Creative Labs has to be one of the most well known audio companies in the PC audio world. They pioneered many audio technologies related to gaming and for a very long time they ruled the PC soundcard market with no real opposition.
With the entry of other companies into the PC soundcards market and the redesign of the audio stack for the Vista OS, CL's position in the soundcard market has been uncertain to some. There has always been an ongoing debate regarding the present and future of hardware based effects in PC gaming. While it is true more games are using their own audio effect engines, it is also true that the OpenAL API is still in full development and can be used in new games to produce hardware based effects for upcoming titles.
Whatever your personal view on hardware based gaming cards, great audio in your gaming has become a necessity instead of the luxury that it used to be.
Modern games are major high dollar cinematic productions with equal attention paid to audio and video. Neglecting one in favor of the other is a waste of a great game. Hardcore gamers use high quality soundcards and generally insist on X-Fi based products to cover all their bases with any games from the past, present or future.
Many took notice that the company that pioneered much of this gaming audio technology has released their latest masterpiece of audio engineering, the Titanium HD. This card has many aspects in common with existing X-FI designs and a few new features and modifications to appeal to the newer crop of demanding soundcards enthusiasts.
We can't tell you everything as you will have to read the review and decide for yourself.
Today in the Guru3D audio Lab, we have a brand new Titanium HD audio card ready to be put through our battery of tests and subjective listening impressions. So lets get to the good stuff
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD review The SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD. This card has many aspects in common with existing X-FI designs and a few new features and modifications to appeal to the newer crop of demanding soundcards enthusiasts.
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCIe Bordering on false advertisement, Creative's latest X-Fi isn't an X-Fi at all, it's a new rev of the Audigy series using the X-Fi drivers and gliding on the PCI Express bus. The EAX gaming enhancements are gone, however, in favor of the more usable Crystallizer and CMSS3D functions. The X-Audio does provide a good value with decent performance, stability, and last but not least, is does sound good.
X-Fi Xtreme Music Sound Blaster review Creative's entry level X-Fi turns out to be pretty killer. All new hardware, all new software, makes this thing all the better. Gone are the old annoyances of the Audigy series, replaced by the X-Fi, which isn't very annoying at all!
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro In December something big was released by Creative labs. And the fun thing is .. almost all of you missed it didn't you? Really silently Creative Labs pushed forward a new soundcard under the label Audigy 4 You'd expect a big marketing campaign with bells and whistles and preferably gorgeous blonde women jumping up and down with the soundcard ... but that did not happen.