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Pretty much average, it is what a sound card had to be back then, a DAC for outputan ADC for recording in full-duplex able to do both at the same time which is software based unless the Wavetable card is attached. The DIP package is a series op-amp. It also can be seen that an electrolytic capacitor has broken from datashewt card in position C This appears to be just a smoothing cap and has no identifiable effects on operation.

This card is about on par with the Soundblaster Creative Soundblaster AWE64 Gold – While the ‘AWE’ thing was mostly a joke, submitter David Young comments that “It was the first sound card I had that wasn’t obviously ‘the computer’ when connected to my stereo” and he has a point.

It’s important to understand that back then, MIDI was a very important feature. The sample bank basic instrument sounds, which were then pitch-shifted by the hardware on Creative sound cards was usually fairly basic until the Wavetable was added, a much extended bank of sounds. Later, Creative would take the sample bank into system RAM as a SoundFont as the PCI bus was more than fast enough to stream numerous audio channels over but it wouldn’t be until the Audigy2 that Creative would make a decent PCI sound card and by then, MIDI was all but irrelevant, CPUs had datawheet easily powerful enough to decode MP3 audio with negligible impact, something a DX66 needed almost all its available execution power to do.

Oh, and gold plated connectors. Because they make so much difference. Thanks to David Young for providing the part. For the same price as the Avance ALS, much better performance and high quality sound made these the sound cards of choice when they were new, blowing the SB16 clean out of the water the 86dB of the 16bit, The card does have dataseet positions soldered for a Wave Blaster wavetable card, but the header isn’t affixed.

The layout of the card is a trademark of Crystal, it’s dt5880 and efficient high quality component placements contrast starkly with the cheap ALS The Soundblaster AWE64 was the last decent sound card that Creative Labs made until the Audigy 2 and even the Audigy 2 has its share of issues almost eight years later. In all, it was a quality built sound card utterly obsolete but with flawed implementation, especially in its OPL-3 output which uses a very clumsy second order sine wave generation, giving very bad harmonics.

The chipset here is completely different to the the AWE 64 Gold we also have. All consumer sound cards usually resample to a flat rate, but it’s usually Various flame wars have been fought over the wisdom of this move.

The output of the card betrays its heritage, the TDA datasheet dual power amplifier is datashwet seen nestled among smoothing capacitors, capable of two watts RMS per channel into a 4 ohm load; Easily enough to run the unpowered desktop speakers of the day. Of course the standard jumper pair is present to override the amplifier.

A common trick back in the day was to flip only one jumper, leaving the user to puzzle why one of his speakers is so very much louder than the other! Of course, each jumper would change the output of one of the stereo channels These dual power amplifiers are also quite ideal for portable headphone amplifiers and will run from a small 7. The card itself was nothing special.


Dell included it as a card and as adtasheet onboard device in several of their Dimension machines starting with the V series in because it was one of the first stable and reliable PCI audio cards and these were cheaper than their bulky ISA cousins. Windows and XP will pick this up automatically. Just for fun, compare the fullsize image of this card with Wikipedia’s attempt of an dataaheet revision of the same card.

This card is no longer supported in favour of the inferior CT model. The card, in hardware, does support quadrophonic sound, but the drivers available do not enable this feature.

This is around the time when people started to really dislike Creative. Without a competent heatsink, as seen here, it won’t be doing 22 watts. ST describes the TDA as “designed for car audio applications”. Aureal Datashedt – A smaller development of the Vortex series, this is datashee gaming sound card from a good few years ago.

Unfortunately, it didn’t like me at all and blue screened Windows on two seperate machines whenever I tried to install its drivers. Windows’s stock drivers didn’t work either.

WindowsXP had no problems whatsoever even though it used the same driver files! When I did get it working in Win2k, any attempt at A3D would result in a blue screen. This particular card bears a sticker on the back informing us it is V1.

A common LMN dual channel 2 watt op-amp power amplifier is employed to drive speakers, typically used as a successor to the series and widely considered to be much better. This card was released with patchy to no driver support; You could plug it in and it would simply not be installed by the supplied “Liveware” CD – if you got a CD at all, the OEM cards were usually devoid of any documentation or driver.

