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Old 22nd November 2002, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default New Audigy 2 - 24/192Khz

Folks:

The sound blaster people have recently come out with an "Audigy 2".

Tom's Hardware has a good review of it

Features are as follows:

Supports DVD Audio;
Plays at 24 bits/ 192 kHz;
Plays and records at 24 bits/ 96 kHz;
Dolby Digital EX decoding;
Seven analog outputs;
Supports 6.1 sound in games and movies;
THX Certification;
Signal-to-noise ratio of 106 dB;
CMSS 3D.

Tom's testing showed the following:

Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.01, -0.05 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A): -98.1 Excellent
Dynamic range, dB (A): 95.1 Excellent
THD, %: 0.0015 Excellent
IMD, %: 0.0069 Very good
Stereo crosstalk, dB: -89.8 Excellent

I think I'm going to use this instead of an M-Audio 410 (gasp!
) as the software compatibility is slightly higher in case I want to play some games in the living room on the projection TV with 7 speakers

Comments? Does this look good to y'all?
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Old 22nd November 2002, 12:57 AM   #2
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In comparison, the Delta 410:

Delta 410 Specifications:
4x10 24-bit/96khz full-duplex recording interface.
High dynamic range (A-weighted measured): D/A 101.5 dB, A/D 99.6 dB.
Low distortion (measured THD @ 0dBFS): A/D and D/A less than 0.002%.
Frequency Response:
22-22kHz, -0.2,-0.4dB @48kHz
22-40kHz, -0.2,-0.7dB @96kHz
All data paths support up to 24bit/96kHz performance, no upgrades necessary.
Comprehensive digital mixing, routing, and monitoring capabilities with included Delta Control Panel software.
Hardware sample-accurate sync will allow linking of multiple Delta units.

I think one big difference (other than audio quality) is the Delta can be bridged to multiple units.
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Old 22nd November 2002, 01:26 AM   #3
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I can't remember where but I read that this card does not suport 24bit even if it's advertise.
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Old 22nd November 2002, 01:54 AM   #4
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Jonathan:

Which card:
1) Audigy (correct)
2) Audigy 2 (whole new card, barely out)
or
3) Delta 410?
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Old 22nd November 2002, 02:12 AM   #5
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Default Soundcard on it's lonesome

Has anyone ever run a souncard with just the minumum supporting logic and stuff rather than a full blown pc? The idea is to get it away from all the noise of the pc environment. Would be interesting I think.
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Old 22nd November 2002, 12:05 PM   #6
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The newest Creative soundcard is still a product that makes you wonder why didn't they take the full step and make every feature fully work that they have available. I still am afraid that it is impossible to get 1 to 1 perfect digital copies by recording with this card. Like every SBLive until now I am sure this one also internally converts the digital input signal. And the DVD audio is only available as analog line out and not at all at the digital outputs!
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I would prefer the m-audio audiophile sound card. True 24/96 input-output.
It also come with S/PDIF input and output.

And the best of all it's not using those small 1/8 inchs connector where I always broke a cable in, use RCA instead.
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Its a POS as is all Creative hardware.
Stats look good, but we all know how truthful stats can be

I cant remeber its exact limitations, but there are plenty.
It may have good quality DACs/Codecs, but the DSP resamples everything to hell reducing sound quality a heap.

Maybe im just a bit sour because of the fact Creative forced the only real innovative sound card company (Aureal) to go out of business through expensive law suits.
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Default Re: Soundcard on it's lonesome

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Has anyone ever run a souncard with just the minumum supporting logic and stuff rather than a full blown pc? The idea is to get it away from all the noise of the pc environment. Would be interesting I think.
Im thinking about that.
I might look at getting the I2S signals off my sound card and build an external DAC.

I HATE background pc noise in my sound.
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I cant remeber its exact limitations, but there are plenty.
I'm a bit confused as to why everyone says REMEMBER when this is something that's only been on the shelves for a WEEK.

We are clued in that this is an Audigy 2, right? It's a whole new board
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