a host of innovative high definition audio effects with next generation interactive 3D audio for gaming, and sophisticated effects for music. Front panel connectivity of the Audigy drive has the most comprehensive connectors for analog or digital devices including home-stereo receivers, Optical DATs, MIDI devices, and professional audio gear. You'll also have the advantage of high speed connectivity to SB1394™ qualified devices like DV Camcorders, digital audio players, and external hard drives/high speed CD-RWs.

For high definition audio entertainment with the most comprehensive device connectivity, get the Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum!

Audigy Platinum PRO STUDIO

Set up a professional sound studio in the comfort of your home with the flexibility of an internal Audigy drive.

Professional Tools for Digital Music and Video

  • Front Panel Internal Audigy Drive - Comprehensive connectors including Optical I/O, SPDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, AUX-IN, Mic IN and SB1394 provide extensive connectivity to digital and analog, PC and CE devices.
  • ASIO™ - Enjoy 2ms low-latency performance with ASIO support for professional multi-track recording.
  • SoundFont® 2.1 - With SoundFont's powerful 64-voice digital sampling synthesis capabilities, you'll experience the same professional quality sampling used by today's hit record producers.
  • Digital Video Camcorder Support - Plug-in your IEEE® 1394-enabled DV Camcorder and create amazing digital movies using your current or bundled digital video editing suite.

High Definition Audio Quality Beyond Home Theater

  • 24-bit / 100dB SNR - Experience high definition audio quality surpassing high-end home theater receivers.
  • Dolby® Digital Decoding - Enjoy true 5.1 multi-channel playback in music, games and movies with on-board Dolby Digital decoding capabilities. No need for a separate decoder!
  • Wireless Remote Control - Conveniently control your PC home theater entertainment with the easy-to-use remote control and software application.

GAMING

Taking advantage of 4X the processing power of the Audigy chip, Creative delivers the next innovative audio standard for PC gaming.

EAX ADVANCED HD Takes Gaming to New Heights

  • EAX ADVANCED HD offers dramatically increased 3D audio performance and functionality, delivering superior audio fidelity and sophisticated reverb effects for high definition audio environments such as Multi-Environment™, Environment Morphing™, Environment Panning™ , Environment Reflections™ - , Environment Filtering™ and Extreme Effects™

The Most Accurate 3D Audio Rendering

  • Highly optimized for Sound Blaster Audigy, the new 3D audio engine improves 3D sound imaging in both multi-speaker systems and headphones allowing you to locate and frag your opponents quickly.

High Speed Peer-to-Peer Gaming

  • Create an intense multi-player gaming environment with easy SB1394 PC-to-PC connectivity and low latency gameplay performance beyond LAN gaming.

MUSIC

Unsurpassed clarity in audio CD, MP3 or WMA playback at 24-bit, 100dB SNR.

Rip, Organize, Burn

  • Creative PlayCenter™ 3 - Your personal digital music center on the PC! Rip MP3 and WMA files with the included 320 Kbps encoder for up to 9X encoding acceleration. Burn your own audio CDs from digital music libraries, create playlists, as well as organize and customize your entire digital audio collection.

Customize your music playback with EAX ADVANCED HD

  • Audio Clean-Up - Click Removal and Noise Reduction removes unwanted "hiss" and scratches from MP3s or recordings from old tapes and LPs.
  • Time Scaling - Speed up or slow down audio playback without changing the pitch or audio quality.
  • DREAM™ - Create enhanced, "club-like" surround sound from any stereo source by redirecting the path of a specific frequency range.

SB1394 - High-Speed, High-Capacity Digital Audio Transfer

  • Benefit from maximum compatibility to qualified devices like the future SB1394 NOMAD® Jukebox, external CD-RW drives and other SB1394 qualified peripherals.
Product Specifications
Feature Description
MIDI Features
Synthesizer Chip Audigy
Synthesizer Type Wavetable
Polyphony 64 (with 8-point interpolation)
RAM size Based on System RAM, up to 1GB
Sample Sets 4 and 8 MB
Synthesizer Effects Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Pitch Shifter, Distortion, etc
MIDI Channels 48
Effects Engine 32-bit
Digital Audio Features
Duplex Type Full
Max. Recording Depth 16-bit
Max. Recording Rate 48kHz
Max. Playback Depth 24-bit
Max. Playback Rate 96kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 100dB
Soundfont Support Yes, including Soundfont 2.1
Built-in Amplifier No
Compatibility
Windows XP Yes, Downloadable
Windows ME Yes
Windows 2000 Yes
Windows 98 Yes (Win 98SE required for SB1394 support)
Windows 95 No
Windows NT 4.0 Yes
Windows 3.x No
DOS Yes
Linux Yes (Open Source driver required)
General MIDI Yes
MPC3 Yes
Plug & Play Yes
Sound Blaster PCI Yes
EAX Support Yes
Microsoft DirectSound Yes
Microsoft DirectSound 3D & Derivatives Yes
PCI 2.1 Yes
AC97 Yes
MPU-401 UART Yes
Dolby® Digital 5.1 decoding Yes
EAX Advanced HD Yes
ASIO Support Yes
Connectors
Microphone In Yes
Line In Yes
Line Out (Front)/Speaker Out Yes
Line Out (Rear) Yes
MIDI/Joystick Port Yes, as a separate attachment
MPC3 CD Audio In Yes
Auxiliary In Yes
S/PDIF In Yes (on AudigyDrive)
Telephone Answering Device (TAD) In Yes
24-bit DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
24-bit ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) Yes
Analog/Digital Out Yes (Analog: Center & Subwoofer / Digital : 6-channel S/PDIF)
Digital DIN Support Yes
SB1394 Connector Yes
CD Digital In Yes
Others
4 Speaker Support Yes
Creative Multi-Speaker Surround Yes
Creative Environments Yes
5.1 Speaker Support Yes
Headphone Support Yes
Front/Rear Speaker Level Adjustment Yes
Center Speaker Level Adjustment Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment Yes
Crossover Frequency Adjustment Yes (10 - 200Hz)
CreativeWare Program Elilgibility Yes
Dolby Digital 5.1 Pass-through Yes (with Dolby Digital-capable softDVD player)
DTS pass-through Yes (with DTS-capable softDVD player)
AudigyDrive
AudigyDrive Yes, Internal
S/PDIF Out Yes
Optical In Yes
Optical Out Yes
Aux In 2 Yes
Headphone Out Yes
Line In 2 Yes
Mic In 2 Yes (shared with Line In 2). Supports both dynamic and condenser types.
InfraRed Receiver Yes
Bundled InfraRed Remote Control Yes
Batteries Included Yes
This Sound Card Delivers!

The bottom line is this PCI high performance sound card is everything they promise it to be and then some.  For an example, when we played the Jurassic Park 3 DVD movie in the Panasonic Burner/Player besides the picture being BETTER than HDTV, the soundtrack was awe inspiring.  When the big beasts walked the room shook.  Don't hesitate, this is the sound card to get.  RUN don't walk to the store!

 
 
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