Reviews and Problems with Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Sound Card
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Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card
OverClock Intelligence Agency
28 November 2007
Summary: Here are the Razer Barracuda HP-1 Headphones that I reviewed a few months ago. The HP-1 is a surround sound headset, complete with subwoofer.
To connect the HP-1 headset, connect the plug directly into the HD-DAI connector.
The Barracuda headphones were awesome with the onboard sound card. Though a fair amount of tweaking was necessary, the AC-1 put some more life in the headphones. The bass threshold allows you to get a little more sub in the mix.
Excerpt: As we said with the Auzentech, we’re impressed when companies go above and beyond reference designs for products. Razer’s Barracuda AC-1 is such a product. Though it uses the same C-Media Oxygen HD chip as the X-Meridian, you wouldn’t think the two cards were related. The AC-1 gives you a proprietary DVI-like connector that you can directly connect to the Razer’s HP-1 headset (or your standard speakers using the included dongle).
Pros: Doesn’t include Creative’s software bloat.
Cons: Five-volt keying makes the card ineligible for PCI-X slots.
Summary: I have to admit, I generally use my motherboard's onboard sound, but the last generation of sound cards are really winning me over. These AC-1s and Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi cards are making serious progress in sound quality and audio controls. Despite high price tags, they are bringing great listening experiences to users who are not audiophiles and might not have the time or knowledge to really tweak their audio setup.
Conclusion: With its price tag of around £130, it’s not really worth it in my opinion. A superior X-Fi card goes for £100 direct from Creative. The lack of EAX is a major downfall, and the poor bass capabilities can completely ruin a music track. The quiet max volume will also be a bad sign to any serious gamer or music lover. I’m far from a Creative fan boy, but this card simply isn’t as good.
Excerpt: Razer har nu under lång tid försett oss med förstklassiga möss. Sedan har de successivt klivit ut på andra områden. Tangentbord och ljud närmare bestämt. För inte så länge sedan släppte de ett kritikerrosat headset, Razer Barracuda HP-1. Nu har den andra delen i deras ljudlösning för gamers anlänt, ljudkortet Barracuda AC-1.