Live cards are not bad. I mean even after all these years even Creative Labs can get a driver done. But just because your applications/games work doesn't mean that the drivers are efficient or properly using resources. Audigy is horrid. Games are choppy sound breaks on games, there is breaks when playing MP3's and pops and cracks.
I got a Hercules and all my problems that I had with my Audigy are all gone now. I will never buy from Creative Labs ever again.