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.
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 clean i use thick cables short distances and avoid splitters. this sound card forces a jack off then you use a high one. basicly i have 3 sets of amps, front amp, rear amp, and several sub amps i chain together. i do not use surround sound as my setup is for music quality and surround only lets music play on front L and R. the audio effects are pointless but atleast i can turn them off. and the quality of this card is amazing, it made a cheep set of usb speakers sound good, and my amazing speakers mind blowing.
I was really shocked this could not reconfigure the jacks, i mean even realtech cards do that, and i payed 90$ for this one so i assumed i would have more control than with a realtech card. if i could use all the outputs at once it would be 4.5 * and if i could reconfigure all jacks it would of bin 5*.
The extra gain from the card dose help canter balance the fact im using splitters. and when i ran this up to 2500wrms of bass over 4 subs (3 15's and a 18") and my sound dynamics constert monitors in the back, my optimums on my monitor (and sadly i got mad and kicked my sonys to pices in the back) my system came to life, cant wait to show off my setup in a party im having this satruday, it will also be the first party with my 18" running off of a 1500wrms amp on 1 ohm!