Turtle Beach Catalina 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Card - TBS343001

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Turtle Beach has always offered an excellent performance to value ratio. I've personally found their products to be more stable than that offered by their competitors. This is the third card I've bought from them, and all of them are still used daily. Don't buy the card for the "extras" though. Almost all the software is "junk" unless you have reason to buy the full version. Just make sure you get the main core software installed. This card is well suited for all uses. Music, home theater, gaming, and most other consumer uses. Pretty much what you really get in the box is an exceptionally performing sound card for a very respectable price. Buy one, it’s possible you might not bother buying anything else.

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This kicks the heck out of most other cards I've auditioned, and this also makes the third Turtle Beach card I've owned. Not sure I'll even buy another brand. You'd have to actually try it against something else to hear what I'm trying to tell you, so I won't even bother. Let's just say "superior". It's an enthusiast's card, for certain. Even though the control software "lacks" features that lower end Turtle Beach cards provide, it still outperforms most everything so badly it's not funny. Buy one, listen, and hear for yourself. (One odd note: I managed to burn the card trying to install it. First time something like that's ever happened in 15 years of working on PCs. Half of one of the gold contacts on the cards edge is completely burned off and the fiberglass is scorched! It still works, flawlessly... I'm not so sure about the PCI slot it was plugged into at the time, but the card is sure as heck doing it's job.)

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by bmontford on 10/1/2005

Turtle Beach has always offered an excellent performance to value ratio. I've personally found their products to be more stable than that offered by their competitors. This is the third card I've bought from them, and all of them are still used daily. Don't buy the card for the "extras" though. Almost all the software is "junk" unless you have reason to buy the full version. Just make sure you get the main core software installed. This card is well suited for all uses. Music, home theater, gaming, and most other consumer uses. Pretty much what you really get in the box is an exceptionally performing sound card for a very respectable price. Buy one, it’s possible you might not bother buying anything else.

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Hard core performance, light weight price.

by bmontford on 10/4/2005

This kicks the heck out of most other cards I've auditioned, and this also makes the third Turtle Beach card I've owned. Not sure I'll even buy another brand. You'd have to actually try it against something else to hear what I'm trying to tell you, so I won't even bother. Let's just say "superior". It's an enthusiast's card, for certain. Even though the control software "lacks" features that lower end Turtle Beach cards provide, it still outperforms most everything so badly it's not funny. Buy one, listen, and hear for yourself. (One odd note: I managed to burn the card trying to install it. First time something like that's ever happened in 15 years of working on PCs. Half of one of the gold contacts on the cards edge is completely burned off and the fiberglass is scorched! It still works, flawlessly... I'm not so sure about the PCI slot it was plugged into at the time, but the card is sure as heck doing it's job.)

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Product Overview

The Catalina sound card provides eight analog outputs for supporting 2, 4, 5.1, and 7.1 multi-channel speaker configurations. Catalina is the perfect audio upgrade for serious PC gamers, DVD movie fans and digital music enthusiasts.

Specifications

Manufacturer Turtle Beach
Mfg Part# TBS343001
SKU 10362918
UPC 731855034307
UPC 14 00731855034307
Features
S/PDIF In Yes
S/PDIF Out Yes
Number of Audio Line In 3
Number of Audio Line Out 5
Product Type Sound Board
Manufacturer Part Number TBS-3430-01
Manufacturer Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc
Product Name Catalina 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Card
Product Line Catalina
Brand Name Turtle Beach
Form Factor Internal
Host Interface PCI
DAC Data Width 24 bit
Sound Channels 7.1
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Audio Line Out - Front out-Channels 1/2 / 1 x Audio Line Out - Rear out-Channels 3/4 / 1 x Audio Line Out - Center/Sub out-Channels 5/6 / 1 x Audio Line Out - Surround out-Channels 7/8 / 1 x Audio Line In - Mic / 1 x Audio Line In - Front L/R Channels / 1 x S/PDIF Audio Line In - Digital / 1 x S/PDIF Audio Line Out - Digital
S/PDIF Input @ Up to 24 bit 96 kHz Optical / Output @ Up to 24 bit 48 kHz Optical / Output @ Up to 24 bit 96 kHz Optcal
Product Type Sound Board
Manufacturer Part Number TBS-3430-01
Manufacturer Website Address www.turtlebeach.com
Manufacturer Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc
Product Name Catalina 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Card
Product Line Catalina
Brand Name Turtle Beach
Additional Information Channels 7 and 8 only available in Windows XP
System Requirements IBM PC or compatible with one available PCI 2.1-compliant expansion slot Pentium 450 MHz or higher 128 MB RAM or higher Approximately 50 MB free space is required during the driver / application installation process 800x600 High Color (16-bit) Windows 98 Second Edition Windows Millennium Windows 2000 Pro Windows XP 4X CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation A DVD drive and a compatible software DVD player application are required for playing back Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio from DVD movies Headphones or amplified speakers Software applications may have additional system requirements (Refer to documentation for details)
Form Factor Internal
Software Included Catalina Control Panel Sensaura Virtual Ear Record Producer LE AudioSurgeon LE MusicWrite LE Recording Station SoundCheck
Audio & Mixing Features Digital Dolby/DTS Pass-Through* Converts stereo sound sources to multi-channel format Environmental Effects Sensaura Virtual Ear High quality reproduction of MP3, WAV, CD, DVD and Internet Radio Listen to DVDs, record CD's, record your own music, edit digital audio, and more Record distortion-free high-resolution digital audio from external digital sources, such as Mini disc players or other PCs Add a wide variety of reverberation effects to create simulated concert halls and spectacular home-theater surround-sound on multi-speaker systems or headphones Record from line level sources, such as CD players, cassette decks, music equipment, etc Record from external microphone or use microphone for video conferencing, game interaction, Internet phone, etc * DTS Pass through only available in Windows 2000 / XP
Host Interface PCI 32-bit
DAC Data Width 24 bit
Gaming Features This sound card supports the latest in 3D positional audio for interactive PC gaming
Platform Support PC
Playback Modes Digital
Sound Channels 7.1 - Surround Sound
API Support A3D / EAX / DirectSound 3D / I3DL2
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