Creative Soundblaster Play Sound Card external
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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.
Sound Blaster Play! 2
Splitter Cable, Length 0.11m
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Experience Music and Movies Everywhere you Go
The Sound Blaster Play sound card provides an easy and portable solution to enjoy quality plug and play audio. Upgrade from basic, built-in audio to the renowned Sound Blaster audio now and experience what millions of users all around the world are already enjoying.
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A fan of Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications? Now you can have an enjoyable chat with your friends via Instant Messaging services over the Internet with the quality headphone output and mic input.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Small in size.
Plug and play (Drivers automatically downloaded in minutes).
Improved sound fidelity (Especially when listening to music or watching movies).
Green light is always on (even when my computer is turned off)
Housing makes device look and feel cheap
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!
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.
Overall great for the price
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
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does the job very well although the outer casing will break quickly if you're not incredibly careful with it, this has happened to me twice but I'm constantly moving my laptop... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ed Reid
Got the sound to work again on my laptop using this. Couldn't make the software - sound studio work on windows 7 but it is recognised as a device and fires up my earphones.Published 5 months ago by John A. Sharp
Works straight from the box on a Linux system, sounds less 'bitty' than the onboard soundcard on my HP laptop. Does the job at a good price.Published 7 months ago by eqw1723
I am using Mac OSX 10.6.6 and this product doesn't appear to work very well. The headphone output is fine (and LOUD), but if I ALSO connect a mic to the input socket, Garageband... Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Ansgeulaiche
my hyperx cloud had quite some buzzing and disappointing sound quality because of my mobo's audio codec. Read morePublished 11 months ago by furkan cavdar
It does a good job of silencing the buzz from the analogue out port on the pi 2 by bypassing it.Published 11 months ago by M. Green
I now have three of these soundcards. Easy to set up, sound superb and are totally reliable both on desktop PCs and my Laptops. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martyn Brown