I purchased this sound card for my new gaming m-atx rig. I knew from the start that this sound card wasn't designed for audiophiles.
The sound it produces is 100x better than onboard sound without a doubt, but compared to other sound cards within this price range there are better alternatives.
Alternatives such as Creative's own Titanium HD, which I also own.This sound card is deigned to give you the best precised audio precision and this sound card delivers with flying colors in that category.
You can easily hear precised foot steps in games like Counter-Strike: GO in the correct positions they are coming from.
The Recon3D also includes an updated version of Alchemy to enable games with software accelerated sound.The microphone is comes with is pretty neat.
It has dual microphones that connect together to give you a omnidirectional like microphone.
It's post to latch onto your voice and block out environmental sounds.
I don't use it because all my friends say I sound clearer with my $10 Logitech microphone.
The Creative control panel also includes a feature to help reduce ambient noise.Overall, if you are looking at purely a gaming sound card then this one is the best one to get.
If you are looking more for audio quality, maybe take a look at an Asus Xonar.
- If you want an overall good in both categories but nothing amazing take a look at Creative's Titanium HD.
- The next generation Sound Blaster card - the Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional - is powered by Sound Core3D and heralds a new age in 3D gaming audio and online voice communication.
- Hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro audio technologies deliver unsurpassed audio playback quality, while the innovative CrystalVoice processing, coupled with the included beamforming microphone, gives you the edge in multiplayer games with crystal clear vocal fidelity.
- Its impressive internal hardware is matched by an equally stunning design, complete with a red-hot glowing Sound Core3D processor.
- Engineered for low power consumption and high performance, the Sound Core3D processor is Creative's first sound and voice processor to integrate a quad-core high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) and high-quality converters onto a single chip.
- Powered by Sound Core3D quad-core audio processorThe revolutionary Sound Core3D Audio and Voice chipset accelerates THX TruStudio Pro and CrystalVoice processing effects, drastically improving your gaming experience with faster frame rates, more immersive gaming audio, and crystal clear voice communications.