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Excellent piece of kit,
This review is from: Asus Xonar U1 USB Portable PC Audio Upgrade Solution for Laptops or Desktops (Personal Computers)
This is a great little soundcard, small, solid, looks good, works well, and most of all sounds good too.
- Can do 5.1 surround via an optical cable, if your speakers support this or you have a decoder, my Z-5500s support this so no need for a decoder
- Small solidly built device, looks good and comes in various colors
- Drivers play well with vista x64, no problems yet, the software is easy enough to use.
- Surround sound in games works with EAX 1.0 and 2.0. Also i *think* it can do 3.0-5.0 with a driver update, DS3D GX 2.0 is the thing that enabled software emulation of EAX's 3.0-5.0 with xonar cards and this card says it has that with the latest driver update from the ASUS website, so i assume it can do all EAX's in software now.
- Its a bit on the expensive side. Theres a cheaper creative external (the replacement for the audigy 2 nx) called the x-fi surround 5.1 but like i said ive had enough with creative drivers and im not exactly sure what the x-fi's capabilties are, theres no really in depth reviews on it and creative has a tendancy to market things deceptively (x-fi xtreme audio isnt a real x-fi but actually more like an 8 year old audigy 1). So anyway there are externals with more ports etc for less but i cant vouch for their quality, the xonar is high quality stuff.