- 6 kanaals analoge output
- Dolby Digital pass-through (dus niet decoden)
- Virtual surround sound
- 20 bit D/A Converter
- Mp3 acceleration
- Compatible met onder andere A3D 1.0 en EAX 2.0
De Santa Cruz gebruikt een aantal slimme trucjes (zoals MacroFX) om een zo vol en realistisch mogelijk 3d geluid weer te geven, en doet qua kwaliteit zeker niet onder voor de Soundblaster Live. Het enige nadeel zijn die drivers, die op dit moment nog niet helemaal perfect zijn:
Turtle Beach's early departure from Aureal-based sound cards has proven to be a well-timed move. The Santa Cruz offers more than previous solutions, and does so at a competitive price.
With a long list of supported API's, 6-speaker output, and an S/PDIF input for digital CD audio, we cannot help but be attracted to the available features. Those who are looking to go with a multi-speaker solution will want to look to the Santa's Cruz's analog 5.1 capabilities to save on a Dolby Digital receiver. 20-bit DAC quality helps to further boost the Santa Cruz's potential to be the best card on the market.
We'll draw our conclusion with a little analogy. If you had asked the Russian gymnastic team who should have won the Olympic gold medal, they would have obviously chosen themselves. Unfortunately, the judges thought that Romania was just a touch more refined. .205 points more refined, to be exact. You can bet that when 2004 comes around Russia will be ready, but for the time being, the gold goes to Romania. Creative's Live! has received significant attention from a driver team eager to keep ahead of Aureal's innovative technologies, and is in a pretty good position because of it. Since both cards are powered by DSPs, driver strength will likely be the deciding factor - right now, Creative has it, and Turtle Beach has it to a lesser extent. Once the bugs have been worked out and features like 5.1 gaming have been added, the scales may very well tip .205 points in favor of the Santa Cruz.
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