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    Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1:

    Unrivalled audio fidelity over up to 7.1 speakers


    La Gacilly, August 12th 2002 - Hercules is thrilled to announce the launch of Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1, the first offering in its revolutionary new 7.1 channel sound card range. The Gamesurround Fortissimo™ III 7.1 sound card, successor to the internationally celebrated Gamesurround Fortissimo™ II, provides powerful, stunning PC sound over 2, 4, 5, 6 or 8 speakers.

    Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 employs groundbreaking audio technology: the new sound card has been designed by Hercules’ audio engineers to be fully compatible with 2 to 8-speaker kits.
    With its customizable 8 speaker configuration, Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 enables users to finally enjoy the very finest environmental audio reproduction available!
    For the first time, a 7.1 speaker configuration – the true pinnacle of digital 3D cinema audio which was only available up to now at movie theatres or with hi-fi devices– is now accessible to everyone at home on their PC. Users can experience a captivating 360° true-to-life audio environment in games, DVDs and even with digital audio music!

    As usual, Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 has been designed to be completely user-friendly: a separate headphone output (no need to disconnect the front speakers in order to plug in your favorite headset), Hercules’ custom-designed all-in-one control panel, 10-band equalizer, and an optimized Mini-Disc mode are just a few of the impressive features it offers.

    Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 will be available from August 2002 at a recommended street price of $49.99 (USD) / €79.95.


    Unparalleled gaming performance:
    Featuring the extremely powerful Crystal™ CS4624 DSP, Gamesurround Fortissimo™ III 7.1 provides an incredibly smooth gaming experience: the sound card calculates 3D audio effects in hardware, thus freeing up the computer’s CPU for other processing tasks.
    High-speed performance and a mind-blowing, totally immersive feeling are guaranteed in games, with crisp 3D sound on up to 7.1 channel surround sound speaker systems.

    A truly unsurpassed DVD experience:
    Gamesurround Fortissimo™ III 7.1, bundled with PowerDVD™ PRO EX, the popular DVD playback software application, ensures perfect compatibility with both today’s and tomorrow’s DVD technology, supporting the universal Dolby Digital™ 5.1, Dolby Digital™ EX™ 6.1 and 7.1 industry standards.
    Superior DVD audio playback is ensured, thanks to the digital processor’s powerful, crystal-clear sound.

    The ultimate digital music solution!
    Electronic musicians can create, edit, deliver and reproduce high quality sound using Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1’s 20-bit, high fidelity outputs. Additionally, the included Acid Xpress™ software allows users to have fun creating their own personalized music on their PC, quickly and easily. The digital optical output connector is also ideal for downloading any audio source onto digital audio devices.
    Featuring Yamaha’s S-YXG50 wavetable SoftSynthesizer, Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 guarantees perfect reproduction of the sound of acoustic instruments, and is compatible with both the General MIDI and Yamaha XG standards.
    Hercules® MediaStation II, a new software tool bundled with the card, makes it simple to play digital audio (MP3, WMA … ) and video files, as well as view images, turning PCs into multimedia jukeboxes for maximum fun and enjoyment.

    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
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    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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    DIGIFIRE 7.1:

    A digital gateway for your PC!


    La Gacilly, September 9th 2002 - Hercules is thrilled to announce the launch of its new DIGIFIRE 7.1 sound card. DIGIFIRE 7.1 completes Hercules’ revolutionary 7.1 channel PCI sound card range with an all-in-one digital upgrade solution, providing both high speed FireWire® connections and powerful audio performance in games and DVDs.

    Like the recently launched Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1, DIGIFIRE 7.1 employs Hercules’ groundbreaking audio technology: this new sound card has been designed to be fully compatible with 2 to 8-speaker kits, and to transfer data at the highest speed with the latest digital FireWire® devices on the market.
    With its customizable 8 speaker configuration, DIGIFIRE 7.1 allows users to finally enjoy the very finest environmental audio reproduction available!
    For the first time, a 7.1 speaker configuration – the true pinnacle of digital 3D cinema audio, previously available only in movie theatres or with hi-fi devices – is now accessible to everyone at home on their PC. Users can experience a captivating 360° true-to-life audio environment in games, DVDs and even with digital music!
    DIGIFIRE 7.1’s 3 full speed FireWire ports allow technology addicts such as gamers to take advantage of FireWire PC to PC multi-player gaming.
    Video fans will also appreciate the FireWire connectors, which can be used to connect a DV camcorder and create professional-quality videos with the new bundled Cyberlink PowerDirector PRO 2.5 ME software.

    As usual, DIGIFIRE 7.1 has been designed to be completely user-friendly: a separate headphone output (no need to disconnect the front speakers in order to plug in your favorite headset), Hercules’ custom-designed all-in-one control panel, 10-band equalizer, and an optimized Mini-Disc mode are just a few of the impressive features it offers.

    DIGIFIRE 7.1 will be available from October 2002 at a recommended street price of $79.99 (USD) / €99.99.

    The ultimate digital music solution!

    Electronic musicians can create, edit, deliver and reproduce high quality sound using DIGIFIRE 7.1’s 20-bit, high fidelity outputs.
    2 external and one internal FireWire connectors allow for simple connection of the very latest FireWire hard drives and DVD-ROM drives, making it quick and easy to manage digital audio files.
    The digital optical output connector is also ideal for downloading any audio source onto digital audio devices.
    Additionally, the included Acid Xpress™ software allows users to have fun creating their own personalized music on their PC with its easy-to-use interface.
    Featuring Yamaha’s S-YXG50 wavetable SoftSynthesizer, DIGIFIRE 7.1 guarantees perfect reproduction of the sound of acoustic instruments, and is compatible with both the General MIDI and Yamaha XG standards.
    Hercules® MediaStation II, a new software tool bundled with the card, makes it simple to play digital audio (MP3, WMA … ) and video files, as well as view images, turning PCs into multimedia jukeboxes for maximum fun and enjoyment.

    Extreme gaming performance:
    Featuring the extremely powerful Crystal™ CS4624 DSP, DIGIFIRE 7.1 provides an incredibly smooth gaming experience: the sound card calculates 3D audio effects in hardware, thus freeing up the computer’s CPU for other processing tasks.
    Experience FireWire PC to PC multiplayer gaming: high-speed performance and a mind-blowing, totally immersive feeling are guaranteed in games, with crisp 3D sound on up to 7.1 channel surround sound speaker systems.


    A truly unrivalled DVD experience:
    DIGIFIRE 7.1, bundled with PowerDVD™ PRO EX, the popular DVD playback software application, ensures perfect compatibility with both today’s and tomorrow’s DVD technology, supporting the universal Dolby Digital™ 5.1, Dolby Digital™ EX™ 6.1 and 7.1 industry standards.
    Superior DVD audio playback is ensured, thanks to the digital processor’s powerful, crystal-clear sound.

    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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    Sounds sweet. Not too expensive either. Now i'm not saying the 7.1 speaker system is going to be cheap but anyway...
    New Sig soon, old one was way outdated.

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    how does one configure 7.1 speakers?!?

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    I have a 5.1 Soundblaster Live, it's nothing too fancy, but it works well for my needs. I have noticed that a lot of higher quality audio cables that fit into the mini jacks on the backs of these cards are too wide to occupy two ajacent spaces. Do these cards have better spacing of the audio jacks? I did notice they moved the controller input off the card itself, which, with USB being the preffered method of everything, i think is past due.
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