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Razer Barracuda AC-1 7.1Gaming Soundcard - Full Multi Language

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From one of the premier names in gaming hardware, Razer, comes the Barracuda AC-1 gaming audio card. A single optical S/PDIF digital audio output sends out 7.1 surround sound for a fully immersive gaming experience. Support for the newest DTS and Dolby technologies mean you'll be ready for any type of soundtrack available.

The card uses the company's Razer Fidelity that optimizes audio signals directly from games to the gamer, creating a more realistic gaming environment. It also features Razer's Enhanced Sonic Perception (ESP) architecture and 3D Positional Gaming Audio Engine so you can more accurately figure out the exact location of your enemies and teammates.

Also on board is an optical S/PDIF in and Razer's HD-DAI (High Definition—Dedicated Audio Interface), a proprietary connection for optimized signal transmission when used with the Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones.

  • newegg Razer Fidelity Technology Powered by Razer Fidelity, the Razer Barracuda AC-1 gaming sound card delivers optimized audio signals for the most realistic gaming environment possible.
  • newegg 7.1 Surround Sound With 8 analog line output channels, enjoy multi-channel music, games and DVDs on 7.1-channel speaker systems.
  • newegg S/PDIF Input and Output The S/PDIF input supports recording of digital audio from external sources, while S/PDIF output allows pass-through of Dolby Digital and DTS DVD formats for pure digital quality surround sound on A/V receivers or digital speakers.
  • newegg Supports Game Surround Sound APIs The Razer Barracuda AC-1 supports multiple game surround sound APIs including EAX, A3D and DirectSound 3D to deliver the most immersive 3D sound effects available.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Great soundcard 5/9/2008 7:00:05 PM

Pros: It sounds great. There is absolutely no interference like with my old sound card that had esd problems that made it sound like poop. Makes music sound perfect. I find it hard to use anything but my computer for music anymore. Great for games too. Actually made Oblivion run noticeably faster.

Cons: Doesn't come with hd drivers for hd connectors. Microsoft wants you to contact them for the drivers which costs $59. Would have been nice if they had one for the ports like my onboard audio did.

Overall Review: I was suprized how well it worked with x64 bit xp. I also bought this card for $50 off a website. Which I had picked one up for my media computer too.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
Great Sound Card 5/3/2008 2:10:55 AM

Pros: Makes games sound INSANELY better than on board sound, ESP will help you pinpoint exactly where noises come from (fps lovers rejoice) works perfectly with vista 64-bit

Cons: the box is rather large

Overall Review: Great alternative to those who don't want to deal with creative's drivers

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3/ 5
Pulling Teeth w/Vista 4/27/2008 12:05:06 PM

Pros: Sound is crisp and clear once you get it working in Vista (64-bit). Bought Sound card and headset together from many friends suggestions, but I really can't tell the difference between my old X-Fi board and Plantronics headset.

Cons: You need to find the 2.22b drivers. Simply google (Razer Barracuda AC-1 Driver v2.22b) and you will find the driver on the Razer website. You won't be able to search for it on their site because they only want you to use the 2.22c drivers that do not work

Overall Review: You do have to disable UAC in vista to get the drivers to install, if you don't do that step first, forget it.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
Excellent Card, no Driver Issue for Me 4/20/2008 12:17:12 PM

Pros: Despite warnings I'd found online, this card installed its drivers with no hitches on my Vista 64 setup, even after SP1 had been installed. The card sounds good, and though not listed in the manual has AC 97 outputs for your front panel jacks. This was one of the primary reasons I gave it a try, and it works very well. The only strange thing is that it does not deactivate the speaker output when you plug something into the front panel. Oh well, turn the speakers down I suppose.

The card sounds spectacular in games and in music. I haven't tested surround though, as I only have a 2.1 setup for music. With my headphones (DT770-80 Beyerdynamic) I'd classify the sound as balanced and warm. Not the crispest thing in the world, but it's as good as I've heard an internal consumer sound card to be.

Cons: The card fits well in my system, but seems to get very warm of its own accord. I'm not exactly sure why this is, as my graphics card doesn't seem to play into that given my side panel cooling solution. Hasn't been a problem, it's just odd.

Also, be sure to screw in the connector on the back BEFORE you seal up your case. The card mounted a little too high for the connector to be attached via its screws on the first time I did it... but it flexed easily enough while my case was open to correct this and get a proper connection.

Also, NewEgg, why is this card still so expensive here? It's half this price anywhere else online.

Overall Review: Just FYI, my case is a full tower Lian-Li, my motherboard is an EVGA 780i, my GFX is a 9800 GX2, the processor is the Xeon variant of the Q6600, and I'm running Vista 64x with 4 gigabytes of RAM. I can't promise the driver situation will work as well for you as it did with this setup, so don't blame me if it doesn't.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Bravo Company for x64... 4/18/2008 9:52:14 AM

Pros: Perfect for gaming; near perfect for music.

LED - Looks great, I love the green hue backed by my blue hue case lights. It really shines and looks great.

