days, installation of hardware components has become extremely
easy. The SQ2500 is no exception. The PCI card fit snuggly into
its PCI slot. Next, I booted up the computer, installed the
drivers when windows called for them, rebooted and was finished!
Just in case you have any problems, the included manual contains
a step-by-step installation guide, when the going gets rough.
with the Aureal SQ2500 are quite a few nifty little software
programs. The included programs are mostly geared toward music
creation and editing with the exception of a few games, Slave
Zero (OEM version), Heretic II, and Drakan. For music editing
and creation Aureal included Future Beat 3D (allows you to build
3D music compositions), MIDI Orchestrator 32, AudioView 32 (music
editing tool), and finally Aureal Vortex Player, Aureal's own
MP3 type player.
3 included games' retail value almost matches that of the SQ2500,
making this package one sweet deal. On top of that the 3 included
music creation/editing tools are another nice addition (although
you are most likely not going to use them). Aureal's included
MP3 player is a bit of another story. While it does the job
of playing MP3's, it is relatively simple, and featureless making
it nothing more then a hollow freebee.