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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sound, the software could be better, 26 Mar. 2010
I'm very pleased with the sound from this device. Running through my stereo speakers with Dolby signal processing enabled, my music sounds amazing. Since installing this card I have been giving much of my music collection a fresh listen and enjoying some of it it more than I ever did on my old equipment (an Audigy 2).

With headphones, I prefer to have the signal processing off, as the Dolby Headphone modes can distort some sounds too much for my liking. The dedicated headphone amp goes up to 11 and is a fantastic change from the weedy signal that I made do with from my previous sound card. It's great for getting decent volume on tracks that were mastered at quieter levels.

My only gripe is with the bundled software. Switching between the stereo component outputs and the headphone amp requires opening the software, clicking a button to reveal some menus, and then choosing the output option from a drop-down menu. This quickly becomes tedious, and it's ridiculous that there isn't an easier way to to this, such as via the pop-up menu on the system tray icon.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2011 01:16:59 BDT
The best way I found to minimise this hassle (assuming you're running Windows 7) is to pin the control centre to the taskbar, and autorun it when your computer boots. That way, it's only a few clicks.

I agree with your sentiment and made a similar point in my review, but thought I should share my best solution with you.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 23:46:52 BDT
stevieb says:
Goes up to 11, phew!
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