"Works great for a very demanding application"4.5 starson by Theater Organ Dude
Pros: Easy install, EAX effects sound great, overall sound is clean and clear over high power PA systems
Cons: EAX reverb setting has to be reset every time I reboot. Haven't figured out how to get more than 2 channels of output to work.
Summary: I use this soundcard primarily as the audio output for a computer simulation of a theater pipe organ. An Intel i7 Quad Core using sample sets of 1/2 gig powers the application. Many people who do this use very advanced cards such as the LT1010 in order to get 10 channel output. I just use two channels, but the soundcard runs through a high end EV amp and PA speaker system, so it has to deliver top notch input to the amp. I dare say that this system rivals the sound of $100,000+ commercial instruments I have heard, although I do not play it at auditorium levels. There seems to be little or no intermodulation distortion among the hundreds of individual signals mixed as the organ is simulated pipe by pipe. I have taken direct samples of high end commercial organs and transferred them to my playback system and believe it or not these samples sound better through my sound system than in the original! The Creative suite of software such as EAX brings the sound alive, and the ability to use Soundbank Manager and especially Vienna makes the overall package very satisfying. As it turns out, the Audigy SE is just the tip of the iceburg, the addition of other Creative products make for a great overall package. I'm glad I discovered it.