Terratec DMX 6fire 24/96 Thoughts/Impressions
First some pics.
Excuse the ribbon, haven't tightened it up yet.
Card and Breakout box installation went smooth. Initiall driver and Control Panel installation also smooth.
Updating drivers and the Control Panel, plus the RIAA plugin were a different matter. Although I've updated the driver, it still shows original driver file in Device Manager and in the About tab. When I went to update Control Panel and RIAA Plugin I got a screen that asked "Are you sure you want to Uninstall" I'm thinking "Ok. First it'll uninstall, then install updated version. Wrong. It uninstalls it. You have to put it back in using the CD.
Edit:When prompted to uninstall, it does just that. Apparently old version needs to be uninstalled first. I then clicked install(on downloaded update) and new version was in. A little convoluted, but that's the way it works with this card.
Driver updates are done through Device Manager. Click "Update Driver" and get to where you have them sitting. I sent mine to "My Docs", worked my way there, and they were in. Once again, a little bit different than the way I'm used to doing things, but way it works with this card.
The Control Panel Interface
This is playing a CD. Music is full sounding and robust. You actually have six parameters to play with (seven w/Hz settings on the Settings tab) The two sliders control left and right, the two knobs add db boost left and right, you have Master Volume and naturally your volume control on your speakers (In my case Klipcsh ProMedia v4.1) It should be noted here that the card defaults to the media recorded. Meaning that CD playback is two channel stereo. But what glorious two channel it is. And thru headphones (In my case Sennheiser HD 265 linear) this card thoroughly rocks. My Audigy can not hold a candle to this card. It should also be noted that in the Control Panel, if you select 4 speakers and Enable Sensaura 3D, your music will play through all 4 speakers. Nice.
This is playing a DVD. It took me awhile to crack this one (getting sound thru four speakers) Essentially your DVD player has to have support for four or more speakers. The original version of PowerDVD I was using only supported two speakers or SPDIF. I installed the Terratec version that came with the card set speakers to six (that's right, six) in the DVDplayer, set speaker mode to four in Surround tab. Bingo. I have sound. And this is true surround. It seemed to me with Creative that there was always sound coming from all four speakers. Now that could be because the player I was using was set to two, but with this if there is no sound set for that speaker, that speaker is silent.
Last edited by IAmGhostDog; 11-23-2003 at 10:25 AM.
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