LTB Magnum 5.1 AC97 HeadphonesFormer staff writer -
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Testing for the LTB Magnum 5.1 AC97 Headphones will consist of four different types of applications: Music, VOIP, Gaming and a DVD Movie. I will be comparing them to the LTB Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones.
- AMD 64 5400+ AM2 CPU
- Abit AN-M2HD (nVidia Onboard Graphics)
- 1GB Mushkin HP5300
- Apevia 500W PSU
- Maxtor Diamond Max 9 100 GB SATA Hard Drive
- Apevia X-Qpak2 Case
- Windows XP Pro SP2
- DirectX 9.0c
- BenQ FP222WH Monitor
Benchmarks and Apps:
- iTunes (Music)
- Team Speak (Voice Application)
- Call of Duty 2 (Gaming)
- Godzilla Final Wars (DVD Movie)
I listen to many types of music, so being able to take a set of headphones out of the box and hook them up without having to worry about installing software is a plus. Since the AC97 headphones are not USB as their predecessors, this was a plus. While listening to the music I noticed highs that were a little more dominant with the AC97s than the USBs. I did use the same exact settings for both, but while listening to one of the songs (GIGI D'Agostino - I'll Fly with You) I was able to hear birds in the background, something that I have never before heard with any headset I have owned. I ended up pulling out a couple of other pairs to see if I could duplicate the effect and it was a no go, the sounds were too faint.
After every section I will place a graph just to put a numerical idea of how I felt with the quality ranked in each test. The scale will be from one to ten. Ten being the absolute best I have ever heard and one being the worst.