"Excellent Sound Card"5.0 starson by ncampbel
Pros: DTS-ES Dolby-EX decoding via optical in or decoding from the comptuer's dvd player. Excellent sampling rate. When matched with the S750 pc speaker system, the sound quality is unsurpassed
Cons: No Cons for this Card. Analog pc speakers is a must for this system. Anything else is a waste of time and money.
Summary: When this card is installed correctly in a computer that can actually handle 7.1 audio, the experience is awesome. People complain that they can't get decoding to work, that experience is due to a lack of knowlege about the product. Yes this sound card does decode DD and DTS via the optical, coax-spdif, or virtual spdif(decoding of dts/dd material that originates from the comptuer. If you have a comptuer with 1 Gig of ram, at least a 2.4 P4 with HT, you should be set. Make sure you get the latest drivers from creative to enjoy the best experience. EAX in games is superb, with realistic environment replication. Pairing this sound card with a home theater system that doesn't have analog 5.1/6.1/7.1 in won't work. The spdif out only encodes for tracks that were originally in dd/dts. Therefore you can't play surround sound games (eax) through a home theater system that doesn't have analog 5.1 in, the digital spdif will only give you 2.0 Creative's S750 system is highly recommended and is necessary in order to experience the full potential of this system. I have had this system for over a year and a half now, and I've been completely satisfied with it. Be smart, if all else fails, update drivers, clean your spyware infested machine, and above all else, follow the directions.