Summary: I got this card to encode DTS for my surround receiver. It sounds good and hasn't given me any trouble since I set it up. However, getting to that point tried my patience. As is often the case, the included driver disc is out-of-date. That's not a big deal. But even the most recently downloaded ASUS drivers do not install cleanly. Read all the suggestions here and try everything multiple times. To summarize: 1. Uninstall all prior sound card software. 2.
Summary: The driver has issues with win 8. Problems with PC sleep mode cause hanging issues. ASUS support says The driver is ok and does not care your problem. I also use Adobe Premiere Pro Cs6 to edit video and when you activate de audio hardware with ASIO64 you got endless clicks. They need urgently an WHQL driver.
Summary: the product itself is exellent i give the part a 5/5 stars its well built the install was super easy having surround sound on the pc is just amazing, specially with battlefield 3. the only con is the software it comes with, it was way out of date and the disk didnt work with its auto update, so I had to go through the net and find a patch which only comes in .rar...which is stupid...
Summary: Sound quality is great compared to motherboard built in realtek "high definition" sound. Driver download and install from website is very easy in windows 7, other reviews have addressed the how to - ie go to device manager after hardware install, select the new device, update software, browse to where you downloaded (and extracted) drivers from the asus website, search for driver software in that location, boom, you are good to go.
Well, I certainly got a surprise from this product.
23 January 2013
Summary: After being tired of on-board sound, and hoping for more out of a dedicated card, I turned my attention the Asus Phoebus. You can see my review of the product on its page. Not to be deterred, I decided to try again. Perhaps drop the budget and get a "mid" tiered card. I saw this card, as well as the many reviews speaking of driver problems. I used the drivers from their website and still felt the sting of driver install troubles.
Summary: Works good for the price. Doesn't seem to have any functioning issues. Does what you expect and does it without any hassles. If you expect a GREAT card, then you have to spend a GREAT price. If you expect a CHEAP card, then you can spend a CHEAP price. This is right in the middle. Not cheap, not great. Just good enough. And to be honest, if you are trying to start a sound studio, it'll work, but you MUST have good speakers to hear any flaws in the sound.
Summary: Haven't have a chance to try this out in games yet but there aren't any improvement i have noticed from listening to music. I have ASUS P5Q pro mobo and it is supposedly High Def sound so maybe that's why. I believe onboard sound is just as good as sound card unless it so very high quality headphone and sound card.
Pros: upgradable op-amp chip, low profile
Cons: No noticeable improvement from listening to mp3s
Summary: Not huge improvement on sound quality if you already have a better headphone. My Sennheiser CX300 headphone gives more result than upgrading this card. After I open the package I found finger printers on the product.
Summary: I had been using a preamp to digitize my LP collection on an old computer that blew up. This card doesn't have the blue line input. It claims that the first input works for microphone or line in. It works for mic but not my preamp. It does a fine job playing cds and mp3 files and streaming from the web, but for the price, it's stupid not to have a blue line in jack that works like the standard.
Summary: Driver installation was a very trying experience on my Windows 7 Professional machine. It took many hours of frustration before I had it working. The consolation, however, is that it sounds crisp and well defined, even out of the box. With the OpAmp upgrade it is a staggeringly good device for the money. Shame the software install issues have forced me to downgrage my rating!