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Graphic Equalizer is a kind of new word for Creative sound cards

The software bundle now boasts a new component: 10-band (octave) graphic equalizer. It is designed almost as nicely as a professional one, however, I was very disappointed to discover that some really important elements were absent. Here I am talking about such useful features as clipping indicator, fine tuning with the keyboard arrow-keys or mouse wheel. However, there is a huge list of presets, which you can constantly update on your own.

In the EAX console window nothing has been changed compared with Audigy2, that is why I suggest that you check out the corresponding screen-shots in our Creative Audigy 2 Platinum Sound Card Review.

PCB Design

Taking into account the fact that this device communicates with the Computer via the USB interface, we can state that it will load the system quite tangibly. Therefore, your computer should meet at least the minimal system requirements set by the manufacturer. This is what they look like:

  • Intel Pentium II 350MHz CPU, AMD K6 450MHz CPU;
  • 128MB RAM for Windows ME/2000/XP and 64MB RAM for Windows 98SE;
  • 340MB of free disk space;
  • Free USB-port;
  • Optical drive for software installation.

To see what is hiding inside the “box”, I had to break the warranty seal and open it:

Inside the compact box I found a PCB packed with many electronic components and a set of connectors. The heart of Sound Blaster MP3+ is Creative CA0185-QAT sound processor (Extigy has two of them, actually: Creative CA0181-DCT and a digital programmable Zoran ZR38601 processor responsible for Dolby Digital encoding). Unfortunately, the Creative web-site doesn’t provide any information about these processors, that is why we cannot compare their functionality right now.

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