There's no denying that onboard audio has come a long ways, but has that relegated discrete audio solutions to obsolescence? Blasphemy! A set of cheap speakers or janky headphones picked up on clearance won't take advantage of discrete audio, but that's what makes today's top deal so special. It's for a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card for $150 with free shipping with free Creative gaming headset with purcahse (limited offer on the headset). It's like pairing peanut butter with jelly, but beyond that, the X-Fi Titanium serves up 24-bit 192KHz audio, Dolby Digital encoding, and THX Trustudio effects.
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School might be back in session, but let's not kid ourselves, there's still plenty of time in the week to play games. Are your peripherals up to the task? If not, we've got you covered, starting with today's top deal for a Razer DeathStalker Ultimate Elite Gaming Keyboard for $210 with free shipping (normally $260 - use coupon code LABORDAY76). The highlight of this plank is its 4.05-inch touchscreen with Razer's SwitchBlade user interface.
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There's no shame in using your motherboard's onboard audio these days, but there's no glory, either. If you already splurged on a high-end speaker set or pair of headphones, why not go the distance with a discrete audio solution? If that's the path you're headed, check out today's top deal for a Creative Sound Blaster Z 5.1 Channel 24-bit PCI Express Sound Card for $90 with free shipping (normally $120). It offers 116dB SNR, a Beamforming microphone, quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor, and other audio goodies.
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Let's say you own a muscle car, maybe a Dodge Challenger or a Ford Torino. Would you slap a set of budget tires on your ride? Of course not! You'd make sure you invested in rubber that can handle a V8 on long stretches and around curves, and for the same reason, you shouldn't subject your rockin' studio speakers to onboard sound. Contratry to popular belief, there's still a market for discrete audio, and for those who can take advantage of superior audio, have a peek at today's top deal. It's for a Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion Sound Card with Sound Blaster I/O for $100 with free shipping (normally $150). This thing is powered by a quad-core audio processor and boasts a 102db SNR. Make those speakers roar!
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Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has entered into a $50 million licensing agreement with Creative Technology Ltd. and ZiiLabs, its wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary. Under terms of the deal, Intel will pay $20 million for the licensing of certain technologies related to ZiiLabs' high performance GPU technology, while the other $30 million is for the transfer of certain engineering resources and assets in the U.K. subsidiary, Creative announced.
Multi-core processors and vastly improved onboard audio solutions have all but rendered discrete audio cards obsolete, just don't speak such nonsense to Creative, which just unveiled a new generation of Sound Blaster soundcards. Three new cards comprise the company's new Sound Blaster Z Series, including the Sound Blaster ZxR, Zx, and Z, all three of which are PCI Express parts.
Is Creative buying into the notion of the post-PC world? The Sound Blaster Recon3D is a powerful USB audio device based on Creative’s all-new Sound Core3D chip. But you can also connect the Recon3D to an Xbox 360, PS3, or even an Intel-based Mac. Creative tells us the Sound Core3D doesn’t boast the naked power of the company’s previous-generation audio processor, but that it is extremely efficient—it draws all the power it needs from a single USB port.
Give any geek a box of Legos and he’s bound to have a good time. While we love slapping together robotic creations made possible by those nifty Lego Mindstorms sets, our ability to come up with badass constructions is admittedly a bit weak. Frankly, we’d be lost without the instruction manual. One enterprising Lego fanatic named Plum B doesn’t suffer from our lack of creativity and engineering know-how, though; he just unveiled a life-sized, fully operational Lego replica of the chainsaw-sporting Lancer assault rifle from Gears of War.
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.