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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [09.25.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Philips


The Difference

So why would you select the Aurilium instead of an actual PCI sound card? I mean, everything mentioned so far is present on just about every sound card in the same price range.

One word: simplicity.

The Aurilium is designed for those among us who don't want to lift a finger. This is quite possibly the most user friendly thing I've ever used in my life. It's powered by and does I/O through the same USB 2.0 cable. Basically, plug it into your computer and you're ready to go. If you're upgrading, you don't even need to remove your old Soundblaster 16 or whatever relic you may have installed.

Of course, we've all dealt with sound cards with driver suites that require us to select what kind of speaker configuration we have or threaten to give us fuzzy, inaccurate sound. Not only does the Aurilium not have any confusing settings, they automatically detect what kind of speakers you're using, or if you're using headphones.

In addition to placing the controls at your fingertips (since you can position the Aurilium unit anywhere on your desk as long as the USB 2.0 cable permits it), the controls couldn't be any easier.

This one mutes the sound.

This one turns the 3D QXpander effects on and off. This one selects output (speakers, headphones) and input (microphone, line-in).

This big one makes the aforementioned output and input louder or quieter.

Got it? Good.

If you MUST configure things beyond what's given to you in the actual unit, the Philips Sound
Agent 2 program lets you mess with just about everything, from the 10 band equalizer to QSizzle
and QRumble, fo shizzle.

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