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Table Of Contents
1. Introduction .......................................................................................... 1
1.1.
KEY FEATURES ...........................................................................................................2
1.2.
Minimum System Requirements ...................................................................................3
1.3.
Audio Performance........................................................................................................3
2. Installation of The New Sound Card .................................................. 4
2.1.
Quick Installation Guide ................................................................................................4
2.1.1.
Step 1 ....................................................................................................................4
2.1.2.
Step 2 ....................................................................................................................4
2.1.3.
Step 3 ....................................................................................................................4
2.2.
Detailed Installation Guide ............................................................................................5
2.2.1.
Before Installing the New Soundcard ....................................................................5
2.2.2.
Identifying The Old Sound System ........................................................................5
2.2.3.
Disabling the Integrated Sound .............................................................................6
2.2.4.
Uninstalling the Old Soundcard and Drivers..........................................................6
2.2.5.
Installing the New Soundcard................................................................................9
2.2.6.
Speaker Connection............................................................................................10
2.2.6.1.
2.3.
Digital Speakers ..........................................................................................10
Software Installation ....................................................................................................11
3. The Philips Sound Agent 2 HD ......................................................... 12
3.1.
Basic Interface Operation............................................................................................12
3.2.
Compact Control Panel ...............................................................................................14
3.3.
Main Control Panel......................................................................................................16
3.3.1.
Effects Tab ..........................................................................................................16
3.3.2.
Equalizer Tab ......................................................................................................18
3.3.3.
Setup Tab............................................................................................................19
3.3.4.
Mixer Tab ............................................................................................................21
3.3.4.1.
Playback source controls.............................................................................21
3.3.4.2.
Recording Source Control ...........................................................................21
3.3.4.3.
Advanced Mixer Sub-Tab ............................................................................22
3.3.5.
Presets Tab .........................................................................................................24
3.3.6.
Info Tab ...............................................................................................................25
3.4.
Visualization Control Panel .........................................................................................26
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4. Uninstalling PSA2 HD........................................................................ 27
5. Technical Support And Warranty ..................................................... 28
5.1.
Internet Address: .........................................................................................................28
5.2.
Technical Support Information: ...................................................................................28
6. Appendix A ......................................................................................... 29
Useful Tips For Speaker setup................................................................................................29
6.1.
Ideal Listening Scenario (Speakers) ...........................................................................29
6.2.
Ideal Listening Scenario (Headphones) ......................................................................29
6.3.
Avoid Reflective Surfaces (Speakers).........................................................................29
6.4.
Balance the Speakers and Headphones.....................................................................29
7. Appendix B ......................................................................................... 30
Uninstalling the Old Drivers and the Soundcard .....................................................................30
8. Appendix C ......................................................................................... 31
Disabling the Integrated Sound...............................................................................................31
9. Appendix D ......................................................................................... 32
Troubleshooting ......................................................................................................................32
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1. Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Ultimate Edge Soundcard! The Ultimate Edge has been
designed to transform your computer into a next generation Media PC. We are confident that you
will experience the ultimate in PC audio performance and features.
This document contains information that should help you with learning all the features of your new
soundcard and the PSA2 HD graphical user interface. It includes instructions on how to install the
new hardware and software drivers. Please take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with the
soundcard before starting to install it.
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1.1. KEY FEATURES
Professional grade audio components transform your computer into an advanced digital
audio processor!
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Front output external speaker jack (Left/Right) – 24-bit / 96KHz
Surround output external speaker jack (Left/Right) – 24-bit / 96KHz
Center / LFE output external speaker jack – 24-bit / 96KHz
Standard microphone input jack – 24-bit / 96KHz
Standard line input jack – 24-bit / 96KHz
CD audio and audio from Video card internal input connector – 24-bit / 96KHz
Coax S/PDIF Output compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS pass-thru – 24-bit / 96KHz
Sound Agent 2 HD™ 24-bit Audio Control Center:
• 32-bit floating point digital signal processing enhances sound while maintaining 24-bit
precision for music, gaming, DVD movies and external inputs.
• Full 24-bit effects processing all channels.
• Exclusive QMSS5.1 technology creates 6 independent channels of audio from ALL
stereo sources when in 5.1 channel speaker mode.
• QSurround enhances Dolby Digital 6-channel sources by filling the sound gap
between speakers to create a complete 360-degree wrap-around audio experience
that is smooth and natural. But more importantly, it creates virtual 3D surround over a
two-speaker setup.
• Active Dynamic Filtering found in the new QSizzle and QRumble components feature
low, mid and high frequency enrichment algorithms that help restore sonic fidelity for
highly compressed digital audio files such as MP3s and WMAs. Simply put, it makes
MP3’s sound great.
• QInteractive3D technology offers precise 3D sound positioning with all headphone
and speaker output configurations and is compatible with DirectSound3D, EAX 1.0,
EAX 2.0/I3D Level 2, and A3D enabled games.
• QXpander stereo enhancement creates input to virtual 3D surround sound with any
headphone or two-speaker set configuration.
• Professional style 10-Band Equalizer for precise sound tailoring of all digital audio
media.
• Industry standard digital output (S/PDIF Out) allows connection to digital speakers or
external decoders.
