“ Where to start? This is primarily for project studio and field recording work. It can be powered soley by its Firewire jack, which is nice. It has real Saffire preamps for microphones, which are very nice. It has a very high quality, high speed DAC, which is excellent. Finally, it drives headphones so well it kicks the hell out of many solid state dedicated headphone amplifiers in this...” --mattphones
“ I bought this for a "try-it-and-see" provisional and was pleasantly surprised. The music came alive. The highs were more crisp, the lows more dramatic and deep. The staging was improved. The music took on a surround sound, three dimensional quality. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to improve the quality of their on-board sound cards. Try for $25-30 you can't go wrong. ” --peterabb
“ It isn't audiophile card, but sounds good for casual music listening and gaming... enjoyable mids, highs seems a bit unreal for me (harsh,unfocused) , but the bass is full and punchy ... Low cost enjoyable card with Wolfson DAC : great value. ” --Lewzke
“ Alright well I just recently purchased it, installed from CD fine on Windows 8 64bit, not so much on Windows 7 64 bit had to find a strange hidden zip file to get it to work. This thing is ridiculously loud, could be good for some high impedance headphones. Turn it down all the way before you plug in your headphones. I can hear pretty loud sounds when the system volume...” --TsukiNick
“ When I built my computer about a year ago I really only got it so I wouldn't have to use onboard audio, which is never very good. I figured that for the price it wouldn't be too bad, but I was curious as to why the technical specs were nowhere to be found; now I know...This card is only capable of 16 bit 48 kHz playback; but HT Omega hides this fact, I searched for a while with no success......” --skinnygamer12
“Disclaimer: Many of the problems I note with the DSS2 can also be attributed to the lossy compression of Dolby Digital. However, since the DSS2 is intended to be used as a surround sound processor, I feel it would be disingenuous to review it as a simple headphone amplifier. I believe that most people looking to buy the DSS2 are looking at it to provide Dolby Headphone, and therefore will...” --echoback
“What they did with this card was get a lower quality, and poorly supported chip and stick the X-Fi label on it. It's not a good card. Drivers are dodgy and completely non existent for Linux. The sound is OK, but not noticeably better than what you would get from an Audigy SE or something. It certainly isn't 'X-Fi' standard. The only 'advantage' I can think of is that it is PCI-E. Not that it...” --theeyealtering
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