"Actually, I have been considering this as an upgrade."4.0 starson by stretcherbearerband1
Pros: Not Sure, but if It's along the lines of Most Creative Prods. I'ts Probably Good
Cons: Maybe Vista Issues, for those who say it's crap...
Summary: I've Had two Creative Soundblaster cards. The Live! 5.1 and the 24bit Digital Live that I've been using since, Well I wore out my fiisrt pc, that I used for music creation, transferred this card to my new pc, and, It was a gift bought from amazon from My Aunt in AZ. Used....No pops cracles etc, I run XPpro, and still get updates, supports, etc. I use it for optical input from harddisk recorder for tacking into DAW for editing at 24/96. Never had a complaint. Never had a problem...Run it as 4.1/Old JBL pro Logic1 analog 5.1 and shelf system from wayyy back, still knocks the papers off my music stand!
Pricewise, If it's as good as all two of the other Creative souncards,Wait I had a Live 5.1 usb wayyyyy back before my internal cards, that I gave away, and kick myself along with the earlier 5.1 (because both had the EMU Chips, and a Bopatload of Soundfonts, that I thankfully Backed up on a Cd.
I've released An album using this current soundcard from about 2003 (Version 1.01 I believe) Don't plan on Getting rid of it, except to maybe get a little newerversion.
That's my personal experience with creative products, I only put 4 stars because I've not used any of the newer xfi/ or whatnot....But I would rank all three of the previous units that I've used as 5 of 5! I've burned through a pc and am on my second one, and it's still rocking, if anything faster now. The only drawback is latency, which is really a non issue since I track everything externally. But that's just par for the course all of the ASIO's i've used work with it. but I end up using the hardware on the card because there seems to less latency issues.
I know it sounds like I'm Blowing smoke but this is the truth, Thinking about it, It does kind of blow my mind that I've been using the same card for so long. I may retire it and have it bronzed! It still Kicks serious Ash!