Pros: amazing quality, above average pre-amp.
Cons: has 3 output jacks, only 1 works at a time, loads of useless audio affects some on by default.
Pros: surprisingly powerful at high gain, dolby headphone dsp, optical output, low price
Cons: somewhat high output impedance, somewhat high noise floor, equalizer lacks fine control
Pros: Good size, laptop-portable, thick lush/sweet mids, warmer overall tone, fully fleshed-out bass range (no roll-off), good measurements in general
Cons: Will not work plug 'n' play, overly smooth sound, lacks quickness texture and bite in treble and bass regions, minor front headphone jack annoyances
“ 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
“as far as output goes this sound card is amazing in quality and really impressive with output level, has nothing on the soundblaster 16 or awe64 but shure as hell beats any thing modern. im happy with this card accept of one big thing, and for me its big. i only can use one audio output at a time, this sucks, i live in a house with a large amount of electrical interference so to keep my siganls...” --RockeyDA
“The DragonFly v1.2 sounds clearly superior to my laptop's built-in Realtek HD chip. There is no driver installation needed and I had no problems to use it on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. The analog volume control works with the OS' volume control. With Debian Linux I experienced once that changing from the built-in sound to the DragonFly put the later on max. volume, which is ear-damaging...” --maeschba
“I've learned a lot about this card over the course of using it for a while, so I figured I would write a review about it. Ok, some strange install issues off the bat - on windows 7 sp1, the initial install was finicky. The first time the driver setup was run, it wouldn't detect the card, but upon a restart, it could. I don't know if this was a microsoft issue or an asus one or possibly an issue...” --mindbomb
“ 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
“Edit: It has come to my attention that this review was tested with a poorly performing newer official Asus Driver and therefore, the performance of the U7 here is not representative. I am confirming improved performance using a legacy WHQL certified driver. For any future readers, please consider this review invalid until further revision. Kit Impressions: Asus Xonar U7 7.1 USB...” --Kitmellow
“ 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. ” --jbarr1989
“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
“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