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Creative Soundblaster Play Sound Card external

4.1 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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  • Sound Card in USB stick format Ideal for notebook owners
  • Supports EAX Advanced HD 4.0 and CMSS Virtual Surround Sound
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 90dB, supports 16 Bit/48 kHz,
  • Requires a vacant USB 1.1 slot

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BrandCreative
Item Weight100 g
Product Dimensions28.5 x 23 x 19 cm
Item model number70SB114000002
  
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ASINB0028RZ23I
Best Sellers Rank 35,942 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight100 g
Date First Available2 Aug. 2010
  
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The Sound Blaster Play! 2 is a USB sound card gives users a true-to-life 3D audio soundstage, and noiseless recordings for podcasts and video conferencing. Compatible with all analog headsets and earbuds, the Sound Blaster Play! 2 delivers powerful audio via SBX Pro Studio technology, full audio settings customization via Sound Blaster Play! 2 Control Panel, and optimized profiles for select earphone brands.

Box Contains

Sound Blaster Play! 2
Splitter Cable, Length 0.11m
Quick Start Leaflet
Installation CD


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This sound card works perfectly out of the box on the Raspberry Pi and the sound quality is what one expects from Creative: great.
If you're looking for high quality analog sound output on the Pi then look no further, this is the card to get.

Bonus R-Pi tip: Install shairport and turn your Pi into an AirPlay receiver. Sounds amazing with this card.
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I was fed up with the constant buzzing coming from my PC when wearing headphones. I decided on this branded USB card rather that the cheaper no brand options, mainly because I wanted it to work first time but also because I wanted to get it quickly. If you combine those 2 then this came top of the lost of options. Having bought and enjoyed lots of creative products in the past the decision was easy.

I'm happy to say the installation was painless, I'm running Windows 7 64Bit and it was instantly recognised and the drivers installed. Then it was set as the default audio device for playback and recording automatically, no user input required.

Sound Quality is very good, gone are the days of buzzing cans, no flashy surround modes, just something that works.

So why no 5 stars? Well one reason really, volume control, I know I'm being picky but I'd quite like to have hard buttons on the device to control volume. Most times the volume starts off too loud and I have to turn it down, that's it, I'm one happy user.
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I had to buy this external sound card because the front panel audio jacks on my computer stopped working. This caused an inconvenience as I had to change the audio cables from the back of my computer every time I wanted to switch between my gaming headset and my speakers. When I saw this sound card, I noticed that it had several good reviews and also looked at the price and thought to myself: "I might as well get one.". Now I shall go into the pros and cons of this device.

Pros:
Small in size.
Plug and play (Drivers automatically downloaded in minutes).
Improved sound fidelity (Especially when listening to music or watching movies).

Cons:
Green light is always on (even when my computer is turned off)
Housing makes device look and feel cheap
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I originally purchased this for use with a Raspberry Pi, but found it more useful as a companion for my Bose headphones with my laptop.

This tiny device offers a very balanced and clean sound, no hum, with a nice crisp sound for a variety of music.

SUPER easy to install in Windows 7, literally plug and play (hot pluggable as well, which is handy). Same with Linux boxes, but I found a restart was necessary in some cases.

Just the right form factor to go in the pouch in the carry case of my headphones, I take it with me wherever I go and use it instead of the (generally inferior) sound card in whichever PC I am listening through!

It's a great product at a great price - don't hesitate to grab yourself one!
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Easiest way to replace a sound card that's built in to the motherboard.
Bought to replace an older version that was damaged accidentally that lasted over 5 years.
Software disc provided not compatible with older pcs, though all you need is the drivers which installs automatically when the USB is plugged in.
There are more expensive versions though can't see why.
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I bought this for my Raspberry Pi as a temporary thing (while I look for a proper Hi-Fi DAC) for the excellent OS Volumio which basically turns your Pi into a Sonos. The sound quality is excellent for the price but being designed for smaller headphones (not big headphones or Hi-Fi) the sound is not at line level (e.g. the kind of level a CD player seperate or a tuner seperate would give out) this means that I have to turn the volume up on the Amp. The only actual problem I have with this is the fact that it blocks the other usb port because it a little tall. This is annoying because on the Pi I have to use it with a hub. When I get a proper DAC I will probably use this with my laptop because the inbuilt sound is dire.

Overall great for the price
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Bought this to get sound out of a friends old laptop when the internal sound card packed up.
Plugs in and installs easily and you can use it without the driver disk on windows 7 but the best sound quality and control comes when you install the software on the supplied disk.

Sound quality is excellent
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I think this most likely will provide a solution for the udio in and out on the raspberry pi but it is not an instant fix.
I had to do sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and put in or amend these two lines:
options snd-usb0audio index-0
options snd-bcm2835 index-1
sudo reboot

This got the audio working out of Sonic Pi but did nothing for audio in which I am still struggling with. I think the kit is fine but it is not the immediate solution as was suggested in the first review I read on here.
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