Cons: Vista x64 Support. DO NOT use 2.22c driver, if you manage to get it to work, it'll stop working after a few reboots. I was unable to determine why.

Adapter sticks out just a tad too far. Not a major concern, just worth noting for those trying to push their case all the way back into a small cubicle/desk...the pro to this is you'll gain air flow with this design, which is a blessing so don't let this discourage you from buying.

Overall Review: I did some Googlin' and found the 2.22b Vista x64 driver on a French website (English version) and everything is back to the way it was in XP Pro. I will keep this card until it's replaced by another Razer; I've been using SoundBlaster since the 128Pro so many years ago. Vista x64 is amazing...and this card does work well with it (with proper driver of course). Just be sure you disable UAC before installing 2.22b.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
4/ 5
Great (if on sale) 4/15/2008 9:49:24 AM

Pros: The good - Works great, after some tweaking. Listened to a variety of music, some Foo Fighters, Daft Punk, Richard Cheese - sounds great. Playing with the effects is fun (underwater sounds pretty cool) but I ended up choosing plain since I'm boring. I have some old Logitech Z-640s. Cheap, but the bass is ridiculously loud (good if you don't have neighbors -_- ). I was having trouble softening the bass with my onboard. With this new card, I can actually turn up the volume knob on the back of the sub :D

What's really nice is how I got my Xbox 360 to pump optical out to this thing. I ran some TOSLINK optical from the 360 to the input on the AC-1. I went to the Windows volume property controls (the screen with all the volume sliders) Clicked Options, changed the screen from Playback to Recording. Enabled SPDIF IN, and under advanced, enabled Monitoring. COD4 sounds great :D

Cons: The bad - The PCI bracket came either bent or fastened on too tight. When I dropped it in my case, the screw holes wouldn't line up. Had to partially unscrew the bracket and the HD-DAI connector screws to get the holes to line up so that I could secure the card to the case. Metal seemed really pliable (tried to bend back into shape, didn't really help)
The user interface is kinda weird and not very straightforward. I did notice a bug that leaves parts of the interface open after leaving a fullscreen game (in both C&C3 and some counterstrike)

Overall Review: The ugly - I plugged my bass/center line (orange plug) into the microphone port since it was kinda of dark, and the orange looked more like a deep red, and the pink looked closer to a lightish orange. I was wondering why the hell no sound was coming out of my bass and center speakers. Doh!

Found this on sale at Woot, for mid double digits. Probably wouldn't pay full retail, but if you can find it on sale, a great card.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
blows Creative straight out of the game 4/13/2008 12:35:03 AM

Pros: Simply AWESOME. Cool looks *with lights...hehehehe*, good features. The direct DTS encoding in the SPDIF out is very good with my Logitech Z-5500s, and has a good set of connectivity options for analog things. Much better than my old Creative Audigy 2 ZS's quality, much better separation, rocking bass isolation, and very good and simple digital output options. MUCH MUCH MUCH simpler and cleaner *read no crapware installed* instalation than Creative products.

Cons: No coaxial digital out, it has optical though. Most things have both. Price, I got it for a very large fraction off of this price (lower than a generic card at 'Blue Box') I would not have even considered it because of the current high price. Mediocre software, seems to need a wizard based setup program to tune the speaker distances and volumes in, but maybe I am too conditioned by creative.

Overall Review: I work for Geeksquad...take that as you will...I know we do a good job at our place, IDK about others. This is by far the easiest sound card I have ever installed.
THIS IS NOT A SOUND CARD FOR THE CASUAL USER, it is almost a must that you have a rocking set of speakers and games/music/movies that will use all the power in this card.

AMD x2 4800
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium mobo
2x gig Corsair XMS
2x XFX 8600GTS
2.2 TB storage, 2x 500 gig in a RAID 0
Water Cooled, Peltier Cooled.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
The Straight Scoop in this Card 4/12/2008 6:43:51 PM

Pros: I own a Creative X-Fi pro, an Auzen X-Mystique, and this card. The AC-1 seriously handles positional audio just as good as the X-Fi. I play a lot of CS:S and had to turn it down because I was hearing footsteps from too far away & was getting confused. This card also has the flexibility & fidelity of the Auzen to do Dolby Digital/DTS and Analog. I even modded the Auzen with the Hi-Fi OPA-2134PA OpAmps. The fidelity of this card out-of-the-box is awesome. The control panel has a LOT of options.

Cons: The Killer downside for this card is the setup process. I have a set of Klipsch digital speakers, a set of Seinnhauser 550 cans, and the Razer HP-1 headphones. The setup for the HP-1 phones is a pain, but ONCE YOU CHOOSE HD-DAI from the menu and tweak it... It's like strapping the Klipsch 5.1 speaker set to your head.

Overall Review: I got this card for much less than the normal price during a sale. It is a great card, but I think it (and any other card) a hard sell at the retail price. If you're going to drop two bones on a card, I'd recommend the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1. That card makes me shiver. How hard must it be for Creative... to have Licensed the X-FI chipset to Auzen, and have Auzen write GREAT drivers so great it makes them look like fools.

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