A Prima Donna on PC: Creative Labs Audigy 2

Audigy 2: Drivers

For the control panel and drivers, Creative Labs has gone for continuity and offers a raft of modules built around a core in three parts: EAX Control Panel, Speaker Settings, Surround Mixer Audio HQ. They have also included a speaker calibrator.

The EAX Control Panel contains all the options linked to DSP effects and Advanced HD software modules, such as Time Scaling, CMSS and CMSS 3D, as well as Audio Clean Up. We found Audio Clean Up very efficient in our tests, especially for noise reduction. You can use it for playing/ recording vinyl disks, but also for MP3s of middling to poor quality.