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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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
The Muse 5.1 is powered by Hercules' own CMI8738 chipset. This is the muscle behind Muse's 5.1 surround sound capabilities.
Here is what C-Media had to say about their 6 channel chip solution:
- HRTF-based 3D positional audio(C3DX™) for 4 / 6 CH output.
- Professional digital interface, supporting 24-bit SPDIF IN/OUT (44.1K and 48K)
- Built-in 32ohm earphone buffer, ZV port, and PCtel® HSP56 Modem™ interface.
- 32-bit PCI bus master.
- Comprehensive driver support: Microsoft® DirectSound™3D, EAX™, Linux™, BeOS™, etc.
- Microphone echo and Karaoke ascending/descending key effects.
- Single chip design, digital power +3.3V, analog power +5V, 128 pins QFP.
- C3DX™ is the registered trademark of C-Media.
The J3, J4 and J6 pins are on the board to enable the user to set up 2 CD inputs and one auxiliary input. The 2 inputs is great because some people have more than one optical drive and it is nice to be able to listen to audio on both drives instead of being limited to just one.
Printed on the card above the model is the key for the J3, J4, J6 pins. This is quite beneficial as people don't want to have to go looking through their user manual to find out where to plug the CD-Audio from their CD-ROM into their soundcard.
On the rear of the card are the various connectors. From left to right; Line in, Mic in, Front in, Rear in, Center / Subwoofer in, Game port.