Creative Audigy 4 Sound Card
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: December 10, 2006
: Gfcity Computers
Price: $79.99 USD
Since this an OEM card, you don’t get a fancy box like the retail ones come with, instead you get the card, a driver disk, and a 24bit sticker (not shown).
Removing the rubber bands that hold the driver disk to the card, I could see the top of the sound card. Shaking the card out of the anti-static bag, gave me a look, at my new piece of audio driving device. Being a relatively small card, using mostly surface mount circuitry, this card has a fairly small footprint.
On the side there is the standard hookups, Line in, Mic, Line Out, Sub, Surround, as well as a line level hookups, all located on the back of the card with color coded jacks.
That’s about everything that is worth noting on this card, next step is to install this baby!
- AMD AM2 4200+
- ASRock AM2NF4G-Sata2
- 2 x 1 GB Generic DDR2 RAM (667Mhz)
- 2x320Gb Sata 2 HDD’s
- Enermax 600Watt Noisetaker
- Creative Audigy 4
- Windows XP Professional
- Latest Creative Soundcard Drivers
RightMark generates some nice graphs with the outputs so without further ado, here are the results:
Noise Level, dBA
IMD + Noise, %
IMD + N (Swept Freq.), %
NOISE LEVEL GRAPH:
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.
If you are still lost there is a list of other cards that were tested on the Rightmark website.
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.
Over all this card is a very solid performer, only fault that I could find is the slightly low line out level. Easy to install, and use, I had this card going in under 10 minutes, for me that is a huge plus, as ease of installation, as well as time required is what makes things stand out. This Audigy 4 from Creative has just that, being a Creative card as well you know that it will be a solid performer. This card is available in OEM (mine) which comes with the card and a driver’s disk for about 45 dollars, though you can also get a ‘Pro’ version for a couple hundred extra. For the casual enthusiast or a person looking to upgrade from onboard this card is a solid performer, giving great performance, and not hurting your wallet to bad.
- Ease of installation
- Plated connectors
- Line out is a little low
- Might take a few days to “break” in