SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+ in the test: the eternal best still ahead?
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Technical data
- 3 Installation/documentation
- 4 Software
- 5 Test system
- 6 Benchmarks
- 8 Audio quality
- 9 Conclusion
A long, long time ago ...
Yes, at that time the choice of sound card was hardly an option for a' normal 'PC user Role. Back then, maybe five years ago, even the ambitious buyer looked at the CPU and graphics card, size was still important for hard drive and RAM, but nobody asked which sound card you had. After all, there were only two standard answers anyway. Either it was a sound blaster or a 'sound blaster compatible noname'. Both were absolutely sufficient for everyday use - for the beloved sound of an error message, as well as for the stereo sound of games like Age of Empires. Nowadays it looks a little different.
Since then, the PC has taken on numerous new tasks, even for normal users, in which the sound card plays an important role. In order to meet these requirements, there are now plenty of competing products for the Soundblaster. As ina survey on CB.de revealed that not everyone has a card from Creative for a long time. As a user, you are now spoiled for choice, it is high time for us to alleviate the torments of our visitors - with a comparison test of two current sound cards for everyday use.
This everyday life goes far beyond office work and stereo games. Everyone can listen to MP3s on a PC, and games with 3D sound have long been standard. Added to this is the rapid rise of the digital versatile disk. DVD drives are affordable for everyone with prices approaching 100 Mar - no - 50 euros, and - let's be honest - the falling price for DVD burners will not only increase reflected in a growing number of backup copies. The DVD is spreading more and more, and if you want to enjoy its advantages on the PC, you don't want to forego the digital sound experience, so you need a 6-channel sound card.
In this sense, our candidates had to be' suitable for everyday use ' at an affordable price. So we decided on the one hand for the top dog, i.e. the Sound Blaster Audigy Player from the long-established Creative Technology Ltd., on the other hand we had to find a challenger, we decided on the SoundSystem SiXPack 5.1+ from TerraTec Electronic. The latter company from “Nettetal am Niederrhein” calls itself the “largest German sound card manufacturer” and yet its turnover is just one-thirtieth of what Creative does worldwide.
Nonetheless, the two cards seemed due to their technical dataabsolutely comparable.
On the next page: Technical data