Summary: I'm not going to say much about the sound except to say that Creative has a long history of being the leader in this part of computing. More and more motherboards are building on-board sound. These codecs are decent, nothing really compares to a dedicated sound card. And creative delivers. Installation is a breeze. Pop it into the slot and pop the controls into your front bay. The two cables that run between are barely long enough to connect the two.
A thorough product thanks to the front panel and to the included microphone
22 August 2013
Summary: Embedded Intel audio of my mainboard presented an annoying conflict with the video card + serious ergonomy issues when switching from speakers to headphone. Everything got OK after the change (software, driver, front panel) and an interesting dolby interface. The only minor weakness is the s/n, not so good on specs, but it's unnoticeable in my condition of use.
Summary: By Christian G. Rivera Pros: + Affordable wired alternative to the DSS, with mic capabilities (which the DSS lacks for everything but Turtle Beach headsets) + Low noise floor compared to the competition in the affordable price range (excluding the Headzone) + Software (computer required) has many settings to tweak to your personal preference, including an equalizer, bass boost with crossfeed, which you can then import directly to the device with a press of a button Cons:...
Summary: So... In rating this product I had to go by the following criteria. 1) Functionality. 2) Appearance. 3) Features. 4) Cost. As far as most of my criteria, I would have to rate it at a full 5 stars. It functions great. The card does what it is supposed to, and does well more than what I actually need it to do. The sound quality is wonderful, at least for my untrained ears. Appearance wise, it is also quite well put together.
Summary: I was getting tired of the popping and hiss I was getting from my onboard sound. Now almost any dedicated sound card is going to sound better than onboard sound, but I chose the Recon3D, and specifically this model, because of the front panel ports. I was pleasantly surprised when I found there were more to the front panel than just the obvious jacks for headphones, mic, and RCA out.
Summary: By MKinz "Mindi" First, let me preface this with the fact that I am not a hard core gamer. This product works, but it isn't so exceptional that I would pay a lot of money for it. Now, my teenage son that loves gaming swears that he can hear a difference. We have attached it to the computer and the XBOX 360. Both sound about the same. So, would I recommend... depends on how much you have to pay for it. Would my son recommend it, he said yes.
Summary: By crash Moving from a PCI Creative Extreme Music, I chose this one because of the dedicated headphone jack that enables me to switch from 5.1 to headphone via software without switching cables in back. Although it is newer it lacks the expansion capabilities of the older creative cards, in other words you can only have either 5.1, Stereo (2.1) or well headphones.
Summary: By Rebecca Morn "Technowitch" I've been using Sound Blaster products for years and years now. Early on, internal cards. Later, I switched to their USB X-Fi models. When I built a new computer last autumn, at first I used the ASUS motherboard's Realtek embedded audio which wasn't bad. Unfortunately, it wouldn't do one of the things I want most: The ability to output simultaneously to desktop speakers (Logitech 2.1 THX) and a Sony Pro-Logic 5.1 surround stereo system.