Gamers Depot maakt ons vandaag blij met een review van de bekende Aureal Vortex II SQ2500 soundkaart. Hieronder een plakkie:
The SQ2500 has 4 1/4" plugs on the back for front and rear speakers, a mic, and line inputs. These are complimented by your standard game/midi port, and a Coaxial S/PDIF output which lets you hook up to digitally equipped speakers for a pure digital signal.
The installation was a snap, and even after installing the drivers we didn't have to reboot. While there currently isn't support for Windows NT or Linux, the Windows 98 drivers ran rock solid. The drivers give you an array of tools including a handy 10-band EQ which lets you customize the sound from any source.
We tested the SQ2500 with various speaker sets, including our "Reference" Klipsch v.204 speakers. From any source, the SQ2500 gave us great sound with incredible clarity, and no apparent signal loss. Everything was just fine until we fired up some midi files. The midi was so bad it didn't sound much better than FM Synthesis, which will definitely keep this card out of the hands of home musicians.
Under games that support A3D, namely 2.0, your ears will be in for quite a treat. Using precise 3D audio like obtrusions, sounds will appear to sound like they should in real life. If you have an enemy walking behind a wall to you left-rear, then that's precisely where he's placed in the game. This can be a freaky experience for those not familiar with 3D sound this precise.
Over all we were very impressed with how well A3D 2.0 executed and are only disappointed that more games don't support this technology. Aureal has also made the SQ2500 compatible with EAX 1.0, so you're not totally left in the cold if you play titles that support EAX.
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