More Than A SoundBlaster

Hercules - Game Theater XP

The Hercules Game Theater XP sound card by Guillemot takes aim squarely at the Sound Blaster Live with Live Drive sound card. The design of the Game Theater XP is unique in the fact that Guillemot used an external breakout box. This external breakout box is an interesting way of adding all of the additional inputs and outputs that are provided by competitor Creative's Live Drive.

The external breakout box that Hercules calls the "External Rack" adds both new function and features when compared to the Creative Live Drive.

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Data Transfer SpecificationPCI 2.1 Bus Mastering
Audio Processor (DSP)Cirrus Logic SoundFusion CS4630
Audio Standards CompatibilitySensaura based 3D positional Audio with support for Microsoft DirectSound 3D, EAX 1.0, EAX 2.0, A3D 1.0, I3DL2, MacroFX, MultiDrive, ZoomFX, EnvironmentFX, Compatible with Dolby Surround
Legacy DOS SupportYes, Legacy DOS/Sound Blaster Support
Wavetable SynthesizerDSP accelerated engine for unlimited number of voices (64-voice hardware)8 MB General MIDI/GS sample setGM (General Midi) and Yamaha XG compatible
External Connector ConfigurationDB44 connector on the back of the sound card to connect to external rack. Connectors on the external rack include: head phones w/volume control, mic input, joystick port, 4 USB ports, RCA line inputs, 5.1 RCA speaker outputs with separate sub and center channel outputs, 2 front/rear combined mini jack speaker outputs, RCA and Toslink digital input/output, midi din in/out, and DB44 connector to connect to sound card.
Operating Systems SupportedWindows 95/98/ME/2000
Status Of Windows XP DriversWindows XP Driver In Development
Special FeaturesUnique External Rack to handle just about ever input and output on the planet!
Software Included With The CardGame Theater XP control panel, Sensaura Virtual Ear, Gameloft package (includes several game demos), PowerDVD 2/4/6 channel version, MusicMatch Jukebox, Yamaha Soft Synthesizer S-YXG50, Sonic Foundry ACID Xpress and SIREN, Koolkaraoke Lite, Magix playR Jukebox.
Suggested Retail Price - US$150 US