Hardware One heeft als eerste een review online geparkeerd van de nieuwe Videologic Sonic Fury geluidskaart. De Sonic Fury zal gaan concurreren met de SoundBlaster Live Player 1024 en is gebaseerd op de Cirrus Logic Crystal 4630 SoundFusion DSP audio processor met ondersteuning voor DirectSound3D, A3D 1.x en EAX. De tester was erg te spreken over geluidskwaliteit en de uitgebreide mogelijkheden voor geluidstweaking :
I have to say that even with the first generation drivers, the card shows a lot of promise.
It works amazingly well in playing back DVD movies, and the VersaJack is a really nifty device and can satisfy whatever connection choices you may have. When set to send out digital AC3 signals, and teamed with my Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Theatre DTT 2500, DVD movies really came alive. I still go back and rewatch the action sequences in Men In Black and Armageddon, just for kicks!
With games, the ability to handle DirectSound3D, A3D 1.x and EAX 1/2 means that you should never have to worry about which sound API the game supports. I found the EAX implementation on the Fury to be slightly different from the Live’s, but this is something that I suspect future driver revisions could address. To be fair to Videologic, even Creative’s EAX implementation between Liveware 1.0 and Liveware 2.0 was different, and this was coming from the same manufacturer.
I think one of the biggest selling points of this soundcard is the DSP chip that powers it. With subsequent driver revisions, it is always possible to tweak the functions, just like what Creative have done, and quite successfully too. With older cards like the Vortex 2, you were pretty much stuck with whatever feature sets were hardwired by the designers, and almost every new feature that you add subsequently will almost certainly be carried out by the CPU.