In comparison, on Windows, sound just works. It just does.
with pulseaudio on linux i can split my left and right audio channels into two output streams and then duplicate those two mono streams into stereo then send the signal with the two left channels to my left hand monitor and the signal with the two right channels to my right hand monitor. and it Just WorksTM
I've yet to find a way to do that with windows.
I tend to prefer a platform-independent solution to such problems. Your hardware has to comply, of course...