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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX PCIe 5.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX PCIe 5.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 377 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 3.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Amazon4.6   above average
Surround4.4   above average
Quality4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Headphone3.9   average
Music3.8   below average
Windows3.7   average
Audio3.6   below average
Control3.6   average
Speaker3.4   below average
Support3.3   average
Motherboard2.6   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Windows XP is not advertised as a compatible OS here on amazon but is advertised on some other websites that sell this card."
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"doesn't work....doesn't support any more than wave and midi files ad for this product was%#$^&& still, I adore amazon and will have to try something else if anyone can tell me what whoa , I would be soooooo grateful"
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"Amazon returns are exceptional, Thank you, Amazon! "
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"Got this as an amazon warehouse deal, $16, excellent everything."
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"Thank you Creative and Amazon."
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Audio

Audio:
"Audio Driver problems kept appearing and would have to reboot to fix."
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"I bought the Audigy FX card because my on-board audio died.. And it was such a dissapointment to discover there is no option for Stereo-mix at all."
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"The ZxR is more expensive, but it does not have the optical digital output noise problem and is a real step up in audio quality."
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"The audio chip on my motherboard was faulty, and I had no desire to wait 4-6 weeks without a functioning computer in order to RMA it and get a replacement mobo."
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"my on-board motherboard stock audio was just horrible in a good computer."
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"this Audigy card plays ripped music (from my cd's) on my windows media player with sparkling life just like a component cd player does in my high end audio system (that is not from best buy or radio shack LOL)."
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"Granted it wasn't a guarnteed fix, there was always the possibility that the feedback would still come through if it was power supply feed back or something else, but it worked for my problem anyway, and the features are pretty good too, it enhances speech audio, when there's nothing else happening in the background, and being addicted to audiobooks, that ends up being a great feature for me, also really good for lectures as well (assuming the lecture was recorded with good quality audio)."
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"Sounds great... until it randomly scrambles the audio channels"
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"What a terrific change from motherboard audio!"
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"I'm actually quite amazed at the difference in clarity from the on board audio, even before it started going bad."
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Control

Control:
"Also instead of just letting you control the card through windows you have to use their software that is missing basic things like testing individual speakers to ensure you have everything setup correctly."
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"The new control panel app isn't as robust."
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"The alternative is to go back to where they were 4-5 years ago with their products just filled to the brim with special effects and tedious attempts at trendy and cool control panels, panels which did nothing but help ruin a great listening experience in my view."
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"Were it not for the inclusion of unnecessary control panels which could potentially damage one's aural experience with this audio card, I'd have rated the card 5 Stars, but still...it's a VAST improvement over the other Creative offerings that I have used prior to this card."
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"Creative's quality control must not be the same as it was years ago when they were a reliable company with solid products."
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"Visited the Creative Labs website and downloaded their control panel application for Windows 10 to control all their software settings."
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"Nice control consoles easy install."
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"The Sound Blaster Audigy Control Panel software is quite good although I use it minimally."
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"It would be perfect if they add some volumen control in the software and sometimes it lose control of the driver."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"What's the point in spending tons of cash building up that sweet gaming rig if you don't have good sound."
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"can others hear you clear while gaming?"
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"It's great for gaming, for my music composition (I have moved on from production) in Finale2014, it's just an all-around amazing card."
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"My newly built gaming PC's motherboard advertised great amplified sound but with headphones the sound was too low for my tastes."
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"Works perfect with any gaming headset."
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"This card does CMSS-3D, which I find to be the best surround sound DSP technology out there for getting absolute sound-location accuracy in FPS gaming."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"while using headphones I noticed that the sound wasn't really good."
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"This card does not sound that great with headphone out,right and left speaker systems."
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"I have the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headphones and the card won't drive all 7 speakers because it's missing one input for the side speakers."
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"My newly built gaming PC's motherboard advertised great amplified sound but with headphones the sound was too low for my tastes."
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"I use ear buds and headphones a lot and they sound very good with this sound card after doing some tweaking with the software that gets installed with the drivers that were downloaded from creative."
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"My old speaker sound muck better and even a low end headphone sounds great after installing this card."
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"The headphone amperage works well also."
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"Using headphones now, but I'm sure when I get the 5.1 speaker set, it'll be a nice HTPC when finished."
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Motherboard

