Summary: I am not a seasoned Audiophile and not fully comfortable with all the terms used by reviewers here yet, so I am going to refrain from commenting on this soundcard in too technical terms.
What I will say is that Creative went all out with this board.
Pros: Price, sound quality
Cons: Hardware switch in headphone output disables other output sources making switching back and forth between headphones and speakers a pain
Summary: as far as output goes this sound card is amazing in quality and really impressive with output level, has nothing on the soundblaster 16 or awe64 but shure as hell beats any thing modern. im happy with this card accept of one big thing, and for me its big.
Pros: amazing quality, above average pre-amp.
Cons: has 3 output jacks, only 1 works at a time, loads of useless audio affects some on by default.