The control panel applets have received
a somewhat more noticeable update. Surround Mixer for
example, appears initially unchanged, although the
Advanced tab now allows you to adjust the volume level
for every channel available.
Similarly, Speaker Settings
appears the same at first glance, albeit now a Bass Boost
tab is available, which may be useful for those without a
The EAX Console appears
essentially the same also, albeit it now Karaoke effects can
be applied with a good deal of customization on offer if
youíre into that sort of thing, meanwhile CMSS 3D includes a
new option Ė Stereo Surround, should you wish for
Stereo X2 or Stereo X3 output rather than having to use CMSS/CMSS
2 up-mixing for multi-channel playback of stereo sources
(and this was a well-requested feature).
Last up is the THX Setup Console.
For most users the options available
here (Those that arenít repeated elsewhere that is) will be
overkill, but if youíre truly wanting to optimize your
speaker settings then you can set various parameters in the
Calibration tab, e.g. Angle & Distance.
As I mentioned in the Audigy 2 review,
AudioHQís role is fairly minimal, although a few new
Decoder options are available.
As I mentioned earlier, DTS-ES decoding
is now supported, while Dolby Digital decoding features
remain unchanged (Dynamic Range Compression, Dolby
Pro Logic & Dolby Digital EX can each be toggled
on/off), although you can customize how the Side/Rear
speakers in a 7.1 are to be used when playing 4/5.1 channel
Full card specifications are on next
page, if you want to skip them