Summary: The increase in sound quality from basic by this card is pretty nice. I'd say all and all that it's good. Haven't had any problems with the hardware itself, like others supposedly has. I'm very disappointed after finally completing my 7.1 sound system that I found out this card will not support it.
Pros: Let's see, pro's are, better quality sound than your average built in sound, optical out, and some hany sound features to do lots of fun things with.
Cons: CONS... Apparently DTS and DDL don't support 7.1 speaker systems? It only goes up to 5.1, and when I emailed creative about it, they simply said, "DDL and DTS support only 5.1 digital sound." I'm quite certain that means the sound card doesn't support 7.1 sound when using optical out. Oh, and whe...
Summary: had I known about unlock option for dd/dts on Audigy 2 I would not buy it (unlock is much cheaper and keeps good stuff from going to landfill). also, while extra features are nice to have I'd rather stick to properly implemented basics - it's all about sound creative (plenty to do on that end).
Pros: PCIe - easy transfer to future systems. price was right (shell shocker). on-board RAM (but this may be just a gimmick for regular user), dolby/dts live (what took you so long creative?, only later on I found that now they offered unlock for the same functionality on Audigy 2)
Cons: drivers/configuration utility - definitely room for improvement (sometimes selected output configuration does not work or forces you to restart system/redo all the steps). The biggest issue for me is the hiss on headphone output (front audio connector). could be my case cabling, motherboard or ot...
Worked great for the one month that it actually worked.
4 August 2011
Summary: I bought this back in July and it worked amazing with my Logitech z-2300 speakers. The sound quality is unparalleled with on board audio. But all of a sudden out of nowhere, it all of a sudden stopped working and caused all audio on my computer to stop working.
Creative once again buys the farm for driver support
2 August 2011
Summary: At the time of this writing- and likely until the end of time- creative has yet to update their official drivers for this sound card since 2008. Their is a beta driver from last year that is incredibly buggy and obviously not for general use, but at least its newer and performs a bit better in most...
Summary: I am disappointed in the level of creative's support for this product. Its as if they don't care about their sound cards anymore or any of the people who use them. I bought it because it has live encoding features and now I'm stuck using them whether I want to or not.
Pros: It works.
Cons: The software this card comes with is bloated and is somewhat unintuitive when it comes to configuration. Additionally the Dolby Digital Live & DTS Connect features seem to not let my pc go to sleep. I have tried contacting Creative's support about this but they never responded. After a few months...
Summary: Creative has always been good to me with their products, however, still faced with finding an intelligent card that utilizes TSOLINK (optical). I have this card in my HTPC. When you install the Dolby Digital and DTS codecs, you have to set which you wish to use, ie the setting is static.
Summary: There is no doubt this is a driver issue. I don't know if nvidia is going to release drivers to fix this issue or creative is. I just hope its soon so I can get off the dreadful on board sound.
Pros: Sounds great with my old gtx 260 core 216 that i had for two years. Upgraded to a gtx 570 and that's where the problems began...
Cons: I was getting game crashes with while using my gtx 570. I tried putting the gtx 260 back in and everything worked fine. Went though all the ram tests, bios flashing, and driver updates nothing seemed to work. Then I removed the sound card and its drivers and magically everything worked. Put the c...
Summary: save some money and get a cheaper sound card. waaaaayyyyy overpriced for the quality and lame software that comes with it
Pros: easy install. took about 15 minutes to install with no problems
Cons: price. price price. i was expecting alot more outta of this card for the price but honestly u can get same sound quality out of a sound card half the price. paid extra for 2nd day delivery took 5..not the cards fault so only egg deductions are for the lame software and average sound quality
Summary: Just disappointed, when I opened the box the card wasn't in any sort of anti static bag. Just sitting in an open box. I hope that what happened to me doesn't happen to anyone els. Because its very annoying to get something then need to spend even more money sending it back.
Pros: I have owned Creative cards before, same pros as the older cards. EAX 5.0 support if you want to deal with the alchemy drivers to actually make it work in games. The different settings for the card are nice. (Game, Entertainment ect.) Good sound quality.
Cons: The reason for the three eggs was my card arrived bent.... Very bent, I couldn't fit it into my PCIe slot and have the I/O plate match up with the case.