> We inserted an entire new layer into our stack right in the middle, so that we can catch up with the more advanced audio stack that Mac OS X or Windows provide right now.
My impression over the last couple of years is that it took a system that basically worked, after years of maddening, hair-tearing unreliability... and smacked it right back into the Samsara of unreliablility from which it had finally emerged. It also added noticeable latency. And an unnecessary and redundant layer of volume controls. All in the name of... I'm not sure what. Probably some esoteric Vista bullet point marketing feature that few actually care about.