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Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo™ III 7.1?

By Shaft
Oct 27, 2002
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  1. http://us.hercules.com/products/product.php3?id=39

    How much better would this sound card be than my current SBLive Value? I have Altec Lansing ADA880 4.1 speakers, so would I notice much of a difference? It seems to be a steal at $50, just wanted to hear some opinions (there aren't too many reviews out there).
     
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,552   +97

    Well since winning a Gamesurround Fortissimo II card from TechSpot a while back I have never considered using Creative products since. Sound quality from the Hercules product is great and no nasty problems with Via chipsets...

    Check out the TechSpot reviews of the Fortissimo II for an idea of the quality of Hercules Soundcards...
     
  3. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    Hey, i m having the same problem like yours Shaft, i m stuck in between this Fortissimo III and Audigy. After reading the review of Fortissimo III, i m quite impressed with the card. Over here Fortissimo is around S$99 and Audigy S$117. (US$1=S$1.85). Maybe Fortissimo is a better buy. I bet you will notice significant change in audio quality.
     
  4. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    For your info, Fortissismo III runs with the same Cirrus Logic chipset as the Fortissismo II. Unlike its predecessor, it supports 7.1 speakers.
     
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    7.1? 6.1 is now seeing the light of day. Who would ever shell out the cash for 7.1 speakers???

    Get the new Audigy2...
     
  6. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Need I remind you that the Audigy 2 is ~$120? There must be some improvements over the Fortissimo II other than the 7.1, aren't there?
     
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    No. IMHO, it's worth it ;)
     
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    Not with those 4.1 speakers it isn't. I doubt you would see much of a difference with an Audigy much less the Audigy 2. The only way to get better sound from the sound card is to get better speakers. Go buy a set of $300 speakers and then you will get the benifits of the card.
     
  9. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    I say, why not give Hercules a try, most people who switched to Hercules may find it much better than creative.
     
  10. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    Unless you're having issuess with the SB Live don't bother changing at this time. Hercules makes great soundcards but if yours is working fine and you aren't prepared to set up a 7.1 speaker combo there is no real advantage.
     
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Heh...funny you should mention that...I'm planning on getting new speakers, and coupled with my Audigy they'll be audiophile-rific. Whether it's the $200 or $400 ones I'm not sure. (Altec Lansing 641's or Logitech Z-680's)
     
     
  12. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    I don't really think every electrical appliances obey this equation " expensive=high quality" :).
     
  13. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Me neither. Look at Klipsch :)
     
  14. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    I've been looking into getting the Creative Inspire 5300 5.1 speakers ($100). Would this be a decent, albiet low-priced, combo with the Fortissimo?
     
  15. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Fortissimo means 'strong' in Italian. And strong it is.

    Probably, but those have digital input (I think) and you should get a Creative card to take advantage of that.
     
  16. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Is the Audigy 1 better than the Fortissimo? I've yet to see a strong comparison between the two.
     
  17. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    If you are after a creative speaker, then i believe you should get Audigy for compatibility reasons.
     
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