Date: July 25th, 2003
Article by: Tristan E. Kay (News Poster & Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner & Head Editor)
Product was donated by: Hercules
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HERCULES GAMESURROUND MUSE 5.1 INTRODUCTION
The Muse series soundcards started out with the XL and LT cards that both featured 4.1 surround sound support. The muse card is Hercules' entry-level surround sound solution, a budget card in essence. As budget cards, the Muse cards are hard to beat in the price to performance ratio that they sport. For $29.99, a user can get the ideal surround sound system in the Muse 5.1; one of the best entry-level surround sound cards available.
HERCULES CORPORATE PROFILE
Established in 1997, Guillemot Corporation set out as trying to compete in the multimedia industry. As time went on the company began development of video / audio components for the personal computer under the Hercules name. The company is also responsible for the popular Thrustmaster game devices, one of the first game devices to take advantage of force feedback technology. Since then the company has established itself as a formidable opponent in each market in which it competes.
Acquired by Guillemot Corporation in 1999, Hercules was established in 1982 to provide the world with strong audio / video solutions for the PC. The company has built graphics cards using chipsets from both NVIDIA and ATI, along with boards using Hercules' own chipsets. However the Kyro chipsets met with little success. The company has slowly grown into a multi-faceted organization. Today, Hercules is responsible for two series of soundcards, speakers, video cards, monitors, and digital imaging equipment, making it the versatile, profitable company that it is.