Summary: I appreciate good audio but I'm not an expert. I do however play many games often and enjoy listening to music from time to time. This was a large improvement from my ALC1150 on-board audio which couldn't fully power my Sennheiser PC 350 SE due to the on-board's low powered headphone Amp.
Summary: i got this version because of the small...control...thing.... excellent quality, easy to use with all headsets, and the control thing has an excellent directional microphone that is easy and picks up my voice well despite the large amounts of audio devices
Summary: I'll admit, I'm not an "audiophile." But I do appreciate good sound, especially when gaming and listening to music. I bought this card to replace an aging Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium card -- Not being impressed with recent offerings from Creative, I decided to give Asus a go, since everything else...
Summary: I got this to use with my digital pipe organ program, so it was not used for gaming. My goal was to have high-quality and accurate sound. This unit delivers. I especially like the remote volume and mic/headphone box.
Summary: Being used on a Asus motherboard that already has a very good on board sound chip. The sound quality of the Xonar Phoebus ROG is far superior in gaming with 5.1 channel sound to the on board chip sound. Good investment in my case.