|Today, the majority of homes are equipped with at least one PC, some of which are hooked up to home theater setups and cutting-edge sound systems. Hard-core gamers appreciate the thumping bass of a 5-speaker set-up and a 10-inch sub-woofer timed to accentuate in-game effects and ambience. From the cinematic sound quality of DVDs to the ambience of first-person shooters, 3D positional audio--including Dolby® Digital 5.1--is becoming an important ingredient for creating true-to-life entertainment experiences.
The NVIDIA® audio processing unit (APU) is primed to bridge the gap between games and reality by providing the world's most advanced 3D positional audio and DirectX 8.0 compatibility. The APU is an integral part of the first- and second-generation nForce™ media and communications processors, is the only one of its kind. The nForce APU, combined with NVIDIA's SoundStorm™ solutions, addresses the increasing appetite for full-featured, high-quality, real-time encoded Dolby Digital 3D audio, and greatly surpasses the audio capabilities of other sound cards and sound solutions.