Updated 22 May, 2013, 5:42 pm IST
Top Seven 5.1 PC Speaker Comparison
| by Siddharth Bhatia
We asked all the players in the market to send us their latest 5.1 packages, and received cooperation from Artis, Logitech, Creative, Zebronics, Philips, Altec lansing and Tech-com. We have quite a varied sample of the available options, and now we are going to take them all on an audio road trip with loads of audio material, and play army PT instructor...
After the physical test finish, we move on to audio performance tests, and this is a whole ball game totally. We have created tones, plus the trusted test CDs from Sheffield, and pristine recordings of Chesky. Our attention goes initially to the bass response, and immediately full frequency response. For this a sine tone sweep is launched and checked for inconsistencies in level, off course we already negated our room effects. Lower limits of bass response are checked by audibly checking how low our tones reach. Then we play transients like a drum beat and bass guitar sounds to check timing and accuracy of the bass. Any boominess in the output is caught red handed here in this test. Since we are dealing with surround, we check a full 5.1 surround sound AC3 file that pans around, exerting each speaker.
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