Summary: Ok I bought this card just for my Schiit Gungnir because my optical output on my motherboard broke off. So I went to microcenter and picked up this guy, the associate tried to sale me and crappy recon3d I knew this guy had no idea what he was talking about because creative cards are mostly codec based. So I went and bought the DGX and got home open the box, the pins were bent to ****. I tried to adjust them.
Pros: better than your on board soundcard , crisp clear sound better than creative codecs, 24 bit dac, TOSLINK optical outpu pass through, budget card
Cons: hard to install, drivers suck (get uni xonar drivers and they are still hard to install),
Summary: Drivers were causing games to crash and many multimedia programs to suffer the same fate. Consider this a 1 star review for all intents and purposes.
Pros: Small, PCI-Express 1x, Digital out, Headphone Amp
Cons: My PC was having random game crashes to desktop. I was ready to rip my hair out after about 3 days. I finally uninstalled the drivers for this sound card and removed it from my PC...now a week later I am 100% problem free. Onboard is good enough for me, it's not worth the hassle for this model.
Summary: Excellent and the best choice in its price range for buyers looking for independant soundcard with headphone amp and ASIO bitstream direct connection support. Decent for gaming, music, movie playback.
Pros: Decent and effective headphone amp to power headphone with
Cons: no EMF shield. the 8786 chipset is a cutoff from 8788 chipset but only difference is just 24/96 vs 24/192.
Summary: I needed a headphone amp for a headset I was purchasing and finally chose to go with this device. While it should be noted that the PCI version of this card is significantly cheaper I decided to go with the PCI-e version due to having only those slots available in my system. Sound quality is good for a card of this price, there are some cool effects that are thrown in as well such as virtual 5.1 for headphone users and microphone filters.
Works great, provides rich sound, and takes load off my CPU
28 November 2012
Summary: I got this card because I am a gamer and I want to make sure my CPU is being used for more important things besides sound. Don't get me wrong, sound is way too often overlooked when it should be a big deal. This card provides rich sound and takes the load off of my CPU and my motherboard's on-board sound card. Increased my FPS by about 5, which is pretty substantial. I have no complaints except for wishing it was a bit louder.
Summary: This thing totally rocks coming off the back side with headphones and the virtual 7.1 engaged. The 5.1 is great to but it can't touch the 7.1. Like everybody else, the frontside not so good. I've tinkered with every possible setting and can't match what's coming out the back on the frontside. I was going gonna buy some new headphones from Amazon but have discovered I don't even need new phones with this card. So thanks Amazon for saving me the bucks.