Four is the new three. Or at least that’s what Creative’s model numbering system would have us believe. The company went from the Audigy 2 to the Audigy 2 ZS, and then went straight to its new Audigy 4. We’ve generally been impressed with the Audigy 2 series of sound cards, and Creative still has the most feature-complete line of consumer sound cards in the business.
When the Audigy 4 first darkened our doorstep we looked forward to seeing what new audio goodness Creative had in store for us. There are some new things here, like some new bundled software, and there are even new D/A converters that deliver a bit more dynamic range. Those items aside, is there enough newness here to warrant bringing a whole new product to market? We’ll let you be the judge. We take a brief look at Creative’s latest offering, and offer some holiday buying advice if you’re in the sound card market.