Summary: Sound Cards are one of those things that only people who are audiophiles or high performance tweakers with intricate benchmarks can really give you good information on. So all I have to say is that the card wasn't hard to install, has worked for over a year, and is pleasing to listen to. My goal was to get a sound card that would solve some oddities (issues where sounds would freeze and repeat, etc.) about me system. It didn't.
Summary: Not the very ultimate in performance but no problems encountered in installation or use. Sound is good. Good interface. Great value card for the money and would buy again or recommend to a friend.
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: Easy installation. It is not a top of the line audio card. But for the price it performs very well. I am very satisfied. Would have given a 5 star rating, but occasionally the audio center stops working. But sound card continues to work without a hitch.
Pros: I’m not a gamer, so this review is for listing to music. I use Klipsch ProMedia speakers that sounded rather flat using the onboard Realtek chip. In the past I’ve used Turtle Beach sound cards on other systems and knew they gave better sound that the onboard chips so I decided to look for a newer card that had support for Windows 7. I picked the Xoner DS because it fit my price range, was PCI which was the only slot I had available and used the new ASUS AV200 chip. It...
Cons: I’m running Windows 7 Ultra, so I downloaded and installed the latest drivers, ASUS-DS-PCI_DS_091126_7_12_8_1777_W73264. However when I leave the PC running and it goes into sleep/hibernate mode it won’t wake up the next day, the system hangs and I have to reboot the box. Bummer as I run a Windows Home Server system that backs up this PC every night and can’t anymore. It all worked fine until I installed the new sound card and drivers. The only remedy I found was when...
Summary: Speaking of the audio center the UI is very clumsy. For instance, when setting hi-fi or GX modes it's difficult to know right away if they're turned on at all.
Pros: I'm going to preface this review that saying while I have a very good understanding of comparing other PC hardware, sound cards are not really in this list. So this is mostly and observational/subjective review.
Cons: Drivers and audio center UI. The drivers aren't as bad as some people make it out to be, but they're still pretty sub par. For example, this card claims it has front panel audio detection. It will detect that I have plugged in a device but when it's removed you must go into the audio center to manually change the audio out from the front panel to the back.
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'........