High-end audio cards commercially available today cast a wide net by offering a variety of functions to satisfy a wide range of customer demands. While the consumer sound cards would not meet the specialty demands of professional use, multi-channel sound control (Dolby Digital, DTS, and others) is one of several audio technologies available in consumer channels today.
Of the cards in this comparative test, Creative's Platinum and Platinum EX have 6.1s channels, Terratec's Aureon Sky has 5.1, and Terratec's Aureon Space has 7.1. The range of available products spans classic Dolby Digital through advanced multi-channel sound. Comparatively, few DVDs offer more than five available channels.
Sound card capabilities also depend on software. Sampling sound at a 192 kHz frequency, for example, requires the Windows XP Service Pack 1. Sound cards that offer 7.1 channels require Windows XP. Older software packages limit sound card performance to 6.1 channels..
- Down To Basics
- Creative Audigy 2, Audigy 2 Platinum & Platinum EX: Accessible Connections
- Platinum EX : Letting It All (or Nearly All) Hang Out
- Platinum EX, Continued
- Platinum: Task Management
- Terratec: Pure Cards
- Seeking The MIDI
- Creative's Drivers: Finding The Right Slot
- Terratec Drivers: Strictly Basic
- DVD Player: Custom Decoding
- DVD Player, Continued
- Audio DVD: High Sound Definition
- Audio DVD, Continued
- Audio Measurements
- Comparison At 44.1 KHz
- Comparison At 48 KHz
- Comparison At 24 Bits/96 KHz
- 3D Sound And Games
- The Software