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  Philips Acoustic Edge Sound Card Review. 
  Oct 04, 2001, 08:00am EDT 

The Card

By: Dan Mepham

Thunderbird Processor

Fig 1. The Thunderbird Avenger audio processor.

The card is smaller physically, and resembles most other sound cards (including Creative’s SBLive!). The sleek black PCB is host to Philips’ Thunderbird Avenger audio controller, which, in fact, is similar in many ways to Creative’s EMU10K1. We’ll go more into the functionality of the Thunderbird in a short while.


Fig 2. SigmaTel Digital Signal Processors.

Two smaller digital signal processors (DSPs) are used for supplementary processing. The parts are popular CODECs manufactured by Sigmatel.

External Connectors

The back of the card features four connectors. Two are standard stereo minijacks; one line input, and one microphone input. The remaining two are DIN-style connectors, and require the provided break-out cables to use. The first breakout cable branches into three additional minijacks for front, rear, and center and LFE channels (analog 5.1-channel output). The second break-out cable provides a coaxial S/PDIF output and input.

Internal Connectors

Internal Connectors

Fig 3. Internal Connectors.

The card features four internal connectors. An Auxiliary 4-pin input is provided, as well as a 4-pin TAD (Telephone Answering Device) input. In addition, two CD inputs are provided; one analog, and one digital (S/PDIF). It’s worth noting that both the internal and external S/PDIF inputs cannot be populated at once.

1. Introduction
2. Specs, Box Contents & Installation
3. The Card
4. Features
5. Software
6. Listening Tests
7. Compatibility, VIA still not up to standard.
8. Summary

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Philips Acoustic Edge
Stability: 9/10
Quality: 9/10
Features: 7/10
Documentation: 10/10
Price: 7/10
Overall Rating: 7/10

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