Will not Produce 7.1 or 5.1 Channel Surround Sound on Win 8.1!!! Confirmed by StarTech Technical Support
24 September 2014
Summary: This device will not produce 7.1 or even 5.1 channel surround sound on Win 8.1. After spending 40 mins on the phone with Star Tech technical support, he got back on the phone and said that their senior developers had informed him the unit will not generate more than 2.1 channels on Win 8.1. He was very nice about it, but that doesn't solve the problem, hence I am returning this device to Amazon.
Summary: Works as described I have a TON of music and this sends my audio out to my Pioneer SC-1222 . I tried a dvd-a with DTS and my receiver was able to use all channels. 2 channel via optical was also cleaner. I have not used the front 5ch out yet,but I will hook it up tp my other sony AV assuming it will also send dolby DTS out.
Summary: Not as good as a creative card but for use with a macbook pro or any laptop it is worth it. Takes a little time to set up and reading the instructions is almost a must. Reason for 4 stars is the card does not like to readily switch to headphones from speakers and vise versa Works with Windows 8.1 and mac
Theodore R. Smith "Promote freedom; fight fas..., Amazon
19 March 2014
Summary: I LOVE THIS THING! It's USB-powered, which is a huge plus! I have it powering my 7.1 Dolby Surround Logitech Z-5500 system, and let me tell you, this is NOT cheapo pseudo surround like I find on a whole range of similar products (::cough:: Asus Xonar ::cough::). This is actually a 7.1 external surround card! It does a full 48,000 Hz, too.
Functions but headache to set up and possible virus on driver
7 March 2014
Summary: First off I think the CD driver has a virus on it once installed Norton set off immediately. I'm on windows 8.1 and it was difficult to get going the cd drivers worked until 8.1 came then I had to search for new drivers. One huge issue is now if I pull the USB out my computer blue screens with a DPC watchdog violation.
Summary: If you are using a gaming laptop like me, and you have no idea how to use the razer tiamat 7.1 on the laptop. The Sound Card you are going to buy is this one. Just great and wonderful. Is straight forward and easy to install.
Summary: I recently purchased the Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset and I needed a soundcard that would support 7.1 sound. I mainly use a laptop these days for the travel convenience so upgrading the sound card is almost impossible. Luckily they make this USB soundcard which works perfectly. Plugged in everything and tested the 7.1 surround sound capabilities and was very impressed with the results. Simple and easy to use.