VideoLogic SonicXplosion DVD Price Drop

PURE Digital – a division of Imagination Technologies – announces that it has reduced the price of its ground-breaking VideoLogic SonicXplosion DVD sound card by £20 to just £59.99 (UK RRP, inc. VAT). SonicXplosion DVD is the first – and still the only - sound card product to support all major home theatre standards, including DTS, Pro Logic II and Dolby Headphone 'out of the box'.

SonicXplosion DVD is the best choice for home entertainment on the PC with the broadest range of DVD playback features including: DVD movie playback with cinema-style 5.1 digital surround sound, including DTS decode for the latest DVD soundtracks and Dolby Pro Logic II for 5.1 music and movie playback; Dolby Headphone for spacious virtual surround; and the full 5.1 version of Intervideo WinDVD 4.

PURE Digital has also dropped the price of the SonicXplosion soundcard, which features the same excellent hardware as SonicXplosion DVD but without the extensive software package, from £59.99 to just £39.99 (UK RRP, inc. VAT).

Says Jag Mann, Product Manager, Multivision: "SonicXplosion and SonicXplosion DVD offer Multivision customers the complete PC digital audio experience, with 5.1 surround sound output for extreme gaming and home cinema, and great music making features. Being the first PC sound card to offer the latest home cinema technologies, it's both comprehensive and cutting edge, which we have come to expect from VideoLogic products."

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.

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.

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.

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 48kHz 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 48kHz and lets users 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.

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