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#2
So.... its a wireless speaker system, with a mic?


this just doesnt seem exciting at all
 

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#3
So.... its a wireless speaker system, with a mic?


this just doesnt seem exciting at all
Was about the say the same myself...all this hype but its only a wireless speaker system no different then Logitech's Wireless BoomBox or MiniBoomBox..

though Logitechs offerings dont have touchscreen or look half as classy so i think thats where the selling point is.
 
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#4
I wish they'd stop jerking around and release a proper Sound Blaster soundcard again. And i mean a proper blue blooded sound beast with best in class 3D positioning, 256 3D sounds support, more advanced X-Fi Crystalizer (not some crappy filter), better elevation filter and MacroFX support and EAX 6.0 HD. With some more aggressive approach with it. They totally mocked up EAX 5.0 HD which is brilliant in my eyes but since they didn't bother pushing it, no one really used it. And they also left OpenAL to rot. Why!?
Everyone jerking on visuals but no one cares to take on our second most important awareness sensor. The ability to listen to sounds. Companies who make software audio engines can brag about it all they want, but none has ever sounded even half as good as any game with hardware accelerated EAX effects. None. And trust me, i've played plenty and i place sound before graphics when it comes to priority.
 

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#5
I wish they'd stop jerking around and release a proper Sound Blaster soundcard again. And i mean a proper blue blooded sound beast with best in class 3D positioning, 256 3D sounds support, more advanced X-Fi Crystalizer (not some crappy filter), better elevation filter and MacroFX support and EAX 6.0 HD. With some more aggressive approach with it. They totally mocked up EAX 5.0 HD which is brilliant in my eyes but since they didn't bother pushing it, no one really used it. And they also left OpenAL to rot. Why!?
Everyone jerking on visuals but no one cares to take on our second most important awareness sensor. The ability to listen to sounds. Companies who make software audio engines can brag about it all they want, but none has ever sounded even half as good as any game with hardware accelerated EAX effects. None. And trust me, i've played plenty and i place sound before graphics when it comes to priority.

EAX has been dead for a loooong time. I dont think Devs want to pay licensing fees to having it in their games anymore anyway. when there are probably other sound/audio engines out there that are cheaper or free and do a great job of providing surroundsound/multidirectional audio.

OpenAL would definitely be the way forward but Creative have been quiet for a while almost as if they are considering a change in direction. Theyve released soundcards but the XFi Titanium's are still the best buy for gaming (next to Xonar cards but they arent made by creative) Creative has their new Recon3d soundcards out but I dont think people really care anymore due to the lack of EAX and any real need for dedicated audiobuffering/processing since onboard audio has come such a long way.

they are either changing direction or they need to do a massive revamp.
 
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3D accelerated sound is dead. Kaput. Thanks to stupid M$ and the crappy console ports. I miss the old days when I was playing Unreal 1, Thief, FEAR, etc, and the sound was like 1million x better that the crap we're hearing (or not hearing) nowadays. OpenGL games? What a joke!
 

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Am I the only one who couldn't read more than a few sentences of this? Then again, with Mackie HR824's on my desk I'm probably not the target market. Bi-amp is the way to go!
 
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The Sound BlasterAxx utilizes a unique patent-pending "stacked stereo" speaker design that incorporates two-speaker drivers angled to provide stereo separation. When combined with SBX Pro Studio Surround technology, it delivers awesome room-filling sound from a compact one-piece device powered by only the tiny USB current. Specialized circuitry enables very low power consumption but large amplified power output from a PC or Mac USB connection. This all-in-one design eliminates the need for a two-speaker system with all the messy wiring, microphones and wires, and the unwieldy power adaptors along with their plugs and cables.
Oh, the horrors of all that "messy wiring"! Because 500 mA at 5v is going to give you all the "awesome room-filling sound" you could need! So, let's get this straight, a piece of crap, low-power usb speaker without L/R stereo separation, using layers of "enhancements". I call BS on this whole thing. My idea of "low power" is a T-amp with bookshelf speakers. No fake processing, decent power, real stereo separation, and, wait for it, quality sound! Imagine that!
 
