Since the IXOS Divo music system is made to be paired with a wide variety of devices, we chose to test it on the PC since it is currently the most versatile of the lot. As such, we'll be using our setup of a Shuttle XPC SD37P2 (Intel 975X), which is mated to an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude soundcard. Since the Auzentech soundcard does not have RCA outputs, the IXOS Divo was hooked up to its 3.5mm auxiliary stereo jack using IXOS’ very own developed and supplied cables.
To fully and accurately ascertain the performance of the speakers, we subjected them to four main tests. First, they were tested for their abilities in playing music, and this was broken down further into two sub-categories: CD and MP3. Next, movies, and lastly, games.
For music, we played a variety of different tracks to see how the speakers would perform across different genres such as acoustic, jazz, orchestral and trance. In movies, we were interested in the overall experience. Was dialogue clear? Were the sound effects apparent? And does it feel like a cinematic experience? Likewise in games, we were interested to find out if the speakers were capable of enhancing the gaming experience. Did it immerse us into the game atmosphere, and did we feel like we were 'experiencing' the game, instead of merely playing. In short, what were interested in was how the speakers made us, for lack of a better word, 'feel' while we were playing the test materials.
Of course, different people have different musical and sonic tastes. Some are bassheads while others are treble freaks, so your preferences with speakers may vary.
The complete list of testing material is as follows:
- Pod Race Scene from Phantom Menaceâ€¨
- Tyrannosaurus Rex Sound Effects from Jurassic Park
- Theme from Jurassic Park
- Apollo 13 Lift-off Sound Effects
- Theme from Cutthroat Island
- Fanfare for Louis, performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony
- Hotel California - Eagles
- Sail on Soothsayer - Buckethead
- Melt My Heart to Stone - Adele
- Elements of Life - Tiesto
- Lord of the Rings - (Starting sequence, Balin's Tomb & Bridge of Khazad-dum)
- Swordfish (Starting sequence)
- Far Cry 2