Koeneman bracht ons op de hoogte van deze Monster Sound MX400 review, geschreven door Mike Andrawes van AnandTech. De MX400 is de opvolger van de populaire Monster Sound MX300 en is gebaseerd op de Canyon 3DTM audio controller van ESS. Het kaartje heeft een digitale S/PDIF interface, quad speaker support en ondersteuning voor EAX 1.0, EAX 2.0 en A3D 1.0. Wat betreft geluidskwaliteit is er volgens AnandTech geen verbetering ten opzichte van de MX300, want de kaart blijkt minder goed te presteren dan de Aureal Vortex II chipset:
Those that want the best 3D sound quality should go with a Vortex2 as long as you don't mind the performance hit or your system is powerful enough that the difference is bearable. On the other hand, those that want the best performance possible, or have low end CPU's, should pick the Sound Blaster Live! Further, those need a plethora of digital inputs and outputs, the recently released Sound Blaster Live! Platinum with its Live! Drive is clearly the best option.
The MX400 offers a compromise between these two extremes. It offers a few features over both the Live! and Vortex2 that enhance sound quality, but still comes in 3rd place with regards to sound quality. However, the MX400 is cheaper and offers a number of compelling features of its own. For some, the RioPC upgrade option will be the feature that pushes it over the top, assuming it's available in a timely manner. For those with Dolby Digital decoders, the 5.1 digital output could be the key. For others still, the compromise between 3D sound quality and performance may put the MX400 ahead of the other cards on the extremes of the spectrum.