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As usual, Creative Labs' Audigy 2 sound cards come in three versions:
The Audigy 2 is the basic offer. At $129, this card has the following connections:
The software package includes the following features:
Audigy 2 Platinum:
The Audigy 2 Platinum will cost $199. It has the Audigy 2 card and an internal 5.25" input/output rack to add the following connections:
The software package is the same as for the Audigy 2, plus the following programs:
The internal 5.25" rack is connected via a ribbon cable (similar to an IDE cable) and another round cable for connecting the SB1394 port on the outside.
Audigy 2 Platinum eX:
The Audigy 2 Platinum eX uses the same system as the Audigy Platinum eX, meaning a card and an external rack, but it has some extra technical features that will interest music-makers, especially the fact that it alone supports the ASIO 2.0 standard, and so it can handle recording and processing in 24 bits/ 96 kHz with Cubase VST. The basic Audigy 2 and Platinum only have ASIO 1, so they are limited to 16 bits/ 48 kHz in this respect. What's more, the external rack has been completely redesigned and will look like the Extigy.
The Audigy 2 Platinum eX is due for release early in 2003.