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: 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)
Summary: Great sound quality and real cheap. The Dolby side of things are a little weird as it makes headphones sound like they have a lot of reverb. But I haven't tried it with speakers and the Dolby Digital Live was all I wanted it for really. Would be better if it had a dedicated optical port but comes with an adapter so its all good. And the software could do with instructions.
Summary: Haven't explored all the features of this card, but let me tell you - it uses a fabulous DAC for the front L & R found in lots of hi-end audio equipment. I was running it at 192kHz and was really dissapointed, then switched over to 44.1kHz and it suddendly sounded amazing - the depth, detail, clarity and realism. Have this card going into some hi-end KEF speakers, superb audiophile quality for a mere £60.
Excerpt: listening to music. Dolby Headphone is my favourite function.DS3D GX2. EAX emulation permits playing games in their EAXHD setting. Rightmark recognizes EAX help of not only EAX5 but of EAX3 and EAX4 aswell, beneath Direct Sound 3d. Nonetheless, Rightmark reports that none of these attributes exist beneath OpenAL. I find the effects subtle, and cannot comment on their emulation accuracy as I have no basis for comparison.
Excerpt: Immediately after reading the horror stories about the installation headaches of the other significant sound card maker, decided to go with this.Installation on WinXP SP3 was a snap. All I had to do prior to installing the card was to disable onboard sound. Sounds wonderful even with my low-finish logitech X-140's. Yes I can tell a distinction even with low finish speakers. Does not look to load up the CPU that significantly a lot more.