Razer Barracuda AC1 Sound Card ReviewFormer staff writer - February 8, 2007
The Razer Barracuda AC1 Sound Card is the first stand-alone sound card I've used since I had a Diamond Monster MX300, which, at the time, I feel blew the others away. I have friends who use Creative sound cards and to this day, I am not that impressed with the sound quality that I had with the MX300. I'm aware of the new Xi-Fi technology that Creative has but have not had the opportunity to test one out yet. Since the Razer Barracuda Sound Card is the only card on the market that uses real time Dolby Digital encoding and full Direct Sound/EAX support, I'm positive these factors are what made my listening expierence enjoyable. I can say it's time to throw my old friend the MX300 away; the Barracuda eats it up and spits it out.
Since I have been using on-board sound for more than three years now, it is a pleasure to really hear highs and lows that are crystal clear. I was encircled by pure sound, whether listening to music or playing a game. This sound card can be used with or without the Barracuda Headphones, but while in-game, I would recommend that if you have them to use them as the total gaming experience seems to come right together. The only setback that I found in the sound card was that the FPS difference didn't exactly turn out how I thought it would. I was expecting at least five to seven points and only received two to three.
My overall impression of the Razer "Barracuda" AC1 Sound Card is excellent. With the many tweaks that it has and its ability to control what you hear in your gaming environment using the Razer ESP, I have found a new sound card to replace my old MX300. Razer has done their homework.
- Does not utilize system memory
- Lights up to show Razer logo
- Razer ESP
- S/PDIF Optical Inputs
- Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS
- Easy to configure with Razer Configuration Panel
- Not as much of an FPS increase as expected.
- Although it is built for use with Barracuda Headphones (suggested) an additional cord is needed (supplied) to hook up speakers or other headphones.