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The Creative Entertainment Centre is an evolution of software that Creative has been developing for a while, enabling the PC to be controlled via a small handset. The current iteration has obviously been inspired by Windows Media Center and is clearly laid out for display on a television. Music, video, photos and Powerpoint presentations can all be controlled remotely in a design that is clean and functional.
There’s much to like about the Entertainment Centre, but it needs maturing and the quirks need ironing out. There’s too much inconsistency in the controls, video is stretched to fill the screen making it useless for widescreen recordings and photos look blurred due to the scaling algorithm.
The Audigy 4 Pro is a very good all round card with the limitations well-known by now. As an all-in-one solution for DVD viewing, surround sound, heavy gaming and audio applications, it’s a respectable conclusion to the Audigy line. The progress in audio quality, while subjective, is also appreciated and this must be the factor against which the extra cost of this card, compared to the older cards, is finally weighed.
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