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The SOUNDS!

I really didn't need a separate page for the sound components of my Arcade but I figured it wouldn't hurt.

The sound card I used was a Soundblaster 16 ISA card. It's a big honker!

 

bulletFM Synthesis: Yes
bulletWave Synthesis: Not Applicable
bulletBuilt-In Stereo Power Amplifier: Yes
bulletBuilt-In Digital/Analog Mixer: Yes
bulletPlug and Play: No
bulletCD-ROM Interface: Panasonic/MKE, Sony, Mitsumi

Hardware Settings
Default settings are shown in [brackets]

bulletInterrupt (IRQ): 2, [5], 7, 10
bullet8-bit DMA Channel: 0, [1], 3
bullet16-bit DMA Channel: [5], 6, 7
bulletJoystick I/O Address: 200 Hex Joystick: [Enabled] Disabled JYEN ON OFF
bulletAudio I/O Address: [220], 240, 260, 280
Hex ADDRESS: [220] 240 260 280
IOS0 ON OFF ON OFF
IOS1 ON ON OFF OFF
bulletMPU-401 I/O Address: 300, [330]
Hex Port address: 300 [330]
MSEL OFF ON
bulletMPU-401 [Enabled] (MPUEN closed), Disabled (MPUEN open)
bulletFM Synthesizer I/O Address: 388 Hex
bulletWave Synthesizer I/O Address: Not Applicable
bulletCSP Chip Installed (disabled)
CSP Chip: Enabled Disabled
IFSD, APSD OFF ON
bulletMitsumi CD-ROM interface IRQ: 3 10 [11]
Mitsumi IRQ: 3 10 [11]
JP5 OFF OFF ON
JP6 OFF ON OFF
JP7 ON OFF OFF
bulletThere is also a jumper in the lower left corner of the card that is used 
to select the type of CDROM drive that is used. The 'Other' setting disables
the interfaces.

Connectors

bulletLine-In: Yes
bulletMic-In: Yes
bulletLine-Out: Yes
bulletSpeaker-Out: Yes
bulletPC Speaker-In: Yes
bulletGame/Joystick Port: Yes
bulletCD-ROM Audio-In (SB Audio Socket): Yes
bulletCD-ROM Audio-In (MPC2 Socket): No
bulletCSP Chip Socket: Yes (CSP chip built-in in CT2230)
bulletWave Blaster Daughter Board Connector: Yes
bulletExternal CD-ROM: Not Applicable
bulletModem Feature Connector: Not Applicable

 

The speakers were an inexpensive pair that I picked up for $20 at Staples.

 

Cyber Acoustics

 

Model CA-3000 Overview:

The most affordable 3-piece subwoofer system on the market

Features and Specifications:

bulletErgonomic space saving design
bulletConvenient desktop volume control
bulletCloth grill cover
bulletFloor style tower subwoofer
bulletAcoustic balanced wood cabinet
bulletBass reflex, ported enclosure
bulletPower on/off switch
bulletPower on indicator
bulletPower output 10 watts
   > Subwoofer 7 watts
   > Satellites 1.5+1.5 watts
bullet3" poly carbon, high excursion woofer
bullet2" high frequency satellite radiators
bullet9 volt power adapter. UL/CSA approved

 

The one Specification they left off was - CHEAP!  All in all the sound sounds fairly decent. I was mainly concerned about having some type of sub-woofer installed for the Arcade. As you can see by the pictures below I managed to void the warranty relatively quickly. I removed the faceplates for each satellite speakers and screwed them directly to the MDF after cutting the holes for the speaker grills. I then used some L-brackets to mount the subwoofer (note: subwoofers are omni-directional so they don't need to be in direct ear shot). I used some automotive speaker grills for the front of the Arcade and some black cloth as part of the speaker grill assembly to disguise the speakers. One of the objectives to keep in mind is "no-rattles".

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Nothing really fancy as far as the set-up and installation of software goes. I downloaded some DOS drivers from Sound Blasters web site and did a standard install. Take a look at the Autoexec.bat if your interested. 

Plugged the speaker cables in and away we went...

 

next: the MONITOR !

 

 


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