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Creative Labs 70SB109500002 Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 PRO Sound Card

by Creative
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Easy to install, bus-powered USB2.0 Sound Blaster in a sleek and compact design
  • High-quality, gold-plated RCA stereo and optical digital out for best audio performance, plus convenient Microphone and Headphone jacks for internet chat
  • Compact IR Remote with mute and volume allows you to control playback of your music across the room
  • THX TruStudio Pro delivers the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it
  • 1 year limited hardware warranty.
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BrandCreative
Item Weight449 g
Product Dimensions23.2 x 16 x 5.8 cm
Item model number70SB109500002
  
Additional Information
ASINB0042RUEQW
Best Sellers Rank 10,312 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight458 g
Date First Available17 Sep 2010
  
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Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro turns your PC or notebook into a 5.1 entertainment system featuring THX TruStudio Pro technology with remote control. Easy to install, it replaces low-quality on-board audio with high quality connectivity and remote control. A convenient volume control, headphone and microphone inputs for a headset are close at hand. THX TruStudio Pro is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios – to the PC. Dolby Digital Live! offers a single cable solution to your decoder for 5.1 audio from any content while PowerDVD (free download) with Dolby and DTS support turns your PC into a home cinema.

Key Features: Easy to install, bus-powered USB2.0 Sound Blaster in a sleek and compact design; High-quality, gold-plated RCA stereo and optical digital out for best audio performance, plus convenient Microphone and Headphone jacks for internet chat;Compact IR Remote with mute and volume allows you to control playback of your music across the room;THX TruStudio Pro delivers the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it;Dolby Digital Live! connects to your decoder or home theatre system through a single digital cable for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source;Cyberlink PowerDVD software (free download) with DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding delivers an unbeatable DVD movie experience.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Set-up:
Initial software set-up a doddle. had to download latest version from internet.
Next I set up my speaker system.
To check I had plugged everything in correctly, I used the noise test, and got a confirming noise from each speaker and a rumble out of my sub.

Problem:
Next I played a music file, and the sub was not doing anything.

Fix:
Click in Creative studio Entertainment Console on the Third blue button "THX".
When THX TruStudio is on , goto Settings at the left top.
This shows a crossover frequency slide.
Adjust this to your liking.

Sorted!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Every internal sound card I have ever used in the last 20 years has suffered from crosstalk so mouse movements and changes to the display create buzzing and other irritating noises-off. These are especially noticeable when using headphones. This USB external sound card completely cures these problems. At full volume there is unavoidable hum and hiss but absolutely nothing from the PC internal electronics. At sensible volume settings the hum and hiss are negligible and the sound quality is excellent. The graphic equaliser is useful, as is the remote control. I had unusual set-up problems. I had installed virtual-audio-cables to connect between applications like Audacity and sound card signal generators. All the audio I/O defaulted to the virtual cables and it took a while to figure out how to undo this problem. Most buyers will not hit this type of problem. The free PowerDVD player upgrade was a useful bonus. A happy customer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars would be great if it worked! 18 April 2012
By jimbo
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great looking bit of kit. the sound is far superior than my onboard soundcard.
only problem is that the latency on this device is awful! ive tried all kinds of troubleshooting steps, drivers, bios tweaks and still no luck. bought the card for recording guitar, vocals etc so its completely useless in this respect. beware if using windows 7 operating system as it seems that plenty of other people have the same problem.
its a shame because as i mentioned before the actual sound is great.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Stefan
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It is a little amusing to see that Creative Labs specifically describes this item as *not* compatible with Mac. Yet it actually is. It just needs a little manual adjustment in Mac OS X. So fear not... if you have an iMac and you desperately want a Dolby Surround 5.1 system through your iMac, this gadget is perfect.

Packaged with USB cable, Windows CD-ROM, remote control (which does not work under Mac), and an adapter cable to convert the RCA outputs for left and right to a 3.5mm analog socket, it is easily plugged in, and through the Audio/MIDI setup utility (found in the Utilities folder in the Finder), configured to output Surround 5.1 sound: In the Audio window, choose the SB X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro device with 2 outputs. In the Format window, choose "6 Ch-24bit", then configure the speakers through the Configure Speakers option.

Unfortunately, the on-card volume control is not available, and its volume cannot be controlled from the Audio/MIDI utility either. Only the master volume control on the iMac allows you to adjust the volume, but I'm sure you can live with it.

