I really appreciate the compliment, especially coming from you. After my first sound card review (the Razer Barracuda AC-1), I really tried hard to iron out the bugs I encountered the first time around.
Re: Bioshock, I'm not too interested in letting it loose on any of my PCs, because of the insidious SecuROM software. However, it's good to know that there are some games out there that aren't tied to Creative's proprietary EAX technology - the whole thing stinks in my opinion.
I agree that I didn't spend enough time evaluating the movie performance of this card, so I'm going to give you my thoughts here and now. I popped in Van Helsing (one of my favorites of all time), and threw the card into 5.1 mode. I usually watch movies in stereo using Dolby Virtual Speaker, but to provide a surround reference, I'm using the Razer Barracuda HP-1 headphones - such as they are, they'll suffice. The surround effects of the final battle between Dracula's demonic form and Van Helsing's werewolf form was rendered with resolution and fullness, no matter whether I chose Dolby Digital mode or one of the surround DSP modes (Pro Logic IIx or DTS Neo:PC). The DSP modes still provided good center focus of dialogue, while creating compelling effects from the rear surround channels. The tactile transducers in the HP-1s reassured me that sub-bass effects were being delivered with depth-plumbing authority. Even with the sound card's volume maxed out, there was no hint of compression or clipping during the loudest dynamic peaks, and the same overall sound quality I enjoyed with music remained intact - every time I try another of this card's features, I find more to be pleased with.
There you go, the missing paragraph from the review.
Last edited by Rory Buszka; 10-04-2007 at 12:48 AM.