Pros Able to use my 5.1 surround sound speakers
Interface seems easy to use
Cons Unable to control headphone volume. Before I installed this soundcard, I had no problems with headphone volume. Now it is set at one level - too loud! - and tech support is nonexistent.
Summary I would not advise buying this sound card. I bought it because Sound Blaster has a good name, but I don't think their good name will last long if they keep this up. I have tried many times to contact tech support on the Creative website, but the link to send an email doesn't work and no phone number is listed. Good thing I can still return the sound card to Best Buy!
Pros If you leave it on the floor and a barefoot burglar breaks into your home it will probably injure him if he steps on it.
Cons I bought a pretty high end pc with windows 7. It came with this card as an upgrade. What a joke. Unless you are into heavy crackling, popping and snapping when listening to your music, I suggest you stay away from this one. I spent DAYS with HP custome
"This card blows"on by darjamo
Pros Supposed to be better for gaming, but none of my games were recognized, and I play alot of online FPS. But I didn't really care, that's not what I bought it for.
Cons I bought it for the "record what you hear" function that I have used for years on previous cards, only to find that the capability has been removed. I have literally lost money because I use that feature in my business. So long Creative!
Summary Can't record internal, makes this card junk for me. Also, I used to use Wavestudio to save recordings as MP3...that feature is gone now too. Can only save as WMA. This card sucks!
Pros The sound input and output capabilities were great, control panal was great, great card for playing music and playing games. The optical in and out is a great feature of this card
Cons If you need to record from an internal source such as 'what you hear' or 'analog mix' - forget it with this card, Removing this capability totally drops this card to POOR. Any audio program needing audio input cannot record from internal audio.
Summary I cannot use this card to record an internal audio which is required for some of my capture software. This renders the card useless for audio/video capture programs since you can only record from an external source.