Bij AnandTech is een review verschenen van de Abit SP50 speakers en AU10 geluidskaart. De geluidskaart is gebaseerd ForteMedia FM801 chip die volledige 5.1 speaker ondersteuning biedt samen met softwarematige ondersteuning voor EAX 1 en A3D 1. De SP50 speakerset bestaat uit 4 identieke satellietspeakers, 1 center speaker en een flinke subwoofer. Deze audioset is dus duidelijk gericht op de consument die de PC wil transformeren in een thuisbioscoop. Voor dit doel is deze set ook prima te gebruiken, maar volgens de (te IMHO) veeleisende reviewer zijn de speakers niet echt goed:
ABIT has made a strong first effort with their entrance into the computer sound market. They set the basis for many promising ideasóthe integrated amplifier with large heat sinks, the remote control for DVDs, and the metal casing for the speakers. However, some of their compromises on quality in the audio chip on the AU10 card and the extensive dependence on software based features serve to limit the performance of the system. With a retail price around $279, it presents a certain financial commitment to the sound system. The speaker set seems to fall short of these expectations in that it could not fully replace a home theatre system, nor serve as the strongest gaming system because of the CPU utilization issues.
[...] Sonically, the sound is a little tinny, most likely a result of the audio chip used for D/A conversion. This affected the overall quality of the system as it was noticeable during both DVD and music playback. The AU10 sound card is designed fairly specifically to provide surround sound playback; it is not destined to be a home musicianís card as it isnít geared to getting audio or MIDI info into the computer very easily. The lack of SPDIF support on the sound card was disappointing, especially that it was not on the same development and manufacturing track because this indicates to me that ABIT is emphasizing this feature, which could increase the audio quality of connections to the card. Be wary of buying a card that doesnít have the accessories you want in production as of the purchase date.
[...] The ABIT SP50 Home Theater System and AU10 6 channel audio card package are slightly above average for a computer speaker system, though falls short of high sonic quality. The speaker system fulfills its specifications, but higher expectations could have led to a better system with more warmth in the tonal quality. It is a promising first step for ABIT, indicating that some strong engineering went into the design. Building upon this experience could produce some excellent products in the future, but for now, their system is best suited for use in a small room with limited listening requirements.
Zoals je ziet zijn deze speakers volgens de reviewer slechts 'slightly above average', iets wat ik eerlijk gezegd niet kan geloven als ik naar de specs kijk en de conclusie lees van Tom's review. Maar zolang er nog maar twee reviews zijn over dit product is het erg moeilijk om te zeggen wie gelijk heeft, en daarnaast komt natuurlijk nog dat audiokwaliteit heel erg subjectief is.