Summary: I for the longest time used Creative Sound Cards, but when I updated from XP to Windows 7 I began to have issues like crazy! 1st there were a few sound tweaks here and there, but then when I went to do some audio recording I noticed that the Stereo Mix option was GREYED OUT! I contacted Creative and they told me they are NOT making Driver Updates to any card older than their current cards!! !!! WTF !!!
Pros: !!! Stereo Mix option IS available for Recording !!!, * Sounds Great!, * Easy to install - I installed the Drivers from the Asus Website , easy to find and worked great!, *
Summary: This is a decent card for the price. This card comes with good but not great components. If you want better you will have to dish out more $$ but for the $67 I spent for this I think the quality is more than adequate. This was a breadth of fresh air coming from the Creative camp which has been problematic ever since direct sound was dropped from Windows.
Pros: Sound quality, low noise, built well, decent components.
Cons: Asus Xonar driver can be buggy, switching output sources can be better.
Summary: Ok, so I used to have a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4, which was okay at best. It was very bright. Sharply so. This combined with AD700's guaranteed that snare drums and such would absolutely destroy my ears. Like popping an innocent soap bubble with a bullet. And the bass was pretty boomy as well. But then I managed to get a hold of a Xonar D1 for less than $30. The difference was night and day.
Summary: unsurpassed depth of clarity. installation was a breeze. the automatic volume adjustment is totally awesome if you watch tv online; no volume increase during commercials. got to love that on a late night.
Summary: Speaking of front panel audio, I have yet to get mine working. I am sure i will after some research, though. And I am not taking off any eggs for these cons because the card sounds amazing and the included software is incredibly useful.
Pros: The sound from this card is amazing, but you would not knowing by just installing the card and firing up your favorite music player. To get the best experience you will want to tweak your sound using the included software. I am using a z-5300e 5.1 setup that still delivers despite it's age.
Cons: As mentioned by others here, the documentation is quite sparse. Unless you knew that the card offered front panel audio connections, you would not learn it from the manual.
Summary: Amazing sound card, my bass and music sounds much more clearer now, as well as games. It makes a weird crackling sound at boot, but I was told this is normal. Much better than the DX model, which requires an extra floppy power connector.
Pros: Small, Gold Plated, Looks Nice
Cons: No fps improvement (didn't really expect it to raise anyway)
Pros: Has multiple outputs for 7.1 Surround Sound. Has internal SPDIF input to connect to a graphics card to produce HDMI audio and video. Crystal clear Audio, I have Bose Companion 2 powered speakers and it works wonderful!
Pros: All I needed was a stereo card like the M-audio, but this has a 24/192 DAC like the Cambridge cdp in my living room. I needed that to go with the Aric Audio 1.5 tube preamp I would be sending this to. Sounds so much better than the old Audigy 2 card I was using. Between the DAC and the $25 rebate, that sold me on the card. My speakers are home made. .38 cabs with 76 watt biamps in each. feeding 4 ohm Peerless 5 1/4 inch subs and Beston ribbon tweeters. Those monoblock...
Cons: The software is more than I need being I only run stereo.