Product is top notch but driver/software install process really needs to be documented somewhere
19 December 2014
Summary: The card works well, once you get it going :) I did not find it overly easy to install, even though I am in the computer industry. Most of the install issues revolve around getting the most up to date drivers from the web, uncompressing and installing. The hardware itself is top notch, but the documentation to actually install the drivers is severely lacking, if not non-existent. e.g. would a non IT person know .... 1.
Excerpt: I replaced a dying sound card with this one. Exceptional build quality throughout, especially at the connectors. Software installation took two tries on Windows 7 but finally worked. Super clean sound, no noise at all. The 1/4" headphone jack can drive whatever you wear to full range. Overall fantastic hardware. The software can do many fancy things but is busy with blinky lights and knobs. Works ok. If you need to drive real headphones from a PC, this is it.
Summary: I've had this card for 21 months when I write this and I'm shocked reading the 1 star reviews. This card has phenomenal sound and pairs wonderfully with my ASUS Rampage IV motherboard. I've recorded beautifully with this product too. Couple this with a Professional Studio Monitor and it blows your mind. I suspect those who've had bad experiences with this product probably have incompatible motherboards or not enough power.
Summary: This card works out of the box with Arch Linux and probably any moder distro. The sound is definitely an upgrade over onboard audio even if your motherboard claims 108db SNR like my does. The front panel connector on my motherboard was causing a horrendous amount of mic noise and that is the main thing that propelled me to but this and boy and I happy I did!
Click, Pop, Buzz... do NOT buy this card if you are going to record with it.
Joe Bag O' Donuts, Amazon
3 April 2014
Summary: This card is advertised and touted all over the internet for its reproduction quality, its performance, and its quiet operation. My experience was far from any of these. I received the card in good condition, in retail packaging. I installed the unit in my PC, installed the drivers, and played a few test songs through a pair of very high-quality headphones. I was thrilled with the performance, and believed I'd found a card that works exactly as advertised.
Summary: I just installed this sound card on my Alienware aurora A4 and I highly recommend it. I use them with separate Eagles Arion sound system and my Sennheiser PC 360 headset. The reason I bought this sound card was mainly for music and it also greatly benefits my gaming as well. After installing the driver I immediately noticed a great change in my music. The sounds seemed to flow together more nicely and just flat out sounds great.
Summary: I bought this with a pair of AKG 702s for a entry level audiophile experience. I use it for music, movies, and gaming. The optical port works with my old Sony STR K790 5.1 system perfectly, it sounds better than ever. The 2 channel speaker driver makes my old old computer speakers sound way better. And of course the headphone driver makes my AKG 702's sing.
Summary: First of all I will point this out, when this sound card was released there was nothing like it at a similar price point (let's say <$250) which for it's time meant that it truly made some other products obsolete, especially once you changed the op-amps for ones that were neutral or close to neutral in the sound frequencies. Now with that out of the way let's jump to today and ask is this card worth it?