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  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 3
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 3
Sound is not so good, otherwise a nice gadget – Virtual 5.1-Surround USB 2.0 External Sound Card Reviews

posted by TheLivingOne on 06/27/2009 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Cool design, very small and light, handy.
Plug and play, no specific driver required.
Works under Linux with ALSA driver.
Costs peanuts!
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!
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.
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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