Creative have taken a very long hiatus when it comes to sound cards and never really launched anything new after their X-Fi series. Since then Asus has taken over as the go-to company for sound cards and currently dominate this space. Creative’s now back with a whole new line-up of sound cards that they recently launched in India. The new series is based upon their new SoundCore3D processor that supports hardware acceleration of THX TruStudio Pro. It also features CrystalVoice processing that lets you communicate with crystal clear vocal fidelity in your multiplayer games, online chats and video conferencing. The new series is engineered for low power consumption and high performance and the Sound Core3D processor is Creative's first sound and voice processor to integrate a quad-core high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) and high-quality converters onto a single chip.
The new series
The series consists of three internal PCIE sound cards for the PC. The Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion is the flagship of the lot and is targeted at pro-gamers. The sound card is shielded in a specially designed casing and comes together with the I/O Drive to give you convenient access to headphone and microphone inputs, as well as volume and THX TruStudio Pro controls. It also supports studio quality headphones and headsets of up to 600 ohm impedance. Scout Mode allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat. This is priced at Rs.14,500. The Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional is a slightly less hard-core version, which comes without the front-panel input, so it’s a little cheaper at Rs.11,999. The Recon3D PCIE is a plain Jane version of the above two, which is priced at Rs.7,999. They also launched an external universal sound card that’s compatible with an Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac. It supports hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro and Dolby Digital decoding it transforms even basic stereo sound into 3D surround audio on your headset or speakers. This one’s priced at Rs.9,900.
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