Don't try telling Creative Technology that discrete audio is for dinosaurs. Onboard audio has improved leaps and bounds in recent years, but there's still room in the market for add-in soundcards, and Creative will continue to cater to the discrete audio market with its newly announced Sound Blaster Recon3D audio platform.
The Recon3D is powered by Creative's new Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor. It supports hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro and CrystalVoice audio technologies and is currently being previewed at the IFA consumer electronics convention in Germany.
"We are leveraging our expertise of designing and selling more than 400 million Sound Blaster audio solutions to break new ground with the power and performance of Sound Core3D, establishing the next standard of sound and voice quality for the PC, Mac, console gaming systems and consumer electronics devices," said Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology Ltd. "We designed Sound Core3D with its revolutionary quad-core design to even further expand our leadership in audio innovation beyond the PC to transform all digital entertainment. This enables us to develop our most exciting and versatile line of Sound Blaster products yet, while we pursue new market opportunities by providing our OEM partners with the flexibility to power PC products and consumer electronics devices with Sound Core3D."
According to Creative, the Sound Core3D is the world's first quad-core sound and voice processor. It uses Creative's Quartet digital signal processor (DSP) with four independent processor cores, and is the first processor to integrate an array of DSP cores with HD audio codecs over 100dB on a single chip.
Like the X-Fi line, Creative will sell different versions of the Recon3D, including a standard version, Fatal1ty Professional model, and a Fatal1ty Champion version with a "cool-looking I/O drive with headset mini-jacks, volume control, and audio input connectivity options." All three feature 6-channel 24-bit 102dB DACs, 4-channel 24-bit 101dB analog-to-digital (ADC) converters, integrated headphone amplifier-out, digital microphone interface, S/PDIF inputs an outputs, and general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIO).