Sound Blaster X-Fi Pro 5.1 (usb)
Asus P5N-E SLI
Glad i found this thread as i noticed the Creative cards i used over time CAN produce great sound, that is if the software wasn't so buggy. My current card exhibits unstable behaviour, at times excessively bassy on one or both channels, or one channel more quiet than the other (has less midrange apparently). This happens after playing music for a while (that is the only use for this card) as in 20 tracks playing nicely then suddenly i click play on another and it all turns bad. I should also mention this happens with or without crystalizer enabled and i use only 2.0 mode. I would attribute this to the audio chain but it is the very best i can do. Recently i took everything apart and rebuilt it from scratch, everything measured and tested to be within decimal precision. It took me months and after all that, the so acclaimed sound card worked perfectly for about a few hours then it went back to "a dime a dozen" kind of sound. In the past i've used Kx driver
but apparently my current card is not supported nor will it ever be. So now i can only admire how smooth & classy it looks sitting here on the desk, as there's yet to be a driver update, and i'm not even sure it's driver related, maybe it's hardware.