Trust Sound Expert 510EX USB 5.1 Sound Expert External: Does exactly what it says on the tin.... but nothing else.
13 August 2010
Summary: Mac users will no doubt be aware that if you're using an iMac as your desktop computer then you're limiting your expandability options to a memory upgrade somewhere down the line. My work and living room computer is unfortunately an iMac and when I wanted to fit it out with surround sound, I encounter the Apple expandability roadblock. I'm not sure what output sockets modern iMacs come equipped with but mine, circa 2006, comes only with a simple 3.5mm headphone jack.
Pros: Will output surround sound from any USB equipped computer.
Cons: Only supports windows out of the box, cheap construction, only plays exactly what's fed to it.
Summary: After four months of waiting for anticipated vista drivers to finally be made available only to find out that it only supports 'virtual' 5.1 surround sound. Very annoying if you are, like me, mixing music and need multiple outputs for headphone monitoring. Other than that middle of the road - Not bad for the price.
Summary: I bought this soundcard as I recently got a 5.1 surround sound system, and I have to say that I was pleased with this product at first. It was easy to install, and was setup quickly. However, after around 30-35 minutes of playing music or film through any media player, the audio or video speeds up and starts crackling through the speakers.