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8.6 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster 5.1

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Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster 5.1

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Overall 10
9.6
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Performance 10
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Overall quality 10
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Great Sound Card

,, TigerDirect.com
14 September 2014
  • Summary: My wife's sound card malfunctioned and I ordered this usb device to minimize installation time. Easy to Install, works as expected on a Windows 7 machine. Quality appears to be high.
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Overall 2
2.0

Release the Crackle

KENNETH J., Newegg
30 July 2014
  • Summary: I used to think Creative was THE manufacturer for audio cards.
  • Pros: Hmmm. It has DD.
  • Cons: Installed the USB audio card using the product CD and installed driver updates for it and graphics card. Experienced crackle, pops and stuttering in audio stream using both SPDIF and headphone connections while playing games. Onboard sound card of my laptop does not experience this issue. Tried to troubleshoot using the manufacturer's recommendations on their website. Sound plays fine except under heavy graphics card use. I suspect that it's a driver issue, but it's d...
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Overall 10
10

Great upgrade for music or gaming enthusiast who wants better sound quality

treasuredencores, Ebay
10 May 2014
  • Summary: This sound card is very similar to the one I had on my Dell Laptop. It too was an SB X-Fi sound card, but it was not compatible with the computer I just bought. This card has all the same features, plus it has a remote control and volume control on the card itself, it is able to utilize 5.1 Surround Sound, and it uses USB, so it is will work with nearly any computer.
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Overall 10
10

Outstanding

Joshua Y., Newegg
29 April 2014
  • Summary: This thing is awesome!! My speakers are alive. Audio tracks, games, everything - I can hear things that just weren't there before on an integrated sound card. If you don't have a dedicated sound card, but have a surround-sound system hooked up to your PC, Do yourself a favor and pick one of these things up. Your ears will thank you!
  • Pros: Flawlessly routes 5.1 audio over a single USB connection, saving you the trouble of installing a card inside your case, while also making it really easy to switch between devices.
  • Cons: Bloatware in the installation disc. Do a custom installation and uncheck everything that doesn't say "driver".
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Overall 10
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Value for money 10
10
Features 10
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Performance 10
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Overall quality 10
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works fine, great product

johnstick, TigerDirect.com
10 March 2014
Overall 8
8.0

Good Sound, Poor Documentation

Jeffrey E., Newegg
23 December 2013
  • Summary: I bought this for a home theater PC to drive optical surround sound out to a surround receiver.I installed the drivers from the included disk and it appeared to work, but only in stereo. It took hours of fiddling to find the right combination of settings to get Dolby digital sound out in SPDIF. I was about to call for an RMA when I found the right combination of settings for it to work.
  • Pros: Good sound
  • Cons: Shipped with outdated drivers, had to be updated to work.
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Overall 10
10

Great Device!

Christopher S., Newegg
24 September 2013
  • Summary: Get this device if you need a replacement sound solution! especially for your laptop to get that great THX sound audio!
  • Pros: Everything, great device overall. Solved my onboard sound chip failure on my laptop of almost 5 years old. I can finally hear music on my laptop again, hurayyy!!
  • Cons: None
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Overall 4
4.0

RE:PRODUCT PROBLEMS

Matthew A., Newegg
8 July 2013
  • Summary: I want all my features of my sound card and when I installed its driver its settings reset every time. I returned this model and I bought it again because I told myself I'll figure out why its resetting. I stopped it from resetting because I turned off Avstream monitoring and audio engine licensing you added to my startup. I want you to fix your product so I can use it the right way.
  • Pros: I like its volume knob and its got a remote but I didn't play with it I'm not interested with that yet. Its got a lot of sound features but I didn't play with them yet.
  • Cons: Its blue led is more of a purple from a angle
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Overall 10
10

Great replacement sound card

13chaela, Ebay
14 June 2013
  • Summary: Received quickly, works perfectly. Broke off plug inside integrated sound card. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi USB 2.0 was simple to install and relatively inexpensive.
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Overall 6
6.0

Works great... but not in Windows.

Kevin B., Newegg
24 May 2013
  • Summary: Creative Labs: One of the only companies I've seen whose hardware works wonderfully... as long as the drivers aren't written by them. They haven't changed at all in the last ten years, have they? Good thing I do most sound stuff through Linux, or I'd probably return this thing. I can stand a few pops and crackles in Windows games vs. the hassle of finding a box, printing out labels, etc. etc.
  • Pros: *Much better sound quality than my onboard sound, and I can swap it over to my laptop (which has equally deficient onboard sound) as I wish. *Lets me sample, unlike the onboard sound hardware (Realtek and it's lack of 'What U Hear'... >_<) *Lots of nice output options.
  • Cons: *Crackles repeatedly with any driver I've tried under Windows. Luckily, the crackles are purely through analog out, so it isn't reflected in recordings made using 'What U Hear' in Windows.
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