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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

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!
Other:
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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