No problem, you’d just go online, grab the driver, install it, job’s good. It had no official name. This one carries a retailer’s sticker on the back saying “creative live oem” in hideous Comic Sans MS. It was often a lottery working out exactly what card you had since the name alone would’t do it and Creative seldom refer to their part numbers CT in this case. The EMU10K1, however, is not all rainbows and flowers.

Its sample rate is locked at 48kHz and must resample everything to 48kHz before output or processing, this causes quite a bit of distortion. Poor frequency response plagued the SB Live!

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This manifested as linear distortion which somehow was worse on digital outputseven at the fixed 48kHz. There is no power amplifier on the board, this was after the dtaasheet to directly drive speakers was no longer valued. In the words of a VIA chipset engineer on their official datashert forums: The Sound Blaster Live!

Drivers were not to PCI specifications. This caused too much noise over the PCI bus. The engineers had to work out a way to filter this noise and released a patch to motherboard manufacturers which replicates a BIOS change.

You read that right. VIA had to fix a problem in Creative’s driver at the motherboard BIOS level by altering the behaviour of their chipsets to work around the issue. It got even better. This would have been a disaster for Creative: OEMs would not have been allowed to preinstall Windows on a system with a Soundblaster Live installed!

Legend has it that Microsoft demanded Creative’s specs and source code and proceeded to write vt5880 driver themselves, then billed Creative for the development. Oh and don’t lose your CD.

You can’t download the full driver package from Creative. It’s immediately obvious that the upper left of the card is not fitted.


This, as can datashdet seen from the two jumpers nearby, is a power amplifier for running passive speakers. Byspeakers generally integrated their own amplifier and were “powered” or “active” speakers. Actually finding out what this was called was difficult in earlythe card’s old enough to vote! Was it any good, then, to be used in so many products? It was downright mediocre. Average or typical would be used a lot. It’s important to put them in context, however. These things were bargain basement speaker ports as most motherboards in the day did not have onboard audio, so, much like Nvidia’s many TNT2 M64s for video and barebones “add a necessary port”, a bottom feeding solution was needed.

This was that solution. Hercules Gamesurround FortissimoII – A budget minded card but with many high end features and excellent sound quality. Notable not only for its low price, but also for having both optical out and optical in TOSLink.

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The difference was in the channels supported, the was only four channel, while the could handle 7 channels and was used in the Fortissimo III 7. Today, we’d just use the PCSX2 emulator. Surely then, here’s a “motherboard” sound solution which has some meat behind it? It has the exact same 7.

And, as we’re about to find out, the same codec. The codec on this card is an Analog Devices ADB and as the bottom image shows, there are really no other components on the card. Some electrolytic capacitors and a DC regulator, which all codecs need anyway, regardless of how they’re mounted. What, dear reader, is the ADB? Analog Devices has no product listing for it.

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The detective story now comes to the operating system, where the device identifies itself as “” – Yes, it’s an Analog Devices ADB. No more, no less. It does appear to be slightly customised, in so much as it is functionally ch5880 but contains logic to detect the motherboard and refuse to work on any other motherboard! The silly thing is that the ADB is a very common motherboard audio codec.

A whole heap of software is installed to make it “look better” in the operating system, adding EAX through to 4. The card will not work with any other motherboard, even though it has no reason not to, it won’t even initialise itself – It’ll just plain not show up anywhere.

In essence, this is a bog standard onboard audio codec with some Creative crapware to slow down the system and a dose of marketing.

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As in “try not to step in the marketing”. For what it is and how its mounted, it essentially removes one of the two PCI-Express x1 slots from the motherboard for no reason at all. This, then, is actually a functional negative for the motherboard and it cost more than doing it right! Interfacing between the datassheet audio and digital worlds is the job of the codec, a portmaneau of “encoder” and “decoder”, as it does both things.

Sometimes the same circuitry was used for both, so a device couldn’t record ADC and playback DAC at the same time, these were termed “half-duplex”.

Very early sound cards were half-duplex, but the earliest on this page, the Datasheeg, was full-duplex and fully integrated. This gave audio ports their colours, which are still used today, but also specified the 48 pin PLCC package for a codec.