Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE

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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE

Audio quality: 24 bit. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 100 dB. Audio channels: 7.1. Minimum RAM: 128 MB. Minimum processor: Pentium III 1.0 GHz. Compatib...

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Review of "Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE"

published 08/07/2007 | Pigfacespeaks
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Not for me
Pro Lots of software
Cons Constant rebooting needed on a high end PC
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"Buy at your peril"

This sound card came with my new PC in nov 06.it was a troublesome card from the start, lots of unnecessary software on the disk that is no particular use unless you want to alter all kinds of EAX settings.
On games like oblivion it would grind to a halt after five minutes with shuddering sound that rendered the game unplayable, this happened with lots of other games too.
If you use youtube or similar you may experience that after the 3rd or fourth video is clicked on will start making the sound stutter again, always resulting in the need to reboot the computer.
I struggled for a couple of months trying to find the issue with this even with clean booting, I am a very experienced PC user and my PC is high end, all the drivers were updated and my system is clean so it was not a hardware issue.
I installed a SB 16 bit soundcard which then ran absolutely perfectly.
After searching online I found that many were having issues similar to mine with this card and had ditched it while others seemed happy with it.
I suspect that it is simply a "fickle" card that is kind a lottery in wether it will work or not, so please be warned the sound for me was distorted and scratchy and slowed down applications and eventually ground a dual core P2.4g 4 meg of ram Gforce 8800GTX to a halt and would only be corrected by constant reboots.
I am still currently using my nine year old 16 bit soundcard with no problems at all which is better than my onboard sound, despite my onboard sound performing better than the Audigy!

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  • winter_shadows published 08/07/2007
    a bit short
  • Miskah published 08/07/2007
    an interesting review
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Product Information : Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE

Manufacturer's product description

Audio quality: 24 bit. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 100 dB. Audio channels: 7.1. Minimum RAM: 128 MB. Minimum processor: Pentium III 1.0 GHz. Compatible operating systems: Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP1, Windows XP Pro x64. Interface type: PCI.

Product Details

Product Description: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE - sound card

Device Type: Sound card

Enclosure Type: Internal

Interface Type: PCI

Signal Processor: Creative Audigy SE

Sound Output Mode: 7.1 channel surround

DAC Resolution: 24-bit

Sample Rate: 8 kHz (min) - 96 kHz (max)

Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 100 dB

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP SP1, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

Package Type: OEM, Retail, Bulk

Packaged Quantity: 20 (specifications are for single item)

General

MPN: 70SB057002000, 30SB057000004, 30SB057000004 OEM, 70SB057002003, 30SB057000000, 70SB057002001

Device Type: Sound card

Form Factor: Internal

Interface Type: PCI

Packaged Quantity: 20 (specifications are for single item)

Processor / Memory

Signal Processor: Creative Audigy SE

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode: 7.1 channel surround

DAC Resolution: 24-bit

Sample Rate: 8 kHz (min) - 96 kHz (max)

Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 100 dB

Voice Poliphony Qty: 64

Frequency Response: 10 - 40000 Hz

Compliant Standards: EAX 3.0

Audio Modes: Record : 24-bit 96 kHz - 100 dB ¦ Playback : 24-bit 96 kHz 7.1 - 100 dB

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces: 1 x SPDIF input/line-in/microphone - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x audio line-in - 4 PIN MPC ¦ 1 x audio line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x speakers (rear/right surround) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x speakers (center/subwoofer/left surround) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm

Software / System Requirements

Software: Creative MediaSource, Creative Software Suite

OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP SP1, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

System Requirements Details: Celeron - 1 GHz - RAM 128 MB

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years

Miscellaneous

Package Type: OEM, Retail, Bulk

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