The card is very nicely designed with a pleasing blue LED. The black exterior feels very Apple, and I have no complaints about it so far.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing bit of kit! 13 April 2011
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Just to give you an idea, I am running a 2.80Ghz Dual Core on 4GB DDR3 and Windows 7 Professional 64bit.

This device is really easy to install. It does help if you download the Soundblaster drivers from their website (related to the X-FI Pro of course), else youll get imbecilles morons writing negative reviews on here complaining about the poor sound quality!

Just plug to the an available USB port on your Laptop. Theres no need to disable your previous soundcard settings (unless you really want to), because once X-FI is plugged out of the USB & no longer to use, you can easily revert back to your built-in soundcard settings.

The XFI Pro is miles better than my legacy soundcard/chip inside my laptop. Great for audio editing (e.g. on Wavelab, or Adobe Audition), and playback. Im so pleased to have the "What U Hear" functionality back again! Sound quality is exceptional. Creative Labs has never let me down (expept once in 1999, when their Soundblaster Live wasnt not fully compatible with my Cyrix Processor, but that was a tiny little blip)! Highly recommended for those using laptops. If youre on a desktop, I advise to buy a PCI-E sound card & not this.

The box is prone to electrical noise, but the simple reason is because a jack is incorrectly plugged in, so give it a firm push and the noise will disappear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Everything installed OK and updated the drivers from creative but noticed the much talked about crackling problem , but have solved it by changing the USB connection speed from High Speed to Full Speed (I just thought I'd try it and it worked don't ask me why.....) . The difference in the sound quality is more noticeable in lower levels of background noise than anything else (to my ears at least) I tend not to have the volume turned up to high anyway. I also have the "what you hear" facility back which I have missed since my new 64bit PC would not accommodate my old Soundblaster Platinum EX, and I do a lot of music recording. I would have given it 5 stars except for the crackling problem but as it was solved within 30mins of installation I can recommend it as a better option to either going inside the PC or using the PC integrated sound card. Make sure you plug it into a USB port on the PC directly and not via a multi USB port because the PC won't detect it.

1 week on and I am delighted that the card performs really well now, if like me you plan to record your own music there is a latency problem as the card does not have any Asio drivers (at least I don't think it does)so Asio4all is a work around, I use vst synths and I had it installed anyway. I did record some music with the what you hear setting and the sound seemed to be over equalized, being very sharp in the high frequencies and boomy in the bass so is an area that I need to work on. But overall for the price you can't go wrong.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Crashes my computer regularly
After installing this, I got regular blue screen crashes on my Windows 7 PC. A quick Google search showed that this is a very common problem with this product and creative labs... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Brynn McCullagh
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if its what you are after
I brought this item thinking it was what I needed to help with my recording of dj mixes, unfortunately it was not, however the item itself was good and delivery was efficient
Published 3 months ago by N OOJAGEER
5.0 out of 5 stars soundblaster x-fi surround 5.1 soundcard
Soundcard is great and company that make them excellent too, when I thought I had a problem with it, they were extremely quick to help in any way, but then I realised that it wasnt... Read more
Published 4 months ago by clare
2.0 out of 5 stars No Software
Usb output a simple connection, but none of the proprietorial Creative Labs software was included in the OEM disc. Not what I thought I was getting.
Published 4 months ago by Lewis Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound quality and connectivity. Very portable
Brilliant for use as a portable sound card to replace that awful beats audio that came with your laptop. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Tancock
5.0 out of 5 stars First class
Simply plugging the neat box into a USB socket immediately transformed the sound of my PC from indifferent to excellent. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony Hedges
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I have a small form factor (SFF) computer which has a fairly poor on-board sound system. As there seems to be few sound cards available that fit this newer case size, my only... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Misselbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well
Works well, get super duper sound for a low price out of one of your devices. I got a lot of use out of mine until I sold it on here as was no longer needed.
Published 7 months ago by S. Grey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very compact
Bought to use for an SDR radio I/Q decoder for which I needed a small unit. Nicely balanced vol control knob and software pop-up to report anychanges to volume; needed a tracking... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beech500
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Item
A very good external sound card. Simple set up and worked with no messing about......result, great sound!

Good price and very swift delivery. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mick u
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