I am 101% agreed with Piratecle and all of you users nagging about rest stuff should understand what is he talking about. A forgotten, Golden ERA, back in the past where spending money for your sound card really payed off.
Since my first builds and my own budget spend for my computers, sound was my priority. Sound Blaster AWE 64 rocked my world, then Audigy and then X-Fi , might missed someone between, but thats it, downhill from that moment on. If you pay attention to today's series, they are most of them just rebranded Audigy , same tools, same software, same effects and tons of marketing.
Driver support is a joke, why do i have to spend 100$ every 5 years because my awesome product stopped working , though shitty onboard sound cards still have driver support after 12 years :P
Sound standards do not change every 3 years like monitor / graphics , hdd etc.
Anyway the death of sound came by microsoft like stated above.
Cheers and wish these ***tards get c****er