Creative Technology, a leading designer of multimedia products, on Monday introduced its first new lineup of SoundBlaster audio cards in years. The latest Sound Blaster Recon3D audio cards will be based on Sound Core3D quad-core multimedia processor deliver hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro and CrystalVoice audio technologies for games, music, movies, etc. and will be available starting from late 2011 - early 2012.
“We are leveraging our expertise of designing and selling more than 400 million Sound Blaster audio solutions to break new ground with the power and performance of Sound Core3D, establishing the next standard of sound and voice quality for the PC, Mac, console gaming systems and consumer electronics devices,” said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative Technology.
Sound Core3D is Creative’s first sound and voice processor to integrate an array of high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) cores and a high-quality HD audio codec on one chip. Sound Core3D incorporates Creative’s Quartet DSP with four independent processor cores, 6-channel 24-bit 102dB digital-to-analog converters, 4-channel 24-bits 101dB analog-to-digital converters, integrated headphone amplifier-out, digital microphone interface, S/PDIF inputs and outputs and general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIO) all in a compact 56-pin QFP package. Sound Core3D has been certified for Dolby Digital decode, which is available on a product-by-product basis depending upon specific customer implementation of the chip.
The Sound Core3D processors power DSP algorithms to drive CrystalVoice processing, THX TruStudio Pro playback enhancement and an additional advanced audio toolbox of algorithms. CrystalVoice features technologies that are specially designed to deliver crystal clear vocal fidelity in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats.
The initial family of Sound Blaster Recond 3D will include three models:
- The Sound Blaster Recon3D PCI Express sound cards feature 6-channel 24-bit 102dB DACs, 4-channel 24-bit 101dB analog-to-digital (ADC) converters, integrated headphone amplifier-out, digital microphone interface, S/PDIF inputs and outputs and general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIO). The Sound Blaster Recon3D sound card is designed for gamers who need advanced audio capabilities with precise positioning. The Sound Blaster Recon3D sound card is slated for availability later this year.
- The Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional sound card features I/O connectivity on the sound card itself, for users who don't wish to use an I/O drive. This card also includes the high-quality beam-forming microphone, allowing advanced voice communication without the need for the headset by leveraging CrystalVoice Echo Cancellation, CrystalVoice Focus and CrystalVoice Active Noise Reduction.
- The Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion includes a convenient I/O drive with headset mini-jacks, volume control and audio input connectivity options. The card also includes a high-quality beam-forming microphone, which leverages CrystalVoice Echo Cancellation, CrystalVoice Focus and CrystalVoice Active Noise Reduction to enable gamers for the first time ever to use speakers and a desktop microphone while gaming without any sound other than the gamer's voice being transmitted through the microphone. Designed to deliver clear vocal fidelity in multiplayer games, online chats and video conferencing, CrystalVoice technologies also provide a compelling voice communications option for VOIP solutions such as Skype. The Sound Blaster Recon3D Fata1ity Champion software enables quick and easy switching between multi-channel speaker settings and headsets or headphones. The card is slated for availability in Q1 of 2012.
“We designed Sound Core3D with its revolutionary quad-core design to even further expand our leadership in audio innovation beyond the PC to transform all digital entertainment. This enables us to develop our most exciting and versatile line of Sound Blaster products yet, while we pursue new market opportunities by providing our OEM partners with the flexibility to power PC products and consumer electronics devices with Sound Core3D,” added Sim Wong Hoo.
Tags: Creative Labs, Creative Technology, SoundBlaster, SoundCore3D
Comments currently: 6
Discussion started: 09/05/11 04:37:50 PM
Latest comment: 09/08/11 06:53:51 AM
And in other news, Creative announced today that they would not support their older Sound Blaster sound cards in the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 release.
Furthermore, they plan on deleting all previous drivers for their old sound cards and replacing those drivers with ones which only allow the sound card to output 8-bit audio with a SNR of 70dB. And these drivers will crash several times a day leaving you without sound until you turn off the computer and unplug it from the wall for a minimum of 30 seconds.
No word yet on the plans competitors have to counter Creative's unbeatable tactic.
09/05/11 04:37:50 PM]
Still no HDMI? That is what they call a fail.
09/06/11 04:37:33 AM]
I have an X-fi based sound card and drivers suck big time. Veeeeeeery slow when you want change any setting. I'll never again buy creative sound card, probably will go with asus xonar.
09/06/11 09:01:26 AM]
“We are leveraging our expertise of designing and selling more than 400 million Sound Blaster audio solutions to break new ground with the power and performance of Sound Core3D, establishing the next standard of sound and voice quality for the PC, Mac, console gaming systems and consumer electronics devices,”
What a load of BS.
He should have said:
“We are leveraging our expertise of designing and selling more than 400 million Sound Blaster piece-of-crap audio cards to show how we wish we could break new ground with the power and performance of our competitors, establishing the next standard of sound and voice quality for the PC, Mac, console gaming systems and consumer electronics devices, but instead we are going to release a newer version of our crapware while claiming it is somehow an improvement over our old crapware....”
09/06/11 09:28:03 AM]
"Sound Blaster Recon3D PCI Express sound cards feature 6-channel 24-bit 102dB DACs"
Funny I was recently looking at a gigabyte motherboard for 1155 LGA which had 108db and sold for 90$. Next thing you know they'll sell this thing for double the price.
I have zero respect for Creative Labs; do you remember those Cell Processors. They had a teaser page, something like, "Change is coming, it will be revolutionary." No substance, just marketing. Never looked at creative again. That company gravely needs a new CEO; hell, I would do a better job.
They have technology but don't know how to best package it so that every product is a fail.
Case and point, the new 2" screen media player selling for 100$. They market and prioritize it's HD playing capabilities. Who would watch any video on a 2" screen; that's just stupid especially HD video.
09/06/11 01:21:14 PM]
We need a lot of comparison tests with the current X-Fi series to even start to consider those boards...
09/08/11 06:53:51 AM]
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