“Previously, there was a “review” done on the SRS HD Audio Lab which was a software to enhance your PC audio tremendously even if you do not have a discrete sound card on your system.
Today, Creative Technology announced their own version of software based audio enhancer, called the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 Software Suite. Now everyone with only onboard audio can have the option to get premium sound quality out from your speaker systems even the need of having expensive sound card options.
Previously, I started out enhancing my audio out from my laptop by using a software called SRS Audio Sandbox. Currently, I own a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card, and I must say there is is actually not much difference between the two(Could be because I’m not really an audiophile). This has led to me thinking if all the expensive sound cards are actually normal sound cards, but it’s just the software that makes things sound good? Any experts out there to answer me?”
Creative Technology Ltd has announced the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 suite, an audio enhancement software that promises to deliver ‘premium audio quality, effects and features’ on PCs with onboard audio. It features THX TruStudio Pro, EAX Advanced HD 5.0, VoiceFX and Alchemy audio technology which allow users to experience ‘unprecedented levels of audio realism’ in games, movies and music. The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 Software Suite is currently bundled with all ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboards and is expected to hit store shelves soon.
“We are extremely excited to see the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 software going into ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboards, with ASUS being the top manufacturer of motherboards in the world and constantly committed to delivering the most innovative and best performing PC solutions to enhance the gaming experience of power users. Our partnership will continue to push the boundaries of PC gaming audio, providing the much-needed realism and immersion in game-play that modern PC games demand,” said Steve Erickson, Vice President and General Manager for Audio and Video at Creative.
- THX TruStudio Pro audio technology creates unprecedented levels of audio realism, adds dynamics and punch to every gunshot, explosion and gaming sound; and includes stunning surround effects, producing an incredibly realistic surround sound experience even from just a pair of stereo headphones
- Creative EAX Advanced HD 5.0 features state-of-the-art multi-environment rendering and reverb modelling, delivering an amazingly realistic and immersive 3D gaming experience
- Creative VoiceFX technology allows users to morph their voices into other personas to help players stay in character and add flair to their online role-playing experiences
- Creative ALchemy is a powerful tool that restores EAX effects and 3D surround audio for legacy, DirectSound 3D game titles running on Windows Vista and Windows 7, re-enabling that same great gaming experience
- Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 comes with native OpenAL support, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of PC games developed with OpenAL for an incredible 3D audio experience
Source: News via [Creative]