Summary: I HAVE THIS ITEM CONNECTED TO MY DELL 2900 SERVER GOING TO MY HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. I COULD NOT BELIEVE ALL THE GOOD SOUNDS THAT ARE COMING OUT WOW//// BEST PURCHASE I EVER MADE REALLY SATISFIED WITH SOUND CARD. I DON'T USE PC DESKTOP SPEAKERS ANY MORE.
Summary: Hesitant, and in spite of several bad reviews regarding popping with SLI cards, I purchased this. I am more than satisfied and the sound is also better than I would have hoped for. I run mainly fps games (Call OF Duty 4, BF3 ect) and require the best positional 3d sound obtainable. My Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 was starting to sound flat and positional sound diminished.
Summary: This is an absolutely astounding sound card. I was coming from an Asus Xonar DS which is a decent, mid-line card, but I wanted more clarity in my music listening experience. What I got went beyond my expectations. After going through the audio settings (and there are a lot of options) and finding the ones that suited my taste, I have discovered a depth to my music that I have been missing. There is a clarity and warmth that are simply wonderful.
Sound Card works with Windows 8 and openSUSE Linux
James McDaniel, Amazon
4 September 2013
Summary: This is a very good sound card. My only problem was this (the one that worked OK) was the second card send to me as the first was bad out of the box. Do not hesitate to send it back if it does not come up and work for you out of the box. Amazon handled the problem properly for me and so I was happy with the final result.
Summary: This was the first sound card I had ever bought or used so I cant compare it with other models such as the Xonar STX. However I can tell you that there is a SIGNIFICANT difference between this and the inbuilt motherboard sound card. The sound card comes very nicely packaged, please note though that the sound card itself is a bit bulky (due to the shielding) so keep that in mind if your motherboard doesn't have much space between the PCIe slots.
Summary: I use this item as the primary means of audio output from my computer. It is connected to my Marantz receiver with the included digital optical cable, which powers my Energy RC Micro 5.1 Surround speakers. Before buying this item, I did not have a sound card (I was using integrated audio). I do not have experience with other sound cards. The quality of this item exceeded my expectations. There are many aspects of this item that I like.
Summary: I use this exclusively for the Masako plug-in for Winamp to listen to music only. The result is some truly lossless sound. I can hear everything, each instrument and the tone of it, each breath the singer takes in.