Date: January 6th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Philips
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
On the rear of the sound card are the standard audio jacks, as well as a SPDIF out connection. In order from left to right they are: Line In, Mic In, Front Out, Rear Out, Center/LFE (Subwoofer) Out, SPDIF Out.
The installation of the drivers/software was a nice auto-launched utility that gave you the option of what you wanted to install. It was nicely designed; clean and simple. Just make sure any other soundcards are removed or your onboard sound solution is disabled in the BIOS. Then follow the on screen prompts and restart when asked to do so.
Included on the driver CD is MusicMatch Jukebox 8. This can be a nice utility for those who aren't already attached to media stations. Along with playing music, Jukebox can also transfer music to portable devices, rip audio CDs, Burn CDs, Print custom CD labels, and access an online music store.
Philips volume control and settings program is called Sound Agent 2 HD (High Definition). It has a very simple and easy to use design that makes it easy for all users to play with the settings and adjust them to their particular preference.
Editor's Addition: Other than the surround being enabled, I never have personally liked any sound effects being introduced in the gaming or desktop environment. Sure they are fun to play with, but after a couple of minutes, you will probably be turning them all off and using it normally at its' stick settings.
It has special on/off "just click" buttons that enable/disable all the special effects this card can manage, such as the normalization of music and 3D enabled effects.