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LTB Magnum 5.1 AC97 Headphones



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.


Testing Setup:

  • 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)
  • Comfort



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.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued & Installation
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Testing Continued
  6. Conclusion
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