it in. Boot up your computer. Load the drivers. Reboot. Done.
There were no problems what so ever during installation. Guillemot
even includes a nice full color step-by-step installation guide,
to help even the best of us.
I heard all this before?
that the FORTISSIMO supports A3D 1.0, EAX 1.0, Direct Sound
3D as well as Sensaura 3D positional audio, this card should
not have any problems going up against the likes of Aureal and
Creative's in the 3D sound arena. The big question is, how does
it all sound? Since the FORTISSIMO utilizes a Yamaha made chip-set
it is very likely that reproduction of both A3D and EAX based
calls will fall short of what you would have heard from a genuine
Aureal or Creative card.
I tested sound quality in both EAX and A3D based titles. Since
3D audio is most important/noticeable in 3D shooters, I used
both Unreal Tournament, and Half-Life (does not support A3D
1.0) to conduct my tests. While I must say the FORTISSIMO's
reproduction was decent, it falls short of what you would hear
from a genuine A3D or EAX based card. Sounds were not as rich
or full as they would have been from real A3D or EAX cards,
and left a little something to be desired. Connect an additional
2 speakers to the rear channels did not make much more of difference
then simply making the sound feel a little more full.