Summary: I made the mistake of buying one of these. Somehow the name fooled me and I didn't realize it was made by Creative as I've sworn never to buy another device from them. In this case my resolution was right. I made the mistake of downloading and installing the new drivers and firmware and the unit immediately quit working, now neither Windows or Mac will recognize it. Guess I'll try to get them to RMA the unit, wish I could get my cash back.
Summary: Like others, I primarily bought this box to use for amateur radio purposes, that is to run a panadapter program with my Orion II radio. It performs as expected for a low end (price wise) unit. I made the mistake of trying to upload the newer drivers. This caused the unit to crash and cease to operate. My negative view is not with the unit, but the seller (through Amazon). CompSource charged shipping and handling initally as expected.
Summary: Works great, sounds like heaven. Just install the software from the CD. I tried downloading the new software from the website, which automatically tried updating the firmware. I did not need the functionality of the new firmware, and it bricked my unit. RMAd with no issue, and the replacement unit works and sounds as good as the first. Just missed it the few days it was away. Don't update the firmware unless you really need whatever the new version fixes.
Performance ok for me but have hardware issues with it
William J. Erwin "N9CX", Amazon
4 May 2010
Summary: I bought this unit to use with my amateur radio hobby. I use it as an external audio card for getting the I and Q audio signals into the computer for use with software defined radios. It works fine electrically for this purpose. However, I have a real mechanical issue with the product. I plugged a standard mono phono connector into the center of the "L - Hi-Z / Line / Mic Input" input as indicated on page 14 of the manual.
Summary: I bought a brandnew Laptop (Acer Aspire)and wanted to use this interface for some homerecording. I could not get it to work with Windows 7. There are no drivers available. I finally had to return it. Instead I bought Presonus Audiobox. Drivers are offered on the supprt page Windows 7 64 bit. It works fine. I had no trouble at all!
Summary: I bought this for playback, rather than recording. E-MU (a subsidiary of Creative) hasn't bothered to update the drivers for the 0202 USB in nearly three years. Needless to say, the drivers haven't been updated for Windows 7, and are around 60mb. They take forever to download because the E-MU website crawls.
Summary: This device is great if it is working 100% correctly. Even with the latest driver this thing will switch bit rates, or even block out bitrates. We can unplug it, plug it back in and the driver will only allow it to run at 16bit 44.1khz, you then have to unplug again and replug to get it to accept other bit rate/depth settings. Also, the lack of Linux support really was a killer.
Summary: Don't bother with this piece of junk if you're using Windows 7. The hardware may be great for playback but, for recording, the crappy drivers keep resetting the sampling rate to 44khz under Windows 7. Emu has not put out any new drivers since early 2008. If you're doing vinyl rips, like I wanted to, you might want to look at the Edirol UA-1EX or the Xitel INport Deluxe instead and save yourself a bunch of money and a big headache.
Summary: +Works good on guitar with high impedance plug-in. -Noisy on both mic plug-ins. If I yell into the mic it will spontaneously cut noise out and randomly come back (faintly). Happened with different mics. I can't really troubleshoot if it's noise from the PSU or my USB 2.0 card. -USB chord was DOA. Had to use a spare. Tested with spares. Some chords created more pops than others but noise was the same for all. Get a high quality chord.
Summary: I've had this unit for over a year. On my Windows Professional box, I had repeated dropped connections, shutdown and startup freezes that would only resolve when I unplugged the usb connection to the 0202, then having to plug and unplug several times upon restart to get the computer to recognise the unit. I moved it to my Mac iBook using OS 10.4, and it just froze up the computer completely each time I tried to use it.