Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200
In my experience with Windows audio, there have been major problems since Windows Vista.
There's not much that I found that needs addressed in SP1 for Windows 7, but please Microsoft... Get to the bottom of this onboard audio mess.
XP was the end of times for direct access of hardware, the main problem is layers of OS inserted in between the drivers
and hardware. The thing that's most aggravating is that Vista was actually better than Windows-7 at handling audio ~efficiently~. MS if you're going to add a bunch of OS added features they have to work in real time and enhance the audio system, not bring it to it's knees.
Yes, I have my system working very well now but it took a long time to get here and I've disabled a number of Win-7's features to get there. Most (as in 99.9%) of Windows users will either not know how or will not want to cripple Windows to get decent, reliable audio.
In my opinion... onboard audio is really not audiophile quality... but I know what you mean. Generally, 3rd party solutions work well but users shouldn't have to go that route to have a working audio system.
Worse... I bet they don't know how to fix it. The current audio system is geeked out, it's convoluted, laden with features that probably do more in making it unworkable than clean and consistent.