3D Soundsurge heeft een review gepost van de Absolute Multimedia Outrageous 3D Sound. Yet another Vortex II geluidskaart... De verschillen zitten 'm bij die Vortex II kaartjes vooral in de S/PDIF uitgang: de een heeft coax, en de ander doet het optisch. 3D Soundsurge zet ze op een rijtje:
Its nice to have choices and thatís just what you have in the Vortex 2 scene. We can sum it up with the following. If you want a COAX out then look to the Voyetra Turtle Beach Quadzilla or Aureal's new Vortex2 card SQ2500 as your best bet or maybe Home Studio Board with optical/coax i/o if you demands more than just digital out and got the cash. Homestudio also comes with a nice music bundle. The main disadvantage of choosing TB's boards are you can't use the reference drivers and you need two slots (just one PCI).
If you want optical out your choice stands between the Xitel's, Videologic's, Terratec's or Absolute Multimedia's Vortex 2 card. The only difference between these boards are the bundle where Xitel's has the TakStar headphones (can also be purchased alone for $40) or a price of $80 with no bundle while both Videologic and Terratec choose to include a music focused bundle and Absolute Multimedia went for a true gaming bundle and also included the excellent software DVD player WinDVD. Finally we donít want to forget the first one out of the block. Diamondís MX300 come with the retail version of Recoil, Zoran's softDVD player and some other nice software and the MX300 has the optional MX25 coax board for $39.95. With Aureal's new soundcard with Coax out the MX300 can only be considered a good choice if it's the cheapest you can find and don't care about digital out or if you really want Recoil or Zoran's softDVD player.