Motherboard:
"fixed my sound problem perfectly, I was hearing feedback from my new motherboard and it was driving my insane, but as soon as I installed this it filtered that out and my headphones sound awesome, even my extremely cheap computer speakers sound better."
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"I didn't have the money for anything better, but this is still way better than the onboard junk my motherboard (Z87X-UD3H) has"
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"It works great and helped me avoid the really crappy on-board sound from a Work PC Motherboard."
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"The audio chip on my motherboard was faulty, and I had no desire to wait 4-6 weeks without a functioning computer in order to RMA it and get a replacement mobo."
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"my on-board motherboard stock audio was just horrible in a good computer."
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"Even though I had a bit of a falling out with Creative after having a Creative Zen Vision (non W model) die within a year of ownership (motherboard failure), I thought I would give Creative another shot."
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"fixed my sound problem perfectly, I was hearing feedback from my new motherboard and it was driving my insane, but as soon as I installed this it filtered that out and my headphones sound awesome, even my extremely cheap computer speakers sound better."
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"What a terrific change from motherboard audio!"
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"My newly built gaming PC's motherboard advertised great amplified sound but with headphones the sound was too low for my tastes."
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"For those of us that have random issues with 5.1 speakers working off of the motherboard, this is the perfect solution."
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"I don't know if it is a problem with my motherboard or the sound card."
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Music

Music:
"Hearing more definition in my music, it feels so different(MUCH improved) and hard to describe."
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"I have a Dell Inspiron Mid-Tower Desktop that had the OB Sound and all of my music sounded terrible coming out of my Logitech Z-523 Speaker system."
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"I really do enjoy my bargain basement cost Creatvie Audigy Rx audio card over all others in this price range of say $60 to $110 or so, and I'm convinced that if you just simple do NOT indulge Creative's tendency to utility over-dramatic effects into music and other sounds that a computer can generate or enhance, and just simply take the sound and its message to a new and pure, easy listening sound effect device like other cards tend to do, and adjust accordingly!"
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"It is very annoying when trying to work on my PC while listening to music."
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"Music sounds really good with this sound card and well worth the $30 I paid for this card."
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"The difference in the sound quality is fantastic and the crystal clear quality of music, movies, and games will make all the difference."
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"Between stuttering audio and causing a generic freeze at least once a day, I can occasionally enjoy movies, games, and music, sure they sound nice.. until they stutter."
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"It's great for gaming, for my music composition (I have moved on from production) in Finale2014, it's just an all-around amazing card."
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"Love the quality of the music, too."
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Price

Price:
"This card has pretty decent sound and is overall worth the money."
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"Inexpensive sound card, is a great improvement over the sound that comes from using the chips on the motherboard."
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"great upgrade for a great price"
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"The sound quality is amazing for the money with Sennheiser pc-350 se."
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"Good quality sound at a fair price"
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Quality

Quality:
"Nothing compares to CMSS-3D for allowing you to determine a sound's location, but it does come with a drawback of tinny quality sound."
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"The ZxR is more expensive, but it does not have the optical digital output noise problem and is a real step up in audio quality."
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"If you don't have a set of quality speakers, you are missing a lot of quality sound that this card will deliver - get some."
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"I purchased this sound card because I was dissatisfied with my desktops sound quality, I am in the habit of listening to music at fairly high volumes which without a sound card can destroy audio quality."
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"Cons:This sound card has terrible audio quality, barely surpassing that of my 3 year old motherboard and far worse than that of the more than 5 year old sound card this was meant to replace."
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"Granted it wasn't a guarnteed fix, there was always the possibility that the feedback would still come through if it was power supply feed back or something else, but it worked for my problem anyway, and the features are pretty good too, it enhances speech audio, when there's nothing else happening in the background, and being addicted to audiobooks, that ends up being a great feature for me, also really good for lectures as well (assuming the lecture was recorded with good quality audio)."
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"Creative's quality control must not be the same as it was years ago when they were a reliable company with solid products."
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"The difference in the sound quality is fantastic and the crystal clear quality of music, movies, and games will make all the difference."
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"The sound quality is amazing for the money with Sennheiser pc-350 se."
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Sound

