Summary: Use for all media including gaming with HD 589's. Biggest con is the unresponsive and ugly software. The unresponsive part is only when going to advanced headphone settings. 50% of the time it is unresponsive and you haven to go to task manager close the program and try again until it works. A LARGE waste of time.
Pros: Sounds like 200$, Convenient external pod, Powerful effective headphone amp, Aesthetically pleasing through window
Cons: Software is slow and unresponsive and ugly as sin itself, onboard sound UI looks better. (Only if you like to toggle DTS on and off will this be a problem)
Summary: For everyday use this is great and would work well for music and videos. Excellent sound quality. Unfortunately, if you want this to use while playing mohw, save your money. The drivers are bad and you will crash repeatedly. I am not hopeful they will fix quickly as it took 6 months to get new drivers out to fix bf3 crashes. I never tested with that game so cannot say whether it fixed the problem or not though the release notes say it did.
Pros: Ingame sound is great.More control over how the sound is delivered to your speakers or headset than standard onboard sound.
Cons: Bad drivers crash medal of honor warfighter. Tinny sound quality to voice in voip programs.
Summary: While I am an avid gamer and would provide a full 5 star to this sound card if it were purely advertised and functioned for gaming, it dosent quite deliver in the music department right out of the box. I am thinking of the consumer here. It took me a good week of deep tweaking and numerous mods I finally got it to the point of near perfection, in my eyes. Then again everyone is different and the next guy may love this to death for music.
Pros: Deep System Audio processing is Modifieable, Easy to Install Software modifications
Summary: I have had this sound card for a couple months now, and have found that the quality of sound is very good for the price.
Labelled as a 'Gaming' soundcard, this unit also boasts 118db Clarity SNR, EMI shielding, 3 headphone gain settings (up to 600ohm), Dolby Home Theater V4,, and an analog sample rate of up to 192KHz @ 24bit. The card can also be hooked up to 7.1 PC audio via 5x3.5mm, and has S/PDIF or Toslink output.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, and many sound setting options
Cons: Driver updates are few and far between, headphone gain settings are reset on reboot
Summary: I've searched internet for a great sound card to fit my 5.1 audio system (Logitech Z5500) with direct connection. I came across this card will searching for headphones. Hooked up this card with Sennheiser PC320 and sound quality is amazing. Never tough an headphone amp would make such difference. Glad I bought this card.
Pros: -Amazing sound quality, -Can plug headphone and up to 7.1 audio system at the same time
Cons: -Necessity of a 6 pin power connector, -Cannot talk on skype and have a game playing on my 5.1 audio system at the same time (really not a big deal)
Summary: Replaced a dead Xonar Essence with this and ASUS has improved everything moving forward - both hardware and software. The breakout box is extremely handy if you do any online gaming and use a headset, and its noise cancellation when paired with a headset is especially impressive. Not many people will shell out the $200 for a sound card of this calibre, but if you do and are a gamer I'd definitely recommend the Phoebus.
Pros: Improved Control Panel, Breakout Box Is Awesome
Summary: This is by far the best sound card I have ever owned. It has a built in mic on the handy breakaway box so I can use my Sennheiser HD 558 (Which sound amazing with the headphone amp)and still communicate with the team. The problem with BF3 and punkbuster has been fixed with the new beta drivers from the ASUS website so don't worry about that when considering this card. The bottom line is this card is amazing for listening to music, playing games, and watching movies.
Pros: Headphone Amp, Sound quality, Breakaway box, Built in mic on the breakaway box
Summary: First sound card that i have purchased and i can say that i am glad i got this when it works. i have tested this with BF3, MW2, Black light Retribution, minecraft, skyrim, world of tanks, Aion, Halo as well as several movies. It is a great card only when it works. Anything with punkbuster will crash periodically.Black light retribution has a bug that will cause it to crash but the crash rate increases with this card.
Pros: sound quality, looks, desktop control box included
Cons: drivers are really just beta tests still, cause crashes os more frequent crashes