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  • An updated review

    posted by TheLivingOne on 06/29/2009
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Cool design, very small and light, handy, like a flash drive stick.

    Plug and play, no specific driver required.

    Works with Windows XP and Linux with either ALSA and OSS 4 drivers.

    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 far from hi-fi.

    Volume control works in a bad way, sound is very loud through all range of the slider and becomes quieter only at the low few pixels. Like it's exponential instead of logarithmic :) Not possible to set exact volume you want.

    Reported to be not compatible with Mac OS (by other users).

    Did not work for me when connected via a USB hub, the sound crackles like hell.

    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 important: as a backup card, for system notifications, maybe for VoIP. 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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