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Razer Barracuda AC1 Sound Card Review



   The "Barracuda" sound card is installed just like any other PCI card would be. Find an open slot and stick it in.

   After installing the card itself, you will have two options on how to receive sound. 

   If you have a set of the Razer headphones, all you will need to do is hook them up directly to the sound card via the HD-DAI connector.

   If you have speakers, you have two options. One option would be to connect them with the provided audio splitter cable. A second option would be the optical cables (not shown) if your speakers have support for that connector.

   Unfortunately, if you are going to use the Razer Headphones, the only way you can also have speakers hooked up is if you use the S/PDIF (optical) connectors.

   If your case has a side window, you will also notice that the sound card illuminates, revealing the manufacturer's name.


   Through the Razer configuration panel you can set up how you want your sound card to perform. There are many options and you might need to spend some time to get it perfect.


   Let’s take a look at the options. The first thing that should be set up is the type of output you are going to use, either analog or digital. The analog outputs range from HD-DAI (Razer Barracuda Headphone Direct Connect) to 7.1, while digital outputs include Dolby Digital Live through S/PDIF OFF. 


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