by Anton Shilov
08/15/2012 | 05:37 PM
While the majority of people nowadays use integrated audio solutions, there are a lot of those, who still prefer specially-designed audio cards for the high-quality audio they produce. At Gamescon trade-show, Creative Technology introduced its new family of Sound Blaster audio cards that are based on quad-core Sound Core3D audio chip that promises both high-quality sound and hardware-based audio processing.
To dynamically power compelling audio playback, the new Sound Blaster Z-series sound cards utilize the Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor the company introduced last year, which is designed to work with such DSP algorithms as Creative’s SBX Pro Studio, THX TruStudio Pro, CrystalVoice and so on. 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), etc.
“For audio playback, we use studio-grade components to deliver outstanding fidelity, and then greatly enhance the listening experience by implementing our SBX Pro Studio suite of audio technologies. This enables complete customisation of audio playback, uniquely catered to suit individual tastes. Our mixture of outstanding components and proprietary technologies also enables us to provide the highest quality recording experience for audio creation, which today expands beyond just music recording to include user interaction and creation with YouTube, eSports, and more,” said Low Long Chye, director of product marketing for audio at Creative Technology.
Creative claims that thanks to its proprietary DSP algorithms SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice, the new audio cards produce sound that is pristine, surround and enhanced/customized if needed across many types of applications, including movies, music, voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP), games and so on. The SoundBlaster Z-series audio cards will automatically adjust quality depending on the task.
There will be three audio cards in Sound Blaster Z family of products. All the cards will be compatible with PCI Express x1 connector, feature high-quality components, special EMI shielding enclosure, gold-plated I/O connections and generally share similar software feature-set.
The Sound Blaster ZxR and Sound Blaster Zx will be available in December 2012 and the Sound Blaster Z will be available in October 2012. Recommended pricing will be as follows: