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I use this to replace the internal sound on my office PC. The sound is cleaner and fuller comparing to the internal SoundMax output. While the improvement is there, it is not very big difference. The noise from internal sound is not that consistently high, so it may not be heard sometimes. Noise becomes more obvious when a headphone amp is used, but its still very quiet when connected to E-MU 0202. So this will be a big improvement if you use headphone amp. The volume control nob is a big plus compare to the internal sound. Volume can be adjusted gradually to the level I want and it's instantaneous, there is no need to click the speaker icon on the computer. The keyboard I use doesn't have a volume control nob, but the control is too coarse. The installation is not difficult, but the fact it requires a special driver is annoying. This consumes a lot of power comparing to other USB devices, so it may not work if you connect it through a USB hub that doesn't use external power. I give it 4 stars for this driver requirement and small sound quality improvement. Note that SoundMax has very good performance as internal sound, so the improvement could be better if you compare it with more mediocre internal sound cards. If a headphone amp is always used, I would give it 5 stars as a sound card.