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Creative brings Sound Blaster Recon3D sound card to IFA

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu September 1, 2011

Sound cards get quad-core Sound Core3D tech

Creative unveiled a long-in-waiting revamp of its Sound Blaster sound cards branded with the Recon3D name at IFA. They will use the company's Sound Core3D tech, which it bills as the first in the world with a quad-core sound and voice processor. The sound cards will accelerate THX TruStudio Pro processing and also improve vocals with CrystalVoice.

Sound Core3D uses the company's Quarter DSP and is also the first to get an array of DSP cores with high-quality HD audio codecs for over 100dB on a single chip.

The range-topping card is the Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion. It sports a convenient I/O drive with headset mini-jacks, volume control and audio inputs. A high-quality, beam-forming microphone with CrystalVoice Echo Cancellation, CrystalVoice Focus and CrystalVoice Active Noise Reduction is included. It allows gamers to send nothing but their voice while gaming. This card is due to arrive in the winter of 2012, though prices haven't been announced.

Next up is the Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, which skips the I/O drive in favor of connections on the card itself. Ship dates haven't been revealed.

Finally, the core Sound Blaster Recon3D sound card provides the hardware acceleration but few extras. It ships later this year.

The PCI Express cards have 6-channel, 24-bit, 102dB DACs, 4-channel, 24-bit, 101dB analog-to-digital (ADC) converters, an integrated headphone amplifier-out, a digital microphone interface, S/PDIF inputs and outputs, and general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIO). They are Mac compatible.

Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion

Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional

by MacNN Staff



  1. chadthman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Compatable

    That’s a first or am i mistaking, since from my experience there appears to be no other pci sound cards on the market for the Mac.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There are others

    ...but I don't know why anybody would still bother with in-computer audio processing. Optical out to any old surround decoder/amplifier is a much more effective solution.

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "They are Mac compatible."

    THAT'S what I was looking forward to running into! But 2012...WINTER, 2012???

    Creative released a sound card for Mac a LONG time ago that, from what I remember, had less-than-Windows drivers and suffered a bit from CPU overhead because rather than sound being directly passed to the card as video/3D is passed to today's graphic cards, the sound was processed by the OS and CPU.

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Press Release Link

    Got one to post?? Thanks in advance.

  1. facebook_Rajen

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    Joined: Sep 2011


    Very advance technology

    wow that was a recent technology ..... to that ..

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