The audio engine further received poor reviews regarding MIDI quality, which was a common standard for multimedia music playback at the time. It was a substantial step forward in gaming audio, with impressive 3D audio positioning and other effects. The original Monster Sound card was distinct in this regard, but also controversial because it possessed poor DOS game compatibility [ citation needed ] which was still critical at the time. The move paralleled the 3dfx purchase of STB Systems , which changed 3dfx from a graphics chipset supplier to companies including Diamond, into a vertically-integrated graphics vendor and direct competitor to S3. Graphics cards , sound cards , Digital audio players. Diamond instead used ESS’s less powerful chips to continue the line.

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While the GUI accelerator was very capable, drivers from Diamond were rather buggy and were only revised a few times during the lifetime of the card.

They are a slightly newer product with the ‘Navigator’ player software having a cleaner user interface.

Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diamond Multimedia. Diamond also made kits called the Maximum DVD and If the first digit was 2then the card used standard DRAM. The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names.

Diamond PCI Video Card V1.06 Stealth 64 Video 2001

The original Monster Sound card was distinct in this regard, but also controversial because it possessed poor DOS game compatibility [ citation needed ] which was still critical at the time.

As of Septemberthus long after that diamonnd, Diamond was also preparing a new video card, based on the latest-generation R graphics core. They were one viedo the major players in the 2D and early 3D graphics card competition throughout the s and early s.


Aureal had gone into bankruptcy and was dissolved, so their last generation of chips were never released. In SLI, a pair of Voodoo2 boards splits the effort of rendering the 3D scene between alternating raster lines, allowing performance to be nearly doubled. Monster Sound MX was advertised as being one of the first ciamond cards with hardware MP3 decoding acceleration. Only the bundled player software can use the hardware MPEG2 decoding of the card.


The audio engine further received poor stealt6h4 regarding MIDI quality, which was a common standard for multimedia music playback at the time. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages using deprecated image syntax All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Commons category etealth64 from Wikidata Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia.

The Diamond Monster Sound gaming sound card series was the first sound card to have its own on-board processor to handle audio operations. However, as Microsoft Windows gained market share and diamonf graphics products entered the market, it was later relegated to stalth64 cheaper, value-oriented products and the SpeedStar branding was expanded to other products.

Initially the Stealth line was Diamond’s high-end brand but transitioned to midrange after the Viper line was introduced. InDiamond was acquired by S3 Graphics and became primarily a supplier of products based upon their graphics accelerator chips. The series was highly successful as the Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo2 chipsets introduced consumer-grade 3D graphics into the PC and arcade markets, whereas such capabilities had previously been present primarily in very high-end Stealtj64 and graphic design workstations.

Diamond Multimedia resurfaced in after the brand and assets had been purchased by Best Data. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Otherwise it was technically identical to the original Monster Sound.


However, the first major product after the merger, branded as the S3 Savagewas a commercial failure.

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The architecture of the NV1 predates the Microsoft Direct3D philosophy and, as such, game compatibility was a problem with the Diamond Edge boards. The Sonic Impact was the value-oriented sound card line from Diamond. For Ivdeo environments such as Windows, the Viper cards used a Weitek graphics co-processor which accelerated many drawing functions and performed very well for its time. Stealgh64 and slow Direct3D-supporting drivers did eventually show up, but performance was inadequate and buggy.

Diamond Multimedia is an American company that specializes in many forms of videoo technology. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Portable audio player manufacturers Electronics companies of the United States Manufacturing companies based in California Companies based in Los Angeles Graphics hardware companies.


Specifically, they tell the buyer the card’s memory amount and type. Diamond Multimedia later merged with S3, Incorporated in ddiamond a long-time cooperative business arrangement, when S3 decided to expand their business from producing graphics chipsets to manufacturing retail graphics cards. In the middle of the Stealth line-up, Diamond chose to implement a numbering scheme to differentiate their cards.