Clearly defining high quality precision components ....
1 July 2013
Summary: HARDWARE was assembled with components of excellent quality asus not saved absolutely nothing now as the software that came with the hardware is very poor horrible. Overall worth buying, has an excellent definition audio worth buying.
Summary: Excellent. But be prepared to buy expencive headphones or speakers system. Any headphones that go under $200 or sound system less than $1000 won't let you experience the sound difference from mid range sound cards. So if you don't have it - this sound card isn't for you. I used it couple of months now and the only downside I could point out is software. I don't know if it was windows or asus software conflicts or what ever but I had some problems with it ..
Pros: Overall, this is an excellent card. It sounds great and has great specs. I like the fact that it uses external power (not power from the PCI bus) and has an EMI shield covering critical components on the card.
Cons: Will not natively playback 88.2 khz files. This was a show stopper for me as I have bought music in FLAC format that is 24-bit/88.2 khz.
Summary: I use Sennheiser pc 350se headphones with this card, and what happens when you use these headphones with this sound card is that justice is delivered directly into your ear holes. I recommend that you purchase this particular sound card. Ensure that you use quality earphones for optimal results.
Summary: MY onboard sound card sounded worse than my previous motherboard and it easily got distorted when volume increased. That is the reason for upgrade. I initially was disappointed since the only place I could insert it was very close to my graphic card which gets really hot and blocking the fan. However a bit later I checked that I can use PCIe 16x, so I later moved it to a good place. It is very close to the PSU which does not get hot at all.
Summary: I am reasonably competent with PCs, but still have some anxieties when installing new hardware. I guess it dates from my Win 98 days. Spending £150 on a card which fails to find its drivers on the CD, then does so manually but still refuses to work gives a sinking feeling absent when just a few quid has been spent. Had to download the drivers as a RAR file from the website, learn all about RAR files and get a RAR decoder before I could get this card to work.
Staggeringly good sound. Installation fiddly and software not the best.
J. O'Donoghue, Amazon
25 January 2011
Summary: First impressions are excellent: the card is very attractively packaged with a 'high-end' feel to it. The card itself is on a very high quality PCB substrate and clearly uses very high quality components. Fitting into my case (a Silverstone HTPC case), the card could not be screwed down fully as the back panel is slightly too long at the bottom, and this would have caused misalignment of the PCI-E connector.
Summary: I'm very pleased with the sound from this device. Running through my stereo speakers with Dolby signal processing enabled, my music sounds amazing. Since installing this card I have been giving much of my music collection a fresh listen and enjoying some of it it more than I ever did on my old equipment (an Audigy 2). With headphones, I prefer to have the signal processing off, as the Dolby Headphone modes can distort some sounds too much for my liking.