Thresh & Gang hebben een preview gebouwd rondom de nieuwe Diamond MX400 soundkaart. Deze zal geen Aureal chippie meekrijgen (Aureal gaat zelf kaarten bakken) maar de Canyon3D van ESS. De MX400 zou eind deze maand, begin november leverbaar moeten zijn.
When it comes to sound, two names have the lion's share of consumers' minds: Creative Labs and Aureal. Creative of course has always developed their technologies in-house, as well as marketed, branded, and sold their products individually. Aureal is now doing the same. So where does Diamond turn to find a high-tech sound chipset still being sold to independent vendors? The answer is ESS, whose Canyon3D chipset has been charged with leading a silent revolution in sound.
The Canyon3D is a relatively new chipset, and has been on the market for only several months now, in products like the Terratec DMX. While it doesn't boast anything revolutionary over the products provided by Aureal or Creative, ESS is focused on creating an identity for itself and thus looks to innovation where it can.
While the world was waiting for Aureal to produce a driver set to allow the Vortex 2 to support more than 16 3D audio streams, ESS already had support for 32. Before SBLive!'s LiveWare 2.0 update allowed Creative's product to enhance the 3D characteristics of sound passing through the rear stereo speakers, Canyon3D already supported Head Related Transfer Functions for all four speakers. It looks like Diamond had found a solution.
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