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- Tuesday, April 9th, 2002 Like Share






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zenmaster Apr 12, 02
how much does it cost?
whats its availability? [from a retail perspective]
is it good enough to use it for everything, or is it just suited for a pc destined to be the hub of a home theatre setup?
what about a comparison of quality between it and leading other soundcards?
what about actual USE of ports - you only touched upon the toslink connector for your speakers - how do the other ports work and are they like creative's programmable input/output connections?

well thats all i can think of for now
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Roj Apr 12, 02
Two things about this card bug me:

1) WHQL Certified drivers are nowhere in evidence.

2) What DSP does it use? I can't find that info anywhere on their site.
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ayeung Apr 15, 02
i'll try to respond to both posts:

Audiotrak suggests a retail price of $129 ($210 CAD) and as for retail availibility, i'm not sure... it depends on the warehouses in your area. The 3.5mm jacks are as follows. front L/R; back L/R; Center/Subwoofer (LFE); Center L/R. I use, as you might gather from the review, a SB Audigy Platinum. In comparison, the quality of the Audigy is slightly better than the Maya in terms of pure sound quality (from a mucisian's point of view) Most people can't even tell the difference. The 7.1 channels do make up for some of the Maya's downfalls. But I reviewed the card as a Desktop Home Theatre soundcard which is what it is advertised as.

From what I gathered, it is not WHQL recognized albeit there are windows drivers included and Win Xp drivers are on the Audiotrak website with a Windows Compatible Logo.

That's all the questions i remember from the posts
hope that helps
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MAYA May 11, 02
I boought MAYA7.1 Gold at here http://egosys.net/shop/shop.htm?category=audiotrak
$99.00 with free-shipping cost last month.
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Roj May 11, 02
"From what I gathered, it is not WHQL recognized albeit there are windows drivers included and Win Xp drivers are on the Audiotrak website with a Windows Compatible Logo."

Hopefully they will see fit to submit their drivers for certification. IMO no one in their right mind buys *ANY* product today unless it has WHQL Certified drivers.
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Corey Hollett Jul 15, 02
I want a speaker set for my PC that is 7.1

Are there any?

Will this soundcard perform well with games?

It says it supports 5.1, is it ok to use a 5.1 system? Could I add 2 more speakers to my Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Speakers?
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Roj Jul 15, 02
Not at this time and this card doesn't do EAX games.
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riko Sep 27, 02
Your review started out mentioning DTS-ES and yet when I tried to track down specs for this card all I can find is that it does support for sDolby6.1-ex ONLY! which is just supposed to be matrixed sound with no new real data having been recorded to create the sound image. In fact I have problems finding any of the 3 cards out now for 6.1 that specifically state they support DTS-ES. My error, sloppy reading or is it my attention span...

Similarly I noted that Visiontek's own site said the Ge4mx420 only had vga connectors but the models I have are also PCI. If they want to sell the product then the info should be right.

For another thread --- for THX Ultra2 set ups (8 speakers or so) I'd recommend picking up 2 of the Logitech z-560 sets and spanning them out. I've noticed real good body when using multiple subwoofers. Note that even Klipsch has systems with spearate dual woofers.

Somebody help put the Klipsch vs Logitech debate to bed that isn't receiving payolla or threats of advertising cancellations.

If a vendor really wanted to give us the best or be proactive they'd already be hawking/advertising their 6.1 - THX U2 systems. What about a card that does it all.

Rico
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riko Sep 27, 02
yeah must be the attention span thing..

about the ge4mx420s that should read also have S-video connectors
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FaNTiLAtoR Dec 1, 04
I have that card...

But I can't get the advanced controls..

Windows doens't sees my recording controls...

can U tell me what I've done wrong??

And is it possble for the people that made this reviev to send me their drivers plz...
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FaNTiLAtoR Dec 1, 04
It's a maya 7.1 GOLD
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Randy789 Jan 12, 05
I too cannot see any recording controls on my Maya7.1. I use XP. I am trying to record my casette tapes onto my hard drive and then onto CD.Please help!
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FaNTiLaToR Jan 16, 05
is it possible to answer our problems please....
cause i'm sick of it that nobody answers on problems...

even not the crew of audiotrak...

greets FaN
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randy789 Jan 18, 05
I agree, nobody wants to respond to any queries. I have waited and waited,can anyone help please??
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