John Atkinson shuffles his feet a little and finally mutters, " . . . Convergence." He laments, "I swore I wasn't going to use the 'C' word, but when you're faced with writing about a product that smashes the boundaries between component categories as completely as the CardDeluxe does, you have little choice." JA reviews the Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe PC soundcard
and answers the pointed question: "But it's only a PC soundcard. What's the big deal?"
With Napster monopolizing the audio news, Stereophile's Jon Iverson is feeling neglected as an audiophile. In this month's "As We See It," Iverson prescribes his five-point plan to get the SACD and DVD-Audio formats back on track and into the public spotlight.