Summary: Two computers and as much as a decade ago, I installed an Audigy 2 Platinum. It had very good sound and superb usability. The "drive" in front and board in the back provided all the connections I'd ever want, and more. I could plug in my headphones any time, adjust the volume with the knob on the drive. Plug my tape deck or turntable into the RCA jacks on the drive, rip anything I wanted with Wave Corrector.
Summary: I love this card, it's capabilities, and the drivers and apps that come with it. I have had some problems, though. Occassionally it will start to put out crackles and pops that are really obnoxious, even when using something as basic and highly integrated as Windows Media Center. Also, when used in ASIO mode it will occassionally burp and gain or lose timing, which is very distracting when you are trying to compose music.
Summary: I love this, the sound is great, I love the 3D effect for games. I also love the voice changer it has for when your voice chatting, I have so much fun with it. It can make me sound like a 12 year old boy, and make my sister sound like a teenage boy. You would never guess it was actually a girl. Quite powerful compared to downloadable software, just wish you could make custom profiles for the voice changer. Huge upgrade from on-board sound.
The best SoundBlaster card to date / Better alternatives
G. Ifland, Amazon
12 February 2011
Summary: After reading several positive web reviews of this card, I decided to purchase it and see how it compares to my current ASUS Xonar Essence ST Headphone 7.1-Channel Audio Card for Audiophiles . (It should be noted that the Xonar Essence ST is a PCI card that I believe is out of production, but still available for purchase.
Summary: great, because the hardware produces clear sound, and the software gives the ability to manage the hardware in detail with many of additional feature. great, because I can manage the volume without interrupt running programs from front panel, and I can plug my headphone at the front panel, that's helpful.