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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Sound Card


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  • Premium USB Sound Blaster quality sound system
  • Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality
  • THX TruStudio Pro technology for unprecedented audio realism
  • Direct recording from your turntable
  • Superior headphone experience
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Technical Details
BrandCreative
Item Weight240 g
Product Dimensions15.9 x 22.9 x 5.7 cm
Item model number70SB124000002
  
Additional Information
ASINB003RRY3WE
Best Sellers Rank 33,545 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight499 g
Date First Available14 Jun 2010
  
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Product Description

Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality
Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality.

Audiophile Performance, Convenient Connectivity, USB Simplicity

USB Sound Blaster X-Fi HD is an audiophile-grade sound system with premium connectivity for your Notebook or PC.

The front panel includes a conveniently located 1/4” microphone input and 1/4” headphone jack with a studio quality headphone amp and volume control. The rear panel features optical I/O, gold-plated stereo RCA I/O plus an integrated phono preamp for direct recording of your vinyl collection from your turntable.

The bundled Media Toolbox software lets you record, convert, enhance and organize your digital music files easily while THX TruStudio Pro technology brings you the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios.

Connect your turntable directly to easily convert your vinyl
Connect your turntable directly to easily convert your vinyl.
Premium USB Sound Blaster Quality

Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 114dB.

THX TruStudio Pro for Unprecedented Audio Realism

Unique THX TruStudio Pro technology enhances all of your music, movies and games for maximum enjoyment regardless of your source material.

Note: “THX TruStudio Pro” was previously known as “THX TruStudio PC”.

Direct Recording from Your Turntable

Phono preamp with RIAA EQ allows direct connection of your turntable to conveniently convert your vinyl to CDs or MP3s.

Gold-plated connections ensure the best sound quality
Gold-plated connections ensure the best sound quality.
Superior Headphone Experience

High quality headphone amp supports studio-quality headphones (e.g. <=330Ohms).

Convenient Connectivity

Gold-plated connectivity for maximum signal quality, easily accessible front-mounted headphone and microphone jacks with convenient volume control.

Versatile Audio Software

Creative Media Toolbox software allows you to record, playback, cleanup and organize your digital music files easily.

Manufacturer's Description

Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality
Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality.

Audiophile Performance, Convenient Connectivity, USB Simplicity

USB Sound Blaster X-Fi HD is an audiophile-grade sound system with premium connectivity for your Notebook or PC.

The front panel includes a conveniently located 1/4” microphone input and 1/4” headphone jack with a studio quality headphone amp and volume control. The rear panel features optical I/O, gold-plated stereo RCA I/O plus an integrated phono preamp for direct recording of your vinyl collection from your turntable.

The bundled Media Toolbox software lets you record, convert, enhance and organize your digital music files easily while THX TruStudio Pro technology brings you the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios.

Connect your turntable directly to easily convert your vinyl
Connect your turntable directly to easily convert your vinyl.
Premium USB Sound Blaster Quality

Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 114dB.

THX TruStudio Pro for Unprecedented Audio Realism

Unique THX TruStudio Pro technology enhances all of your music, movies and games for maximum enjoyment regardless of your source material.

Note: “THX TruStudio Pro” was previously known as “THX TruStudio PC”.

Direct Recording from Your Turntable

Phono preamp with RIAA EQ allows direct connection of your turntable to conveniently convert your vinyl to CDs or MP3s.

Gold-plated connections ensure the best sound quality
Gold-plated connections ensure the best sound quality.
Superior Headphone Experience

High quality headphone amp supports studio-quality headphones (e.g. <=330Ohms).

Convenient Connectivity

Gold-plated connectivity for maximum signal quality, easily accessible front-mounted headphone and microphone jacks with convenient volume control.

