Creative Audigy 2 sound card and Inspire 6.1 6600 speakers

The Audigy 2 now features true 24-bit/96KHz playback and recording to support true DVD-Audio. DVD-Audio is a new audio format, which hopes to do for the music industry what DVD-Video did for the film business — in other words, replace CDs in the way DVD discs have replaced videotape.

The Audigy 2 also boasts THX certification, so you can replicate movie-quality sound at home; Dolby Digital EX support, so you can add an extra rear speaker for improved surround sound and 6.1 surround sound; and EAX advanced HD for realistic audio when playing games.

The software has been updated with the introduction of Media Source, which allows you to capture, play, organise and enhance audio files from a single interface.

The Audigy 2 will initially be available from mid-November as the PCI Card only ($299), and a Platinum version of card plus internal drive bay ($TBA). The high-end Audigy 2 Platinum eX (external drive bay) is slated for next year.

Creative has also announced a 6.1 speaker package, the Inspire 6.1 6600, which offers an additional rear satellite speaker, priced at $299.

Price: PCI Card only ($299), Platinum version $TBA Phone: (02) 9666 6101

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