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Diamond XtremeSound - 5.1/16 bit Sound Card Review

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If you are replacing an existing sound card, before shutting down, navigate to the Control Panel/Add & Remove Programs and uninstall any previous sound drivers and programs. Once that is complete, power down the system and remove the existing sound card (if any) and plug in the Diamond XS 5.1 in to an available PCI slot. If the onboard sound was being used, make sure to go into the BIOS and disable the onboard sound controller before starting to avoid any conflicts.






With the hardware installed, pop the install CD in to load the drivers. The install is automated for the most part, with user prompts where needed.









The first tab of the 3D Audio configuration software used with the XS 5.1 is for the Main settings. Here is where the speaker settings are set (headphones, 2, 4, 6 channel) as well as the auto sensing for the jacks on the card are to make sure the jacks are configured correctly. Also the DSP mode where you can confirm and adjust the positional audio.



The Mixer tab is next where the master volume and balance reside, as well as individual sliders for the Wave, Synth and CD output volumes.


The Effect tab gives the options for different environments and enviornment size. The equalizer can be set independently, or there are preconfigured tabs for various settings.


Karaoke/Magic Voice is used for microphone settings for echo, pitch, and voice cancellation.


The final information tab shows driver version, and hardware information.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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