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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!
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External Mfg. Website: Creative May 11 2000   B. Ly  
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DVD's and conclusions


The Matrix:

Everyone's favourite DVD movie is great in Dolby Digital mode on the DTT 2500 speakers. Bullets were whizzing around my room (within the 5.1 speaker lay out.) The scene in which Neo and Trinity attack the office building was absolutely amazing. The bass was thumping, and the general destruction portrayed on the screen was accurately reflected in the audio playback and effects thru the 5.1 channels of audio. I tried cranking up the volume, but the bass disappeared again. Actually I do believe that the center channel being more powerful than the subwoofer channel has something to do with it. Therefore a powered subwoofer might help.

Saving Private Ryan:

I rented this from the local Block Buster, and now I own it. This movie is absolutely amazing. War is really hell, and wow, hell is brutal. Nonetheless the screaming, and bullets whizzing back and forth, as well as the constant rumble and explosions have made Saving Private Ryan my favourite DVD movie for testing audio. Once again, the crappy subwoofer prevented me from raising the volume too much. Know this if you've just purchased a DVD set top player or DVD-Rom drive and need a movie to buy (assuming you are not afraid of the blood and guts) DO get this movie it's probably the best DVD released thus far. The visuals, and audio in Saving Private Ryan are absolutely phenomenal.

Storm Riders:

Never heard of this? Well, it's a Hong Kong movie (an adaptation of a Chinese/HK comic book.) Ekin Cheng (from Young and Dangerous. ) and Aaron Kwok (some people claim that he's a good singer ) star in this rather absurd movie. But it does have some good HK music, and it does have an all-star line up (if you are into HK celebrities.) We see some obvious computer generated effects (cheesy or cool depending on your mood.) However the audio effects are quite successful at times. You can hear the actors flying around the room, and the flying projectiles are quite clear and obvious.

By now you will have been able to conclude that any movie with Dolby Digital is better than standard stereo J . No matter how bad the movie is (ie Storm Riders,) a Dolby Digital soundtrack makes up for a lot of it. Having Dolby Digital surround sound is such a treat.


Obviously I am quite happy with my audio setup, but the DTT 2500 is not perfect (the subwoofer.) However for the price, there is no competition that can offer the same value. The same goes for the SoundBlaster Live! Platinum, this is the best soundcard out there, simply because of the lack of real competition. It is a bit pricey for what it does, but it is the BEST. If you already have this setup at home, then be VERY happy with what you have, because it doesn't get much better than this. I know that you can get the Klipsch ProMedia Speakers, but the last that I heard, they do not provide for any Dolby Digital decoding, and while THX might be better than Dolby Digital, the audio standard for DVD is still Dolby Digital.

My recommendation for people that have to get a soundcard and speaker upgrade for the same purposes as mine (DVD, music, and games) is to look hard at the SoundBlaster Live! Platinum and the Desktop Theatre 2500 speaker combination. If you can wait on the speaker upgrade, I'm fairly sure that a Dolby Digital EX (basically a joint venture/standard with DD and THX) version of the Desktop Theatre will be released this fall. Believe it or not, I'm not made of money, so I'll probably just buy a decent powered subwoofer to try to "fix" the subwoofer problem that I'm experiencing right now, and that should be enough to keep me happy with my PC's sound for a LONG time. H'mmm now I just wish there was a way to do that with regard to CPU and video card upgrades...

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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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