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    Jan,

    Thank you for contacting the Turtle Beach technical support team.

    The Audio Advantage is a consumer based USB audio card solution. Here
    are the available specs:

    SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (SNR): 90dB

    MAXIMUM PLAYBACK QUALITY: 16Bit/48kHz

    3D POSITIONAL AUDIO SUPPORT: Yes

    EAX 1.0, 2.0: No

    EAX 3.0 ADVANCED HD/EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD: No

    DIRECT SOUND HARDWARE ACCELERATION: No

    UPMIXING OF STEREO TO MULTICHANNELS: No

    DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 & DOLBY DIGITAL EX AUDIO DECODING: Pass Through via
    SPDIF output

    DTS, DTS ES (DISCRETE 6.1) & MATRIX (6.1) AUDIO DECODING: Pass Through
    via SPDIF output

    THX CERTIFICATION: No

    SPDIF DIGITAL OPTICAL CONNECTOR: Yes

    Best Regards,

    Jimmy
    Turtle Beach Technical Support Team
    hrmmmmm......
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    now I'm torn - cds are sampled at 48, but I just can't help but think that the sb Audigy PCMCIA card is a better sounding card...

    but this thing is so small and perfect otherwise!

    *sigh* decisions decisions....
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    I won't be using the optical out of the card - I'm just going

    miniplug->RCA->line driver->amplifiers

    So the spec that matters for me (and prolly most others) is the 90dB S/N ratio

    90dB isn't 'hot' but it isn't terrible either. The SB Audigy 2 NX has a S/N ratio of 102dB. I think I'll stick with the SB. That's a real pitty b/c this turtle beach USB stick is so tiny and even bus-powered. Oh well

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    Well, there's a reason it's tiny and cheap.

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    yeah - i'm probably going to stick with the SB too....
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    SN ratios have no bearing on Digital Output from the optical jack. All the circuitry is doing is putting the 0's and 1's in a format that can be transmitted down a fiber optic pipe. It will be as good as the internal encoder of the mother board.

    All signal processing beyond the mere basics of volume control will have to be done external to the device. The SB car has alot more going on inside that this little dongle. So it needs to be externally powered The turtle beach dongle does not even have amplification of any signficance it's output. It is intended to power a pair of headphones. And thats the only output where SN is of any consequence.

    IMHO if you want to go digital and do not have MOBO digital out then this little dongle is the answer.

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    sorry to ressurect this, i have a technical question i think most of you guys already thought of.. according accentsound, if you go digital, sound card capabilities dont matter? so does this little usb dongle transfer the same signal as say a sound blaster audigy zs notebook's didgital out?... i mean if digital out results in the same quality wheter it came from this cheap thing or from an audigy 2, than why shouldnt i get this.. let me know if my grasp of whats happening true

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    Tested this sound card.
    Tried two drivers.
    This sound cards digital out sounds fine, but it eats the CPU.
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    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Hi all,
    I am reviving this thread as its related. Turtle Beach have another upcoming product , the Audio Advantage SRM http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/prod...roducthome.asp

    I am sick of the crappy controls the Audigy 2 NX offers and am considering this when it is released. From the looks of the software it appears there is obviously more choice than the SB.

    Does anyone have any more info on this , other than whats on the site.

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankur View Post
    Hi all,
    I am reviving this thread as its related. Turtle Beach have another upcoming product , the Audio Advantage SRM http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/prod...roducthome.asp

    I am sick of the crappy controls the Audigy 2 NX offers and am considering this when it is released. From the looks of the software it appears there is obviously more choice than the SB.

    Does anyone have any more info on this , other than whats on the site.

    thanks.
    This is what they told me:
    Thank you for your interest in our products. You are correct, it is
    basically the same product.

    Best regards,
    Sam,
    Turtle Beach Sales Team

    Have Questions? Please visit our Web Knowledge Base:
    http://support.turtlebeach.com/site/support/kb.asp

    -----Original Message-----
    Subject: Question: Comparison of SRM to Roadie

    Hi, I'm the owner of a Roadie and I think it's a great product, but I
    notice you've phased it out in favor of the new SRM. However, I scoped
    out the whole site and couldn't figure out what the difference is, even
    the comparison chart is the same. However, neither lists SNR. Aside from
    the new black color, is there any reason to upgrade at all?

    Thanks,
    I don't think AA's control panel is that nice, compared to all the things it could be, but then I've never seen a good sound control panel on a sound card under $500. (Maybe they figure if creative can get away with it, why bother.) AA does give you decent room and reverb customization, but EQ is average (per-channel available but limited # of bands). Of course no DSP perks like hiss/pop/crackle reduction, coloring, or compression/limiting/expansion (just a pitch-change).

    Even the mobile x-fi doesn't have that many features, though, and it has only slightly higher SNR. I guess you get what you pay for, and these are quite cheap.

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