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Worthy of consideration,
This review is from: Creative Blaster Audigy Fx 5.1 PCIe Sound Card with SBX Pro Studio (Accessory)
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This comes in an impressive looking box, but then circuit boards aren't visually exciting.
My desktop is home built and uses an ASUS motherboard with built-in sound and video. The built-in sound card is dreadful so I was hoping for some improvement with the Audigy Fx.
With the usual anti-static precautions the Audigy Fx was easy to fit. It uses the short PCI-e slot.
No problems with Windows 7 installation of software.
I normally use the speakers built in to my monitor and they are hardly high quality, but I still noticed an immediate improvement - including some Windows jingles I'd never noticed before. I plugged in some headphones and the difference was quite amazing. I have a hi-fi system so have no intention of buying a set of speakers to try out 5.1 surround sound, but I'm sure that with good quality speakers the sound would be a big improvement over what I already have.
I don't have a lot of experience with different sound cards so all I can really say is that there is a substantial improvement over the motherboard's built in sound handling. But since the motherboard was only a few pounds more expensive than the Audigy Fx that is hardly surprising.
It also comes with an easy to use software interface. This allows you to configure for stereo speakers, 5.1 surround, or headphones. The balance of up to 6 speakers can be tweaked individually, and there is the ubiquitous graphic equalizer. There is also an option to create user profiles so that different individuals can have the sound set up to their own liking.
I'm happy with the Audigy Fx and quite content to let it continue to live in my computer.
I'll include System requirements here since I can't find that anywhere in the product description and it should be.
Windows 8, 7, & Vista
Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD equiv, 2.2 GHz or faster
Intel, AMD, or 100% compatible motherboard
600MB free hard drive space
Available PCI Express slot