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Pros: Good packaging, everything hooked up as it should have. The software is very professional and is setup to get the right sound, for whatever you are doing. I listen to music, video and do gaming, and I have a set of 5.1 Logitech Z5500s.
Granted, you do have to tinker with the settings a bit to get the most out of it, but you truly will, it's worth the time. For instance switching from an HD movie to gaming, I might have to go back in and turn my surrounds up, etc, but I can really get exactly the sound I want UNLIKE stock sound. I have a good onboard card, its a top Asus board, and I used Optical on my onboard AND on the ZXr so that wasn't a factor. I don't use headphones much so it was all about getting the best sound out of my speakers.
**If you don't have a good quality set of speakers, this is probably not going to make a huge sound difference but you can still get the surround settings perfect, which I never really could with my onboard like I can with the Soundblaster software. I can tell a big difference in sound quality, and no it's not perceived, but it's because I am taking the time to tweak everything I watch. If you are one of those who want to set and forget, this card is not probably for you.
**If on the other hand you are willing to spend 1 minute each time you switch from watching a movie, to music, to gaming, then this card will pay off for you if your using decent or above speakers. Don't expect your $20 speakers to come to life due to a sound card.
Cons: Headphone jack. So it's on this controller now right? Well my Sennheiser cord that comes out has a Red and Black wire. I have those going into a headphone splitter as is common. Well, due to the way they made this controller (with the volume nob), I cannot plug in my headphones, AT ALL. The stupid plastic around the base keeps my splitter from actually plugging in. I can't fix that!!! And there is no way to plug in headphones from the back of the soundcard that i could see (why can't they give us a label to put over this metal, it is SO hard to read like they mark it). SOOOO, I can't plug in my $150 wireless headphones in because of a stupid design in their base. So, even if I could plug it in on the back of the card, it now makes this $30 controller for volume WORTHLESS. So, I rated it 4/5. This needs to be fixed, did you guys really not try to plug in mainstream headphones into it before mass producing it??
Other Thoughts: Worth it if you're a gamer with decent speakers and willing to tinker.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Not sure, bad before it came out of box.
Cons: Opened box, and wrapping had CPU cover loose inside. Not a good sign, pulled out of the wrapping and you could clearly see there are 2 bent pins on the motherboard. Called newegg and did not install anything or unwrap the cords etc. They are sending me an RMA box to return, meanwhile it's out of stock so I had to purchase another MB. Newegg did a great job of wrapping, and box had no sign of damage meaning it left Asus like this. Never had an issue before but this is a pretty big one. Also item was not refurbished and did not have a quality control sticker I had to cut through on the box or plastic wrapping which seems unusual. There is not one on the box anywhere.
Other Thoughts: How can quality control at Asus let this leave the factory without even the CPU cover being on there and loose in packaging, isn't that supposed to be a piece that is clamped down by the arm?READ FULL REVIEW