I wanted to upgrade my computer sound card in preparation for higher impedance phones and eventually a desktop amp. This more than does the trick and improved onboard sound more than I'd expected.
The con about it needing a good power source isn't an argument against it. It turned out that my computer (Vostro 420, 2009) didn't have an extra power connection for the card so I ended...” --rroseperry
“Ingame shotgun sound from behind actually freaked me out first time I heard it and had to check my back!
If you want a sound card, then go high-end or not at all. The motherboard inbuilt ones can do sometimes better than cheap soundcards. This one is a bit more expensive, but very high-end and will make a huge difference! You will be left to wonder how you lived without. Crystal clear...” --Validus
But why are there no forefinger drives? Why, why, in the name of Western Digit-Skull?
“ So first of all, for people who are saying that they are hearing noise from outputs. The only noise I hear from the card is from HP out, when sample rate is set to 44.1 Khz.
What can be the reason of the noise and how to prevent it:
1. Don't use video cards. Use only integrated video.
2. Before buying a PSU read some reviews about ripple and noise tests, voltage regulator...” --Vartan
the worksmanship is great, feels much less plasticky than i would have thought.
I pluging it straight into the usb on my win 8 64bit desktop, the card lit up and started working within seconds, hovewer when i tried to manually install all the software/drivers, it said it did not recognize my asus xonar u7?!? after 15mins, i have discovered that the USB switch was set to 1.1....” --pcharouz
This thing does what it's supposed to do and does it well. Noticeable improvement in sound quality. For $200 you can't go wrong. No real complaints from me about the V-link at all.
“This is a great sound card, full featured for gamers, home recording, and home theater, as well as traditional high-end audio.
I am only interested in it as a source for high-end audio (2 channel) and my review only considers this one aspect of its functionality.
Notes in passing,
1. Drivers install without a hitch on Win 8.1(64 bit) and seem stable, so hopefully...” --rjm003
“Overall a great little card. Dolby headphone is amazing I preferred this card to my Sound Blaster Z, I sold that card when I needed a bit of money and bought this one to replace it for cheap and I actually liked the sound on this one more for gaming. It has a decent amp built in but if you want to plug another in for using dolby headphone it does not have a standard line out option, so I...” --TsukiNick
“I got this sound card to replace my Asus Xonar DG which died on me. The difference in sound quality between this card and the Asus is quite noticeable. Much more clarity and crispness in the high end. Bass seems punchier and more detailed. Power output seems like it is much better as well as I don't have to turn my headphones up as much as before.
The software that comes with it...” --killeraxemannic
I bought this because i needed an AMP for my superlux hd681 headphones, so I bought this card because it was on my budget.
I am really happy with it and with it's sound, and i could not switch back to my old onboard sound, which was best on the market, but pathetic in comparison with this.
It is driving my headphones very well, and very loud. I never played my headphones on something...” --spookymulder84