If you read through the thread, everyone's saying that the ACM destroys audio quality, making it effectively worthless.
That said, I am extremely surprised that Creative no longer offers a 9-pin front panel audio header on the ZxR. The entire X-Fi Titanium line had one!
Maybe I shouldn't be, for Creative neglected to put AC'97 front-panel audio headers on their later PCI cards, perhaps to sell more front-panel audio bays.
Considering I am the biggest advocate of not using an ACM due to the sq loss(I have posted this in this thread and others countless times), trust me, I am aware more than most.
However if you are willing to use front panel outs which is rediculously worse and you still need an extension, lesser of two evils.
And once again why would creative need to add a front audio header when it includes the ACM which does just that with extra flexibility in volume control and its also a mic. Regardless of how crap it is, still miles better than a noisy front panel connector where there is a good chance that it doesn't even use the DAC or amp.
Just my two cents.
Edited by DJINFERNO806 - 12/13/13 at 4:50pm