The folks at Razer, best known for their really cool mice, has announced two new audio products. The first is a sound card titled Barracuda AC-1
. The card features 7.1 channel output and 24 bit audio technology. The other new piece of tech from them are the Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones
. The headphones feature eight discrete audio drivers and has a built-in microphone. It's kinda amusing to see Creative who's speciality is sound cards try their hand at peripherals and Razer who is best known for mice trying their hand at audio.
Razer Barracudaâ„¢ Integrated Audio System (IAS)
Razerâ„¢ launches the Razer Barracudaâ„¢ Integrated Audio System at CeBIT
Hannover (Germany), CeBIT 9 March 2006â€” Razerâ„¢, the worldâ€™s leading brand in professional computer
gaming peripherals is proud to launch the Razer Barracudaâ„¢ Integrated Audio
System (IAS) comprising of the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card and Razer
Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones at CeBIT in Germany.
Designed and engineered from ground up by the Razer
engineering team, the Razer Barracuda AC-1 and HP-1 are integrated as a single,
pure gaming audio system â€” the Razer Barracuda IAS is the worldâ€™s first
integrated audio system built specifically for gaming.
Powered by Razer Fidelityâ„¢, the Razer Barracuda IAS
delivers optimized audio signals directly from the computer game to the gamer,
creating the most realistic gaming environment possible. The Razer Barracuda
IAS also features proprietary Razer audio technologies including the patent
pending Razer Enhanced Sonic Perceptionâ„¢ (ESP)
architecture and Razerâ€™s 3D (720Â°) Positional Gaming Audio Engine.
Razerâ„¢ believes that audio solutions today fall short of demanding
gaming requirements as most existing soundcards and headphones are built for
music playback and then repackaged as a gaming soundcard or headphone.
Pre-requisites for gamers such as accurate positional audio and expanded
dynamic soundstages are poorly integrated into the current audio solutions,
often as an afterthought. Audio card
software drivers are repeatedly built over legacy code that was designed for
music playback, resulting in bloatware that slows down computer systems and
compromises overall audio quality during fast paced gaming sessions.
Enlisting the help of top audio experts, designers,
engineers, audiophiles and pro-gamers, Razerâ„¢ re-engineered audio hardware
chipsets to remove unnecessary hardware components, optimized and upgraded the
essential audio components as well as streamlined drivers to specifically focus
on gaming applications.
Over thirty top pro-gamers worldwide were tasked to stress
test and critique the Razer Barracuda IAS in the course of its development.
Based on their various comments and contributions, voluminous lines of code were
thrown out, circuit diagrams redesigned and components selected to provide top
notch gaming audio performance.
Razerâ€™s President, Robert â€œRazerguyâ€ Krakoff says: â€œAudio
cards that were built for listening to music have been repackaged as â€˜gaming
soundcardsâ€™ to take advantage of the burgeoning gaming marketâ€¦Razer is the
worldâ€™s first company to focus on designing and engineering an audio solution
from ground up. We didnâ€™t bother focusing on either the soundcard or the
headphones but developed the Razer Barracuda IAS as a single audio system to create
the worldâ€™s best gaming audio.â€
Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card
The Razer Barracudaâ„¢ AC-1 Gaming Audio Card features a 7.1
channel output, 24 bit audio technology and unprecedented 117dB SNR (output).
The 117bB Signal to Noise Ratio (output) specification
clearly outperforms all current soundcards in the market that only perform up
to an average of 105dB. The Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card is the
worldâ€™s first gaming audio card that performs up to a 117dB SNR.
Gaming-specific positional audio, Powered by Razer
Fidelityâ„¢, allows gamers to take advantage of an expanded dynamic soundstage
for gaming tuned frequencies with Razer ESPâ„¢
(Enhanced Sonic Perceptionâ„¢). The in-built audio chip processes and optimizes
audio signals from games to provide the ultimate positional gaming audio experience
through the Razer 3D (720Â°)
Positional Gaming Audio Engineâ„¢.
The Passive EMI shieldâ„¢ minimizes electromagnetic
interference (EMI) by preventing unwanted interference from graphics cards and
other electrical devices that may affect the gaming audio performance.
The Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card also features optimized
proprietary software drivers to provide for the prioritization of enhanced
gaming audio signals while leaving as small a memory footprint as possible.
Razer HD-DAIâ„¢ (High Definitionâ€”Dedicated Audio Interface)
further optimizes the Razer Barracuda IAS gaming audio experience by allowing
for a proprietary connection for optimized signal transmission when used with
the Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones.
Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones
The Razer Barracudaâ„¢ HP-1 Gaming Headphones uses 99%
oxygen-free copper cable for gaming audio signal purity. The Razer Barracuda
HP-1 Gaming Headphones also provides for eight discrete audio drivers for
optimal positional audio without compromising the gamerâ€™s comfort when using
With some of the best components selected for the
ultra-sensitive speaker drivers, the Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones delivers
pinpoint positional accuracy essential for gaming.
The Razer Barracuda HP-1â€™s built-in microphone is designed
specifically for in-game communicationsâ€”featuring a short shaft for enhanced
comfort and audio pickup, the microphone also features advanced noise cancellation
capabilities ideal for frenzied in-game correspondence.
Powered with Razer Fidelityâ„¢, the Razer Barracuda HP-1 may
be used with all soundcards; however, using it with the Razer Barracuda AC-1
gaming soundcard is strongly recommended as it delivers the best gaming audio
experience in the world today.