MonsterSound MX400 review
Posted by Julio
Franco on June 14, 2000
Multimedia Product: MonsterSound
a few months ago, music and game enthusiasts only had two
major options when choosing a soundcard, those being one of
the cards in SBLive! Family, or an Aureal Vortex2 based
cardÖ that has changed lately though.
Itís of common knowledge
that Aurealís current position isnít good at all, when
they decided to launch their own retail soundcard based on
their own Vortex2 chip, they lost most of their big OEM deals,
that includes Diamond Multimedia that had the very popular
MonsterSound MX300 card in the market.
had to look around for new possibilities for their new
soundcard once they got separated from Aureal, thatís where
ESS Technologies come into scene. ESS has this new sound chip
called Canyon3D featuring Sensauraís new technology, for
sure it looked like a real winner on paper, combined with
Diamondís name and marketing experience, what we get is the
there have been certain changes internally at Diamond after
the merge with S3 inc., we have always recognized their
products because of its high quality manufacturing and the
MX400 is no exception.
with Creative dominating the soundcard market, Diamond is
bringing a new concept for the MonsterSound Family with the
MX400, we were used to see introduction prices nearing the
$200 mark but this time in order to catch up with the
competition they are offering a full featured product for less
than $90, now can the hardware actually live up to
expectations? Thatís the real point here.
the basic stuff, the MX400 is based on ESSí Canyon3D sound
processor as we already mentioned, it does 3D Positional Audio
thanks to Sensauraís MultiDrive technology (details
explained later), true Quad-speaker output, it carries EAX and
A3D compatibility as well as Dolby Digital support (requires
extra equipment), for sure, everything we are used to see on a
high-end product nowadays.
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