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Sweex 7.1 External USB Sound Card

by Sweex
53 customer reviews
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Sweex 7.1 External USB Sound Card + 3.5mm Speaker and headphone Splitter + 3.5mm Stereo Jack Plug to 3.5mm Stereo Jack Plug 1.2M
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandSweex
Item Weight249 g
Product Dimensions21.2 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
Item model numberSC016
ColorGrey/Black
  
Additional Information
ASINB00265L1S2
Best Sellers Rank 13,890 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available15 Feb. 2010
  
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Product Description

Sweex SC016 - 7.1 Ext USB Sound Card


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4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alan J on 27 Aug. 2011
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I bought this product to connect an Acer Revo 100RL computer (Windows 7 64 bit) to Logitech X530 speakers. This was the only way I could find to play DVDs in Dolby 5.1 surround sound, since the computer (like most laptops I think), does not have the sockets for the three speaker jack plugs. The expensive option would seem to have been buying either a decoder, a receiver or digital speakers.

There are several similar sound cards available - Startech, Siig, Trust and Digiflex. I looked at the reviews for all of them and opted for this as a middle price product from a reasonable company. I'd recommend looking at the reviews for the External Sound Card USB 6 Channel 5.1 Audio by Digiflex, which I found useful when trying to set this card up. The forementioned cards all seem to be based on the CMedia CM6206 chip, and apart from the makers label, some look identical.

There was no manual or instructions provided with my card, however I downloaded this from the Sweex website. It wasn't particularly informative, however I plugged the USB in, connected the speakers and loaded the software from the provided CD. That's when the problems seemed to start.

I see that the previous reviewer was pleased with the stereo output from the card, and I'd agree. It produced good stereo, but only from the front speakers, nothing from the others. I then spent hours trying to get the promised Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Tried all the tips in the reviews, researched on internet etc. Finally managed to get all six speakers working and testing properly in Audio Playback, and with sound from all when playing DVD. But it wasn't the elusive Dolby surround sound, at which point I began to wonder if all the reviewers who had succeeded so easily to get 5.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Henderson on 4 Aug. 2012
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I am most certainly not using this product to its full potential, but it made me happy in no time flat.

My motherboard has a built-in "soundcard", as is the norm. After a few years crackles set in, possibly after a BIOS upgrade that was focused on USB performance. So, why not get a USB "soundcard"?

With only a 2.1 system I am not chasing moonbeams, but this device works well for me straight out of the box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Allan Andrews on 23 Aug. 2013
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Having ordered this sound card through Amazon, I was anxious as to whether it would work with my Windows 7 32bit software because the product description did not say so. Using Media Player, my desktop's inbuilt sound card had failed, and I knew it was fine with my previous Windows XP. I sent a message to Gasteiner Technologies Ltd. (the seller}, but while awaiting an answer,I decided to try it out. I need not have worried. It worked first time on the plug and play basis. I ran the installation disc anyway but it looked as if Windows 7 had already accepted it. External twin speakers worked fine from the 2.1 jack socket. Trying the headphones from the proper socket,I only got sound on one side; having reconnected in the 2.1 socket I found that both left and right headphones worked well. A quick adjustment of volume brought sweet music to my ears. For the price, I consider it good value, also it arrived with 48 hours of having placed the order, which is well up to Amazon standards. Verdict: highly satisfactory thank you.
The above comments were published 23Aug but on 03Sep I add a comment: You need to be gentle when fitting jack plugs; ram the plug in and it won't work. Having used this card for over a week now, it's perfectly adequate for private listening with headphones, and works brilliantly with my speakers. In my small room that's all I need.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Doney on 31 Oct. 2013
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Well sadly my internal soundcard finally packed in and I could not afford a new motherboard so had to look for alternatives and found this. It came within a few days and after setting it up on Windows 7 (It did take a while) I got it to work and yes no complaints so far. Decent sound from a pretty small package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Johnson on 17 Aug. 2013
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I recently bought a cheap USB sound card to use instead of the SoundBlaster I had been using, but was disappointed with the quality (and one of the channels wasn't working anyway). As they say, "buy cheap, buy twice". So I wasn't expecting too much from this one, even though it cost more than twice the other one. I needn't have worried, the sound quality of the Sweex is easily comparable to the SoundBlaster, all the channels work and it's even got a separate headphone output so I don't have to use a splitter any more!

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg Austin on 2 Oct. 2013
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It works but the software still seems unable to get 51 sound through it the rear left and right speakers have no output during playback but are fine via 2.1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Falcon on 7 Sept. 2012
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for its price i was a little sceptical at first about its quality , its about the size of a blackberry phone only twice the depth, it looks and feels sturdy and doesn't have that cr*p flimsy plastic you get with most low cost electronic products, all the jacks work exactly as they should, with nice crisp sound quality. the optical extensions on the rear were the reason why i bought this product, I needed the optical out for my Turtle beach PX5s as my current computer doesn't support optical. For its price i would 100% recommend this Sound card to anyone who like me needs the optical out for either headphones or other gadgets that support optical or for people who dont want to spend the ridiculous retail price tag of other sound cards (big branded names) that do exactly the same job.. as the saying goes , never judge a book by its cover,
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