I've been using the Creative Console EQ for years and years. My Auzen Forte is still a decent sound card I would imagine...I cannot afford to replace it or buy anything at this point (just bought a pair of HE-400's before Christmas).
The Creative EQ had been very effective, and is the only EQ I've used that doesn't seem to kill my sound when I add bass...Winamp, Foobar2k, etc... when you put the bass too hi, it seems to make the other sound weak when the bass hits like the sound output is out of power. Yet my Creative EQ doesn't have this effect...it will distort if I push the bass too hi but it doesn't suck the power out of the mids and hi's like other EQ's do.
I'm a basshead if the above statement doesn't clue ya in, which I'm sure it does. I'm curious what the rest of you are using. I was thinking of using an EQ just for music. I have to use a different EQ for my speakers, which is fine. But games have way too much bass usually so I'd almost rather run no EQ with them...and since I primarily listen to music and game, I've been debating just using an EQ...yet every time I try the Winamp EQ it seems muddy and again with a healthy bass increase seems to suck the power out of the mid and treble...no thanks. Then I recently tried Foobar again, and while the EQ has potential, it does the same thing...I mix a slight bass increase with lowering the rest of the range a few db and keeping it pretty flat beyond bass.
Any suggestions? Am I just using the wrong EQ for foobar? I've given up on Winamp's EQ. The Creative EQ seems to be so much more clear in it's adjustments, it doesn't sound muddy or boring or take the power out of the sound. It keeps the sound energetic. Am I stuck with the sound card EQ? Not saying it's a bad thing, just kinda surprised at those audio program EQ's being so-so in comparison to my ears. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.