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Not only for gamers
on 26 February 2014
I bought this to improve my current set up which consists of my laptop being hooked up to my component hi-fi for sound, and TV for video. I mainly use it for streaming radio, and for watching TV. It definitely makes a difference. And the software that comes with it was an added bonus. Dolby Home Theatre V4 allows all sorts of refinements and has a 10 band graphic equaliser. I have no doubt that I'll be using this with more machines as I replace them over the years.
What ever you do, don't bother using the CD supplied to install drivers and software. They're outdated, and didn't install properly for me. Rather head over to the ASUS website for the most recent drivers.
Regarding settings, most audio tracks (except Audio DVD) are recorded at 16bit and 44kHz, so sampling at anything higher has a detrimental effect. In fact I've found that it tends to move everything up an octave or so. But by all means, try it out and play with settings till you find something that suits you..
There are cheaper DACs out there, and there are more expensive DACs speically for audiophiles. This is a nice middle ground.
*EDIT: I tried working the U7 via an active USB hub, and there was a definite reduction in sound quality. I then connected it to the laptop directly and everything was back to normal. Something to keep in mind I guess.