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Vantec UGT-S100 7.1 Channels 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

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    Top Favorable Review

    works, mostly

    Good price, much better than onboard sound chip Read more
    — 9/15/2011

    Top Critical Review

    Not quite what I expected

    S/PDIF is only 2 channel. When installed, Windows detected the card, gave me options under playback devices as if all the speakers were there, but the sound never made it to my receiver. May be perfect for setups where you connect the speakers ... Read more
    — Jacob B. 10/9/2014

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    4 out of 5 eggs Based on 14 Reviews

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    • Hans T.

    4 out of 5 eggs SPDIF out 5.1

    Pros: SPDIF will output 5.1 Dolby Digital & DTS with right drivers. See Other Thoughts.

    Cons: Drivers supplied on disc included in box not the best for SPDIF configuring.

    Bottom Line: Initially unable to get SPDIF to output 5.1. Tried drivers included in disc supplied and even downloaded from Vantecusa. Finally emailed Vantecusa support. Told them I couldn't get 5.1 out of SPDIF. they sent link to driver they said would work. All is good! 5.1 Media plays through my Den. receiver and is decoded as Dolby Digital or DTS. My operating sys in Win7 Pro 64. Taking 1 star off due to initial drivers supplied not working as described.

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    • Jacob B.
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs Not quite what I expected

    Pros: Good price, easy to set up. Also easy to return since it doesn't do what I am looking for.

    Cons: S/PDIF is only 2 channel. When installed, Windows detected the card, gave me options under playback devices as if all the speakers were there, but the sound never made it to my receiver. May be perfect for setups where you connect the speakers directly, but I was looking for a single wire to my A/V receiver, which then transmits to the speakers.

    Bottom Line: I wouldn't have bought it if the information about the product indicated that S/PDIF is only 2 channels, and the card doesn't seem to have Dolby Digital or DTS encoding. Good news is it is cheap and easy to return.

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    • Mark G.

    5 out of 5 eggs Simultaneous SPDIF and Analog in Win8!

    Pros: Simultaneous SPDIF and Analog output in Win8. That may not sound like any great trick since that was easily possible in WinXP, but that has not worked since Vista and is not supposed to work in Win7-8. Realtek onboard sound will not do simultaneous output to digital and analog - you get one or the other. Microsoft's official position is that it is "by design".

    Cons: Drivers didn't work in Win8 until Vantec just posted a new set.

    Bottom Line: I bought this card because my new Gigabyte mobo did not have coax SPDIF out, which I need. After some initial wrestling to jam Win7 drivers down Win8's throat, I made it work. But I still had to choose either digital or analog out. Lo and behold, brand new drivers on installed fine in Win 8 and now simultaneous output works like a charm.

    Overall audio quality and controls are on par with current technology. Everything sounds fine thru the various output channels.

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    • John G.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Not Bad (READ 'OTHER THOUGHTS!')

    Pros: Good sound. Easy Installation with included drivers. Good Control Panel. SPDIF works well even with my professional studio equipment.

    Cons: Is the pc board thin? This item tended to slip out of the pci slot after a couple of days and was not recognized. Push it back in and all is OK. Kind of reminded me of the 1978 Apple I's chips popping out of their sockets. In all honesty I had to modify the card slot clamp bracket to accommodate another odd card and perhaps it didn't clamp tightly enough. Since I don't have to use this card anyway, it's back in the parts box. (See 'Other Thoughts' below.

    Card does not work in Linux!

    Bottom Line: This card uses the VIA VT 1723 chip (Envy 24 Tremor). I wanted to use this with XBMC and Linux Ubuntu 11.10 (XBMCbuntu). My Realtek AC97 drivers were giving me fits with ALSA (they worked but when 5.1 was enabled it sounded like a sound effect where someone talks at half speed and lower pitch). There are no VT1723 drivers for Ubuntu. Card worked OK with windows XP (so did the Realtek) but XBMC doesn't run video in hardware accelerated mode under XP. There are no VT1723 Envy 24 drivers for Windows 8 and Windows 8 crashed a lot on my old computer. Thus I am left using Windows 7 which runs fine but takes forever to boot, not good for a home media player. Tried other blends of Linux without luck. Come on Linux get ALSA fixed!

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    • Dustin B.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: Installed without a hitch using the drivers from the website. Haven't yet put it through the paces but so far it works great in Windows 7 64 bit. It's passing through 5.1 Dolby and DTS to my receiver via the spdif connection using XBMC. Haven't tested the analog connections and probably never will since all I needed was a digital out for my HTPC.

    Cons: None yet

    Bottom Line: I didn't mess with the CD but I can verify that the drivers from Vantec's website work in Windows 7 64 bit. 5.1 sound out of the spdif connection works perfectly.

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    • DORIS C.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs We have a winner

    Pros: I sent links to several choices to a friend who works in sound. I needed some help with the stats. I was pleasantly surprised when he recommended the least expensive, he liked the sample rate.

    Installed card, disabled motherboard sound, which had slowly become terrible. CD served to identify new card to the PC but drivers didn't load. Five minutes at the website took care of that. Rebooted several times and done. I now have good sound through the house and out to the yard.

    Maybe next I'll look at the manual to see if there's advanced tools to fiddle with.

    Cons: Haven't foung an EQ

    Bottom Line: I could bother the neighbors

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    • Jon B.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Needed Coax

    Pros: Plugged it in, Windows recognized it. I went ahead and downloaded the app from Vantec, but it wasn't really necessary for my use.

    Cons: None so far.

    Bottom Line: I have a multi-channel Firewire microphone preamp from Presonus with a coax S/PDIF input. I bought this card for debugging purposes, to compare with the on-board S/PDIF on my old motherboard. This card, with the VIA Tremor chip, doesn't have as many sample rate options, but doesn't seem to glitch like the onboard frequently does.

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    • John T.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Trash

    Pros: Works as a basic stereo using mini-plug...Newegg return policy

    Cons: Everything else

    Bottom Line: spdif and other hookups wired wrong.

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    • Scott V.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Works fine

    Pros: Good price, worked well, replaced bad on board sound from Gigabyte motherboard. Just using 2.1 channel though so i cant say about the SPDIF.

    Cons: None

    Bottom Line: I used the software from the website site. the one on the CD was a year old.

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    • jose m.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: none other then dealing with newegg

    Cons: computer (windows 7) would lock up, remove the vantec card the computer works fine. yes drivers updated, settin ok. I bought x2.

    Manufacturer Responses:

    I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. If you believe it was the device itself, we do provide a one year warranty from the date of purchase on your product, so feel free to get that exchanged for a brand new unit. Please contact for further assistance whether you'd like to RMA or get help installing the card. Best Regards, Vantec

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