Issue 4

     The Pit Newsletter 

Welcome to the Bi-monthly  newsletter.

In this issue we take a look at improving sound from your system for gaming. If you're lucky you may have a modern PC with a custom sound system,. for those of us who don't, enjoy the article.

The  newsletter will give you insight into the different types of flight simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.

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 Getting Great Sound For Gaming

Good sound is a key part of the PC-gaming experience, this applies to all types of games today from Flight Simulations to Racing or First Person Shooters. Great music, suspenseful soundtracks and demanding special effects make for the realism that is vital to the overall gaming experience. With the addition of human voices such as co-pilots, control towers, squad leaders, and more, games can reach a level of realism that is otherwise impossible even with the best graphics. To attain this level of realism, your system needs both a good and compatible sound source, and the amplification and speaker system to reproduce those sounds.

The advent of 24-bit samples and 5.1 Surround Sound to the PC world has ushered in a new era. Surround Sound means bullets whiz past you, grenades explode right behind you, aircraft or racing car sounds approach from all directions. Gaming sounds are now much closer to those emanating from massive home theaters. Many motherboards now include significant on-board sound that is supported by robust integrated hardware like the AC '97. While this is fine for multimedia applications, not all games may work well with it.

Today, the SoundBlaster line of soundcards remains the standard for a good explosion, breaking glass or car crash, and music sounds great as well. Even if there is sound integrated into the motherboard, you may want to add an affordable SoundBlaster card. For example,  Creative Technology's Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS is currently the hot gaming card. It includes a Firewire port and  THX-certified 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 sound. The card sells for under $150. There are less expensive Sound Blaster cards to choose from and the sound is fine and can be quite impressive. Good sound systems can add dramatically to the overall gaming experience.

You will also need to evaluate your speakers. The tiny speakers packaged with most PCs can't reproduce the full range of sound packed into most games or the surround sound audio encoded in DVDs. To get the most out of your PC, consider upgrading to a powered speaker system.

If you want a great basic upgrade to make your  games and media sound better, a 2.1-channel system may be your best choice. You'll get two speakers that sit on your desk and a subwoofer to rest on the floor. Everything will sound clearer and crisper and the subwoofer will help you hear those low notes that you didn't even know you were missing. A good  2.1-channel system starts around $30. Some even feature flat-panel speakers that can be mounted on your walls. These systems are compatible with most PC sound cards; all you have to do is hook it with up when you're ready to rock.

If you're a gamer, look into a surround sound speaker system. Many companies are making 5.1-channel systems specifically for PCs—some even make 7.1-channel systems. The added channels will make you feel just like you're in the middle of action, which is great for first-person shooting games. The subwoofer will really make you feel those big explosions.

PC WORLD has great How To article on upgrading your PC sound system, to view it click on this link,aid,44143,pg,1,00.asp#

                    Quietly Surrounded

Yup, listen to the roar of the engine, a burst from your gun and the enemy goes down in flames and a loud explosion, the louder the better, hear the bullets whizzing past as you toss a grenade into an enemy foxhole and watch the flash and hear the loud explosion, yes the louder the explosions and shouts of agony the better. Whether it's Call Of Duty, Combat Simulator 3 or Half Life 2,  surround sound is  a must-have accessory for any self-respecting gamer.

The only problem is, other's may not share your enthusiasm for virtual calamity during the serenity of the evening or the wee hours of the morning. How do you listen to your favorite sounds in glorious 5.1 without incurring the wrath of your neighbors and housemates? The answer lies within the virtual world of the  5.1 Surround Sound Headphones.

These units usually have satellite speakers and a subwoofer ingeniously shoehorned into each ear pad, thus enabling reproduction of the full sound spectrum. They come with some sort of controller and audio connection cables and software, you can adjust the sound to suit your individual preferences. Separate controls for rear, front and centre allow you to precisely balance the volume. In the example of the Medusa headphones an amplifier box allows connection to any 5.1 sound source with integrated decoder and also controls the master volume. Medusas even boast an adapter for 3.5mm jack plugs, so you can enjoy the full 5.1 treatment from portable players too.

Do they really work? In truth, some work better than others, yes, you definitely get more of a sense of front/rear than you do with normal stereo headphones, but one tester noted in his article the drivers simply sit too close to your ear canal to really give you a good surround experience. The audio is still very much "in your head," and there were clearly times when we couldn't tell if a sound was behind us.


As technology advances, better reproduction of surround sound in headphones bestows itself  upon us. Before purchasing any of these headphones, good research and heads on listening is a must. So enjoy those explosions, it's all in your head.


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