VideoLogic SonicXplosion DVD

PURE Digital – a division of Imagination Technologies – announces that its ground-breaking VideoLogic SonicXplosion DVD sound card is now shipping with exclusive DTS surround sound content. Whether discovering DTS, putting the SonicXplosion DVD through its paces, or showing off a home entertainment PC to friends these discs are the ideal demonstration.

SonicXplosion DVD is the only sound card product to support all major home theatre standards, including DTS, Pro Logic II and Dolby Headphone, and is available now for just £79.99 (UK RRP, inc. VAT).

Two DTS DVD discs are being included with SonicXplosion DVD, for a limited time. The two discs showcase both video and DTS audio content. The first disc focuses on video and includes long extracts from Jurassic Park III, Shrek, Planet of The Apes and Moulin Rouge as well as an audio only bonus track – Queen's The Prophet's Song. All clips are in NTSC format. The second disc includes 10 DTS DVD-Audio tracks, introducing the listener to the better-than-CD quality audio capabilities of DTS, and can be played either in stereo or surround sound modes.

An amazing technology for surround sound entertainment, DTS Digital Surround is an encode/decode system that delivers six channels (5.1) of master-quality, 20-bit audio each of which is audibly superior to the 16-bit linear PCM audio found on conventional compact discs. DTS 5.1 Music Discs are also available, providing superb quality surround sound music.

Unlike other sound cards SonicXplosion DVD includes full 6-channel Dolby Digital decoding in the box via its fully featured Intervideo WinDVD 4 player. As well as Dolby Digital – the DVD audio standard – SonicXplosion DVD features full support for Dolby Headphone, which lets users experience the surround sound effects from Dolby Digital DVD movies over any conventional stereo headphones; Dolby Pro Logic II, which provides 5.1 channels of surround sound from any stereo source; and DTS, the high quality sound format for DVD and DTS Audio CDs.

Lise Hannibal, Marketing Director, DTS Europe, says: "The VideoLogic SonicXplosion DVD enables PC users to get access to the library of great movie titles with DTS – titles like Planet of the Apes, Minority Report and the Platinum Series Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. DTS is the audio choice of movie connoisseurs and SonicXplosion is an excellent and affordable sound card for their PCs".

Said Hi-Fi World, January 2003: "DTS was a different story of course with sweet sonics from the range of DTS encoded discs available. Without a doubt, SonicXplosion advances the art of cheap multi-channel sound cards. A fine product packed to the gunwales with multichannel functionality..."

Key Audio Features
SonicXplosion DVD provides broad support for in-game surround sound including EAX 1.0/2.0™ and enables both digital optical input and output for digital audio creativity. A huge selection of full-featured software applications is included for music creation and playback, MP3 music, power gaming and more including the stunning new Storm Music Studio 2.0 from Arturia.

SonicXplosion DVD features up to six discrete output channels for movies, music and games; a powerful MIDI engine with high-quality 8 MB sample set; 64 hardware voices and up to 976 software voices; support for all popular audio standards, including DTS, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Pro Logic II, DirectSound, DirectSound3D, EAX, Sensaura, A3D and DLS.

Wide Range of Software Included
SonicXplosion DVD also sets a new standard for bundled software with over a dozen full applications and numerous demo, freeware and shareware programs including: the full six-channel version of Intervideo WinDVD; VideoLogic JetAudio v4.83 (full version); Arturia Storm 2.0 (full version); VideoLogic Internet Telephone (full version); and an extensive selection of additional software.

Said ComputerActive, 12 December 2002: "Performance for both games as well as DVDs was excellent with a clear, solid and rounded sound... definitely one of the best bundles on the market."

Digital Music
SonicXplosion DVD offers a wealth of features for desktop music production, turning the PC into a pro-quality music and sound editing system with features including: super low-noise analogue circuitry for better than -97db signal to noise ratio; 18-bit A-D converter for high resolution recording; six 20-bit D-A converters for high precision playback; a 10-band hardware graphic equalizer; an 8 MB DLS-compatible wavetable synthesizer; and support for an optional GS-compatible digital wavetable daughter board. SonicXplosion DVD's on-board optical digital output also allows CD audio, MP3, and other digital music files to be transferred to MiniDisc or DAT in a pure digital format at 48 kHz. The optical digital input accepts digital streams at 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz for maximum versatility.

Said PC Format, Christmas 2002: "it's with music that the [SonicXplosion] excels. Bass is crisp and tight, delivering plenty of punch that doesn't become indistinct at volume, and treble is accurate rather than harsh."

3D Technology
In addition to providing up to six output channels, SonicXplosion DVD supports the major 3D audio standards. Using Sensaura's key technologies – Multidrive, MacroFX and EnviromentFX – SonicXplosion DVD accelerates DirectSound3D, A3D and EAX 1.0/2.0, reducing the load on the PC CPU and freeing it to handle faster game play and sharper AI. SonicXplosion DVD features per-channel speaker test and speaker positioning control for surround sound optimisation.

SonicXplosion DVD offers a broad range of connectivity features including Optical Digital In and Out, three Line-Outs for 2, 4 or 6 speaker system connection, switchable Line-In / Amplified Headphone-Out, Mic-In (dynamic / condenser mono Mic-In with +20 db or +40 db gain), and MIDI/Joystick Interface (on additional backplate). As many users now have multiple optical drives in their PCs, two uncoupled CD inputs are provided.

The optical digital input of SonicXplosion DVD can be synchronized to 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz and full status information, like whether the stream is copy protected, is available from the software control panel. The digital output keeps connected to the outside world at 48 kHz and lets you connect to DAT, MiniDisc or other equipment. Used with the WinDVD software the digital output can provide Dolby Digital and DTS data streams to a dedicated external decoder if the user prefers not to decode those surround sound formats directly on the PC.

SonicXplosion DVD is backed up by the very best in free lifetime support including: technical support hotlines, Internet based support, and a five-year hardware warranty.

Editor's Notes
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About DTS
DTS (Digital Theater Systems, Inc.) is a digital technology company dedicated to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience. A pioneer in multi-channel audio, DTS is featured on more than 22,000 motion picture screens worldwide as well as in home theater, car audio, PC and game console products. Additionally, DTS is included in 5.1 Music, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and DVD-ROM software. DTS decoders are in every major brand of 5.1-channel surround processors, and there are more than 100 million DTS-licensed consumer electronics products worldwide. Founded in 1993, the company is headquartered in Agoura Hills, California and has offices in the United Kingdom, Japan and China. See:

DTS, DTS-ES and Neo:6 are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.