Speakers systems selection
The manufacturer offers an interesting opportunity: setting the satellites parameters with crossover frequency setup. People who wrote the driver included a number of presets for a casual user who hasn’t heard anything about this crossover thing or is even at a miss guessing the type of the satellites in his speaker system. The user only has to select his model from the comprehensive list and the type of the satellites, and crossover frequency will be set automatically (that’s really handy!). The list includes Altec Lansing, Creative, Logitech and a lot of other speaker systems makers. The size of the front speakers is selected basing on the diffuser diameter: Large (5” and more), Medium (from 3” to 5”), Small (less than 3”), and also Cube and Flat Panel.
When the subwoofer is selected, its settings are displayed in the window. You can adjust its volume and invert the phase (rotate to 180 degrees). If the Speaker Bass Management checkbox is checked, you can adjust the volume of the low frequencies (Bass Boost) and make the satellites reproduce LFE-signal. As you see in the screenshot, when a speaker system is chosen from the list (here, it is Creative Labs MegaWorks 510D), preset parameters are offered for each of its components.
The channel mixer is a very precise thing. You can set up surround speakers and the subwoofer independently. Each channel can be Muted or accentuated (Solo). Regrettably, the manufacturer didn’t include the function of simultaneous volume adjustment (Link) for paired channels.
Audio-surround mode is selected in this tab. The first mode, Sensaura/Game, is for games. The Aureon sound card required the computer to be rebooted each time the Sensaura mode was enabled/disabled. Revolution 7.1 is user-friendlier in this respect, requiring just the control panel to be reloaded. By the way, DirectSound / 3D is implemented via Sensaura libraries. When I tested the card in 3DMark 2003, I could only take the results by enabling Sensaura/ Game Mode, and only in two test modes – No Sounds and 24 Sounds (60 Sounds mode is not supported). If any other item is selected in this tab, 3DMark says the card doesn’t support any of its sound tests.