Diamond Multimedia's latest Monster Sound audio accelerator does for sound what the new 3D cards do for video. The company says sound has lagged in the technology race, with most manufacturers being happy to keep supplying the same sound cards for years. Monster Sound uses standard two-speaker setups to give a surround sound effect. (If you want to get an idea of the effect, go to www.diamondmm.com/audio). It also has outputs for quad speakers, giving game players a new level of realism and involvement.
The $379 RRP product is available from Chips & Bits now.