Last year Creative Labs introduced a new generation sound card called Audigy2, promising to roll out Audigy2 Platinum eX, a model with an external communication module, in the first quarter of 2003. The new year has come and we have got what we were waiting for. Company claims that this model sounds much better than the standard Audigy2. Let’s check it out. First, let’s browse through the main features of Audigy2 Platinum eX.
Closer Look: Audigy2 Platinum eX
These are the basic features of the new Creative's sound card:
- 24bit/192kHz audio playback;
- 24bit/96kHz audio playback and recording;
- Full DVD-Audio support;
- Full ASIO 2.0 support;
- Seven-channel audio (6.1) with Dolby Digital EX decoding;
- Six analog outputs;
- Three Line In connectors;
- THX certificate;
- New sound up-mixing algorithms, CMSS 3D;
- Improved signal/noise ratio (SNR): 106dB.
The package of Audigy2 Platinum eX contains similar stuff to what comes with the sound card featuring an internal communication module. Here is what we found in the box:
- Sound Blaster Audigy2 Platinum eX audio card;
- External communication module;
- Infrared remote control, Creative RM-1000;
- Joystick/MIDI bracket;
- 1.8m cable for the communication module;
- Power cable (that comes from the PSU to the audio card);
- Digital audio cable for the CD-ROM;
- Power splitter cable;
- 6.3-3.5mm adapter (jack / mini-jack);
- User’s manual;
- CDs with demo programs and games.
Just like the ordinary Audigy2, this product comes fully supported from the software side: the Installation Kit consists of eight compact disks! This is a real bounty:
- Installation CD with the driver and accompanying software;
- Sound Blaster Audigy2 “Feature Showcase Demonstration”;
- “DVD-audio Sampler”;
- “Getting Started Demonstration”;
- Steinberg Cubasis VST Creative Edition / Wavelab Lite;
- Native Instruments Traktor DJ;
- Image-line Fruityloops 3 Creative Edition;
- Ableton Live 1.5 Creative Edition;
- Ulead VideoStudio 5;
- Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (full version of the game supporting EAX Advanced HD);
- Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (full version of the game supporting EAX Advanced HD).
The software set is nearly the same as the one coming with Audigy2. The support programs haven’t changed, either. So, we won’t dwell on their functions and feature here. If you are looking for a thorough description of the software, refer to our Creative Audigy2 Platinum Sound Card Review.
Audigy2 audio processor
Supported audio standards