• 15 unique reverb environments using the exclusive QSound Environmental
Modeling (QEM) algorithms for totally immersive gaming and dramatic musical
performances.
• Normalization smoothes out the volume differences within audio files and reduces the
volume variations for all audio sources - automatically.
• Default and user defined Presets for most settings to personalize all your games,
music, and movies - exactly the way you like it.
• S/N Ratio > 104dB
• THD = 0.004%
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1.2. Minimum System Requirements
Genuine Intel Pentium III 450 MHz or faster
64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended)
One CD-ROM Drive
800 x 600 screen resolution (1024 x 768 recommended)
20 MB of available hard drive space
PCI 2.2 compliant slot
Windows 2000 or Windows XP Operating System
NOTE: Each operating system has its own minimum requirements that should be observed. In
addition, various games and DVD applications may require higher limits than listed above.
1.3. Audio Performance
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 104 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.004%
Frequency Response: <20 Hz to >20 kHz
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2. Installation of The New Sound Card
Installing your Philips Ultimate Edge soundcard is easy. Please take a moment to read all the
steps before proceeding with the installation. If you need more details, read through this user’s guide.
Note: Computers come in different shapes and sizes. The installation procedure in this manual is
general in nature and you should compare the illustrations shown here with your computer
hardware before starting your soundcard installation.
2.1. Quick Installation Guide
This Quick Installation Guide is provided for those who are very familiar with PC hardware and
software and do not require detailed information to install new hardware. For more detailed
explanation and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the Detailed Installation Guide section
following this section.
2.1.1. Step 1
Disconnect the power cord and all the attachments from the PC. Remove any existing soundcard.
The existing soundcard may be an add-on, or an on-board audio device. If it is on-board audio
device, it must be disabled in BIOS. Remember to uninstall all audio drivers using either the
uninstall program associated with the drivers, or use the one in the system Control Panel (Add or
Remove Programs).
2.1.2. Step 2
Install the Ultimate Edge in one of the available PCI slots, preferably one that is away from the
AGP slot. Installing the soundcard next to the AGP slot may cause resource conflicts in some
computers.
2.1.3. Step 3
Install PSA2 HD drivers and user interface from the driver CD. Not installing PSA2 HD will limit
the soundcard to stereo output only.
Attach at least a stereo self-powered PC speaker to the appropriate connectors on the
Ultimate Edge soundcard. Run PSA2 HD by double-clicking on the PSA2 HD icon in the system
tray, and familiarize yourself with all the features of the control panels. Plenty of tool-tips have
been provided to introduce and define various features of this easy to use user interface.
If there is no audio coming out of the speakers, run the speaker test from the “setup” tab in the
“main control panel”. For more information refer to the Detailed Installation Section or the
Troubleshooting sections of this document.
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2.2. Detailed Installation Guide
Please have the PC and the old soundcard documents at hand. Refer to them for the removal or
disabling the existing soundcard on your PC.
2.2.1. Before Installing the New Soundcard
Before starting the installation of the new soundcard you will need to determine if your PC already
has a soundcard, or an integrated sound device on the motherboard. Your PC can only have one
active sound device. Therefore, please remove or disable the existing sound system before
installing the Ultimate Edge soundcard. This is very important and failure to do so may result in
the Ultimate Edge not working properly.
The following paragraphs and illustrations will help to determine the type of sound system existing
on your PC. Please go to the appropriate section to disable, or remove the old sound system.
2.2.2. Identifying The Old Sound System
Check the back of the PC in the area of PCI slots, usually toward the bottom on the tower and
mini tower cases, or to the right side, on desktop cases. All the audio related connectors line up in
one row on a 4-inch end bracket. See Figure 1.
Add-on
Soundcard
Figure 1
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If the sound system is integrated on the motherboard, usually, the connectors are similar to the
add-on card, but they are not on a bracket. They might be stacked up in one or two rows.
Figure 2 shows examples of on-board audio connectors.
Figure 2
If your PC does not have any type of sound system, proceed to 2.2.5. Installing the new
Soundcard section of this manual.
If you know your PC has an add-on soundcard skip to 2.2.4. Uninstalling the Old Soundcard
and Drivers section of this document.
If you know your PC has integrated sound system skip to 2.2.3. Disabling the Integrated Sound
section of this manual.
2.2.3. Disabling the Integrated Sound
To disable your integrated sound (on-board audio) you will have to enter the system BIOS utility.
Warning: Do not alter any other settings of your BIOS, or your system may not function properly.
Refer to your system documentation on how to activate the BIOS utility.
For useful examples on how to disable the on-board audio please refer to Appendix C.
Once you have disabled the on-board audio, proceed to 2.2.5. Installing the new Soundcard
section of this manual.
2.2.4. Uninstalling the Old Soundcard and Drivers
Uninstall the drivers for any previously installed soundcards. This is very important and failure to
do so may result in improper operations of the Ultimate Edge soundcard. Please uninstall the
driver before removing the old soundcard from your PC. Consult the documentation of your old
soundcard for details. Appendix B contains some useful general instructions on how to uninstall
the old audio drivers.
After you remove the old audio drivers, turn off your computer and disconnect the power cable
and all devices that are connected to the computer.
