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Creative Sound BlasterX G5 7.1 HD Audio External Sound Card and Headphone Amplifier - Black
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- True 7.1 HD Surround Sound
- High Resolution Audio - DAC with 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), supports up to 24-bit/192kHz playback
- Audiophile-Grade Headphone Amp for Gamers
- BlasterX Acoustic Engine
- Built-in SB-Axx1 Audio Processor - dedicated BlasterX Acoustic Engine and Scout Mode buttons
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7.1 HD Audio External Sound Card & Headphone Amplifier The Sound BlasterX G5 is a 24-bit/192kHz high resolution gaming USB DAC and portable headphone amplifier. Featuring 7.1 HD virtualization, BlasterX Acoustic Engine audio enhancement, CrystalVoice and Scout Mode Technology, the Sound BlasterX G5 is the perfect gaming USB DAC for gamers.
1 x Sound BlasterX G5
Quick Start Leaflet
Mini TOSLINK cable
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Portable Sound card with 7.1 HD audio and headphone amplifier
The pocket-sized Sound BlasterX G5 delivers massively superior gaming audio performance in a compellingly tiny form-factor. The G5 is the perfect example of the fusion of form and function.
With a push of a button to a better sound
This virtual 7.1 24-bit/192 kHz, 120 dB USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier delivers the ultimate headphone gaming audio experience - for your PC or for your gaming console.
Built-in SB-Axx1 audio processor
Dedicated SBX Profile selection button and Scout Mode buttons on the G5 work with the built-in SB-Axx1 multi-core processor for instant hardware accelerated audio enhancements. Get the right setting and save time with storing up to three audio profiles on the G5. All it takes is a button, along with toggle controls to switch between the profiles to suit the nature of your gameplay.
- A small 120 db noise ratio
- Backlit volume control with illuminated volume indicator
- BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro
- 7.1 HD surround sound
- Digital Audio Converter (DAC)
- Compatible with PS4 and xBox One
- Built-in SB-Axx1 audio processor
Immersive 3D PC gaming audio
The G5 is a high performance external sound card with built-in SB-Axx1 multi-core chipset for hardware accelerated audio. Even a basic motherboard stereo gets transformed into 3D virtual surround sound.
The G5 also supports multi-channel content, and 7.1 audio mixing for ultra-realistic surround sound that comes through your headphones.
Enhanced gaming console audio
Equipped with precision components, the G5 has an enhanced stereo experience for gaming console with a high resolution 24 -bit / 192 kHz, 120 dB USB DAC for hardware accelerated audio playback, allowing you to experience your gaming audio soundtrack in stunning detail. Recognise the exact position of your opponent in real time and use this advantage to win the game.
BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro
Available for Windows, the fully customisable BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro gives you unprecedented control over your listening experience with audio realism and immersive audio effects that minimises distractions and enhances gameplay. From the whizz of bullets near your head to the terrifying roar of a troll, every detail of your game comes alive with our professionally tweaked audio enhancements.
The G5 is not just a 24-bit/192 kHz, 120 dB USB DAC. With a Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier with a low output impedance of 2.2 Ω, the G5 is capable of driving headphones of up to 600 Ω impedance as well as sensitive in-ear monitors in the market today.
This pocket-sized external gaming sound card also supports high-resolution audio playback of up to 24-bit/192 kHz, thanks to its Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, which has a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 120 dB.
|Sound BlasterX G1||Sound BlasterX G5||Sound Blaster Z||Sound Blaster Zx|
|Max Channel Output||Stereo||Stereo||5.1 Channels||5.1 Channels|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||~93dB||120dB (DAC)||116dB||116dB|
|Audio Fidelity||Up to 24-bit / 96kHz||Up to 24-bit / 192kHz||Up to 24-bit / 192kHz||Up to 24-bit / 192kHz|
|Supported gaming consoles||PlayStation 4||PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Sound BlasterX Siege||Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition||Sound BlasterX Kratos S3||Sound BlasterX Katana|
|Characteristics||Precision Gaming Mouse||Professional Analog Gaming Headset||2.1 Gaming Speakers||Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar|
|Description||Crafted from the ground up utilizing years of research and surveying the habits of pro and everyday gamers worldwide, the Sound BlasterX Siege is a combination and improvement of some of the best ideas found across various types of gaming mice. From the aesthetics and ergonomics, down to the intricate technical details... We've engineered a world-class gaming mouse to rival all others||The BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition is an upgrade from the BlasterX H5 with improved drivers for better sensitivity and more accurate sound reproduction. This gaming headset also features an upgraded microphone to help you ace your games with better voice pick up and noise cancellation in loud gaming environments.||The Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 is packed with a pair of powerful 2.75” satellites and a port-tube design 5.25” down-firing subwoofer that are designed for gamers who need an entry-level gaming speaker system without compromising sound quality. This speaker system fulfills your audio needs from chilling out to your favorite movies and songs, to high-intensity all-out gaming warfare.||In a league of its own, the Katana fits right under your monitor with a slimness that's unmatched by other so-called gaming “sound bars”, and is powered and enhanced by our award winning multi-core audio DSP making it the world's first true Under Monitor Audio System (UMAS).|
|Perfection Re-Imagined||Gaming Audio Remastered||Close Your Eyes, Take a Deep Breath and be Immersed in Total Audio Bliss||Under Monitor Audio System: So Sleek, Yet So Powerful|
Top Customer Reviews
Let me tell you why, I watched a review of this product online, and I was really sold I was looking for something to enhance my audio capability on my computer anyway, so I bought it, it was delivered, mentions its plug and play, doesnt work, spend the entire day looking for fixes, trying to contact technical support, has to wait for days for any sort of contact, then all of a sudden I try it again, and oh it works, so I use it it works fantasticly over around 2 weeks after the first bout of it working, then every single time I turn my device on its not detecting it, I have to sit plugging it in and out to see if after this it works, nothing.
I have far lost my patience with this product, especially since none of the support articles linked to this even address it, I dont know if I got a bad unit but I'm just seriously annoyed with this product.
Just for the stress I've dealt with I cant with an open mind recommend this for anyone.
Cons: Not portable (despite claims), requires USB power, software problems (incl drivers), hardware malfunction rate, price
Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
My final Rating: 7/10
Review Date: March 2016
Review Price: £130
First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me the Sound BlasterX G5 for review. It can be found for £130 directly on Creative's website, and can be found on AmazonUK for around £140 and AmazonUSA for around $150.
The X5 is a slight variation over the E5, which over the X5 is aimed at those wanting a portable solution with its in-built lithium battery. Unfortunately, the X5 doesn't have an in-built battery and has to be used with a power source, essentially limiting it to desktop-use only.
I actually received two G5's as after about two weeks of use my first review sample completely stopped working. Essentially it started having some sort of problems with sound reproduction, with extremely loud high-pitched sounds coming out of the headphone jack. Later, I came back to it and noticed it was extremely overheating - at which point when I tried playing music through it, nothing played.
As the second one arrived, it worked flawlessly on my work PC, but then when I tried to use it with my home PC, wouldn't recognise the new X5 - no matter if I did a full driver-sweep and a re-install. I'll get into both points in their respective sections within my review.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Sound BlasterX G5 has very simmilar sound to the Sound Blaster Z. I was looking at freeing up space in my PC for SLI but but the G5 lacks the MIC noise cancelling software... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jacques Larsen