Summary: I recorded mostly in 16 bit and some in 44 without knowing because the software defaulted to it a couple of times when I started a new project. Wish I had figured it out sooner before recording hours of material in 16 bit not 24. Frustrating.
Pros: Great converters and sound quality.
Cons: The software is really good, just that you have to figure out everything by yourself because the setup manual and help are unhelpful. To bad half my mediocre and at times frustrating experience was from a learning curve that could have been helped by a better manual.
Pros: There is not really any pros as it applies to our need... good software support from manufacturer web site.
Cons: I tried it based upon New EGG Review info. It turned out that did not work for us. The card was purchased to be used in a system used for music production. We compared it to a USB solution for this purpose and the USB won -- so we RMA/returned it. The system is 64 bit Windows 7. Muffled sound com...
Summary: By using a card such as this, you lose some of the control capabilities inherent with Windows, specifically the volume/mute/balance controls (via the little speaker icon in the task tray).
Pros: I bought this card as a higher quality alternative to the standard on-motherboard sound hardware in my winXP box. The original had decent quality, but was very noisy. The 2496 solved that problem, and it's operation has been flawless. I mainly use this for listening, and occasional vinyl-to-digit...
Cons: The first thing you have to do is toss the installation disk that is packaged with the card in the trash. Then go to the website for the "latest" version of the driver (in this case, for XP, "latest" means 2007), and be sure to read the FAQ in the knowledge base for this product. If you install f...
Pros: It sounds great. I replaced a SB Audigy 2 ZS with this, and it really does sound significantly better. I can levels more clearly, and it allows me to make better mixes.
Cons: The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because there seems to be some issues that A LOT of people (including myself)are having with the drivers that cause the audio to start crackling, which gets really annoying. So far M-Audio hasn't really been helpful with resolving the issue. What few p...
Summary: I don't own the 2496 yet, but I wanted to chime in, since I know many M-Audio customers are unhappy with the apparent lack of 64-bit support. Good news: Final 64-bit drivers are now available, for both Vista as well as XP x64.
Pros: High-quality sound card for connecting to stereo components. Well priced.
Cons: Incomplete documentation; complaints about unresponsive support. Please see further comments below.
Summary: It's priced decently, it's fast, and it sounds good. Grab it; you can do a lot worse.
Pros: Cranks audio out of your machine FAST. I went from a 29 ms delay on Kontakt Gold in Sibelius to only a 6 ms delay, which is fast enough for pretty accurate Flexi-time recording. Sounds great, no noise or static. Hard not to recommend this card for any kind of music creation.
Cons: Doesn't work great in Windows Vista, as only beta drivers are available at this time. It crashed Sibelius (notation software) whenever I tried to use my soundsets, but when I booted into my XP installation it worked flawlessly (though I would have liked to be able to use all of my ram.) Doesn't h...
Summary: I purchased this card to use in an mp3 jukebox I’m building. Because I’m using it with my home stereo, I didn’t need something with individual 5.1 or 7.1 outputs. I would highly recommend this card for the purpose I’ve stated.
Pros: Sound from digital audio out is excellent! When I plugged it into my home stereo, there was no audible noise coming from my speakers when I cranked the volume to the highest level and paused the music I was playing.
Cons: Using the analog RCA out jacks produces an electronic hum over my speakers at medium to high volume when music is paused or not playing. Also, the output level seems to be lower than the digital out.