3DsoundSurge heeft in een 13 pagina's tellende review de Acoustic Edge geluidskaart van Philips besproken. Deze kaart ondersteunt EAX 1.0 en 2.0 en A3D 1.0. Er zijn analoge uitgangen beschikbaar voor 2,4 of 5.1 speakers. Daarnaast heeft de Acoustic Edge een S/PDIF in en out. Het hart van de kaart wordt gevormd door de Thunderbird 128 DSP chip die beschikt over QSounds QMSS 3D-geluid. Dit zorgt ervoor dat normaal stereogeluid in allerlei toepassingen zoals games en DVD-films verdeeld kan worden over maximaal 6 kanalen, waardoor je een soort virtual surround sound krijgt. Hieronder een hap uit de conclusie:
Like every card on the market the Philips Acoustic Edge has its strengths and its weakness. However, like the other top class cards the strengths are clearly dominant, with the end result that its feature set should satisfy a wide range of interests. Lets start with the weakness, none of which are show stoppers in the short term, or in the longer term insurmountable, provided that continued effort is put in by both Philips and QSound. We found headphone 3D audio to be behind all other non-QSound using cards. EAX quality while overall quite good, is just like every other card we have tested, behind the Sound Blaster Live product line in terms of consistency of application from game to game and even at times within games. CPU usage is also relatively high, but with the exception of Unreal Tournament, we didnít find actual game play performance to be any different than using a Live or a Santa Cruz. This is something that Philips expects to lower by a significant margin when they start to focus on driver optimization, rather than features and functionality.
On the plus side, Philips is off to an impressive start with driver support, something critical for a product striving to compete in the high end multi-media audio market. Overall sound quality is very good, as is two and four speaker 3D audio. Six-speaker 3D audio is particularly noteworthy in that itís in our view the strongest on the market thanks in part to the excellent QMSS support offered by the Acoustic Edge. We are also big fans of the both the four and six speaker application of QMSS when it comes to listening to music.
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