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A Very Impressive Piece Of Kit,
This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Integrated Microphone (Accessory)
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I bought this to go with my new generation Apple iMac as it only has a stereo jack output, and felt that this gave me an affordable 5.1 option for DVDs, Blu-rays and 5.1 music. I was also attracted by the ability to output via digital optical to an amplifier - this offering the best possible sound quality. And I must say that I am very impressed with the results! Setting this up could not be easier, and it is great to see a product like this that is compatible with Apple Mac computers.
In terms of the audio, the optical output is superb. I connected this to my Sony amp and the sound quality is fantastic, and I can output both stereo and 5.1 to the amp using the optical output.
The stereo sound quality via the standard analogue speaker output is also excellent, but for me the optical output was the main reason for buying this sound card as the quality is more crisp.
I suppose the beauty of this sound card is that is satisfies on a number of levels, with both analogue and digital options.
Finally, the built-in microphone is also very good for web chats via Skype or iChat, offering a noticeable upgrade in quality on the built-in microphone.
Years ago Creative was a brand always associated with excellent quality audio hardware, but in recent years they have disappeared somewhat with the emergence of the Tablet and Web book, as affordability seemed to takeover from quality. So it is good to see this excellent brand still making such quality products, and this little sound card really does pack a punch!