Aureal heeft vandaag twee nieuwe geluidskaarten gereleased. Het eerste model is de SQ1500, gebaseerd op de low-cost AU8810 processor met ondersteuning voor de (oude) A3D1.0 standaard. De tweede nieuwe kaart is de SQ2500, die gebaseerd is op een verbeterde versie van de AU8830 (Vortex II) audio processor. GA-Source heeft de press release:
Aureal Inc. today announced it expects to begin shipping two new Aureal-branded sound card products, the Vortex SQ1500 and the Vortex2 SQ2500, to retail outlets within the next month. The new products will be exclusively marketed under the Aureal name by I/OMagic Corporation, a marketer of peripheral PC products.
The SQ1500 and SQ2500 offer value in terms of features and performance as well as bundled software - which includes several applications and recent game titles. The sound cards, the first ever to be distributed under the Aureal name, are expected to be available in retail stores including CompUSA, Electronics Boutique, OfficeMax, Micro Center, and other retail outlets across North America.
Aureal is supporting the launch of its new products with the introduction of a multi-million dollar mass marketing campaign including additional advertising, co-marketing with game publishers including Mindscape and Activision, as well as sponsorship of game-related events including the Descent III Tournament, the I-Games Tour, and the Quake III Bus Tour. Designed for the mainstream computer user, the Vortex SQ1500 delivers high-fidelity digital audio for music, games, and interactive entertainment applications. Based on the Aureal AU8810 processor, the SQ1500 provides support for A3D 1.0, supported by hundreds of games and applications, at an affordable price point. Like the SQ2500, the SQ1500 supports headphones, or two or four speaker playback.
- Based on the Aureal Vortex AU8810 audio processor
- Support for A3D 1.0, DirectSound, DirectSound3D, DirectInput, and derivatives
- 512-voice wavetable synthesizer
- Support for headphones or two or four speakers
- Coaxial S/PDIF output for connection to other digital devices
- Bundled applications including: Aureal Vortex Player, Midi Orchestrator32,
- AudioView 32, Future Beat 3D, and Flatland Rover
- Bundled games including: Drakan
- MSRP $69.99
The Vortex2 SQ2500 provides premier 3D audio acceleration for gaming and music, making it the ideal choice for game enthusiasts and audiophiles alike. Based on a new, optimized version of Aureal's Vortex2 AU8830 processor, the SQ2500 provides outstanding playback of A3D 2.0 3D audio - which is supported by the latest 3D games and via Flatland Online's 3D Web creation and browsing products. Features include:
New Aureal Vortex2 AU8830 audio processor 576-voice wavetable synthesizer Support for headphones or two or four speakers Coaxial S/PDIF output for connection to other digital devices Bundled applications including: Aureal Vortex Player, Midi Orchestrator32, AudioView 32, Future Beat 3D, and Flatland Rover Bundled games including: Drakan, Heretic II, and Slave Zero MSRP $99.99