Summary: I read most of the reviews and thought for the few bucks that it cost, it is worth a try. Word of warning: do not throw out your old sound card or software just in case. second, make sure you buy from amazon fulfillment and keep the box just in case. Third, copy down the serial number and any other numbers which are located on the hardware for easy registration Fourth, make sure you are tech savy or have someone who is when you install this unit.
Summary: I have been a long term Creative fan, and with many others gone through the phases of cards/drivers with issues. Popping, hissing, freezing, crashing, among other issues. I came to the point where I was considering other card manufactures. I did my homework and this "appeared" to be the comeback card, but was still wary.
Summary: This card delivers audio perfectly, exactly what you would expect from a Sound Blaster. Hooked up to Logitech Z-5500 speaker system you can tune this thing to perfection. I bought this for my son's 14th birthday present, mainly because he has been bugging me for a microphone (he plays WoW and wanted to use Ventrilo). It is a good upgrade from his old X-Fi Titanium. He mainly has it hooked up to his Sennheiser HD 280 PRO headphones and he absolutely LOVES his new setup!
Summary: The card met all of my expectations except for one. The external hookup/dock that comes with it, for whatever reason, significantly lowers the sound quality if you are using headphones. To get around this, just simply plug your headphones directly into the back of the card on your PC, and the headphones will sound great!
Summary: The card finally works great. At first though I was having some bad problems using either a beam-forming mic or an external mic. People on the receiving end of my connection were always getting a real annoying echo and it seemed the "What U Hear" option was always active even though I deactivated it as whatever I transmitted through the mic could be heard on my speakers.