now, I am sure you have seen the specs of the A3D 2.0 card,
so I am going to give you a run down of just the most important
2.0 Positional audio
A3D 2.0 Wavetracing with up to 64 reflections
8/16 bit Record and playback with up to 48 kHz (mono/stereo)
Up to 320 Wavetable voices
Compatible with: A3D 1.0, A3D 2.0, Microsoft Directsound / 3D,
soundblaster pro emulation, and soon EAX with new drivers.
are just a few of the basic features, I didn't want to get too
technical because, well, I didn't want to bore you to death.
onto the sound quality. Please remember sound quality can be
a subjective matter, and everybody's ears are different. To
test the sound quality, I listened to a number of items including;
some mp3s, Half-life, and drakan (for A3D sound) and lastly,
an audio CD. The speakers I used for testing were the Benwin
BW2000 flat panel speakers.
lets start with the MP3's. The MP3 player I used was Winamp
2.5c, my favorite MP3 player. I played one 128 KBps (near CD
quality), and one 64KBps MP3. Sound was clear, and crisp without
any noticeable flaws, just as I expected it to be. The audio
CD was the same story, clear, crisp sound without any noticeable
hiss or major static problems. All in all, the sound quality
was as good as anything I have heard, even the mighty Sound