Caution: Static electricity can permanently damage to your soundcard.
To Prevent Damage:
1. Always hold the soundcard by its edges. Avoid touching any electronic components on the
soundcard.
2. Use a grounding strap or touch any non-painted surface of your computer chassis before
you begin installation to discharge static electricity.
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Follow these steps to remove the old card. See Figure 3.
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Remove the PC cover. Because every PC is different it is very important that you refer to
the users manual that came with your PC on how to remove the cover.
Unscrew the old soundcard and save the screw for the Ultimate Edge soundcard.
Remove the analog audio cable (if connected) from the old soundcard, but do not
disconnect the other end. This cable is usually connected to the CD ROM drive or DVD
ROM drive. You will need this cable for the Ultimate Edge soundcard.
Remove the old soundcard by firmly pulling it out.
Select an available PCI slot and remove its cover plate.
PCI Bus Slot
PCI Bus Slot
Mounting Screw
Cover Plate
Figure 3
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2.2.5. Installing the New Soundcard
Follow these steps to install the Ultimate Edge soundcard. See Figure 4.
• Remove the Ultimate Edge soundcard from the anti-static bag.
• Align the soundcard with the selected PCI bus slot and firmly push it into the slot. Be sure
the soundcard is aligned properly and fits snugly into the slot.
• Connect the cable to the CD In/Video In or Aux In connector on top edge of the card (see
Figure 5). You can connect the analog lines from CD ROM or DVD ROM drive to this
input.
• Use the screw from the slot cover to secure the soundcard to the frame of the computer
chassis.
• Put the cover back on the PC and connect the power cord and all the required peripherals
to the computer.
PCI Bus Slot
Mounting Screw
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Aux In
CD In/
Video In
Figure 5
2.2.6. Speaker Connection
You need to have a set of self-powered speakers. Self-powered means that the speakers have
their own power supply that plugs into an AC outlet or use batteries. It is strongly recommended
that you refer to the documentation that came with your speakers to determine the type and
connection for your speakers.
There are six jacks on the end bracket of the Ultimate Edge soundcard. External analog stereo
sources with line level output can be connected to light blue 3.5mm stereo jack at the top of the
soundcard bracket. A microphone can be connected to the pink 3.5mm mono jack.
If you have a set of PC stereo speakers, connect them to the green jack labeled “Front” on the
end bracket of the soundcard. See the diagram in Figure 6.
Connect the Rear speakers to the black jack and connect the Center/LFE to the peach color jack
on the end bracket of Ultimate Edge soundcard.
2.2.6.1.
Digital Speakers
If you have digital speakers, or any type of digital decoder box that uses a digital audio (S/PDIF)
signal, use the cable that is supplied with the speaker set to connect to the jack labeled S/PDIF on
the end bracket of the soundcard. To enable Digital output go to the Mixer tab of the PSA2 HD
panel (see Mixer tab description under Main Control Panel section of this document), select the
advanced sub-tab and click on S/PDIF Enable radio button.
Check out www.philips.com/ce (US) or www.philips.com/sound (Europe) to see Philips’s full range
of self-powered speakers.
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Line In
Mic In
Front Out
Rear Out
C/LFE Out
S/PDIF Out
Figure 6
After connecting the speakers, run the speaker test utility to ensure proper connection. Click on
the setup tab in the Main control panel, and then click on the Test button. For more information
refer to the Setup tab section of this document.
2.3. Software Installation
Install the Philips Sound Agent 2 using the Installation CD (included). Place the CD in the CDROM and if Autorun is enabled, it will launch the PSA2 HD Autolauncher panel. Click on the
“Install Philips Sound Agent 2” button and follow the instructions on the screen.
If Autorun is disabled, click on the Start menu at the bottom of the screen and click on Run. Type
the following in the Run window and click OK:
D:\autolauncher.exe (where D:\ is your CD drive designator letter).
Once the installation is complete, you will be asked to restart the computer. After the reboot, the
Philips Sound Agent 2 icon will appear in the Windows System Tray (or Systray, normally at the
lower right hand corner of screen), as shown in Figure 7.
Note: Not installing PSA2 HD will limit the Ultimate Edge soundcard to stereo output only.
If you can see the PSA2 HD icon in the system tray (See Figure 7) the software has been
installed and you should be able to launch it by double clicking on the icon.
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3. The Philips Sound Agent 2 HD
The Philips Sound Agent 2 is a Graphical User Interface that provides all the unique and powerful
features of the Ultimate Edge Soundcard. The PSA2 HD and the soundcard have the intelligence
to detect the source and the type of your audio stream. Based on these factors, the system
determines the nature of the audio processing and spatial algorithms that deliver the best quality
sound possible. However, sound quality is personal and subjective. That is why PSA2 HD allows
the capability to adjust and fine-tune the audio to suit individual taste.
The following sections provide a detail description of the PSA2 HD features.
3.1. Basic Interface Operation
To launch and setup Philips Sound Agent 2 control panel, double click on the PSA2 HD icon in
the System Tray (normally the lower right hand corner of the screen). See Figure 7.
