Summary: I used to think Creative was THE manufacturer for audio cards.
Pros: Hmmm. It has DD.
Cons: Installed the USB audio card using the product CD and installed driver updates for it and graphics card. Experienced crackle, pops and stuttering in audio stream using both SPDIF and headphone connections while playing games. Onboard sound card of my laptop does not experience this issue. Tried to troubleshoot using the manufacturer's recommendations on their website. Sound plays fine except under heavy graphics card use. I suspect that it's a driver issue, but it's d...
Great upgrade for music or gaming enthusiast who wants better sound quality
10 May 2014
Summary: This sound card is very similar to the one I had on my Dell Laptop. It too was an SB X-Fi sound card, but it was not compatible with the computer I just bought. This card has all the same features, plus it has a remote control and volume control on the card itself, it is able to utilize 5.1 Surround Sound, and it uses USB, so it is will work with nearly any computer.
Summary: This thing is awesome!! My speakers are alive. Audio tracks, games, everything - I can hear things that just weren't there before on an integrated sound card. If you don't have a dedicated sound card, but have a surround-sound system hooked up to your PC, Do yourself a favor and pick one of these things up. Your ears will thank you!
Pros: Flawlessly routes 5.1 audio over a single USB connection, saving you the trouble of installing a card inside your case, while also making it really easy to switch between devices.
Cons: Bloatware in the installation disc. Do a custom installation and uncheck everything that doesn't say "driver".
Summary: I bought this for a home theater PC to drive optical surround sound out to a surround receiver.I installed the drivers from the included disk and it appeared to work, but only in stereo. It took hours of fiddling to find the right combination of settings to get Dolby digital sound out in SPDIF. I was about to call for an RMA when I found the right combination of settings for it to work.
Pros: Good sound
Cons: Shipped with outdated drivers, had to be updated to work.
Summary: I want all my features of my sound card and when I installed its driver its settings reset every time. I returned this model and I bought it again because I told myself I'll figure out why its resetting. I stopped it from resetting because I turned off Avstream monitoring and audio engine licensing you added to my startup. I want you to fix your product so I can use it the right way.
Pros: I like its volume knob and its got a remote but I didn't play with it I'm not interested with that yet. Its got a lot of sound features but I didn't play with them yet.
Cons: Its blue led is more of a purple from a angle
Summary: Creative Labs: One of the only companies I've seen whose hardware works wonderfully... as long as the drivers aren't written by them. They haven't changed at all in the last ten years, have they? Good thing I do most sound stuff through Linux, or I'd probably return this thing. I can stand a few pops and crackles in Windows games vs. the hassle of finding a box, printing out labels, etc. etc.
Pros: *Much better sound quality than my onboard sound, and I can swap it over to my laptop (which has equally deficient onboard sound) as I wish. *Lets me sample, unlike the onboard sound hardware (Realtek and it's lack of 'What U Hear'... >_<) *Lots of nice output options.
Cons: *Crackles repeatedly with any driver I've tried under Windows. Luckily, the crackles are purely through analog out, so it isn't reflected in recordings made using 'What U Hear' in Windows.