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Bron: Sharky Extreme

Sharky heeft een review online gezet van de Vortex2 soundcard van Videologic Systems. De kaart is volledig volgens Aureal's reference design gebouwd, met 4 speaker support en een digitale S/PDIF uitgang. Hier heb je wat over zijn features, de rest vind je hier.

Perhaps the most important feature of the SonicVortex2 is that it is powered by the Aureal Vortex2 chipset. With a CD packed full of demos to show off all of the great features of the Vortex2, it won't be long until you are a believer. From reflections to occlusions, the Vortex2 chipset will make any card a winner, and the SonicVortex2 will certainly stake a claim in the sound card market.

While supporting 76 DirectSound streams in hardware, the Vortex2 chipset can allow simultaneous playback of sound from separate sources. This means having Windows sounds occur while playing games or listening to CDs - certainly something we had all lived without in the early days of Windows.

The only real difference between the SonicVortex2 and any of its competitors is its S/P-DIF optical sound output line. While this may not seem like a big deal now, it will certainly make minidisc recording a snap. The soundcard can even be hooked up to a home stereo system, making for some exceptionally clear sound. While most of its competitors will have you buy pricey add-on cards for digital outputs, VideoLogic has taken a step we'd like to see more OEM's take. While they could have made a more complex daughtercard with more outputs and inputs, they opted for a solution that, while costing nothing extra to the consumer, delivers probably the most important interconnect that a daughtercard would have.

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