Bij Extreme Hardware is een review te vinden van de Guillemot Maxi Sound Fortissimo. Deze soundcard is gebaseerd op de Yamaha YMF744 chipset en ondersteund DirectSound, EAX en A3D 1.0.
At the heart of the Fortissimo is the Yamaha YMF744 DSP and as noted earlier, all three major APIs are supported, including DirectSound 3D, EAX, and A3D. Unfortunately, only A3D 1.0 is supported at this time. For discussions of the intricacies of EAX and A3D (and the difference between A3D 1.0 and 2.0), you can refer to our reviews of the Sound Blaster Live Value, the VideoLogic SonicVortex2, and the Turtle Beach Montego II Quadzilla. Notwithstanding EAX and A3D compatibility, the Fortissimo has really been engineered for DirectSound 3D. Guillemot has even incorporated Sensaura 3D Positional Audio into the mix. Sensaura isnít a separate API; rather it consists of enhancements to the existing DirectSound 3D API. A few years ago, a quality hardware wavetable would have been a strong selling point for a gaming sound card, but with the advent of CD/DVD games and huge hard drives, thereís been a push towards using mainly digital audio for game music, whether redbook, MP3, or proprietary. Nevertheless, hardware wavetable seems to have quietly become a standard feature of sound cards and most are above-average in quality. The Fortissimo has a built-in Yamaha XG synthesizer with 2 MB wavetable and its MIDI sound quality is uniformly excellent. MIDI fans rejoice! Now you can experience all those complex XG MIDI files you see all over the net but which your old wavetable card could never play properly.