Versatile Audio Software

Creative Media Toolbox software allows you to record, playback, cleanup and organize your digital music files easily.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mohammed J. Al Abbadi on 22 Oct 2010
I have been using it for the last week, and I can say the sound quality is superb among all the other general purpose external usb audio solution and even the audio quality is better than some of the previous internal X-Fi cards. I'm using it on my notebook that is equipped with intel core i7 so in this set up I never face a slow in performance, I would say the usb X-Fi HD have to meet the min system requirements otherwise, it will use a lot of CPU cycles (at least dual-core CPU).
My impressions with usb X-Fi HD is the support of EAX up to 4.0 through OpenAL , I tried playing some games that support EAX such as PREY, I can select openAL in audio setting and it sound fantastic with enabling the Headphones surround using Sennheiser PC350.
The THX TruStudio effects are just an audio tweaking in software level, the two important effects for me are the Surround and the rest are just an equalizer effects nothing more.

What makes me disappointed on usb X-Fi HD is the adverting of superior headphone experience with of supports studio-quality headphones, in real test I would the headphones output is not a true headphone studio quality, it doesn't have capability of driving high Impedance headphones, I can easily recognize the difference between driving Sennheiser PC350 from dedicated Head-amp in Asus Xonar stx that pushes PC350 to full potential and usb X-Fi headphone output that just drive I would say not fully you need to set the volume more than 80% to get the maximum possible loudness, I'm not arguing on the audio quality but on the driving power due to poor usb based-power. Anyway, low Impedance headphones are supposed to work perfectly.

The usb X-Fi HD lack dolby digital live and dts as creative can include these and even many features (e.g.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralphy on 18 Sep 2012
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A small, tastefully designed, but most importantly brilliant product for the money. I'm using it for creating a decent audio output from my upstairs desktop (where it is powering some reasonable headphones) and my downstairs HTPC configuration with a separates HiFi amplifier (I move the box between the two). It eliminates extraneous noise from the two PCs and produces a fantastic sound for the money. This is a low end product (I have heard better in acoustically controlled environments) but for a home setup it is more than sufficient!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Siggy on 24 Aug 2012
This was a gift for a brother of mine.

Here are our thoughts:
Quality is great, greatly improves sound of stock sound card, even just using regular jack-in headphones (in his case, ~80 pound gaming headphones)

At current price (50 pounds) and given our past inexperience with this kind of products, we got more out of it than we hoped. If you are looking for a product that is well-built and won't bleed your pocket give it a try.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Old Jake on 14 May 2011
I bought one of these a while ago because, increasingly, I'm using my pc to play music. I already had an external Creative card and that was fine, but it wasn't exactly hi fi so I thought I would splash out, and give this posh one a try.

Although I had some trouble setting it up now I have it working it sounds amazing. I have it playing direct from an hd into a good amp and speakers. Previously I used a Naim cd player, and they are pretty good, but this sounds far better than that did.

Make sure you disable all the other sound devices on your pc, and if you are planning to use the phono you may need to reboot the device, also switch the phono off when you are done with it, because it can cause the device to crash next time you boot up.

Really great sound, fabulous timing and clarity, the best I have ever achieved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE on 19 Nov 2012
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Bought this to try and get decent sound from a laptop plugged into a hi-fi amp, and also to get decent A/D conversion from vinyl and other analogue sources.

Pros:
- Analogue to digital conversion seems to work without any glitches or clicks - this is under 64-bit Windows 7 and true line-in. I didn't use the phono RIAA option. I also disabled my wireless network connection first.
- Nice discreet black box design
- Applications like Audacity and Windows Media Player can see 'Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD' as one of the output options, and it's possible to switch between the PC's native sound card/drivers and the Creative USB box.

Cons:
- Sound quality, both on A/D and D/A conversion is no way "hi fi". In a side-by-side test ripping a vinyl track to an uncompressed .wav file and playing back on a CD, my laptop sound card did a better job of digitizing the analogue signal from the turntable (using the phono stage in my hi-fi amp on the way). OK, I admit I'm a bit fussy with sound, but then Creative are marketing this as "audiophile".
- Line out is OK, but not stunningly high quality, certainly compared to my 1990s CD player in a side-by-side comparison of the same track played through the Sound Blaster and directly on the CD player.
- Line out is a bit quiet and I suspect it's not true "line out" (50 kilohms impedance), but the more computer-friendly "headphone/speaker" socket impedance.
- The Creative installation CD ran OK, but when I plugged in the actual USB device the PC churned away for a while before reporting "The device is unplugged".
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