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Turtle Beach Santa Cruz PCI Sound Card


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  • Digital Signal Processor (DSP) offloads audio tasks from PC central processor
  • High-resolution converters provide crystal-clear reproduction of MP3, WAV, CD, DVD and Internet Audio
  • Spectacular home-theater surround sound with programmable ambiance effects on 2, 4, or 6-speaker systems
  • SensauraVirtualEar Technology optimizes 3-D positional audio for enjoying surround sound with headphones
  • Supports industry-standard 3-D positional audio for interactive PC gaming

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Turtle Beach
  • Model: TBS-3400-01
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Warranty: No, 1 year Parts, 1 year Labor

Product Details

Product Manual [11.01mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 9.5 x 3 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000063WQ0
  • Item model number: TBS-3400-01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 16, 2002

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Santa Cruz combines cutting-edge technology, audiophile sonic quality, and an unprecedented array of features to deliver PC audio performance normally reserved for the finest home audio equipment.

Unlike conventional sound cards, Santa Cruz is engineered for the future with a powerful DSP accelerator. Advanced design features such as wide bandwidth, low-noise amplifiers, and high-resolution converters accurately deliver the highest fidelity for playing digital music, CDs, DVDs, and interactive multichannel games.

Santa Cruz can support up to six powered speakers in various combinations, including discrete 5.1, quad, and virtual surround with stereo speakers or headphones. Programmable digital sound fields further enhance your sonic experience with riveting three-dimensional realism.

The Santa Cruz sound card comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Product Description

A next generation PCI sound card that drives up to 6 powered speakers or enhanced to sound like 6 with programmable DSP effects Simultaneous record & playback up to 48kHz Digital Outputs - 48kHz PCM or AC-3 for external processors 10-band graphic EQ with presets and peak meters 3 20-bit DACs 10Hz-120kHz (-3dB) SNR - 96dB FS A-weighted THD+N - (-3dB) - < -91 dB FS (0.0027%) Requires Pentium 200MHz processor w/MMX or better, 32MB RAM, Win95/98/NT 4.0 (w/SP.4 or higher), PCI 2.1 slot, CD-ROM drive and 69MB disk space

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Customer Reviews

Music sounds even better to me now.
Delfindle
Only one and half year later, they don't provide any technical support for their products.
Ying Jin
The installation was simple, pull out the old card, plug this one in.
"greatone222"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Wisnieski on July 7, 2003
Turtle Beach's Santa Cruz is a welcome alternative to the everpresent Creative line of sound cards.
When I first opened the box, I was disappointed. The box is enormous, but there is almost nothing in it. There is a PCI card, a CD in a paper sleeve, a quick start fold-out, and a warranty registration card. I expected at least a dozen-page manual, and its ommission made me cautious.
Installation is easy, though it did require at least two reboots to complete. The full product manual is available on the install CD as a PDF.
I upgraded to a Santa Cruz from a Creative SB Live! Value. I upgraded for a few specific reasons. My old card had all the features I wanted - it supported quadraphonic sound, had all the inputs and outputs (digital and analog) that I wanted. Technically, though, it was lacking - the Live! line has notorious problems with interrupt sharing, which modern Windows systems use incessantly. Despite driver upgrades, I had popping, stuttering audio.
No more with the Santa Cruz. The new soundcard is much more reliable than the old. I did not expect to hear an audible difference in the sound quality, but I did. The Santa Cruz is crisp and clear, with a very low noise floor. The positional audio is also impeccable. A last unexpected benefit is that it runs much, much cooler than my old Live! did. The main chip on my Live! would be noticibly warm to the touch, but the Santa Cruz stays nice and cold. With summer upon us, every bit of cooling in your PC helps.
The bundled software is not flashy, but it is definitely adequate. The tools provided are small and unobtrusive. There is one utility that loads into the tray by default, replacing the standard volume control. I haven't tried disabling that yet, but it is hardly noticeable.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2002
I love really good equipment- and this card is the best overall. It has better driver support for more games- a better user interface than creatives cards ( I have a SB live also) and has a smaller CPU usage footprint...and it's cheaper. It's an ABSOLUTE steal- yes It's better that SB live value- LIVE!- and IMHO- better than ALL audigy cards for gaming- it's gives less trouble and runs better on most games. 5.1/6.1 sound- versa jack- sound options out he WAZOO! I built a new rig with MSI 415d motherboard (Nvida chipset) AMD athalon xp2100 OCZ PC 2700, Coolermaster ALUM. case, HCC_001 CM HS, and by my choice (and i had the money to but Audigy) I plugged a new Santa cruise in this baby- ...and...it rocks.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "greatone222" on July 20, 2002
Having heard a SB Audigy Platinum Sound Card in action, I have to tell you that this thing is the real deal for ALOT less. It's got support for EVERY speaker combination you can think of, from 2, to 4, and then the 5.1 6 Speaker setup. I've got the Promedia 5.1 System, and this is the PERFECT card for it. I didn't think I needed to go any further than the Turtle Beach to get top quality sound, and I guessed right. If you buy a Sound Blaster, you'll probably get the same quality, with a few extra features, and a more recognized brand name. However, if your into performance and bang for the buck, rather than brand names, look no further.
The installation was simple, pull out the old card, plug this one in. The diagram on the back of the box is plenty detailed enough to help you find where your speaker plugs go. The installaion disk installed itself in about 1 minute, and I was rolling with REAL 5.1 Surround Sound.
The control panel is great, plenty of detail to adjust the card to perform to your specifications. It's a fancy card for a discounted price, but your not paying for it by getting less quality. This is a GREAT sound card. Dell sells these with the 8200 series line, and they rarely make mistakes.
If you've got a 5.1 System, I ESPECIALLY reccomend this, because you need the 6 speaker support. If your just looking to upgrade, look no further.
Good luck and take care.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CWorange on December 11, 2002
Well, I now make a partial living from building high end to Mid end cpmputer gaming systems. On the motherboards that do not have the C-Media 8738 onboard sound, or the N-Force Dolby (c) sound, I always use the Turtle Beach Santa Cruise, never a Soundblaster of any kind. The SB series do work great on Intel chipset motherboards, and they sound nice, but not as nice as this TB Santa Cruise, and the TB card works on so many more game titles and motherboard chipsets -- Via, SIS, ...and gives hardly any problems---if any at all. Mostly I build with Soyo, Biostar, And Epox motherboards for thr AMD XP 1600-2800. On ther Soyo boards, the C-Media is fairly nice, but on Epox and Biostar, they usually have the AC97 onboard sound, which I replace with the Santa Cruise. Fistly, the interface is simple and has many options--but not TOO many, like the SB series---so many that you are overwhelmed, and most of them you will never use, but on the Santa Cruise---you will use most of them, and it's a true digital card, and you can create so many cool sound effects, like using the "sewer pipe" effect while playing Half Life. The SB Audidy cards would be nice if they actually worked on all chipsets, and did not have so much "bloatware" that you will never use. You want clean-clear-crisp--no skipping--no popping, and want it to work on all your game titles? -- and you want it to be perfect for music? Look no further..........
< This is the card to get> :)
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