Creative Labs 70SB129000002 Sound Blaster X-Fi Go PRO USB Sound Card
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- Portable Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card in compact USB stick format
- THX TruStudio Pro Surround converts your movies and games into virtual 3D surround sound over headphones
- THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer enhances all audio especially MP3, DIVX and online movies and game audio for extra clarity and definition
- Gaming support includes EAX 5.0 and OpenAL plus Creative ALchemy software to restore EAX surround to games running under Windows Vista/ Windows 7
- Warranty: 1 year limited hardware warranty.
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Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro brings incredible enhanced 3D audio to any computer, anywhere! Designed for maximum portability, this sound card is small enough to fit into your pocket and even fits on your key ring! Enjoy incredible 3D Surround with any headphones in movies, games and enhance all of your PC and online audio. The Sound Blaster XFi Go! Pro is the fastest and easiest upgrade to THX TruStudio Pro audio technology.
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Therefore as my new laptop does not have a PCMCIA port and combining that with the awful sound coming from the Realtek HD built in soundcard on my new VAIO I plumped for another soundcard and the obvious choice being a soundblaster.
I had a look around and read plenty of reviews on not only creative products and saw this item on amazon for a good price and its predecessor having rave reviews and promising to do what I wanted it for. I have to admit that I was apprehensive of the fact that it had no reviews of its own and is a USB soundcard as these have been renowned for having problems in the past, however I can comfortably say that this has been solid throughout.
To save waffling anymore here are the pro's and cons for the device:
1. Improves the sound no end, a dramatic improvement over the onboard stuff, I am a big music fan and really like good sounding kit so this is good for the price it is.
2. It is small but wide so it comes with the little extension cable, this is a well thought out as on my VAIO all three USB ports are next to each other and one at least would be obstructed without it.
3. It is a very simple installation process with no problems along the way. Just plug in the soundcard and insert the software disc, then off it goes.
1. The installation process is simple but after running the update process it took well over and hour to install these updates and it also downloaded a piece of software that you have to pay more for the registration key, a bit cheeky I thought.Read more ›
With the provided extension USB cable (which I'd be using due to having found out how easy it is to break these devices if plugged in directly) and without. In all test cases there is a background hiss. Now I have tinnitus and have constant ringing in both ears, but can still hear this hiss from the sound card when no music/game is outputting anything through it. The sound clarity and overall performance of the card is definitely an improvement over my laptop (Clevo P150EM based model with realtek on-board sound). I'll give this a bit more testing and see how it performs but after initial testing this seems like an inferior produce to the previous one I owned. For the £5 price difference I might just request a return/refund and get another Asus U3.
To be fair to the product, when used with Ultimate Ears Super.Fi. 5 earphones I can hear the hiss. But with the much cheaper Razer Kraken Pro headphones it is barely audible. With this Caveat I'd say if you are going to be using this with a reasonably average (< £100) pair of headphones then probably no problem with it.
vs Asus U3
-Slightly smaller size
-Software allows slightly more control than that of Asus
-Construction of plastic body feels higher quality and more robust than U3.
-Background noise noticeable when used with high quality ear/headphones.
The result was brilliant. I now get far better sound than before and can easily switch between 'modes' to suit the type of sound being produced/listened to.
I have a decent set of speakers and the USB Sound Blaster does them justice.
Had I known how much the Sound Blaster would improve the audio quality from my computer I would have bought one ages ago.
I would recommend anyone who wants better computer audio than standard to get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster.
Made a lot of difference to the sound quality.
The sound it produces is wonderfully rich and spacious.
Well worth the money.
However I now use it almost all the time on my laptop, plugged into a USB port with quite a good pair of Koss lightweight headphones plugged into the device. The volume is considerably louder than when using the inbuilt sound card and the quality and richness of sound is a huge improvement even with rather ordinary mp3 files. I have tried it also with a pair of cheap little Logitech speakers - the quality is not marvellous with these but almost certainly limited by the speakers themselves and I haven't tried any better ones yet. I have yet to test the microphone facility.
Overall a very good buy. If your laptop has poor sound quality give it a try. Remember you will need to reset the default sound device to this one rather than the on-board device.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this 2 years ago and now it has died on me - it simply isn't recognised by my laptop anymore. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Grace P. G. Kirkman
I use this for DJ'in with virtual dj works like a charm. also use it as another sound card for my headphones as my other jack is connected to speaker.sPublished 16 months ago by @dpa101
Great little soundcard, but if you lose your software/drivers disc don't expect to find them on Creative's website. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MadDog
Great sound and versatility. Very easy to install, runs without installing the manufacturers software drivers. Read morePublished on 6 May 2014 by Charles F. Forsyth
This worked without any problems on my windows 7 laptop. I wanted an external sound cards since my laptop one stopped working. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by B. Castro Sa