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Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4 Pro


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

Letís look at the breakout box first.

The box with the breakout box contained more goodies. It has a remote control, power cable to connect to the Audigy card, stereo mini-jack to jack converter, AD Link cable and of course the breakout box itself.

I was surprised to see a power cable to connect to the card itself; Iím used to graphics cards having one, this one is used to power the breakout box.

If you donít connect the power cable, most of the inputs and outputs can still work, but the other functions just fail to work.

The AD Link cable consists of two separate cables bundled together, one cable has FireWire connectors and the other has its own special connector.

Hereís a closer look at the breakout box, it has lots of connections and Iíll try to cover them all.

From left to right:

  • A FireWire connector; you can use it for digital cams.
  • An optical output and input; you can use these connections for a DVD player, game console or a Minidisk device.
  • 2 Line in connectors, Line in connector 1 also serves as microphone input.
  • A Headphone connector.
  • 2 Volume dials, the first dial is to control the Line in 1/Mic in volume, the other dial is to control the master volume; this dial can also be depressed to mute the master volume.
  • CMSS (Creative Multi-Speaker Surround) on/off button; This takes your stereo audio files and creates a simulated 5.1-channel effect over standard stereo speakers or a set of headphones using Creativeís upmixing/downmixing/headphone-spatialization technology.
  • Infrared receiver.

The front side has 3 lights, one for power, one for CMSS modes and one to show it is receiving IR functions.

The backside also reveals a load of connectors.

This shows another Line in 3, making it 3 in total.

MIDI in and out are present and next to that a set of digital in and output connectors using the SPDIF standard.

Thereís another digital out, mini jack connector.

Then come the 2 AD Link connectors, one proprietary and the other is a firewire connector, both connectors are present on the sound card as well.

Hereís where you use the special AD Link cable.

Last but not least, another firewire connector to connect your firewire devices to.

Hereís a top side view of the breakout.

Next up it's the card itself.

The box in which the card came has some items too.

A neat 24-Bit sticker is included to stick on your case for bragging rights.

Another sticker is included to color code the connectors on the back of the card.

The cable is a digital audio cable to be used with CD/DVD-ROM drives that have a digital out connector.

Hereís a closer look at the card itself.

Card - Front

As you can see thereís a power connector on the card and an AUX audio in and a digital in SPDIF connector for CD/DVD-ROM drives.

Like I said before, the power connector is used to power the break out box.

Card - Rear

Thereís nothing special on the back to see.

The 2 AD Links are found on the back of the card again, to enable to user to connect the breakout box.

The other 3 connectors are Line level out connectors; these connectors are Front, Rear, Side / Center / Subwoofer.

 
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