Creative Labs owes you $62

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Lee, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    SINGAPOREAN soundcard maker, Creative Labs, has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit related to misleading marketing of its Audigy and Extigy range. Actually, it appears this settlement was agreed in principle at the end of last year, but few potential claimants yet know about it.



    Creative claimed that the products in question could handle 24-bit audio at 96Khz – indeed this was stated on the product boxes in bold letters, and in all advertising. But complaints filed in 2003 pointed out that this was only true in a very limited set of circumstances, and pretty much all of the audio passing through the cards would actually be processed at lower quality.

    The difference probably wouldn't concern the average gamer or casual MP3 enthusiast, but many of those planning to use the Creative cards for professional-quality audio were outraged by the labelling. Owners of all of the original Audigy series are included in the proposed settlement. This includes the Audigy ES, Audigy Platinum, Audigy Platinum eX, Audigy Gamer, Audigy MP3+ and also the original Extigy external USB sound module.


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  2. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    wow. I have one of those. This explains alot.
     
  3. Lee

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    You better go claim whats owed. :)
     
  4. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    hmm my bad i have SOUND BLASTER|AUDIGY 2 PCI SB0244 % never mind. (brain fart)
     
  5. BillBrasky82

    BillBrasky82 OSNN Junior Addict

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    man too bad i threw away my audigy 1 when i bought an audigy 2...

    drat oh well
     
  6. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    I have the Audigy Gamer card, and have been rather unhappy with its performance since I got it. I may have to look into this.
     
  7. Lee

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    I would take it back and demand a full refund and make sure you show them the article from source or if it's posted also on creative's website.
     
  8. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    I believe to get any of that $ though you would probably have had been part of the class action lawsuit.
     
  9. RickyC

    RickyC OSNN Addict

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    Personally, I wouldn't use any of Creative cards for pro-audio, there are alot of better, more dedicated cards out there. Your ear won't really be able to tell the difference between 16 and 24 bit, it only comes in useful when editing audio, applying effects etc.
     
  10. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Hmm I was tempted to dig out my old Soundblaster Live! and use it to get a nice discount on an Audigy 4, but there is nothing great over the Audigy 2 to make it worth it.

    I think I would prefer a proper 64 bit driver suite. Anyone remember Creative, Windows XP and Liveware 3.0 ?