- 7.1 Channels
- 24-bit 192KHz
- PCI Express x1 Interface
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Decent, but expected better 03/01/2012
This review is from: HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Sound quality is good, but to be honest I can't tell the difference between it and my onboard sound. And this is running through a set of Boston Acoustics MediaTheatre Pro's. They aren't the best speakers in the world, but they are definitely above average. I guess with all the glowing reviews here, my expectations were set too high.
The drivers are absolutely horrible for this card. They feel extremely outdated and the developers could not even bother to properly name their executables and change the icon from the default MFC icon. The software isn't signed so you get a pop up when you first restart windows, and why are both 32-bit and 64-bit version of HsMgr required? Seems odd to me. The on-board realtek drivers are far better if you ask me.
In addition to the driver problems, I get this odd static from the card whenever an audio stream starts. It seems to go away after a few seconds, but I was completely surprised by it as I haven't heard static from a computer in years. I suppose it has do with the highly analog nature of this card and some interference? I really don't know.
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