Summary: This is an excellent sound card. The adaptor works great when using headphones and you have the ability to set up your speakers and environment as you desire. I use the optical out along with an amp as I am using some high end headphones and I find the card to work very well. Also, with the latest drivers, you can select, under games, several pre-sets which is nice. I do find the sound, even when listening to music to be very good.
Summary: I was using onboard sound and upgraded to this card. My games and music sound spectacular. Huge improvement. I got this particular card so I could wire my optical cable headphones and 5.1 speakers into the card at the same time (just need to switch between them using the app it came with or windows). The driver support isn't great, which is why I gave the card 4 stars, but I haven't had many problems.
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: First of all, use the beta drivers and not the ones on the CD. I had to knock 1 star off because of the current driver status. The beta drivers seem to correct many of the previous issues with certain games and settings. The card has a lot of custom settings and it has great sound(depending on your speakers of coarse). The card looks good, easy to setup, and does fine in W7 64bit. I am still playing around with the settings to customize my sound based on what I am doing.
Summary: I've decided to update my review since I finally now have headphones that work with this card. However, I will start with a bit of warning to users of Bose QuietComfort 3 headphones. My pair will only work with this card if they are plugged into the speaker port. Plugging them into the headphone port cause static noise.
Excerpt: The sound card itself is great, awesome positional sound, good clarity and depth aswell. My reason for a non 5star score is because of the seemingly useless additional connection box. For the extra you have to pay it simply isn't worth it. JUST BY THE CARD....nothing more, nothing less.
Excerpt: С данной звуковой картой складывается довольно неоднозначная ситуация. С одной стороны мы имеем довольно качественный кусок железа с хорошим чипом, японскими конденсаторами и добротным экранированием. Всё это в купе с довольно интуитивным драйвером даёт нам отличный, чистый звук. Конечно же, только в том случае, если вы имеете акустику соответствующего уровня. В моём случае Edifier S550 Encore.
Pros: + Отличное качество звука + Простота настройки + Dolby Home Theater v4 + Микрофон на выносном блоке + Поддержка EAX в старых играх.
Cons: - Разброс каналов в режиме 5.1 (см. ниже) - Не исправленная ошибка драйвера с 2012 года - Улучшайзеры (кроме Dolby Home Theater v4) - Хваленный Beam Forming - Цена
Summary: Die soundqualität der soundkarte ist sehr gut. Musik hört sich damit fantastisch an und beim zocken hat man eine sehr gute Ortung dank Xear Surround headphone...ABER nun der fette Minuspunkt: Die komplette Asus Xonar Phoebus Reihe hat ein problem mit dem mikrofon: wenn ihr also gerade spielt oder sonstiges macht, was eure grafikkarte auslastet, dann hören alle TS Member oder was ihr halt so zum absprechen benutzt, ein brummen..