Summary: For a cheap card, this works well. It obviously isn't as loaded as higher end models, but it's better than on-board sound and a quick install. If you're not too picky, this is definitely worth a look.
Pros: Cheap, especially as open-box., Easy to install and work with., Some good concepts in the design/software.
Cons: Utilities are pretty limited., Not as many features as higher end cards, naturally., Some problem with card and front panel headphone jack required a reinstall.
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: This is a very good quality sound card. In normal use, connected to my reasonably high quality audio system, it sounded great. Used as an input for a digital recording system, it's very forgiving of over-levels. It's also fast enough (though NOT under Windoze) to provide a complete multiplex stereo baseband including RDS!
Summary: Bought to replace a Creative Labs (CL) card, after numerous attempt to stop the CL card from crackling. In short problem solved. BUT, one disadvantage I noticed when plugging in headphones, the card did not appear to sense this and switch audio to headphones (the CR one did). Had to switch it manually, which is a very small issue given that it solved the main problem. This may have been a 'user created error'........
Summary: Sound is excellent esp with the uprated OpAmp chip (LM4562NA) but the bundled software is not compatible with Windows 7. You will need to download the drivers from the ASUS web site - free but bundled as RAR file which can be a bit of a bother to unpack.
Summary: I bought this card with a pair of Audio Technica ATH M50 and i can say the sound is more detailed and crisp..I had an Xonar DX with a pair of AKG that had a price of around 30euros.I didn't tested the ATH M50 with the DX so i can't say if the clarity is from the card or Headphones.The problem with this card is you need to learn technical tricks to get things right.For example in games you have to activate the 7.1 virtual speakers on a 2.1 system to get corect sounding...
Summary: After changing my graphics card my old Creative Audigy SB developed a crack/pop and slowed down the music randomly when playing a music file. I don't know why because games and iPlayer sound was fine. Anyway after looking around I decided to move away from Creative in case the graphics card had a permanent dislike for all things Creative.
Summary: I found the sound on my old Scaleo P going home.Reading that that's a common thing for on-board sound-chips, I borrowed a spare PCI card from a mate, and things improved quite nicely,so I picked the Asus as a replacement because it had good reviews from various technical sites.It arrived in good time and good condition, and installed fairly easily, working pretty well as a standard sound-card and having all the usual toys included.The fun started when I tried to use it...