Editors Liked

  • Truly Audiophile Sound Quality
  • Incredible Separation and Sound Stage
  • Excellent Clarity and Detail While Retaining Warmth, Especially Through Headphones
  • Swappable OPAMPs for Personalized Sound Coloration
  • Full Size Audio Inputs/Outputs
  • Outstanding Deep
  • Crisp audio output, Near flat frequency response
  • Very low noise levels on both line-in and line-out
  • Toptier components, such as the capacitors
  • Drivers work flawlessly on Vista
  • It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio
  • Made with high quality components
  • Exceptional sound playback
  • Stable, intuitive driver
  • Compatible with Windows 7
  • Clean and pure sound output and control over headphone impedance
  • Superb audio quality; dedicated headphone amplifier
  • Direct3D, EAX emulation for XP, Vista games
  • Terrific headphone support
  • Almost too good for low-to-mid-range bit-rate MP3 listening

Editors Didn't Like

  • No Phono Input
  • Need pricey equipment to appreciate the added quality of sound
  • EAX emulation isn't quite as good as a native hardware solution
  • No hot-keys to quickly alter settings in Xonar Audio Center
  • There is no S/PDIF input, output only
  • Expensive
  • Pricey and lacks full EAX support
  • Analog output is stereo-only
  • Limited support for multichannel speaker systems