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First post, by Skanque

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Hello Vogons

I have recently bought this lovely Sound Blaster 16 box from 1993.
Problem is, the card itself was lost in time and now I need to find a replacement. But I would like it too be the accurate one.
Some pictures for the ID process:
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My own guess could be CT1740, but I would like to be certain.
Have a nice day

Last edited by Skanque on 2019-09-30, 20:15. Edited 1 time in total.

Reply 1 of 14, by Doornkaat

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I think this box was used for multiple SB16 cards. Maybe the manuals will narrow it down further. 😀

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Pull yourself together then!

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Reply 2 of 14, by cyclone3d

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Is there a part number on any sides of the box?

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Reply 3 of 14, by Skanque

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Doornkaat wrote:
I think this box was used for multiple SB16 cards. Maybe the manuals will narrow it down further. :-) […]
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I think this box was used for multiple SB16 cards. Maybe the manuals will narrow it down further. 😀

Skanque wrote:

I would like to be curtain.

Pull yourself together then!

Sorry, I'll see myself out!

haha 😁 missed that, been corrected.

cyclone3d wrote:

Is there a part number on any sides of the box?

1730405149 is above barcode

Reply 4 of 14, by badmojo

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In my experience the SB boxes do have the part number on it, but it’s not obvious. My CT2290 (Value model) box has 2290 on it somewhere (no ‘CT’) - can you provide pics of the sides?

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Reply 5 of 14, by blurks

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The model number is usually imprinted on the top (SBxxxx = CTxxxx). The very early boxes (yellow, light blue) are missing the imprint as far as I know.

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There were many different Soundblaster 16 versions. This post indicates, that your SB16 Basic Edition is a CT1730.

Sound Blaster 16				CT1730
Sound Blaster 16 CT1740
Sound Blaster 16 (Multi CD) CT1750
Sound Blaster 16 (SCSI) CT1770
Sound Blaster 16 CT2230
Sound Blaster 16 (IDE) CT2290
Sound Blaster 16 CT2740
Sound Blaster 16 Value CT2770
Sound Blaster 16 (IDE) CT2830
Sound Blaster Vibra 16 CT2890
Sound Blaster 16 CT2910
Sound Blaster 16 Vibra CT2940
Sound Blaster 16 CT2950
Sound Blaster Vibra 16 CT2960
Sound Blaster 16 PnP CT2970
Sound Blaster Vibra 16 CT4170
Sound Blaster Vibra 16 CT4180

Reply 6 of 14, by SquallStrife

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The photo on the box looks very much like a CT1740 or CT2740. There aren't many SB16's with the volume wheel, right?

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Reply 7 of 14, by Horun

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Could be a CT1600, it had volume wheel and IDE cdrom interface, was called Sound Blaster 16 Pro 2. Here is a pic of a CT1350 and CT1600 both had volume but only the 1600 had the cdrom interface.

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Hate posting a reply and then have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor.

Reply 8 of 14, by TheMobRules

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Horun wrote:

Could be a CT1600, it had volume wheel and IDE cdrom interface, was called Sound Blaster 16 Pro 2. Here is a pic of a CT1350 and CT1600 both had volume but only the 1600 had the cdrom interface.

Nope. The CT1600 is a Sound Blaster Pro 2, the interface is not IDE and its box was labelled just "Sound Blaster Pro". You may be confusing it with the CT2910, that is sometimes known as "Sound Blaster 16 Pro" (no "Sound Blaster 16 Pro 2" existed as far as I know).

The card from the OP box is likely a CT1730/CT1740/CT2740 as others have mentioned, an early SB16 model.

Reply 12 of 14, by appiah4

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The number 1730 is written all over the box in the serial number.

My money is on CT1730.

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Reply 13 of 14, by mbstechnologies

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I know I'm reviving an old post, but I found this site while searching for info about a lot of vintage hardware I picked up, including a Sound Blaster 16 box just like this. I just picked up a SB16 that is in the same box with all the same documentation, etc. Mine does have the card which has CT1740 printed on the card on the front, but the sticker on the back says CT1730. The number above my bar code on the box also starts with 1730. Just figured I would verify the contents for anyone that comes across this in the future.

Reply 14 of 14, by appiah4

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mbstechnologies wrote on 2022-05-20, 23:31:

I know I'm reviving an old post, but I found this site while searching for info about a lot of vintage hardware I picked up, including a Sound Blaster 16 box just like this. I just picked up a SB16 that is in the same box with all the same documentation, etc. Mine does have the card which has CT1740 printed on the card on the front, but the sticker on the back says CT1730. The number above my bar code on the box also starts with 1730. Just figured I would verify the contents for anyone that comes across this in the future.

They are essentially the same card except 1730 has a CT1741 DSP chip with an old DSP version and (relatively) bug free MPU-401 whereas the 1740 has a CT1738 DSP chip and usually a newer DSP version and a buggy MPU-401. Otherwise, near identical cards. Hence they were probably bundled in the same box and sold interchangably for a while.

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