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44 of 49 found the following review helpful:
I am still struggling to understand the negative reviews...Dec 29, 2009
By Johnny Lemonhead
Unfortunately, the mixed reviews on this product--mixed here on Amazon and elsewhere--delayed my purchase of this product and almost stopped me from purchasing it altogether. Fortunately, in my experience the less than stellar reviews were incorrect. This product has, quite simply, solved all of my audio issues.
My issues were poor volume output and popping/crackling. Sadly, dropping over $1K on a new higher end laptop was not sufficient to avoid having to deal with these annoying audio issues. Both issues were solved immediately with this product. No more popping/crackling and now the volume gets as loud as I want it with plenty of room left to spare. In addition, the quality of the audio is crisper/clearer and more room-filling.
I had also planned on setting up a wireless link to my stereo with the use of an Apple Airport Express module but I just found out that this item works wirelessly with a Creative receiver which costs about $20 less so I will be making that purchase soon as well.
Bottom line I couldn't be happier with this product and I couldn't be more disappointed with my laptop manufacturer for making me purchase it.
p.s. this does work with Windows 7 but I had to download the latest software for free from the Creative site.
18 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Understand the limitations of this productMar 03, 2011
By Alex Valverde
I bought this card after upgrading to a new laptop which only had an express card slot which prevented me from using my FANTASTIC Audigy 2ZS PCMCIA card also made by creative. I was very disappointed to find that this card does not include ASIO drivers or perform hardware acceleration in music DAWs. That was a huge letdown for me since I used to love using the ZS2 in conjunction with FL Studio at very low latency settings, unfortunately this is not the case with the SB0950. The only real advantage that you get by having SB0950 card over a traditional laptop is the software bundle, and the ability to output multi-channel audio. The SB0950 comes with Creative's standard software that it ships with most of its cards including support for EAX effects, CMSS3D (simulated surround sound similar to Dolby Pro Logic), Crystallizer (improves mp3 audio quality through up-sampling). That's all fine and dandy but doesn't make me see how the software merits purchasing this piece of hardware. The one cool aspect of the hardware is that this card can stream music wireless to a set of speakers, which is something that really makes sense on a laptop. All in all I would advise everybody who thinks this is a uber quality product to steer clear as the card doesn't even support 96khz playback. Having said that if you want a device with which to connect to speakers wireless or are just looking for something because your laptop's internal sound card sucks or is malfunctioning, then this can work for you. It just pains me to see how Creative took a once great product line in the Audigy ZS2 and watered it down this. I guess that is why ZS2's cost over 200 dollars today. I suggest that everybody interested in this card should also look at USB or Firewire Audio interfaces or something like the Echo Audio cards or maybe a Nu Force USB DAC or something comparable.
14 of 15 found the following review helpful:
It's a beauty to hearNov 05, 2009
By Michael L. Nistler
Some laptop devices (like my Dell XPS 1530) use an "inferior" sound chipset that will not allow the Vista O.S. to record "What You Hear." This sound card will not only fix this SNAFU, but also generate excellent high fidelity sound on your laptop. The price may seem a bit steep but once you hear the awesome sound, you'll be happy with the investment.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Great Sound, Fixed My Vista ProblemMay 27, 2010
By Chris Devries
I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and I was interested in using the laptop to mix the microphone/line-in input with music being played on the headphone/line-out output (ie: karaoke). I was surprised to discover that this was not possible with Vista and the integrated sound that my laptop came supplied with. I did a little research and found out that live playback of the microphone input may or may not be supported under Vista depending on the sound card and drivers that you are using. Well, the good news is that I purchased this X-Fi Notebook card and now live playback of the microphone is working. This was my primary reason for purchasing this sound card and it has solved my problems.
* Live playback of microphone supported under Windows Vista
* Sound quality is hugely improved when compared to integrated sound (listening through Hi-Fi headphones).
* The X-Fi Crystalizer for restoring lost quality to MP3s really does make a difference (I toggled it on/off while listening to an MP3 and there was noticeable clarity improvement with it on).
* When I unplug either the microphone or the headphones from the card it tends to pull the card right out of the expansion slot. I don't know if the blame lies with Creative or Dell but it is annoying.
* Getting the microphone to work is not that intuitive. When you plug headphones in to the headphone/line-out output a configuration box comes up asking you if you plugged in headphones or speakers and then the sound card automatically configures itself appropriately. This works well and should have been implemented on the microphone/line-in input as well. Unfortunately, it was not and when you plug your microphone into the microphone/line-in input - nothing happens. By default, this input is configured as a line-in input and if you try and test the microphone while in this mode it will not work. In order to get the microphone to work, you have to configure the "Recording Devices" and disable the line-in input and enable the microphone input. This will reconfigure the input to be a microphone and it will now work. It would have been so much easier if a dialog box came up when you plugged the microphone in asking if you have connected a microphone or a line input device.
7 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Terrible productNov 19, 2010
I would not recommend ever purchasing this product, especially if you make music (for example, in programs such as Guitar Rig, Frooty Loops, etc..). The delay is so bad that it's not even worth trying to record with.
In terms of play back, the sound quality sounded slightly deeper and more full than the normal audio jack on my laptop. However, the same thing can be accomplished by upping the bass with the default windows drivers. (Therefore, not worth $70 in my opinion).
The worst issue is how poorly constructed it is. It would not stay in the express slot on my computer, with or without the adapter. The slightest movement would cause the card to disconnect, which would then cause my computer to freeze up for a couple minutes because of trying to switch back to the default audio source while in the middle of an audio based application.
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