Sound Agent 2 icon
Figure 7
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When PSA2 HD is launched for the first time, it appears in the fully expanded form as shown in
Figure 8. The panel contains three distinct sections; Compact Control Panel, Main Control
Panel, and Visual Control Panel. Use the Resize button to reduce the expanded form to a
compact form. The Compact Control Panel takes up very little space on the screen and it
contains the top-level controls. However, to set or change some of the settings, you need to
expand to the Main Control Panel. Use the Resize button when you need to expand the Main
control panel again.
Mute Button
Resize Button
Compact
Control panel
Main
Control
Panel
Visualization
Control Panel
Drop down/Pull up arrow
Figure 8
The Visualization Control Panel provides a graphic representation of the advanced audio
processing features of the Ultimate Edge soundcard. It also includes controls to enable the
environmental effects. The Visualization Control Panel appears only in the expanded mode as a
sliding cover for the Main Control Panel.
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3.2. Compact Control Panel
The Compact Control Panel contains the following controls:
Mute Button
Resize Button
Close Button
Figure 9
Master Volume
Master Volume controls the overall output level of the sound system. This volume control is
synchronized with the volume control on the system tray (the yellow speaker icon).
Mute
This button toggles the sound on or off to attached speakers or headphones. It mutes the sound
but does not stop the player.
Resize
Resize button toggles between the compact mode (basic controls) and the expanded mode (for
more advanced options).
Close
Closes the PSA2 HD control panel without affecting audio operation.
Default
Pushing the Default button resets most controls to a predefined functional state.
Help
This button launches the on-line help system. It contains detail descriptions of all features of the
PSA2 HD interface and its operation.
Reverb
This button toggles the QSound Environmental Modeling (QEM) on or off. However, some games
apply their own environmental effects, which are not controlled by this button. Environmental
modeling uses reverb (reflected sound) and delay to create the impression that the listener is in a
particular environment.
QEM provides a wide range of high-quality environmental modeling effects that are selectable
from the Visualization panel. By selecting a default environment, you impose the effects of that
environment for music, movies, or games that do not use the EAX feature.
PSA2 HD responds automatically to games that use the EAX and EAX2.0 commands. These
games automatically control the selection of environments (regardless of what is selected from
the Visualization Control Panel) to match various scenes and locations, and change these
selections as the environment changes. The slider in the Visualization Control Panel controls the
intensity of the reverb. If the level of Reverb is not as expected, check the slider in the
Visualization Control Panel and adjust properly.
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QSizzle
Toggles the QSizzle effect. When on, enhances the mid/high frequency range of a digitally
compressed audio stream. The button label illuminates when QSizzle is enabled.
QRumble
Toggles the QRumble effect. When on, it enhances the low frequency range of the audio stream.
The button label illuminates when QRumble is enabled.
Normalize
Toggles Normalization (automatic volume leveling) on or off. The button label illuminates when
Normalization is enabled.
3D Effects
Toggles 3D Effects on or off. This does not affect 3D audio games, but does affect non-3D audio
games utilizing the 2D to 3D remixing feature. The button label illuminates when 3D Effects are
enabled. To enable automatic audio features such as QSurround, QMSS, and QXpander this
feature must be enabled
EQ
Toggles the 10-band Equalizer on and off. The button label lights up when the Equalizer is
enabled. When the button is not activated the EQ remains inoperative.
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3.3. Main Control Panel
The Main Control Panel is in the center of the expanded mode, and it provides access to
advanced settings for most PSA2 HD controls, which are grouped in five separate tabs. See
Figure 10.
If only the Compact control panel is visible, you must expand it by clicking on the Resize button on
the right hand corner, next to the Close icon. See Figure 9.
If the Visualization Control Panel is covering the Main Control Panel, slide the Visualization
Control Panel cover down to reveal the Main Control Panel by clicking on the arrow at the middle
of the lower edge of the Visualization Control Panel. See Figure 8.
Figure 10
Once the Main Control Panel is open, you can choose any of the tabs to select the desired set of
controls. The following is a description of each tab from left to right:
3.3.1. Effects Tab
The Effects Tab is the first of the Main Control Panel tabs. Below is a description of all the
features on the Effects tab.
QSizzle
QSizzle is a mid and high frequency (treble) enhancement algorithm that helps to compensate for
the loss of presence, punch and signal detail that often results from compressed digital media,
such as MP3 and WMA formats.
QSizzle self-adjusts in real time according to frequency response of the input signal. This is
different from the Equalizer, which is a fixed frequency processor. The Equalizer does not monitor
the input signal or perform self-adjustment. The label QSizzle Active appears in illuminated text
when QSizzle is enabled, and QSizzle Off when disabled.
QRumble
QRumble is a powerful low frequency enhancement algorithm that helps to compensate for loss of
bass that may result from compressed digital media such as MP3’s or WMA formats.
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QRumble responds in real time to the varying nature of the input signal, automatically adjusting
itself accordingly. This is very different from the Equalizer, which is a static frequency processor.
The Equalizer does not monitor the input signal or perform self-adjustment.
The label QRumble Active appears in illuminated text when QRumble is enabled, and QRumble
Off when disabled.
Normalization
Normalization automatically adjusts the volume variations in various audio files or streams.
