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Aureal finally dead...X-Fi

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July 6, 2005 8:07:47 AM

It took Creative FIVE LONG YEARS to put Aureal's research to use, but now that they have (X-Fi), I can put away my SQ2500.

You have to wonder where we'd be today had Creative not ILLEGALLY SHUT DOWN Aureal, then stolen their technology.

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July 6, 2005 7:09:23 PM

Everyone is optimistic, well, everyone else!

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July 6, 2005 7:10:24 PM

BTW, 3D Postional Audio from stereo headphones has been around 6 years. It's just that Creative killed it before.

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July 7, 2005 1:39:56 AM

Hey Crashman, tell us more about Creative illegally buying companies out???

And in the past, which cards had 3D positional audio for headphones?
July 7, 2005 2:00:55 AM

The buyout followed their illegally bankrupting Aureal. They filed frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit against Aureal, loosing every one, until Aureal had spent so much on defense that they couldn't pay operating expenses. Their creditors forclosed, Aureal didn't have the money or time to file claims for frivolous suits. Certain types of legal manuvers can be shown a violation of anti-trust laws, but only if you have the money to launch the investigation!

Anyway, the buyout was legal, Creative offered to pay $100,000 more than any other bidder, regardless of the other bidder's bid. So every bid by other companies was raised automatically by Creative.

Creative then launched a campaign to shut down driver support for Aureal cards. They managed to take down distributors of "illegal copies" of beta drivers, one guy actually worked out the betas to make them stable but was taken out.

The only company who had a legal right outside of Creative to develope drivers after that was Microsoft. Microsoft took out all the software controls for advanced hardware features (since they only had driver rights), then made the crippled driver stable.

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July 7, 2005 7:11:03 PM

wow... what a story.

I remember Aureal's chips back a couple of years ago (like 6-7 years ago). I remember how they were used in Diamond's soundcards. But, now without Aureal, we only have Creative to rely on for soundcard technology - and that's pretty sad. Creative is the only name in town, and even though they do design some nice technology, we don't have competition.
July 8, 2005 5:42:50 AM

Creative soundcards still conflict with other devices in some of my systems, and their software still sux.

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July 9, 2005 4:50:47 AM

I don't know how many times I've chased the system in circles trying to use the application for driver control.

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July 11, 2005 5:21:57 AM

""I can put away my SQ2500""

I don't think I am gonna put away my MX300 until it is dead, hehehe. Best sound for my Technics cans.

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