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23 products

  1. Arcam rPac review

    Arcam rPac review

    9  

    The Arcam rPac is a no-compromise USB DAC for discerning music lovers, that performs beautifully.

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    Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe review

    Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe review

    6  

    The Recon3D PCIe is a complete break from the past - with a new processor, branding and software suite to drive it all.

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    Asus Xonar DG review

    Asus Xonar DG review

    9  

    Asus has established itself as a player in the high rollers' hi-fi lounge with Xonar soundcards like the Xense, D2 and mighty Essence ST. Although still relatively new to the audio game, it can look old timers like Creative and Auzentech in the face without shame.

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    Formosa21 Aim Audio SC8000 review

    Formosa21 Aim Audio SC8000 review

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    It's not often a new company comes along to compete in the component business, and one that enters the increasingly niche world of sound cards is even rarer. But that's exactly what Formosa21 is doing with its aim Audio SC8000.

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    Creative X-Fi Titanium HD review

    Creative X-Fi Titanium HD review

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    As the best-known manufacturer of gaming sound cards, Creative dominated PC audio for a few years in the middle of the decade. It had the most to lose as gamers adopted a more laissez faire attitude to aural effects.

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    Asus Xonar Xense review

    Asus Xonar Xense review

    8  

    With its highbrow hi-fi spec, Xonar Xense from Asus is part of a relatively new trend of sound cards that are looking to win back audio buffs who have been avoiding the pitfalls of PC sound processing by offloading everything to an external amp or sticking to vinyl

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    Auzen X-FI Prelude 7.1 review

    Auzen X-FI Prelude 7.1 review

    9  

    Auzen is building up a very solid reputation in the sound card market. Its previous offering, the X-Meridian was a very capable performer when it came to music and home cinema, but wasn't so adept when faced with the challenge of the modern game.

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    Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook review

    Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook review

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    Creative has been in the PC sound business for so long we've come to expect great things from it. Yet with rivals offering similar products that are often cheaper, it's had to fight back hard.

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    Asus Xonar D2 review

    Asus Xonar D2 review

    8  

    Something feels very, very wrong about acclaiming a sound card for its looks. Isn't that like praising a mouse for its sonic properties, or a power supply for its framerates? No doubt about it though, the Xonar is one fine-looking piece of audio kit.

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    Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio review

    Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio review

    8  

    Laptop technology may be constantly moving forward, but when it comes to audio in your machine, things are a great deal slower. If you want to add better sound you'll need to add a plug-in card, such as this.

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    Hercules DJ Console 2 for Mac review

    Hercules DJ Console 2 for Mac review

    8  

    One of the busier stalls at last year's London Macworld Expo was run by a distributor for Numark, who was pumping out DJ tunes from a Numark iDJ iPod mixer all day long. Remember that one?

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    Creative X-Mod review

    Creative X-Mod review

    9  

    We love Creative's X-Fi soundcards, so we were best pleased to hear about this external device. The X-Mod is an external audio resampling device designed to tart your MP3s up to a higher quality

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    Creative X-Fi Xmod USB sound card review

    Creative X-Fi Xmod USB sound card review

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    Laptops - now outselling desktops in the UK - are undeniably great. This review, for example, is being typed on a three-quarter-sized keyboard in the waiting room of a doctor's surgery.

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    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer review

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer review

    9  

    What happens when you become so successful that everyone else just gives up trying? Creative is doing a pretty good job of solving this Gordian problem. Last year's X-Fi topped its own superlative Audigy interms of onboard processing power

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    Podcast Factory review

    Podcast Factory review

    8  

    Pinnacle's Podcast Factory is a real bargain. However, it's only going to be useful if you've got some experience of audio recording and know how to make the most of the hardware and software that it provides you with.

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