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Realtek ALC650 on the Albatron: For Those Who Want to Pay Less

I already described this codec in the first part of the article called Contemporary Integrated Sound Solutions: Storm is Coming. It was used in the audio subsystem of an ASUS A7N8X mainboard on the nForce2 MCP-T chipset. Of course, we had a control panel from NVIDIA there rather than the one from Realtek. The Albatron PX865 Pro, on the contrary, employs the ALC650 codec as an independent component of the audio subsystem along with the ICH5 South Bridge.

There is an announcement for people who have Realtek ALC650 sound in their mainboards. The manufacturer?fs site offers for download an update from 9.02.2003 (version A3.49). The update weighs 6668KB and includes the driver and the control panel. I strongly recommend downloading it!

The following table lists the features of the six-channel AC?f97 codecs from Realtek:

 

ALC650

ALC655

ALC658

Hardware Spec

Number of Channels

6

6

6

AC'97 Rev

2.2

2.3

2.3

Built-in Op

+

+

+

Option of Crystal Elimination

+

+

+

S/PDIF Function

In/Out

In/Out

In/Out

Double Rate Audio

+

+

+

GPIO

+

+

+

Digital Hardware Volume Control

Power-Off CD

-

+

+

Selectable Mic Boost

-

+

+

Internal PC-Beep

-

+

+

Stereo Mic Supporting

-

+

+

Digital EQ

S/W

S/W

S/W

Jack Detection

-

+

+

FlexJack

+

+

+

Jack Sensing/Reporting

-

+

+

Universal Audio Jack (UAJ)

-

-

+

Software Spec

OS Supporting

Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP, Linux, OS/2

Chipset Supporting

Intel/VIA/SiS/ALi/AMD/ATi/nVIDIA

DS3D

+

EAX

1.0/2.0

A3D

+

I3DL2

+

HRTF 3D Positional Audio

+

Sensaura 3DPA

Optional

Friendly Utility

+

Advanced Demo Program

+

Multi-Language Supporting

Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional
Danish
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

The hardware features of the Realtek ALC650 have already been discussed in our previous review. So, we will now have a look at the control panel developed by the manufacturer. The panel has eight pages:

Sound Effect

This page hands you the control over sound environment with an option of choosing defaults and fine-tuning them.


The Properties Editor allows you to tweak
the parameters and save them under a unique name
for future use

You can also enable Voice Cancellation from this tab, which mutes voice frequencies in the music composition. Good for karaoke, you know. Then, you can use the automatic adjustment of the gain level (Auto Gain Control) to prevent overloads and distortions when listening to music files.

Equalizer

The second page conceals a nine-band graphical equalizer with a number of presets for different music genres. The user is free to create and save his own presets.

 
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