With high-definition monitors and cutting-edge video cards getting the bulk of attention from todayâ€™s digital media mainstream, it is sometimes easy to overlook the value of good audio devices. Without a doubt, sparkling visuals and breathtaking special effects wow us in a visceral and immediate manner. But serious enthusiasts know that visuals are only half of the equation: the subtle dimensions a good audio setup (complete with the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE) bring a better and more complete media experience to the table.
A Better Acoustic Experience
Most people think that their motherboardâ€™s built-in audio is enough for providing them with quality sound. These people simply have not yet experienced the heightened sound quality an audio card like the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE provides. Ask a person who’s used one of these and they’ll tell you that this audio card really enhances the way you enjoy the audio on your movies, music and games. It is also very affordable at $30, giving users the most bang for their buck.
Creative Labsâ€™ series of Sound Blaster series of audio cards go all the way back to the mid-90s. They have been critically-acclaimed in the past for their audio quality. The Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE is one of their more recent offerings, and if past iterations are any indication, this one is sure to be just as impressive.
The Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE
features full support for multi-channel 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. Surround sound adds depth to your listening experience by channeling individual sounds to the satellite speakers and any subwoofer you might have installed. This makes for a truly immersive experience when playing games, watching movies or simply listening to music.
Featuring EAX ADVANCED HD 3.0 technology, the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE makes it sound as if you are actually inside the game or movie world. 3D positional audio makes bullets appear to be coming from all sorts of directions. You’ll also be able to hear where those footsteps are coming from, thus making it easy to locate in-game or on-screen enemies.
In movies, the audio experience is equally wonderful. Together with a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set-up, you will be able to hear cars whizzing by behind you, a plane flying above, or even the roar of a T-rex coming from afar.
Movies and gaming aside, listening to MP3s is great as well since this sound card boasts first-rate specifications such as a 100db signal-to-noise ratio and 24-bit analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion at 96 KHz. What all of these numbers mean is that sound comes out crisp, rich, and free from noise for a truly definitive time when listening to songs.
As icing to the cake, the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE has additional features such as Bass Boost, Smart Volume Management, Audio Clean-Up technology and more. Included in the package as well is the Creative MediaSource application, which allows you to create MP3s, manage a music collection and burn custom CDs.
You have never listened to high-quality audio until you have used .the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE audio card For a relatively inexpensive price, you get to experience the full potential of your games, movies and music. Trust me, your ears will thank you for it.
Contributed by Daniel Gonzales