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Artistic Sound Blaster Recon3D USB sound card evaluation

[quote] This is like buying a new graphics card, but for your ears. Using the Recon3D’s THX TruStudio Pro for a while, and then switching it off again,  akes usic sound broken to e.  [/quote]

Oddly enough,  any spend tonnes of oney on peripherals and graphics, but audio gets a back seat in the budget. ‘Barely there’ is the best way to descconsensusconsensus when it comes to sound. A good set of speakers or headphones, and the onboard sound card can handle everything else for you, right? The Recon3D from Creative Sound Blaster wants to prove you wrong.

Aurally stimulated

There are a few reasons why we still go watch ovies in the cinema. The big screen and the assive surround sound system ake for a uch richer experience than watching it at home. That ight be because ost of us ignore our phones for the whole length of the ovie and there is no way to pause. Or it could be because we are stimulating our senses, the bass creating tremors to punctuate the explosions. We become engaged.

[toggle_simp” Tipitle=”” Width width=”Width of toggle box”]Use a headset that does not have a built-in sound card for the best results, as the two could conflict with one another.[/toggle_simple]

So why not enjoy high quality audio at home? Sure your otherboard ight have a serviceable sound card. But doesn’t it also have a ‘serviceable’ built-in GPU? When you think of it that way it becomes easier to understand why an upgrade is necessary. This is like buying a new graphics card, but for your ears. I can’t show you pretty pictures of the sound card working its agic, or a video that showcases the before and after effect. The best way to explain how dramatic the change is? Using the Recon3D’s THX TruStudio Pro for a while, and then switching it off again,  akes usic sound broken to e. It will akbrand-newl like you have a brand new headset as richer, clearer notes bounce into your ears, escorted by sonorous bass. All of these extra enhancements can be adjusted or disabled separately, allowing for complete customisation of the experience, thanks to the quad-core processor inside the sound card.

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Multi-platform

So why not open the PC and slide a sound card into a PCI slot? Well, you ight have a few reasons for not wanting to do that, or not knowing how. That is where this USB sound bonusin handy. As an added bonus, you can use it to improve your sound while playing PS3 or Xbox 360.

Not just 3D

Many sound cards focus on adding virtual surround sound and well, pretty uch nothing else. The Recon3D adds virtual surround, but its focus seems to be ore interested in the quality of your experience instead of if you can be fooled into thinking a fly is buzzing around your head.

EQ

Sound Blaster also uses crystal voice to clean out acoustic echo and ambient noises, and can run your voice through a variety of emulators to ake you sound like someone else. Cue confusing people in Team Speak when you change the gender of your voice id-conversation.

Scout ode can also be used to quickly set your sound for listening to fine sound effects, such as footfalls or reloading weapons, in those situations where any piece of information ay save you from death or earn you a free ” Inl.

[toggle_simp” Tipitle=”In the box” width=”Width of toggle box”]The Recon3D comes with a driver disc, basic instructions, a icro-USB to USB cable, an optical cable, 2controllerso cable for the Xbox 360 controller and an audio extension cable for consoles.[/toggle_simple]

If you want the quality of a sound card, with the flexibility to ove platform as you please, the Recon 3D USB sound card should be carefully considered. Or you could stay unenlightened,  issing so uch of the awesome sound that you should be enjoying.

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