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SoundBench: 17 PCI and ISA Sound Cards Tested

Rhett M. Hollander
 
Release date: 10th of July, 2004
Last modify date: 3rd of January, 2007

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There is nothing more to add, those figures are self-explainable. The table below is just to keep all of them in a single place, hope it will be of some use. Top 3 results are bolded and coloured in red, green and blue respectively. SNR is omitted because THD+N is not. It seems that the winner is TBS MultiSound Fiji (three greens), though TBS MultiSound Tahiti and Creative Audigy 2 follow it closely (one red + one blue each).
 
 
Name Audio converters Bus Year SNR, dB THD, % THD+N, % IMD, %
DAL CardD Plus AD1864 + CS5338 ISA 1992 82.7 0.00285 0.0073 0.0037
TBS MultiSound Fiji CS4327 + CS5335 ISA 1997 81.9 0.00111 0.0081 0.0024
Ensoniq AudioPCI ES1370 AK4531 PCI 1997 76.3 0.00730 0.0153 0.0056
Creative Audigy 2 CS4382 + STAC9721 PCI 2003 76.3 0.00162 0.0154 0.0020
TerraTec Maestro 32/96 CS4232 ISA 1996 76.2 0.00630 0.0155 0.0165
Creative SB128 CT1297 PCI 1999 73.2 0.00164 0.0220 0.0038
TBS MultiSound Tahiti CS4328 + CS5336 ISA 1994 72.8 0.00095 0.0230 0.0035
Creative SB Live! 5.1 STAC9758 PCI 2004 71.2 0.01170 0.0276 0.0064
TBS MultiSound Classic CS4328 + CS5336 ISA 1993 71.2 0.00111 0.0277 0.0037
Genius SoundMaker 32X CS4297A PCI 2000 70.1 0.00690 0.0313 0.0133
TBS Montego II STAC9704 PCI 1999 69.9 0.01500 0.0318 0.0130
TBS Montego STAC9701 PCI 1999 69.6 0.01590 0.0330 0.0270
TerraTec EWS64S AD1816 ISA 1997 67.7 0.01100 0.0410 0.0100
Diamond Monster MX300 STAC9708 PCI 1998 65.3 0.00600 0.0540 0.0066
Aztech 368DSP STAC9704 PCI 1999 58.7 0.07400 0.1200 0.0160
Creative SB16 -- ISA 1996 44.8 0.10500 0.5700 0.0700
Creative AWE64 -- ISA 1997 43.3 0.09700 0.6800 0.1300
 

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