Sound:
"fixed my sound problem perfectly, I was hearing feedback from my new motherboard and it was driving my insane, but as soon as I installed this it filtered that out and my headphones sound awesome, even my extremely cheap computer speakers sound better."
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"I am disappointing in this sound card."
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"It's not the best sound card, but it does the job quite nicely."
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"I had a computer with a failed built-in sound port."
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"Now it sounds like a crappy synth."
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"I only bought this because my motherboards on board sound card broke."
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"fixed my sound problem perfectly, I was hearing feedback from my new motherboard and it was driving my insane, but as soon as I installed this it filtered that out and my headphones sound awesome, even my extremely cheap computer speakers sound better."
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"The best sound card."
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"On board sound was plenty good enough for me until I got this little gem."
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"This card has pretty decent sound and is overall worth the money."
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"my on board creative sound blaster recon 3di works flawlessly."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"this card is defective it has hissing noises from the speakers and makes weird blip skipping noises randomly."
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"If you have just 2 speakers you will want to upgrade to 5 or you may not be able to hear everything."
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"If you don't have a set of quality speakers, you are missing a lot of quality sound that this card will deliver - get some."
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".. Only when I play Movies and CDs will it go to the rear speakers.. No real good soft ware with it other then set up for movies on DVD.. Maybe I am not doing something right? "
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"I have a Dell Inspiron Mid-Tower Desktop that had the OB Sound and all of my music sounded terrible coming out of my Logitech Z-523 Speaker system."
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"I was disappointed that it did not support rear (5.1) speakers when audio source is only 3 2.1 sound."
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"works great with my 5.1 speakers and installed quickly"
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"Paired with a pair of Bose compact computer speakers and have enjoyed tunes at the office since"
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"Added to Dell T5500 for upgrade to perfect 5.1 surround sound via Creative SB5.1 speaker systems."
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"I am using just two speakers on my PC with this audio card and the sound is amazing."
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"In fact, the sound was nice thru my 5.1 speaker system."
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Support

Support:
"Customer support has been contacted numerous time regarding the problems and forums have been consulted with no success."
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"Feature wise, the newer SB1570 DOES NOT support stereo mix, which means that it is unable to record what you hear."
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"I was disappointed that it did not support rear (5.1) speakers when audio source is only 3 2.1 sound."
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"The real problem - NO support from Creative."
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"Installation of the hardware and software was straightforward, but I did put in a call to tech support, but before they got back to me, I found the answer hidden in the written documentation."
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"Creative Customer Support offered no real solution to the problem."
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"I've been working with Creative support but they only have support via email so it's slow."
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"Very happy to see Creative providing Windows 10 support, the experience was flawless."
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"It seems that you need the newest card Creative puts out in order to get new OS support."
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"This card does have Windows 10 support from creative and gets the job done."
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Surround

Surround:
"It worked just fine as a stereo, but not being able to use the surround sound defeats the whole purpose of buying the card in the first place."
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"The problem with that is, this card combines Sub, Center and Surround Left into one audio jack."
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"This was purchased as a replacement for my Creative X-Fi Fatality 5-1 Surround Sound Card as the Drivers for Windows Vista are notavailable for the X-Fi Fatality Card."
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"can you hear the 7.1 surround sound good with a decent pair of analog 3.5 jacks?"
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"If you just want to use the analog output for 5.1 surround sound this is a good card otherwise I would go with something else."
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"It works great and has connections for 5.1 surround if I ever decide to use it."
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"This card does CMSS-3D, which I find to be the best surround sound DSP technology out there for getting absolute sound-location accuracy in FPS gaming."
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Windows

Windows:
"Unfortunately, I can only get it to fully work in windows, not under linux."
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"Was needed to keep windows 10 from always showing an error."
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"OEM drivers didn't agree well at first with Windows 8.1"
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"I purchased this card to replace an existing Sound Blaster card that was not playing nice with Windows 10."
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"The only problem I have had with this product is the fact that when I upgrade to Windows 10 I lost some of the functionality of the card."
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"Also instead of just letting you control the card through windows you have to use their software that is missing basic things like testing individual speakers to ensure you have everything setup correctly."
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"working great with windows much improved sound than integrated onboard card"
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"It worked perfectly out of the box with Windows 10."
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"It works great in windows."
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"Very happy to see Creative providing Windows 10 support, the experience was flawless."
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"Works perfectly with Windows 10 64-bit."
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