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SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+ in the test: the eternal best still ahead?

SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+ in the test: the eternal best still ahead?

Installation/documentation

All theory is gray, now it's time to unpack ...

Li scope of delivery

The package contents of the two cards
SB Audigy Player TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+
  • Soundblaster Audigy PCI card
  • MIDI-/Joystick Bracket
  • Digital CD audio cable
  • 'Quick Start' instructions
  • Driver/software CD
  • PC game ' Giants “
  • SoundSystem SiXPack 5.1+ PCI card
  • MIDI/joystick bracket
  • Digital CD audio cable
  • Printed quick guide
  • Driver/software CD
SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+
SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+

Manual and installation

How to do it alone due to the large number ofand recognize outputs, installing and connecting these sound cards involves more than simply “plugging in and getting started”. More than ever, proper documentation is required here. In both cards it is made up of two parts. On the one hand, a brief instruction manual for the first steps is enclosed; on the other hand, there is a detailed manual in PDF format on the driver CD. However, the former seems to be clearly more important. Who has the patience to read through an 80 page file before starting with the new hardware?

The Audigy is supplied with a colorful but clear Quick Start Guide, which first explains how to install the hardware and then how to connect the cables with clearly labeled drawings. The explanation of the software installation is limited to the bare minimum - thanks to Autorun - you should actually just insert the CD and follow the instructions. This worked without any problems on a freshly installed Windows 2000 Professional, but we are also aware of cases where the driver installation blocked the computer and the operating system destroyed. Unfortunately, we could not reconstruct to what extent this was a bug in the Creative Software. One more note: those who use analog boxes should avoid setting the digital output as the standard during installation, even if this can of course be reset to 'analog' afterwards>

SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+
SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+

Will match the advertised 6-channel sound the printed brief instructions for the SiXPack 5.1+ in 6 languagesdelivered. If you have mastered one of these, you have to read two small pages on installation and driver installation. Biggest drawback: there is no indication of the possible jumper settings. In plain language, this means that you have to remove the card again if you later discover the jumpers in the online manual and want to change them. The driver installation is also only briefly summarized on paper, again referring to the online manual. The drivers can, however, be set up correctly by a reasonably experienced user without looking up, but you could really use help when connecting an analog 5.1 speaker system. In the absence of precise documentation, there is nothing left to do but try out all six options for the three jack plugs. In this area there is clearly room for improvement at TerraTec.

Despite all the adversities, both cards were correctly installed in less than 30 minutes, so that the software supplied could be set up.

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