Philips Acoustic Edge PSC706 Sound Card

Thunderbird Avenger - Frequency Modulation, Wavetable - PCI - 16 bit - Internal - MPN: PSC70617
Product Details
Description
Unleash the excitement of home theater on your PC. Envelop yourself in genuine digital surround-sound - with discrete six-channel output - right on your desktop. Games, CDs, MP3s and movies come to life from your computer with the excitement of full-blown home cinema surround sound. Advanced audio algorithms embedded in Acoustic Edge's high-performance audio accelerator support the latest in DVD movies and gaming audio, and will transform stereo sources into deep-immersion 5.1-channel surround sound.
Quick Glance
Supported Audio Channels 5.1 - Channel Surround Sound
Slot Type PCI 32-bit
Signal To Noise Ratio > 92 dB - Typical
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member bullonie - Aug 22, 2003   

Strengths: Good sound software included. Lots of features.

Weakness: No major problems. The only annoyance I have run into is a harsh click through the speakers when shutting PC down.

I bought this card after my previous card (SB Live) started having major problems in my computer (blue screens and eventual system file corruption that resulted in reinstalling the system several times before I isolated the problem). The card and software appear to be very robust. What they say you get, you get. I use the card primarily for small multimedia functions and some games. The Qsound features appear to be a nice addition (especially since my system is currently only 2.1). Overall, I thought the documentation and installation were a breeze and I anticipate using this card for a while (upgrading speakers and/or computer).

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5 Star Review   By member Unforgiver - Jul 24, 2002   

Strengths: id be here all day if i listed all if its strengths

Weakness: only does 16 bit and not 24

This is truly an amazing piece of hardware. I never knew how good of a soundcard the folks at philps could make untill i dumped my SB Live! for it. For the longest time i was a faithful creative fan in the soundcard dept, until i built my most recent system (which had a SB Live!). I had transferred all my mp3s over to the new rig, as well as ripping all of my CDs into WMA files. I thought all was well untill i tried playing them. The new files sounded great, then i tried playing one of the old mp3s and the levels were horribly low. I thought i just had to adjust the levels so i imported a few into soundforge but no no avail. I thought maybe it was because i ripped them all the WMA is xp, and I dl'd the mp3s on various other OS's. I thought i was doomed to a burning frenzy with all my mp3s untill i got the philips. It immediatly adjusted all the levels and cleaned up the sound quality. Excellent product and I recommend it to everyone. DOWN WITH CREATIVE!!!

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4 Star Review   By member brdhntr9 - Oct 22, 2001   

Strengths: Great sound Virtual 5.1 from any stereo source

This card is installed in a PC used mostly as a DVD/CD player Through my television and Stereo Reciever. The reciever is a dolby pro logic so I use it to power the front L/R. Center/sub are Labtec 2.1 Rear L/R Cambridge 2.1 the sub on the rear channel helps alot. I have been very satisfied with the sound quality and the included effects are fun to play with. The cards ability to take a stereo source like a CD and "create" a 5.1 soundfield sounds realy good on some CD's Since I had A spare PC and no home theater system this was cheaper than the buy dvd player,dts reciever and 5.1 home stereo speaker alternative. The sound is great but controlling the volume from the sofa is a pain. Since the PC is not fit for a soft DVD player, I must use an Mpeg card so DVD and Windows are different video sources on the reciever.Keep this in mind if you plan to use your PC as your DVD player. Overall Great Sound Card

