I can tell you what I think of the effect without enabling it on my SBlive.
I think that it's a shame my computer's one big hardware conflict so when I activate the sound emulation it automatically activates "Ultra choppy laggy mode" which means halving my Frames per second. Somehow I don't think environmental effects will work well on choppy audio. Or does the game work on Winfellow? If so maybe I should find and try it. Never got around to testing the games there as I tried them on my Amiga and had bad cracked versions which left password protection in the game.