Sound Blaster Comparison Chart


 


Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 Value


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum

Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro

Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 Pro
Audio Quality

Sound Blaster® 24-bit ADVANCED HD" Quality

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)

100dB

106dB

108dB

108dB

108dB

113dB

Max. Audio Resolution Playback & Quality

24-bit/96kHz

24-bit/192kHz in Stereo
24-bit/96kHz in 5.1 DVD-Audio Quality

Max. Recording / Sampling Rate

24-bit/96kHz

DACs

24-bit/96kHz

24-bit/192kHz

 


Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 Value


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 Pro

Gaming

EAX®

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

EAX® ADVANCED HD"

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD*

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hardware Acceleration of EAX &/or EAX ADVANCED HD

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No. of Audio Environment(s) Processed Simultaneously*

1

>1

>1*

>1*

>1*

>1

Max. No. of 3D Voices

64

64

64

64

64

64

Max. Channels in 3D Positional Audio

7.1

7.1

7.1

7.1

7.1

7.1

PC-to-PC Gaming with FireWire®

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Speaker Calibration for Optimal 3D Positional Audio

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 


Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 Value


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 Pro

Music Playback/Music Creation

Integrated Digital Music Player

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Integrated Digital Music Ripping (in Player) - MP3 & WMA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Advanced Resolution DVD-Audio Playback

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

EAX Music Enhancements

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

EAX Effects

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CMSS 3D Upmixing of Stereo to Multi-Channels

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Audio Clean-up

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Smart Volume Management (SVM)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Karaoke

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-Channel Graphic Equalizer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bass Boost

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Virtual Surround over 2 Channel or Headphones

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full Support for Windows Media 9 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 content

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ASIO Low Latency Multi-Track Recording Support (16-bit/48kHz)

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ASIO 2.0 Low Latency Multi-Track Recording Support (24-bit/96kHz)

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ASIO 2.0 Direct Monitoring

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 


Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 Value


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 Pro

Movies

THX® Certification

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

THX Setup Console

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dolby Digital 5.1 Playback

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dolby Digital EX 6.1 Playback

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DTS-ES 6.1 Playback

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 


Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 Value


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro


Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 Pro

Connectivity

Front-Panel Audio Connectivity

NA

NA

NA

Yes

External I/O Module

External I/O Module

GamePort/Joystick Port

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

High Speed FireWire® port

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Analog Speakers Support

Headphone, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1

Digital Speakers Support

Headphone, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1,
24-bit/96kHz speakers

* Require Driver or Software Update