Quieter signals are amplified to match the level of louder ones, so that the listening volume
maintains a consistent level. This means that when playing files with various output levels, the
need to constantly adjust your speaker volume is minimized.
The label Normalization Active appears in illuminated text when Normalization is enabled, and
Normalization Off when disabled.
NOTE: If the pre-recorded volume of the source is too high, the playback might sounds ‘wavy’.
This is ‘as designed’ and can be minimized by turning off the Normalization for that particular song.
3D Effects
Three separate 3D audio enhancement algorithms are provided to maximize the spatial
experience no matter what the combination of signal type and output hardware.
When 3D Effects are enabled, the audio processor will automatically choose the appropriate
algorithm (3D mode) according to your output configuration and the type of input signal. The 3D
Effects indicator LED’s on front panel and the indicators on the Effects Tab illuminate to show
which algorithm is active at any given time.
QXpander optimizes stereo input played over 2 speakers or headphones. When QXpander is
active it provides a wider sound field far exceeding physical position of the speakers.
QSurround optimizes a multi-channel source (e.g. a 5.1 channel DVD) to create “virtual”
speakers and immerse the listener in surround sound when using either 5.1, quad or stereo
speakers.
NOTE: The source must be a multi-channel in order for this feature to be activated (e.g. on 5.1
DVD playback, please make sure the software-DVD player is set to 6-channel output).
QMSS optimizes stereo input sources for playback over a multi-channel speaker set (4 or 5.1
channels). The majority of audio sources are stereo (e.g. MP3’s, CD music tracks, WAV files,
games, etc). QMSS transforms these stereo sources into immersive multi-channel experience
with 4 or 5.1 discrete channels, depending on speaker configuration.
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3.3.2. Equalizer Tab
The Equalizer (EQ) controls the frequency response of the system by increasing or decreasing
the frequency response of ten independent frequency bands.
This Equalizer works very much the same as the equalizers in high quality sound systems. Each
slider controls the relative level of a band (range) of frequencies. The number listed above each
slider column is the center frequency of the band controlled by that slider. When a slider is set to
the center position, frequencies within this band are left flat and the gain is 0dB. See Figure 11.
Figure 11
To boost the level of a given band, move its slider above the centerline. To cut the relative level of
a given band, move its slider below the centerline. Maximum boost or cut is ±12dB on each
frequency level.
Sliders can be individually centered by right clicking anywhere within the slider area, or
collectively by clicking the Reset button on top right corner of the panel. Clicking the default button
on the compact panel can also collectively center the sliders. Please note that the default button
resets several other features as well.
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3.3.3. Setup Tab
Located under the setup tab is a speaker configuration panel and other critical audio controls.
This tab contains the controls to select and configure the speaker mode based on the type and
number of speakers you have. The Ultimate Edge soundcard supports a wide range of speakers.
From the list on the left side of the Setup tab, you can choose the desired output configuration.
This sets up the nature of audio processing, spatial algorithms, and the number of outputs, to suit
your preference. The following is a detailed explanation of each output mode and each control on
this tab. See Figure 12.
Fader Slider
Volume Slider
Balance Slider
Figure 12
Speaker Test Utility
The Speaker Test Utility can be utilized to test the current speaker configuration for proper
connection to the soundcard. Testing each speaker channel ensures each speaker is positioned
and connected properly.
The test utility highlights each of the available output channels for testing. Click any active
speaker to send the test sound to the corresponding speaker. Figure 13 shows that 5.1 speakers
are selected on the setup tab.
Figure 13
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Preamp Slider
The Preamp Level control allows you to boost the input audio signal before it is processed by the
PSA2 HD. It has a similar effect as the master volume, but should not be used instead of it. The
Preamp can be particularly useful to boost low level DVD movie soundtracks.
NOTE: Increasing the Preamp may cause audio distortion from saturation on some high level
input signal. In some cases, an input signal can be of such amplitude that audio distortion can
occur at the preamp default level. If this is the case simply lower the preamp level to help
eliminate any distortion.
Fader Slider
You can use this slider to control the balance between the front and the rear speakers.
Center Slider
Center controls the level of output on the center speaker only. Use this slider to adjust the volume
on the center speaker.
LFE Slider
This slider allows you to control the volume level of the subwoofer.
Balance Slider
This slider allows you to balance the left and the right speakers. It affects the front and the rear
speakers only.
The Loop Playback button allows the test to repeat until the stop button is pressed. If the
Loop Sounds is off, the sound will play once for each click of a speaker button.
The Auto button sends the test sound to each speaker once and moves to the next speaker
automatically. If the Loop and the Auto buttons are used in conjunction, the test signal will loop
through all attached speakers until the Stop button is pressed.
Speaker Connection Considerations
When connecting speakers it is important that you connect them properly to obtain maximum
performance. Connecting to the wrong jack will degrade the quality of the sound output.
If you have only two speakers connect to the Front output jack.
If you have four speakers, connect to the Front and Rear output jacks.
If you have six speakers (5.1), connect to the Front, Rear and Center/LFE output jacks. Ensure
that labeling of the speakers match the labeling of the jacks, i.e., front speakers to the front jack,
rear speakers to the rear jack and so on.
