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Creative Audigy 4 Sound Card

Former staff writer    -   December 10, 2006


Testing Continued

THD GRAPH:

THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) this is the overall distortion at a said range, as we can see there is very little distortion at all, this card is showing very strong numbers.


IMD + NOISE GRAPH:

Intermodulation distortion, or IMD is a means for measuring Nonlinear Distortion as the graph shows, there is little to no difference.

Stereo crosstalk this is again a comparison between channels, a direct comparison of the left, and right channels of this card, to see just how accuratly they can reproduce the sound.


IMD GRAPH:

InterModulation Distortion, again, though this is a more controlled test, and the numbers are very solid.
If you are still lost there is a list of other cards that were tested on the Rightmark website.
http://audio.rightmark.org/test_results.shtml

 If you don’t understand all that technical mumbo jumbo, have no fear as i am about to give a rundown on exactly what I thought of this card.  Remember that what you are about to read is 100% my opinion; the sound could be greatly different based on your setup.

When I first went to test this soundcard, I plugged in my Sennheiser HD500’s and started to listen.  At first I was a little skeptical, as the bass was a bit boomy, and the highs sounded a little sloppy, but checking through my setting, I found that I still had my EQ setup for onboard.  So after resetting the EQ back to stock, the bass tightened up, and the treble came in a bit, down to a nice level, though it still sounded slightly “light”  after giving my EQ a slight tweak I was away to happy sound!  After that I ran the output form the soundcard to my home theater system, to see if there was anything, and I noticed that the line out level was a bit low, I was required to use slight boosting on my Receiver.  Though aside from the slightly low output on the card, the sound quality was excellent, I also tested the card with a cheap pair of headphones. The sound was tight and sharp, and the headphones where sounding pretty good for costing about $20.  Over all this card is an avid performer, the soundstage recreation is very tight, and very accurate.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation and Testing
  3. Testing Continued
  4. Conclusion
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