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This card is actually really good!,
This review is from: Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 (Accessory)
I've noticed there are a lot of bad comments about this product but let me just give my perspective on this as I have owned the soundcard for approx. three years. I've used it on an asus intel core2 duo laptop, a dell inspiron 530 desktop and now on a sandy bridge 2500k custom build. Used it with headphones, some old x540 logitech 5.1 speakers and now with a pair of Audio Engine A5s. I have never heard this "hiss", background noise, nor stuttering, nor crackles or blips in sound. 3 years of heavy use almost every day i've had them and not encountered a problem on either xp, vista or win 7. It gets drum'n'bass, classical, jazz and a whole spectrum of soundscapes thrown at it and comes back laughing, filling the speakers with clear sound. That is utter value for money no matter which way you look at it. In fact, the only thing to dislike about them is the "special effects" like the crystalizer - but you turn these off if you don't want them. It loses a star because its not the asus stx soundcard, but being over £100 more there is no comparison.