MILPITAS, Calif. - Sept. 9, 2003 - Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users, today advances the PC audio standard to 7.1 surround with the introduction of the Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS sound card and Creative® GigaWorks™ S750 speaker system. The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS is the first 7.1 Sound Blaster available and is ideally matched with the Creative GigaWorks S750 speakers which are designed to deliver the power and performance needed for the full 7.1 experience. By adding two rear speakers and moving the surround sound speakers to either side of the user, the gaps in sound between speakers are eliminated to create an all-encompassing soundstage.
"With the introduction of 7.1 on Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and Creative GigaWorks S750 the audio in gaming is truly phenomenal. Everyone who experienced how great our 5.1 and 6.1 solutions were will be blown-away when they hear 7.1 with the Audigy 2 ZS and GigaWorks S750," said Craig McHugh, president of Creative Labs. "With the quality of Audigy 2 and power of GigaWorks S750 we expect to see the PC industry make a rapid shift to Creative's 7.1 audio solutions. All of our users will be able to get this experience with their existing 3D games and, with our patented CMSS® technology, also listen to all their MP3s, CDs and movies in 7.1 surround."
"We're excited to introduce the Creative GigaWorks S750, a new class of speaker for serious gamers that enables the ultimate 7.1 experience when paired with the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS", said Mala Sharma, director of product marketing for Creative Labs. "Gamers will be astounded by the 700 watts power and the precise positional audio created by a 7.1 speaker system-making any 5.1 solution pale in comparison. Anyone wanting the ultimate solution for gaming will be disappointed if they buy anything less than this powerhouse duo."
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Features and Benefits
The Audigy 2 ZS will be available in three product offerings including the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum and Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro, with the following compelling features and benefits:
- 7.1 surround sound adds audio realism to games;
- 108dB SNR across all eight channels for unsurpassed audio quality;
- THX® Multimedia Certification with Creative's unique THX Setup Console that provides accurate audio calibration for a precise speaker listening environment;
- EAX® 4.0 ADVANCED HD™ ready* adds ultra-realistic Multi-Environment™ effects that deliver life-like sound as multiple environment acoustics are simultaneously processed in real-time;
- Built-in DTS-ES™ and Dolby Digital® EX decoding delivers captivating audio playback in 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 surround with DVD movies;
- Karaoke feature suppresses vocals on MP3, WMA and CD music allowing you to sing along to your favorite songs;
- Smart Playlist feature allows users to create custom playlists based on a multitude of options such as tempo, artist, last play date and custom rating;
- Full EAX 3.0 ADVANCED HD version of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness® and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield® included with Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum versions;
- Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum and Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro also include an internal or external I/O drive respectively, adding connections such as S/PDIF and analog I/O ports, MIDI I/O and an additional FireWire® port for convenient connectivity;
- Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum and Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro also include the high-end music creation applications Steinberg Cubasis™ VST 4.0 Creative Edition + Wavelab Lite 2.0 and Image Line FL Studio 4 Creative Edition.
Creative GigaWorks S750 Features and Benefits
The THX certified Creative GigaWorks S750s are the most powerful speakers available for the PC, making them ideal for explosive gaming with features including:
- 700 Watts Total System Burst Power with the most powerful and accurate subwoofer performance in its category at 210 Watts RMS;
- Titanium supertweeters and outstanding mid range drivers delivering superb 40kHz frequency response for stunning Creative Advanced Definition Audio;
- 7.1 surround for the latest home theater standards such as Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES and DTS Neo:6™;
- IR remote control features standby, mute, individual channel volume, subwoofer and treble volume, on/off control and upmix feature: 5.1 to 7.1 and 6.1 to 7.1;
- Audio Control Pod works with IR remote and offers maximum speaker system controls with individual channel volume, subwoofer and treble volume, on/off control, upmix feature, auxiliary line-in, headphone jack, auto-mute when headphone is connected and an M-PORT™ for use with the NOMAD® MuVo® NX digital audio player.
Pricing and Availability
The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS has an estimated street price of US$99.99, the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum has an estimated street price of US$199.99 and the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro has an estimated street price of US$249.99. All three products will be available in mid-September. The Creative GigaWorks S750 speakers will be available in late October for an estimated street price of US$499.99. For those with budget in mind, the 7.1 Creative Inspire® T7700 speakers are immediately available at only US$149.99. For more information about the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, Creative GigaWorks S750 speakers or Creative Inspire T7700 speakers, visit http://www.creative.com