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Creative Vision Multimedia Kit Review
Creative Vision Multimedia Kit Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Has multimedia become an essential part of our lives in terms of computing? More yes than no. The need for an experience that integrates the better aspects of audio and video has grown substantially over the past few years.
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External Mfg. Website: Creative Apr 12 2000   P. Masrani  
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Creative Vision Multimedia Kit Review

Has multimedia become an essential part of our lives in terms of computing? More yes than no. The need for an experience that integrates the better aspects of audio and video has grown substantially over the past few years. It was Creative Labs who introduced to us their Sound Blaster audio card over a decade ago. The Sound Blaster was probably the first commercially successful piece of audio hardware of this nature. This 8-bit wonder of our lives changed what it means to submerse oneself in PC game play.

Software developers implemented support for the Sound Blaster quickly and on a widespread scale. It was certainly something everyone had on their "Santa" wish list. Though it only supported sampling in the range of 22-KHz (half the sampling rate of a CD player), for everyone it was as realistic as realism could get.

With the introduction of a commercially viable CD-ROM drive, software development potential was unleashed. With extremely large areas of storage space to work with and the availability of sound, multimedia was finally introduced. For those who passed the through the transition of the "hi-fi" PC speaker to the Sound Blaster, this change was the most exciting development in the PC industry.

We may find it funny today, but it was those people (myself included) who found enclosed multimedia encyclopedias the most awesome piece of software available at the time. Rich, colourful, high-resolution video coupled with state of the art PC sound was all one could ask for. The only problem was that to have your PC "multimedia ready", it took quite a bit of money. And computer hardware at the time cost a very pretty penny.

Fast forward to year 2000... One can be sure that purchasing a computer that is multimedia-ready is as sure as buying a computer with a CPU. You could say that multimedia is exhibited just about everywhere. From videoconferencing, games, business presentations, you name it. From what was once a luxury is just commonplace. It is really taken for granted now. Technology has advanced to the extent that we now have the option of adding Dolby AC-3 to our PCs. Only the best for us right? These days, Creative has lots of competition in the sound arena.

And I mean lots! From being pretty much the hands-down market leader in sound boards, it may be just a bit bitter for them now than they have had to make room for others as well. To give you an example, Creative's EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions) is running neck to neck with Aureal's A3D. Which one is better? The response is probably sitting in at 50-50...

As for multimedia kits which economically bundle all the necessary components to make your PC ready for that great experience, Creative leads the pack. In fact, their kits have always been popular with consumers and resellers alike. The Creative Vision kit is no different.

In this review, we will take a look at the individual components that make up the Creative Vision multimedia kit also known as the Creative Value Vibra 128 depending on where you buy it.

The Creative Vision Multimedia Kit comes with a number of components to enhance your personal computer. Here is a list of what is included...

- Creative 52x CD5220 CD-ROM drive
- Creative Vibra 128 Sound Card
- Creative SBS20 speakers designed by Cambridge Soundworks
- iNFRA Kit (remote with one battery and iNFRA Kit setup CD)
- CD - Encyclopedia of Science 2.0
- Vibra 128 setup CD
- 1.44" floppy with drivers for the CD-ROM drive
- 40-pin, 40-conductor IDE cable and mounting screws
- Plenty of documentation

As you can see, the package comes with a decent bundle of hardware but the lack of included software is something left to be desired. Otherwise, the box is delivered with the necessary goods that is sufficient for even the most novice of computer users and assemblers. Everything is included for an easy "get-up-and-go" installation procedure. Speaking of installation, it was easy.

Just connect the CD-ROM, sound card, speakers and then spend a few minutes on the software installation part of things and you are completely set up to use it! There were no associated problems with installation and I believe that putting this kit together will go problem-free for just about anyone. Now on with the examination of hardware piece-by-piece. We will begin with the Creative 52x CD5220 CD-ROM drive...

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Contents of Article: Creative Vision Multimedia Kit
 Pg 1.  — Creative Vision Multimedia Kit Review
 Pg 2.  Creative 52X CD
 Pg 3.  Test Setup
 Pg 4.  Performance Analysis
 Pg 5.  CPU Utilization
 Pg 6.  Conclusions

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