Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook Sound Card - 70SB053000012

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I purchased this for my Dell Inspiron 6000 (~2 years old). I fought through 4 weeks of: it must be my fault, I must have loaded the software drivers incorrectly, something must be wrong with my laptop- only to finally find on the Creative website in a carefully hidden spot (IMO) that there "might" be incompatibilities with certain PCMCIA chips (almost all newer Dells) and that they're working the issue (not, latest driver patch is Nov 2006). Now I am stuck with a incompatible sound card... because I am past Buy.com's 14 day return policy and Creative's refusal to refund me because I didn't purchase it from them. I don't think I'll ever buy another Creative product and would recommend anyone purchasing a Creative product VERY carefully make sure that the product is compatible with their new hardware. Their support manager told me that this is an old product and that they cannot possibly design the future into it... I suppose that is true, but I thought that PCMCIA was a standard that is supposed to be universally compatible. He also said he was not aware of this incompatibility issue (as if!). From Creative's website: Known Incompatibilities: There have been reported compatibility problems with PCMCIA Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook and the PCMCIA controllers listed below. Creative Labs is currently working with the respective PCMCIA controller chipset manufacturers to develop solutions that would improve the performance of notebook systems with these chipsets. These updates will be available at www.soundblaster.com. ENE Tech CB1411 Ricoh R5C476(II) Ricoh R5C475(II) TI PCI-1520 (SEE) http://creative.com/products/productcompatibility.asp?category=1&subcategory=205&product=10769&nav=notebook

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by Evrinus on 12/26/2006

Gamers, music lovers, you guys deserve to have this!!

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on 1/27/2007

This is simply the best sound card I have ever used internal included. While it may be limited as far is line in options. You won't find better sound quality. It also comes with first class software that makes using it almost as easy as breathing. If you have a notebook computer and you want high quality sound this is the sound card you want.

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Product Overview

For the First Time Ever, Premium Sound Blaster Quality for Your Notebook - At Home or On-the-Go! The PCMCIA Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook opens a new era of possibilities for the notebook user. This sound card delivers features previously only available to PC users but now available to notebook users (even those that are highly mobile). This is achieved by combining crystal clear audio with advanced, hardware-accelerated features all in a tiny PCMCIA format card.

Specifications

Manufacturer Creative Labs
Mfg Part# 70SB053000012
SKU 10404497
UPC 054651088351
UPC 14 00054651088351
Features
Manufacturer Creative Technology
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Audio Line In - Combined Line-In / Microphone-In and Optical-In jack / 1 x Headphone Jack Audio Line Out - Headphone-out doubles as an optical-out / 1 x Speaker Docking Cable Jack Audio Line Out - Multichannel speaker Jack
Manufacturer Part Number 70SB053000012
Audio Processor Creative Audigy 2 ZS
Manufacturer Website Address www.creative.com
Product Name Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook Sound Card
Host Interface PC Card - Type II
Sound Channels 7.1
Product Type Sound Board
Tech Specs
Audio Processor Creative Audigy 2 ZS
Manufacturer Creative Technology
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Audio Line In - Combined Line-In / Microphone-In and Optical-In jack / 1 x Headphone Jack Audio Line Out - Headphone-out doubles as an optical-out / 1 x Speaker Docking Cable Jack Audio Line Out - Multichannel speaker Jack
Form Factor PC Card - Type II Internal
Additional Information Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise @ 1kHz (AES17) = 0.006% (2V Rated Output) Supports Sony/Philips Digital Interface (SPDIF) format of up to 24-bit/96 kHz quality at selectable sampling rate of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz Note: SPDIF output is not available during playback of protected digital audio contents authored with Microsoft DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology.
Host Interface PC Card - Type II
Manufacturer Part Number 70SB053000012
Manufacturer Website Address www.creative.com
System Requirement Minimum: Intel Pentium III, Mobile Pentium III, Pentium M, Celeron - 1.2 GHz, or equivalent AMD processor, or faster Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard chipset Microsoft Windows XP (SP2) Microsoft Windows 2000 (SP4) 256MB RAM 600MB of free hard disk space Type II CardBus slot (PCMCIA slot) CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation Headphones or external speakers (Audio will not play through built-in notebook speakers) Recommended System for DVD Movies, DVD-Audio and Games: 512MB RAM DVD player software for DVD Movie playback 6x DVD-ROM drive or later for DVD Movie and DVD-Audio playback 3D Graphics Accelerator with 32MB or better for 3D gaming
Product Line Sound Blaster
Product Series Audigy 2
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) Up to 104 dB - AES17, A-Weighted, 20kHz bandwidth
Product Name Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook Sound Card
Certifications & Standards THX certified
Frequency Response 10Hz to 46kHz ±3 dB 2V Rated Out put
Sampling Rate 24bit 96kHz 7.1-channel DAC / 24bit 192kHz Stereo DVD-A / 24bit 96kHz Stereo ADC
Product Type Sound Board
DAC Data Width 24bit
Sound Channels 7.1
Gaming Features Experience game sound effects so realistic that you'll feel like you are actually in the game. With EAX 4.0 Advanced HD you'll hear all the action without compromising game performance Hear where your enemies are - before they find you - with immersive 3D positional audio in your games
Audio & Mixing Features Make your digital music sound dramatically better with EAX ADVANCED HD Music Tools featuring Bass Boost, Multi-Band Graphic Equalizer, Audio Clean-Up, and more Create MP3s, Organize Music, Burn CDs with full-featured digital music software Listen to all your digital music in virtual surround or full surround sound with CMSS 3D Audio Technology Experience the superior quality of Windows Media 9 Pro audio and Advanced Resolution DVD-Audio in 24-bit quality and full 5.1 surround Hear captivating home theater surround with built-in Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES decoding Enjoy precise positional audio with THX setup software that lets you adjust speaker positioning without moving your speakers Record your own music and audio samples in richer, cleaner 24-bit audio quality with high-fidelity 24-bit/96kHz inputs Create professional quality music anywhere with ASIO 2.0 support, SoundFont support, and hardware audio
API Support EAX
Platform Support PC

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