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"Noisy" Sound Blaster 16

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Reply 20 of 24, by aitotat

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Wow, that Creative/Tandy Multimedia Audio Adapter is something that I'd very much liked to try. But one of the cards I'm sure I'll never going to get.

I just had to try CT1770 as well. When I previously tested it, I thought it was much less noisier than I expected. I remember testing some other CT17xx once, maybe CT1740 or CT1750 and it was noisier than later Sound Blasters.

But this CT1770. I think it is very good, even better than the CT1680. No bus noises at all and very little anything else. But it has the DMA clicking bug. Also compared CT1600 and cT1680 again, this time with Pentium Classic and Pentium MMX (previously I had K6-3+ installed). But the CT1600 is noisy and has lots of bus noises and the CPU did not make a difference, at least nothing I could hear.

Reply 22 of 24, by Scali

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On my SB Pro 2 (CT1600) the "thinking noises" are mostly routed via the FM circuit. If I mute the FM chip in the mixer, the card is considerably less noisy.

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Reply 23 of 24, by aitotat

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Here are better pictures of the CT1600 and CT1680 if someone wants to do comparisons.

CT1600 rev 4
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Reply 24 of 24, by shevalier

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aitotat wrote on 2023-04-24, 10:35:

Here are better pictures of the CT1600 and CT1680 if someone wants to do comparisons.

Bruno Putzeys wrote a good article about ground connections in circuits with low levels signal (i.e. audio)
https://www.diyaudio.com/community/attachment … ord-pdf.886214/
In short, approaches have changed a lot, and now just an ground plane is absolutely not enough.
It prevents a very bad result when tracing the board, but does not guarantee a perfect result.

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