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3.3.4. Mixer Tab
Mixer controls allow you to select and control playback and recording input sources.
3.3.4.1.
Playback source controls
You can individually mute or un-mute as many playback sources as you wish.
Volume sliders set the playback level for each source.
Balance sliders adjust the relative left and right output levels for each stereo source. Balance
sliders should normally be left in the center, which is the default position. Right-click any of the
balance sliders to center it.
Depending on the number of available playback sources in your PC, the number of horizontal and
vertical slider may vary, and a scrollbar may or may not be present. The viewing area on the
Mixer Tab displays controls for a maximum of four playback sources at one time. Use the
Playback Source Scrollbar (if present) to reveal more source controls. See Figure 14.
Figure 14
When playing audio CD’s using the CD ROM driver of the PC, one should enable the digital audio
extraction in the system device manager. If you need more information refer to the
Troubleshooting section in Appendix D of this document.
NOTE: CD In playback/recording volume is controlled from the CD/Video slider under recording
tab. CD Player slider under playback tab doesn’t control anything.
3.3.4.2.
Recording Source Control
The Ultimate Edge soundcard allows you to record sounds and music from multiple input sources.
Select the “mixer” tab, go to the bottom of the panel and click on the “recording” tab. This panel
enables you to select and control recording sources.
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Figure 15
Before you start recording, you need to configure the recording source. Select a source by
clicking the appropriate “Select” button. Each source has its own level and balance controls. To
set each slider in its default position, right click on the sliders. See Figure 15.
The default recording source is Input Mix, but you can select other sources by going to the Mixer
tab and clicking on the Recording sub-tab.
3.3.4.3.
Advanced Mixer Sub-Tab
S/PDIF Enable
The S/PDIF digital output normally supplies the digital equivalent of the signal present at the
analog (front speakers or headphones) outputs. However, when this button is selected, Dolby
Digital (AC3) or DTS audio from DVD playback is passed through to the RCA S/PDIF output for
external decoding. See Figure 16.
NOTE: For proper AC3/DTS pass-thru operation, the software DVD player application used may
require additional configuration settings. Refer to the DVD player documentation for additional
instructions.
Figure 16
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HI-SR(96KHz)
Selecting the HI-SR (High Sample Rate) button will enable 96KHz sample rate for both input and
output from the Ultimate Edge. When you enable HI-SR on the Ultimate Edge:
- Input streams are sampled at 96kHz and processed by PSA2 HD at that rate.
PSA2 HD output may then be converted to a lower rate if required by the recording
program.
- Output streams lower than 96kHz will be converted to 96kHz.
NOTE: In order to use this feature over S/PDIF output, please make sure that you have a 96KHz
capable decoder. Failure in providing a 96KHz capable decoder with this feature enabled may
result in no sound or garbled playback.
Listen To Analog Inputs
Enable this button to monitor the playback from the analog inputs (CD In, Line In, Mic In, and Aux
In) during recording. Enabling this button will enable Front Speakers or Headphones button or
All Available Speakers and Outputs with Effects (QMSS) button to be selected.
Front Speakers or Headphones
Enable this button to monitor the analog inputs over front speakers or headphones (stereo).
All Available Speakers and Outputs with Effects (QMSS)
Enable this button to monitor the analog inputs over the current speaker configuration. Enabling
this button will also activate the 3D Effects function. Be aware that PSA2 HD effects are not
applied to any recording made.
NOTE: Please check the Troubleshooting section if you are having problem with microphone
feedback during the recording.
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3.3.5. Presets Tab
The Preset functions enable you to make snapshots of the state of all Philips Sound Agent 2
controls, so that you can conveniently reload the same settings at any time.
Figure 17
The Preset system enables you to save the state of PSA2 HD controls once you have made
adjustments to customize your listening experience, so you can recall settings for any source and
playback environment.
For example, if you have been listening to music with predominant drums and bass and have
adjusted the controls to suit your taste, you can quickly save a preset called “My Classic” (just a
name). Whenever you listen to this type of music again, simply load this preset, and all the
controls will return to the settings you had in effect when you saved it.
Sound Agent 2 comes with six factory presets as listed on the Presets tab. The following is a
description of each feature on the Presets tab.
Load
Clicking on this button loads an existing preset. To load another preset, highlight it on the list and
click the Load.
Save
When you load one of your presets and make changes to it, you can save it by clicking on the
Save button. If you have selected one of the factory presets and made changes to it, you will have
to save it under a different name. Sound Agent 2 will not overwrite factory presets, but you can
overwrite your own unique presets.
Save As
You can load an existing preset (factory or one of yours), modify it to your taste, and save it as a
new preset.
Delete
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Deletes the selected preset permanently from the list. When you select one your presets and click
on this button, a confirmation dialog box will appear and when you confirm by clicking the OK
button, the preset will be removed from the list. This button will not delete any of the factory
presets.
3.3.6. Info Tab
This tab contains useful information regarding the product. It includes the software driver’s
version number, manufacturer’s name, and web page addresses.
Figure 18
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3.4. Visualization Control Panel
The Visualization Control Panel provides a graphical representation of the environments and
effects that are created by Sound Agent 2. It also contains two drop-down menus and the Reverb
Intensity Slider.
