A Prima Donna on PC: Creative Labs Audigy 2

Audigy 2: Input/ Output Quality, Continued

Parameter Left Right
IMD + Noise, %: 1.482 1.393
IMD + Noise (A-weighted), %: 1.333 1.253

Parameter L <- R L -> R
Crosstalk at 100 Hz, dB: -80 -80
Crosstalk at 1 kHz, dB: -84 -84
Crosstalk at 10 kHz, dB: -76 -82

For your information, the restored sound is of the same quality on the card's three analog outputs, apart from a definite drop of about 10 dB in the signal-to-noise ratio on output 3. This does not stop this output from being better than the main outputs on middle-range sound cards.

Here are the 16 bit/ 48 kHz results:

Results Right Mark Audio Analyser
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.05, -0.17 Very good
Noise level, dB (A): -96.6 Excellent
Dynamic range, dB (A): 92.1 Very good
THD, %: 0.0032 Very good
IMD, %: 0.0095 Very good
Stereo crosstalk, dB: -89.2 Excellent

The following results show the quality of the Audigy 2 in 24 bit/ 96 kHz recording via the line-in stereo input. The test line was: DMX 6Fire 24/ 96 Stereo Out - Audigy 2 line in.

Results Right Mark Audio Analyser
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.01, -0.11 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A): -90.1 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A): 87.7 Good
THD, %: 0.0022 Excellent
IMD, %: 0.014 Very good
Stereo crosstalk, dB: -74.8 Good

So no trouble with recording then; the Audigy 2 is a good card for 24 bit/ 96 kHz recording. The subjective tests also showed that a significant effort has been made with recording from an analog source. The sound is a bit less "plump" with less coloration than on the previous cards, and benefits from the extra precision of the 24 bit/ 96 kHz.

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