M-Audio may have taken over a year to get around to it, but the sound card maker has finally released complete Windows Vista drivers for its Revolution 5.1 and Revolution 7.1 sound cards. According to an announcement on the company's website, the new drivers available for both cards are fully compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows Vista as well as Windows XP Service Pack 2.
M-Audio says the new drivers also introduce several bug fixes and performance improvements, and that they add a "sample rate select" drop-down menu in the control panel software. Missing on the feature list is support for 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, however. The only avenue for Vista x64 users seems to be an x64 driver beta-testing program
The M-Audio Revolution 7.1 came out all the way back in 2003, and it was followed the next year by the 5.1 model that offered many of the same features but with a lower price tag. We commended the 7.1 for its excellent sound quality when we reviewed it, and despite its age, it remains a capable offering. As for the Revolution 5.1, it's still available at Newegg today for $77.99.