The drop-down menu on the right contains fifteen different types of environmental effects to select
from. To select a reverb environment, the Reverb button located on the Compact Control Panel
must be enabled.
The drop-down menu on the left contains all factory and user defined presets for various types of
music. This menu allows easy preset access via the Visualization Control Panel.
The top center horizontal slider controls the intensity of the reverb effect that is being applied.
Adjust as necessary to achieve the right amount of Reverb based on individual content.
QXpander, QSizzle, and QRumble visuals can be adjusted by clicking and dragging the
corresponding graphic.
The Visualization Control Panel may be moved up and down to conceal or reveal the Main
Control Panel by clicking the arrow at the bottom center of the panel.
Presets
Menu
Environmental
Menu
QSizzle
Control
Reverb Intensity
Slider
QRumble
Control
QXpander
Control
Figure 19
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4. Uninstalling PSA2 HD
If for any reason it becomes necessary to uninstall the PSA2 HD drivers, you can choose one of
two available methods. You may go to the system control panel and launch the “Add/Remove
Programs” utility as shown in Figure 20. From the list of programs find PSA2 HD and click on it so
it is highlighted. Click the “Change/Remove” button.
Or, you may choose the uninstall program that comes with PSA2 HD program. For this you click
on the Windows Start button, click on the “All Programs”, click on the Philips folder, then select
and execute the Philips Uninstall program.
Figure 20
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5. Technical Support And Warranty
Before calling the technical support number please make sure you have the following information
available:
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Model number and date of purchase.
Computer type, processor speed, and available memory.
Computer operating system (IE; Windows® 2000, or XP).
On-screen error information.
Other hardware connected to the soundcard.
5.1. Internet Address:
Technical support and driver:
http://www.philips.com/support
The web site for Europe is:
http://www.philips.com/sound
Philips general web site is:
http://www.philips.com/ce
5.2. Technical Support Information:
Toll-Free telephone numbers:
Available 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM Central Standard Time
USA: 1-800-835-3506
Elsewhere:
See the Warranty Conditions document in your package.
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6. Appendix A
Useful Tips For Speaker setup
Following is some suggestions to help you set up your speakers for best results.
6.1. Ideal Listening Scenario (Speakers)
The ideal way to experience proper imaging, whether stereo, surround, or 3D, is to begin by
arranging each pair of speakers as symmetrically as possible.
Front speakers should be at the same height, angle and distance relative to the listener. You will
obtain best imaging if the distance between you and speakers are about the same distance as
between the speakers.
A typical multimedia set-up, with the speakers placed just to either side of the computer monitor,
is ideal for stereo or quad listening. However, if your system has a center speaker, then it is
advisable to move the left and right front speakers further apart, maintaining equal distance from
the listening position.
Surround speakers should be placed behind the listener, and ideally be no further than the front
speakers from the listener. They also need to be at the same height and angle as the front
speakers.
6.2. Ideal Listening Scenario (Headphones)
When using headphones, many of the potential problems associated with speaker listening are
essentially eliminated. For example, you are automatically positioned in the center, and if you
move around, this doesn’t change your position relative to the speakers.
6.3. Avoid Reflective Surfaces (Speakers)
If possible, keep your speakers away from reflective surfaces. For example, if your setup is in a
corner and one speaker is very close to a sidewall, this will degrade imaging. This is because
sound waves will bounce off the wall and arrives at your ears slightly later than the waves
originating directly from the speaker.
This is true of any environment except an anechoic (echo-free) chamber. However, when the
surface is close to the speaker, the reflected sound energy will be only slightly delayed and still
quite strong compared to the original, which will reduce the clarity of the signal you hear.
The same can be true of placing your speakers directly on a hard desktop. If possible, elevate
your speakers on stands so they are further away from the reflective surface. This will slightly
improve the imaging and effects.
6.4. Balance the Speakers and Headphones
Any imaging, including stereo, surround and especially 3D audio, can be degraded by left/right
channel imbalances. If your speakers or amplifier(s) incorporate balance controls, we strongly
recommend adjusting them to their center position. Many physical balance controls have a mark
to identify the center position.
If each speaker has separate volume controls, try to set them as equally as possible. You can use
the Philips Sound Agent 2 test utility to help you judge the volume levels.
This practice applies to headphones as well.
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7. Appendix B
Uninstalling the Old Drivers and the Soundcard
Regardless of which one of the supported operating systems you have, the following general
steps are used to remove the old drivers. It is recommended that you remove the drivers before
you take the old soundcard out of your computer.
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Click on the “Start” button
Click on the “Settings” and select “Control Panel”
Double click on “Add/Remove Programs”
Find the audio drivers on the list. Warning: Be sure you select the right drivers and you
are not deleting any other program.
Click on the “Remove”, or “Add/Remove” button.
When uninstall is finished removing the drivers, click OK, close all applications.
In most cases the above procedure removes the drivers. However, it is a good idea to check the
Device Manager to be sure every thing is removed. If you are not familiar with Device Manager
just follow these steps:
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Right click on “My Computer” icon and select Properties. If the icon is not displayed on the
desktop, click on the “Start” button and Right click on “My Computer”, then select
“Properties”. A new window will open.
