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
Especially for owners of fast systems, the CPU load is of course not a major factor The criterion for buying a sound card, even if it naturally indicates the overall quality of the audio chip. For many, however, it is much more important how the sound card actually sounds when listening to music, watching DVDs and also in games.
At first you would think that you need complex measuring technology to determine quality differences. However, this is not the case, at least in the price range of our two test candidates. We noticed this at the latest when we turned up the speakers connected to the TerraTec a little louder without running any sound source. In a quiet environment there was such a clear noise. Even every mouse movement and every hard drive access was audible. The latter seemed a bit bad to us, so we started looking for the source of the interference. Soon we found what we were looking for, at least in part; The network card installed next to the sound cardincreased the scratching many times over. After the removal, however, a faintly audible noise remained, even when all inputs and outputs were muted.
However, this was not a hindrance during normal operation. The 6-channel sound sounded particularly convincing in games like Unreal Tournament. In order to spare the nerves of others, we wanted to try out the headphone output of the SiXPack afterwards. Since the interfering signals were made disproportionately worse by the additional amplifier, this jumper-set output was practically unusable. Incidentally, this result was also confirmed by our colleagues from chip.de, who found a signal-to-noise ratio of less than 60dB at the headphone output under optimal conditions in the laboratory - far from the targeted 97dB.
The sound quality of the Soundblaster Audigy can be summarized very briefly in comparison: our high expectations were simply met in all areas. With or without a network card, muted or not, there was never an intrusive noise to be heard. The 3D sound and the effects made a slightly better impression in games than the SiXPack - purely subjective - the effects are certainly a matter of taste, but they can also be adapted to your own taste. You don't need that if you want to enjoy music or movies, both cards were similarly fun here too. It should be clear to everyone that the Audigy is no wonder in terms of measurement technology, but it is more than good enough for every normal consumer,Musicians will look elsewhere anyway - they should too.
On the next page: Conclusion