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Thursday, 04 January 2007 00:00
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Bluegears b-Enspirer sound card review

Although the complaints regarding Creative Labs as a monopoly in the sound card market are oft heard by enthusiasts, to think of the giant as a sole purveyor of discrete sound cards would do a great disservice to the handful of companies that have sprung up in the past couple of years offering their own intriguing offerings in this market - Indeed, we've taken a look at a couple of these parts in the past, courtesy of Auzentech's X-Mystique and X-Plosion.  Although these parts don't boast the gamer-centric focus of Creative Labs' offerings, leaving them bereft of the latest EAX support and features such as X-RAM and Fatal1ty's grinning mug on their boxes, these rival offerings have tended to have tricks of their own up their sleeves.

Releases of these rival discrete sound cards are showing no sign of abating, with a new generation of boards now making their way to the market with an even further extended feature set together with improved audio quality and processing.  In fact, we'll be taking a look at a couple of such boards in the coming weeks here at Elite Bastards, but the first of these to come under the microscope arrives courtesy of Bluegears.  In fact, you may remember Bluegears' name as the original supplier of HDA's X-Mystique in North America, before Auzentech took on the job.

Selling the X-Mystique has clearly given the company a taste for all things audio, and it is this experience that seems to be behind the release of the part we'll be looking at today - The b-Enspirer.  Based around the latest and greatest C-Media sound chip available, and with some very cool functionality on offer, can this board take a step above and beyond what we've seen from Auzentech's previous offerings?  Let's check it out.

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