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SoundBlaster Live Platinum and Cambridge Desktop Theatre 2500 Review
SoundBlaster Live Platinum and Cambridge Desktop Theatre 2500 Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Sound, sound, sound we all want good sound for our games, DVD's and windows chime! We take a look at 'high end' products, and tell you just how far they go!
Filed under: Audio / Sound Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Creative May 11 2000   B. Ly  
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The Tests

NBA Live 2000:

I love this game; basketball is so much fun on the PC. The sound and music is really good in NBA Live 2000 decent. I knew that previous EA Sports games supported Dolby Surround; so I switched the control console to Dolby Pro Logic mode, and boy did it make a difference! The announcer's voice was clearly in the center channel, and the crowd effects were greatly enhanced thru the rear channel. I've got to be honest with you; I've had a variety of speakers to play this game with (Altec Lansing ACS-33, ACS-54, ACS-48, Cambridge FPS 1000, and even headphones.) And nothing comes close to the DTT 2500 in Dolby Pro Logic Mode for this game.

Quake III:

I can't seem to do any sort of review without including this great game. For FPS games, I don't really care about surround sound. Quake III is no exception. I normally set the control console for the DTT 2500 to stereo mode. With the high quality subwoofer, the rail gun gives off a nice "hum" and rocket blasts and explosions do fill the room with sound and vibration (at high volumes of course.) Believe it or not, I prefer to use headphones for Quake III. Stereo separation is crucial, and stereo separation seems to be clearest with headphones

THIEF - The Dark Project:

Thief is a fun game that really takes advantage of EAX (Environmental Audio extensions - the 3d Audio standard for SoundBlaster Live! Cards.) The sound and effects are amazing, you can hear footsteps and chatter from all around you, and the most impressive sound effects are from behind the player. There are times where I was actually immersed enough in the world of Thief to be convinced that it was real. For this game, I set the control console to "Four point" mode. This is the mode to be used for all EAX games.



I listen to a variety of music.I tried the analogue front and rear connectors for music, and it sounded great, but the bass seemed muffled and out of control. However, with the DIN connection, the bass was tighter, and the clarity of voices and effects were greatly enhanced. Music at high volumes did reveal a significant weakness, that is, this subwoofer is either underpowered or it just plain sucks. Bass performance dies at 75% or higher volume on the control console's dial. I am trying to get a better subwoofer to test out, but as it is right now, the DTT 2500 sucks at higher volumes, but performs like a dream at less than 75% power.

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Contents of Article: Creative
 Pg 1.  SoundBlaster Live Platinum and Cambridge Desktop Theatre 2500 Review
 Pg 2.  Cambridge Desktop Theatre 2500 5.1
 Pg 3.  Cool stuff and more cool stuff
 Pg 4.  — The Tests
 Pg 5.  DVD's and conclusions

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