The House of Help heeft speciaal voor de budgetgamers de MaxiSound MUSE getest. Deze geluidskaart van Guillemot kost namelijk maar $30 en biedt EAX 1.0 en A3D 1.0 door vier speakeruitgangen. In de test is het CPU-gebruik van de kaart vergeleken met die van een SB Live!. Over het algemeen is de MaxiSound minder belastend voor het systeem dan de Live!. De vraag is natuurlijk of dit van belang is met de huidige snelheden van CPU's.
Other than the fact that this card only supports the most basic EAX and A3D versions, the sound that it puts out is solid. I used it all day while I wrote this article and I played everything from MP3s with piles of Bass to Classical music, nice and loud too. The Muse took it all with not a crackle, buzz or pop, and driver stability held through Quake3 and Soldier of Fortune, as well as The Sims, without a hitch or incompatibility.
[...] As I mentioned in the performance section, I has looked into this card a lot before I reviewed it, and found that many people that were talking about it used Windows 98 to test it. I can believe that the drivers for Windows 98 are lacking, however, for Windows 2000, this card looks to be the way to go.
[...] I Highly recommend this card to anyone looking for a low cost, well rounded Sound Solution. I simply can't justify the extra 30-40 dollars for a Sound Blaster Live! at this point. That however is my opinion, as I don't really care/use EAX or A3D, which is mainly the only thing that the Sound Blaster Live! has over this card.