Date: January 20th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Philips
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PHILIPS PSC805 AURILIUM INTRODUCTION
Making the choice between the standard two channel stereo configuration and the more robust surround sound setup really comes down to the purpose of your future computer purchase. To some mainstream/office computer purchasers, a multi-channel soundcard is just an unneeded extra cost that can be avoided or the value put to better use by upping the system memory or perhaps a faster processor. To others, such as the enthusiast, gamer or musician, a surround soundcard is as important as a fast CPU, oodles of system memory or a screaming fast videocard.
But, with OEM prepackaged computers still making up the majority of today's computer market sales, we still see two channel setups holding their ground as the most popular soundcard specification in the everyday home computer. Now say you purchased an everyday computer with onboard or PCI card sound solution and after 6 months or a year you wanted to experience the fidelity of full 5.1 surround sound, what would be your options?
1.) You could purchase a surround sound PCI card and void your computer's warranty by installing the card yourself.
2.) You could have the computer manufacturer install the soundcard at a high installation fee and upgrade cost.
3.) You can find an audio solution that is relatively cheap, effective and won't involve you touching your computer other than one small connection.
If you are interested in option #3, Philips now has an external USB 2.0 compliant 5.1 sound center that can have you enjoying surround sound with a quick insertion of a USB cable.
Let's have a look.
PHILIPS CORPORATE PROFILE
Royal Philips Electronics is tenth on Fortune's list of global top electronics corporations. We are active in about 60 businesses, varying from consumer electronics to domestic appliances, and from security systems to semiconductors. We are a world leader in digital technologies for television and displays, wireless communications, speech recognition, video compression, storage and optical products as well as the underlying semiconductor technology that makes these breakthroughs possible. We have world class solutions in lighting, medical systems (particularly scanning and other diagnostic systems) and personal and domestic appliances where our investments in design and new materials are critical to success. Translated into figures, we produce over 2.4 billion incandescent lamps every year, and some 30 million picture tubes. Around 2.5 million heart procedures (scans and interventional procedures) on X-ray equipment are carried out each year using our technology. One in seven television sets worldwide contains a Philips picture tube, and 60 percent of all telephones contain Philips products. Thirty percent of offices around the world are lit by Philips Lighting, which also lights 65 percent of the world's top airports, 55 percent of major soccer stadia, and 30 per cent of hospitals.