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#9
...its also got a terrible name. Who came up with this?
 
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Yeah, the Creative Sound A$$Blaster :roll:
 

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After selling 400 Million Sound Blasters
In 30+ years ?

Although still a hell of a lot but did they not start selling the SB back in 1990 ? or close to. And tell ya what that's when they were good.
 
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You shouldn't use creative Johnny
My grandmother used creative once... Once...
 
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...simply blows people away, and yet mind-bogglingly, no power adapter is required.
Yes, this is straight from the "err, what?" department...
 
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but none has ever sounded even half as good as any game with hardware accelerated EAX effects. None. And trust me, i've played plenty and i place sound before graphics when it comes to priority.
Dude you run an Altec Lansing MX5021. That isnt putting sound first.
 
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It looks like a nuclear dildo from next century.
 
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I would never buy a creative product again this is the same company that sells a x-fi card with no x-fi chip in it.the same company that sue someone for making drivers that actually work. the same company that sells old cards but forget to tell you their not supported any more on and on and on .
 

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I would never buy a creative product again this is the same company that sells a x-fi card with no x-fi chip in it.
If the soundcard in question is an Xtreme Audio, then it was all a marketting scheme. XFi is also a brand name, not just an audio processing chip

the same company that sue someone for making drivers that actually work
they didnt actually sue anyone but threatend to sue which is a shame as they could have just hired Daniel K. but none the less it marked a turning point with Creatives drivers and they started to improve and i was there watching it with a XFi Xtreme Music, then later on an XFi Titanium Fatality Pro.

Driver problems with creative cards is so old news. People might have issues occasionally but they are nowhere near as bad as it was when the earlier XFi generation were out.

the same company that sells old cards but forget to tell you their not supported any more on and on and on .
its your job to find out if our card is supported or not before you purchase it in most cases. but i agree, Dropping support for hardware that clearly could have worked perfectly in Vista or W7 is bad.
 
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With today's on board sound quality, creative are becoming extinct and need to look for other ways of infecting the market.

Maybe creative should jump on the multi device bandwagon too and sell OEM hardware branded with their logo.
 
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Maybe creative should jump on the multi device bandwagon too and sell OEM hardware branded with their logo.
Oh wait, they have...

Creative Aurvana Live! (rebranded Denon AH-D1001)
Creative EP-630 (rebranded Sennheiser CX300)

The list goes on...
 
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no.... onboard sound sucks.

wile_e should be in here any minute.....
 
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Dude you run an Altec Lansing MX5021. That isnt putting sound first.
O'rly? MX5021's are one of the best PC speakers i've ever heard. I'm not going to go to the audiophile 10.000 EUR zone bullshit of sound purity. Plus the room is so small i don't need anything more powerful. And third fact, all the super expensive sound wizardry will help dick if game is using some shitty software sound engine that is using compressed lossy audio samples.
You can have all the super duper amplifiers, DAC's and 5 million Hz speakers it won't make much of a difference.
 
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O'rly? MX5021's are one of the best PC speakers i've ever heard. I'm not going to go to the audiophile 10.000 EUR zone bullshit of sound purity. Plus the room is so small i don't need anything more powerful. And third fact, all the super expensive sound wizardry will help dick if game is using some shitty software sound engine that is using compressed lossy audio samples.
You can have all the super duper amplifiers, DAC's and 5 million Hz speakers it won't make much of a difference.
If the MX5021 is the best pc speakers you've heard then you've set the bar extremely low. To be frank the bar on PC speakers are low to begin with.

Wouldn't swap real wooden cabinets, 10' woofers, 2.5' tweeters for something plastic. Never.

You don't need to be an audiophile or have a big room. £60 stereo speakers would shit over £200 PC speakers.

If you haven't heard BF3 coming from a Home Theatre System with Dolby Digital Live or atleast Dolby Prologic or DTS Neo, then you can't criticise the audio experience in games.
 
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#25
no.... onboard sound sucks.
Hey not everyone has ears of a dog. Me personally can't tell difference between 128 and 320kbit mp3 even on good speakers, so I don't think I could hear a difference between the latest Realtek chip and extra card.