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Product Details
Description
Unleash the excitement of home theater on your PC. Envelop yourself in genuine digital surround-sound - with discrete six-channel output - right on your desktop. Games, CDs, MP3s and movies come to life from your computer with the excitement of full-blown home cinema surround sound. Advanced audio algorithms embedded in Acoustic Edge's high-performance audio accelerator support the latest in DVD movies and gaming audio, and will transform stereo sources into deep-immersion 5.1-channel surround sound.
Quick Glance
Supported Audio Channels 5.1 - Channel Surround Sound
Slot Type PCI 32-bit
Signal To Noise Ratio > 92 dB - Typical
Summary
Product Title Philips Acoustic Edge PSC706 Sound Card
Manufacturer Philips
Power Score 4.3 | 3 Reviews
General
Category: Sound/Multimedia
Digital Audio Depth: 16 bit
Type of Sound Card: Internal Sound Board
Warranty Information: 3 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Weight: 1.92
Music Generation: Frequency Modulation, Wavetable
System Type: PC
Audio Technologies: EAX, DirectSound, A3D, DirectSound 3D
Class: Card
Interface Connection: 1 x Mini-phone Mono Audio Line Out, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Pin Audio Line In - Microphone, 1 x 15-pin DB-15 Audio Line In
Additional Specifications
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98
Sampling Rate: 48 kHz 5.1-channel ADC
S/PDIF: Output @ Stereo, AC3 or DTS signal
Product Line: Acoustic Edge
Playback Modes: Analog - Full-duplex
Music Depth: 576 Voice
Max Sampling Rate: 48 kHz
Product Model: PSC706
Software Included: SIREN XPress MP3
Correction Compression Standards: 1505
Brand Name: Philips
Shipping Weight: 1.92 lb
Music Depth: 576 Voices
Audio Codec: AC'97
Sample Sets: 5.9
SKU: 029105
Description: ACOUSTIC EDGE 5.1 CHANNEL 96 3D SOUNDCARD 256 DIRECTSOUND VOICES
Audio Processor: Philips Thunderbird Avenger
Frequency Band: Digital Acceleration:96 streams of 3D audio acceleration including position reverb256 streams of DirectSound accelerations and digital mixing64 hardware sample rate conversion channels up to 48khzDirectInput devices
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member bullonie - Aug 22, 2003   

Strengths: Good sound software included. Lots of features.

Weakness: No major problems. The only annoyance I have run into is a harsh click through the speakers when shutting PC down.

I bought this card after my previous card (SB Live) started having major problems in my computer (blue screens and eventual system file corruption that resulted in reinstalling the system several times before I isolated the problem). The card and software appear to be very robust. What they say you get, you get. I use the card primarily for small multimedia functions and some games. The Qsound features appear to be a nice addition (especially since my system is currently only 2.1). Overall, I thought the documentation and installation were a breeze and I anticipate using this card for a while (upgrading speakers and/or computer).

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5 Star Review   By member Unforgiver - Jul 24, 2002   

Strengths: id be here all day if i listed all if its strengths

Weakness: only does 16 bit and not 24

This is truly an amazing piece of hardware. I never knew how good of a soundcard the folks at philps could make untill i dumped my SB Live! for it. For the longest time i was a faithful creative fan in the soundcard dept, until i built my most recent system (which had a SB Live!). I had transferred all my mp3s over to the new rig, as well as ripping all of my CDs into WMA files. I thought all was well untill i tried playing them. The new files sounded great, then i tried playing one of the old mp3s and the levels were horribly low. I thought i just had to adjust the levels so i imported a few into soundforge but no no avail. I thought maybe it was because i ripped them all the WMA is xp, and I dl'd the mp3s on various other OS's. I thought i was doomed to a burning frenzy with all my mp3s untill i got the philips. It immediatly adjusted all the levels and cleaned up the sound quality. Excellent product and I recommend it to everyone. DOWN WITH CREATIVE!!!

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4 Star Review   By member brdhntr9 - Oct 22, 2001   

Strengths: Great sound Virtual 5.1 from any stereo source

This card is installed in a PC used mostly as a DVD/CD player Through my television and Stereo Reciever. The reciever is a dolby pro logic so I use it to power the front L/R. Center/sub are Labtec 2.1 Rear L/R Cambridge 2.1 the sub on the rear channel helps alot. I have been very satisfied with the sound quality and the included effects are fun to play with. The cards ability to take a stereo source like a CD and "create" a 5.1 soundfield sounds realy good on some CD's Since I had A spare PC and no home theater system this was cheaper than the buy dvd player,dts reciever and 5.1 home stereo speaker alternative. The sound is great but controlling the volume from the sofa is a pain. Since the PC is not fit for a soft DVD player, I must use an Mpeg card so DVD and Windows are different video sources on the reciever.Keep this in mind if you plan to use your PC as your DVD player. Overall Great Sound Card

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