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.
Summary: The same happened with the X-Meridian, so we suspect it’s a problem with the chipset or its drivers that is induced by the tremendous amount of audio BF2 throws at you. Where does that leave the AC-1? At $200, it’s pretty expensive. In fact, the AC-1 costs more than the X-Fi with its fancy schmancy (and so far useless) onboard X-RAM. It doesn’t help that the AC-1 lacks OpenAL support and sounds inferior to the Creative card in many of the games we tested.
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.