Summary: I use Dragon naturally speaking, and as it's got more and more complicated it has required a better sound card. Also I do a lot of music, and again this has fulfilled all my requirements and way beyond. It's not a VERY expensive product but it's not cheap.
Summary: It is not capable of outputting 5.1 or 7.1 sound over digital connection in Windows XP 64bit. Even when this should be possible with the included Dolby Digital Live encoder. Creative support was of no help with this issue over the course of a month.
Summary: Creative are, without a doubt, the worst PC peripheral company in the world. For XP, their drivers may be at least stable but not for Vista or 7! First impressions, after successfully installing the card, was that the sound quality was indeed superior to the onboard sound. It truly was a great experience...until it died out randomly two months later. For some reason, the computer just refused to recognise the card.
Summary: This card completely blew away my integrated motherboard sound, the previous sound card alternative I was using. It sounds fantastic: I love the way it brings surround sound to life (it puts you into games, and when playing music, every speaker suond good, unlike motherboard sound where i used to get crackly fuzzy noises in rear and side speakers), and the various software enhancements - of which there are many, like X-Fi Crystalizer to name one - really make a...
Summary: I upgraded from a audigy SE board and (despite not being an audiophile) I notice the difference. I splashed out on some nice speakers a while back, and not until I fitted this have I really done them justice. Itunes sounds much crisper as do movies - you can distinctly pick out things that weren't noticed previously. Games, well, I tend to get so immersed that I don't notice the difference too much. Easy to fit.
Summary: At first i was unsure as whether to get a soundcard these days as most computer onboard sound is excellent and really advanced recently, however soundcards are not a thing of the past at all! Although onboard sound is good on a motherboard, a soundcard brings a whole new level of audio control, as well as also giving your computer a little performance boost!
Summary: After putting up with the speakers built into my TV I decided to get a good set of surround sound speakers and, after finding out that my on board refused to output anything other than stereo I decided to get a sound card. I decided to go for a PCI-e solution (mainly because the only PCI slot was in an awkward place and I had a spare PCI-e slot going).
Summary: This card performs well - sound quality is very high - but there's a negative! Pros: i) Sound quality - can't knock that once it's working! ii) PCI-E x1 - finally a use for those tiny slots (but check the space on smaller boards - mine JUST fits between two SLI graphics cards that have enormous fins for fanless cooling). iii) Connectivity, most is on the card (no 'unobtainable' plates or trailing wires required).