wise the FORTISSIMO had no problems at all. There were no drops
in frame rate, or major slow-downs related to sound. Also, there
were no apparent sound anomalies such as a major hiss, or snaps,
crackles or pops. Now a days you should expect all sound cards
to carry this high quality standard.
like the Movies?
Unfortunately DVD movie audio performance suffered the same
drawbacks as the 3D gaming audio. For testing I booted up DVD
versions of both Mission: Impossible, and The Matrix (what else?).
While the sound quality was good, the 4-channel output was nothing
more then a mirror of the same signal as in the front. This
provided no real "surround" affect, which I would have really
absent from the FORTISSIMO was on-chip Dolby Digital decoding.
While this card is definitely not targeted toward the high-end
crowd, it still would have been a nice feature. Especially considering
the recent wave of DVD titles supporting Dolby Digital. Although,
if you do have a Dolby Digital decoder built into your speakers
system, you should have no problem.
I tested the music audio performance. While playing both audio
CD's and MP3 audio files, I noticed no odd effects, or displeasing
noises. Music is probably where the FORTISSIMO shines the most.
Offering a good array of features, and good sound quality.