Top positive review
Best soundcard I could find at the price
on 4 February 2015
I purchased this after reading some of the other reviews. I would have bought the PCI-e version, but on my motherboard, the video card blocks this expansion slot when installed. The card is one of the best, if not the best, I have heard, particularly at this price. As other reviews have stated, the sound is warm, and distortion free through my Creative speakers. Do spend the extra few bob on replacing the op-amp chip with the one Amazon recommends though, as this does make a real difference. It's easy to swap, as it's a simple plug in job, so no real skill needed (though small fingers will make the job easier, as there's not a lot of room around it).The software supplied is really good, is easy to install and to operate. The graphic equaliser software works for my ears, you just need to spend some time trying all the settings to get the one that sound best with your speakers. All in all, an excellent buy, and recommended particularly to upgrade from on-board sound.