Pros: Cheaper than Echo I/O or DJ has surround sound.
Cons: Horrid ASIO support just check out Creative's message board on the Audigy ZS, Crackles, POPs and just when you think you have it solved they come back. Surround Sound on a Laptop? Spend 2X and get an Echo if you are serious about music.
Summary: i plan on getting some logitech x-530 speakers and an X-Fi xtreme gamer soun card i hope it fixs the sound and makes me appreciate Creative again.
Pros: well its gold and general applications have sound
Cons: well for games like oblivion the sound is overall good but makes wierd demented sounds occasionally and games like counter strike source the sound frequently cuts out. this is the WORST newegg.com purchase i have ever made.
Summary: paid to much for the retail version... shame I could have stayed with the onboard ASUS aduio on my motherboard.
Pros: Has sticker to place on edge to find what plug goes in what hole. Has a full size 6 pin powered Firewire port!
Cons: junk... crashes the computer every 1/2hour worth of hard game play, since removing it and going back to the on board audio my computer hasn't crash once with a sound error.(games from 1/2 life 2 to 2142 to trains)
Pros: When it works, it works well. Decent software controls, fairly easy to configure.
Cons: I've just reformatted my computer, and half the time I've spent (so far) working on it has been trying to get my sound card to work. It wouldn't detect that it was present in the PCI slot for quite some time. Now I've gotten past that, and cannot find any drivers that will install. Some state tha...
Summary: I will build a new system using a new abit mb, and perhaps it is just the drivers of an older system not workin well. i shall see and repost after i find out. but i think the sound card is a paper weight. :(
Pros: It goes into the pci slot easily.
Cons: It snaps, and pops during gaming. this is horriable. If i turn the thing up any at all, it pops soo loud it hurts my dang head. this is very dissapointing. It maybe due to me having an older agp slotted abit mother board. i have ordered a new system, I hope and pray that fixes the issue. perhaps ...
Summary: I bought this card from another online retailer and after discovering the flaws in Creative's poorly written software promptly returned it. As far as I know Creative doesn't support this card any more (most recent drivers are from January '06) so it's not likely that the speaker calibration problem...
Pros: The sound quality and construction quality of the sound card are excellent. Not much else.
Cons: The software is incredibly bloated. After installing the drivers/software from the installation CD and then upgrading to the newest drivers from Creative's web site I had a total of three places to change EAX settings and changing the settings in one place would not necessarily effect the setting...