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  • Sound is not so good, otherwise a nice gadget

    posted by TheLivingOne on 06/27/2009
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Cool design, very small and light, handy.

    Plug and play, no specific driver required.

    Works under Linux with ALSA driver.

    Costs peanuts!

    Cons:

    Sound quality is bad, there's no any hum but the sound is distorted, especially at high levels. At low levels it's noticeably better but still no hi-fi.

    Not compatible with OSS (Linux / Solaris / BSD sound system) and Mac OS!

    OtherThoughts:

    Of course it's not 5.1, it's an ordinary stereo card. Such cards are usually shipped with a software driver which simulates 3D sounding via 2 channels, but this card is not shipped with a driver CD at all.

    Bottomline:

    Can be bought for use anywhere where sound quality isn't so important: as a backup card, for system signals, for VoIP maybe. For listening to music or having 5.1 sound add some money and get a "real" card, maybe sku.15746 — I didn't heard that one myself yet but the reviews aren't bad.

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