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Anyways I just wanted to update you all on the Sound Blaster Z's performance. It blows away my onboard realtek 889 soundchip by a huge margin. Unless you have some motherboard that comes with a built in super sound solution I highly recommend you get a dedicated sound blaster Z or a equivalent stand alone sound card. Plus since I picked up this sound card for $30 I can truly say it is the best bang for my buck I have ever bought
1. The Optical Audio input from my Cable Box to the sound card works great. I am getting no delay in my sound from the tv going through my PC's speakers and the lip sync is right on.....unless the delay is so small neither me or the wife can notice it.
2. Stereo sound quality is great also. My realtek 889 sound chip was doing a great job and I did not think I was missing any sound until I installed this new sound card. Now I am hearing everything I was missing. I tested a movie "The Last Samurai" and all I can say is WOW with all the subtle sounds that I was missing using my onboard 889 audio... like distant footsteps, the rattling of sabers in there scabbards, people breathing and jostling around. I can now honestly say I am hearing everything and it is good enough that I will be watching many more movies I have not seen in a little while to just listen to them.
3. I cannot give you a music review since I do not listen to much music on my PC at all.
4. As for gaming.....I will update you all on the gaming performance once I get around to playing something in the next few days.
Any suggestions on a game that will give me the most wow factor when it comes to sound let me know and I will get it looked at.