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Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4 Pro

Sound Card
12th January 2005
Manufacured By
Supplied By
$299,95 or €249


Creative has been at the cradle of computer audio ever since the late 80’s and early 90’s. They had created a new soundcard dubbed SoundBlaster, which brought sound to the Personal Computer.

Surely but steadily the sound cards grew technologically bigger and better; they even created a standard within sound card compatibility.

Each new card has been adding more and better features than the one before it, the cards adapting to new technologies to meet demands driven primarily by the gaming market.

Just recently Creative has released a new SoundBlaster, named the Audigy 4.

They seem to have skipped the Audigy 3 and gone straight for the Audigy 4., though when I asked why they skipped the Audigy 3 Creative answered that they consider the SB Audigy 2 ZS Platinum the real Audigy 3.

In essence this card is the same as the Audigy 2 ZS, except that the software bundle. The software itself and the drivers are refreshed. Oh yeah and it has 2 new Digital Audio Converters (or DAC’s).

So what does this Audigy card have to offer over then previous version?

The new DAC’s offer a better signal to noise ratio and this card has a nice breakout box bundled with it. Couple that to the refreshed software and drivers and you have something new.

But is it enough?

Let’s have a look and find out.


Here are the features as listed on the Creative website.

Audigy 4 Pro Processor

  • Advanced hardware accelerated digital effects processing
  • 32-bit digital processing, which maintains a theoretical 192 dB of dynamic range
  • Patented 8-point interpolation that reduces distortion to inaudible levels
  • 64-voice hardware Wavetable synthesizer
  • Professional quality digital mixing and equalization

High Definition Audio Quality for Playback and Recording

  • Playback of 64 audio channels, each at an arbitrary sample rate
  • 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at 96 kHz sample rate
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at 96 kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources at 192 kHz to stereo output
  • 16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz.
  • Supports Sony/Philips Digital Interface (SPDIF) format of up to 24-bit/96 kHz quality. Selectable sampling rate of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz
  • Low latency multitrack recording with ASIO 2.0 support at 16-bit, 48 kHz and 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution.

*(Latency performance may vary based on system configuration)

FireWire® (IEEE® 1394) Connectivity

  • Compliant with IEEE 1394a specification
  • Supports data rates of 100, 200, and 400 Mbps
  • Supports up to 63 FireWire (IEEE 1394) compatible devices in a daisy-chain configuration
  • Supplies up to 3 Watts to FireWire (IEEE 1394) compatible devices

Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro On-Board Connectors

  • Line level out (Front / Side / Rear / Center / Subwoofer)
  • Digital CD Audio in
  • Aux Audio in
  • AD Link 1 and AD Link 2 connectors to connect with external I/O hub.
  • Power connector

Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro External I/O Hub Front / Rear Panel Connectors

  • Headphone Out (1/4" Stereo Jack)
  • Line In 1 (1/4" Stereo Jack , shared with Mic In with Gain Control)
  • Line In 2 (1/4" Stereo Jack)
  • Line In 3 (2x RCA Jack)
  • Optical SPDIF In/Out
  • Coaxial SPDIF In/Out
  • Digital Out for 5.1 support (6-channel SPDIF Output to Creative digital speakers)
  • 2x FireWire® (IEEE® 1394) ports
  • MIDI In / Out
  • Infra-red Receiver to communicate with Remote Control
  • AD Link 1 and AD Link 2 connectors to connect with Audigy 4 Pro

Audio Performance:

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (AES17, A-Weighted)

Output Voltage @ 2Vrms
Stereo Output 113dB
Front and Rear Channels 113dB
Center, Subwoofer and Side Channels 113dB

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (AES17) = 0.003% (2V Rated Output) Frequency Response +/-3dB: 10Hz to 46kHz

Works with the Following Standards:

  • Windows® XP and 2K
  • Sound Blaster MIDI and General MIDI
  • Plug and Play
  • Sound Blaster PCI
  • Microsoft® DirectSound® , DirectSound 3D & derivatives
  • OpenAL™
  • PCI 2.3 compliant
  • AC '97
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • DTS Digital Surround®
  • DTS-ES Surround™
  • Meridian Lossless Packing
  • ASIO 2.0
  • Sound Font 2.1
  • DVD-Audio
  • Windows Media® Audio 9

Now that’s a whole mouth full, plenty of support there.

Let’s unpack the card.

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