features WDM Drivers for Windows 2000 and XP. Shown beneath
is the Setup tab of the Control Panel (Aurilium Sound Agent
This tab features
fairly standard options regarding volume levels for various
channels. Worth noting is a Pre-amp option is included,
something Iíve not seen on any other soundcards reviewed so
far (and thatís a whole bunch of cards!). The Mixer tab
provides the ability to adjust the volume level for the
various sources, or to mute them completely as you see fit Ė
nothing too unexpected really. The Equalizer tab gives
access to a 10-band equalizer.
The Effects tab
allows you to adjust the QSizzle and QRumble mid-range/bass
boosts. Unlike other soundcards however, these boosts are
dynamic in nature and should generally provide improved
quality over standard static filters.
As mentioned earlier,
many of these options are also available on the Aurilium
itself, which will no doubt further improve the convenience
with which it can be used.
In general, the
drivers performed well with no bugs arising during tests. In
the Gaming/Music/DVD section Iíll cover more specific
matters with the Drivers, if any, really.
Much like the
SoundBlaster Extigy (and
first generation Audigy), the
Aurilium features 24-Bit DACs, but internally operates at
16-Bit/48kHz precision. As with other AC 97 codecs, the
Aurilium also resamples audio sources lower than 48 kHz,
though this is the case with the Audigy 2 and all but one
soundcard Iíve reviewed (M-Audioís Revolution 7.1). This is
in contrast to the Auriliumís packaging, which proclaims
ď24-Bit digitalĒ, despite the listed specifications donít
mislead in this respect.