On Windows 2000 and XP, select the “Hardware” tab on top and click on the “Device
“manager button at the middle of the window.
In the Device Manager window locate “Sound, video, and game controllers”.
Click on the “+” next to it. A list of devices will drop down from this selection.
Select the soundcard name in the list (you should recognize it by the name of the card or
the manufacturer), right click on it.
From the drop down menu select “Remove”. Click on OK.
There may be more than one component to the old soundcard, such as a game port. Make sure
you remove all components before exiting the Device Manager.
Close Device Manager and shut down your system to proceed with removing the old soundcard
out of the PC. Please go back to Soundcard Installation section of this document.
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8. Appendix C
Disabling the Integrated Sound
To disable the on-board audio you need to enter the system BIOS setup. Most computers only
allow you to enter the setup right after power up and just before the operating system starts
loading. A message may appear briefly to inform you that you can enter the setup. Typically, this
message shows up at one of the corners of the screen and says something like
“Press Del to enter setup”, or “Press F1 to enter setup”.
Some computers allow you to enter setup at any time. Refer to your PC’s documentation on how
to enter the setup utility. Find out how to enter the setup utility in your system and invoke it.
Warning: Do not change anything that you are not sure what it is, or your system may not
function properly.
In the setup utility usually there is a list of options. One is the Standard Features that includes the
time/date, and PC’s basic peripherals such as hard drive, keyboard, mouse, etc. Another is the
Advanced BIOS Features. Yet another is PnP and/or PCI Configuration. You may enter each of
these menus and look at the list of the options they provide. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard
to navigate through the setup utility.
Find the menu that contains the controls for the audio and sound feature. Select the menu by
moving the highlight on this menu, and hit Enter.
Locate the Audio or Sound device and select it using the arrow keys. Read the direction at the
bottom of the screen on how to change the settings. It may be the Page Up/Down keys, or +/- or
something else. Change the setting from “On” to “Off”, or from “Enable” to “Disable”, or whatever
the options are in your PC.
Save your settings and exit. Typically, the F10 key saves the changes and provides you with the
exit menu. You may have to press the “Esc” key to once or twice to see the exit menu. Select
save and exit. You may also type “Y” for yes to save and exit.
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9. Appendix D
Troubleshooting
This appendix covers some of the basic mistakes and pitfalls you might encounter.
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No Sound is coming out
1. Check the speakers.
a. Ensure the speakers are plugged into the back of the soundcard.
b. Ensure the speaker power supply plugged into the AC power outlet, or if they use
batteries, try new batteries.
c. Ensure the speaker volume turned up.
2. Check the mute button on the compact panel to ensure it is deactivated, i.e., there is no
red circle on the mute button.
3. Check the master volume slider and turn it up if it has a low setting.
4. Click on default button on the PSA2 HD compact panel.
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No Audio When Playing Audio CD in the CD Drive
The system CD ROM drive could be used to play audio CD’s. However, it must be configured to
extract the audio digitally and send it over the system data lines to the soundcard to be played.
Here are the steps to enable this feature:
Windows 2000
1. Right click on “My Computer”. On Windows 2000 this icon on desktop. On Windows XP it
is in the upper right portion of the Start menu.
2. Scroll down to “Properties” and click on it.
3. Click on “Hardware” tab.
4. Click on “Device Manager” button at the middle of panel.
5. Click on the + sign next to the DVD/CD-ROM Drives.
6. Right click on the CD ROM drive that appears. If there are more than one CD ROM drives,
click on the one that is being used for audio CD playing.
7. Scroll down to “Properties” and click on it.
8. A new panel opens. See Figure 21.
9. Click on the Properties tab
10. Click to select the box with the label “Enable digital CD for this CD-ROM device
11. Click the OK button and close all the relating windows.
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Figure 21
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CD Player Control in the mixer playback tab does not have any effect on the output
when Playing Audio CD in the CD Drive
Because the CD player sends the audio streams via the digital data lines, Windows treats this
source like other digital audio sources such as MP3 files. Therefore, to control the volume and
balance use the controls for “wave”.
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No PSA2 HD Icon in the System Tray
After you have installed PSA2 HD from the installation CD, if the PSA2 HD icon disappears from
the System Tray, go to the start menu, click on Programs (Windows 2000 or Windows XP), click
on Philips, then click on Philips PSA2 HD, then click on PSA2 HD Control Panel.
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When playing DVD there is background music but no dialog, or the dialog is very
low
Check speaker connection. This may happen if the front speakers are not connected while the
rear and subwoofer are. If the speakers are connected correctly and this happens it is possible
that the sound track of the DVD is corrupted or damaged. One may test the sound track by
connecting a set of headphones to the soundcard and listen to the sound. The headphones
always output the down-mixed sound track. If the headphones sound similar to the speakers, then
the sound track is corrupted.
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9 Listen to Analog Inputs is causing feedback when recording from Microphone
The microphone is too close to the speaker or the Mic In recording level is too high. Please
remove the microphone away from the speaker or lower the level of Mic In slider from the Mixer
Tab->Recording in the Main Control Panel.
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