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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D
8.8 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D

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Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D

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Overall 4
4.0

Disappointing

Matthieu L., Newegg
30 January 2016
  • Summary: I think It's discontinued.
  • Pros: Looks great. The added connections and interface on the front of the case are great.
  • Cons: Very average sound quality. Performed worse than the on-board sound card on my 60$ mobo with certain sound editing apps and software. became glitchy after about a year of use (sound cuts and only resumes on reboot).
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Overall 4
4.0

Ugh this card

nicholas c., Newegg
14 May 2015
  • Summary: I don't think this is available on Newegg anymore but don't buy this card regardless.
  • Pros: looks nice and has a nice red LED light.
  • Cons: It worked for about 7 months then died on me. Just turned on the PC one day and got nothing out of it. This is only the 3rd Creative sound card I have bought over the last 10 years or so but none have worked much longer than a year. I'm tired of spending money on these cards they just don't feel ...
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Overall 4
4.0

Bummed

Robert R., Newegg
23 March 2015
  • Pros: Sound quality is good when it works.
  • Cons: Setup is unable to detect a supported product on your system..... I have run into this numerous times since ive bought the card, its just random. I assume the drivers crash as the sound "changes" and i realize that the sound card is not working properly as the drivers seem to be missing. So i try...
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Overall 4
4.0

Not worth it's price

Jack Kennedy "brunerm", Amazon
28 December 2013
  • Summary: When ordering this card I was very excited for all the connections that were possible. I had intended to plug the 5.1 output into my Logitech surround, the optical input from my PS3/4 and optical output to Tritton headset.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not recommended

Lamona E., Newegg
23 August 2013
  • Summary: Overall, I would rather have saved money and gone with a cheaper card with lower sound quality than have all the issues that I still have every time I make a change to my computer.
  • Pros: Sounds great when it works.
  • Cons: During the time I have owned this I have had more problems than it is worth. First i had a problem with any kind of headset being plugged into the front panel plugs do not utilize the volume knobs available on the front panel. I only used ones with built-in headphone amp, so non-amped ones may wo...
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Overall 4
4.0

Worked well for a few days

Anonymous, Newegg
4 July 2013
  • Summary: I guess it's just my luck, I really did enjoy this thing while it worked.
  • Pros: Does make a huge improvement over onboard audio, I bought this to solve a problem I was having with my headset getting disconnected and used this as a bypass.
  • Cons: Stopped working after about 2 weeks, just died out of no where, no lights, nothing. I tried connecting it to an Xbox, as well as two other PCs, still nothing.
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Overall 4
4.0

Decent card, terrible drivers

Beau B., Newegg
1 April 2013
  • Summary: Just stick to onboard, get an external amp.
  • Pros: I can't think of any pros that make it stand out over any other soundcard... The on the fly headphone/speaker switch is nice?
  • Cons: The driver support for this card is abysmal. Incessant crackling that disappears and reappears whenever it feels like it. I think the worst of all though is the apparent and random speaker channel swapping that will make you go crazy. Sitting at the computer listening to music only to have all so...
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Overall 4
4.0

Worse than 10 Year Old Sound Blaster

Philip M., Newegg
30 March 2013
  • Summary: I would love to exchange this for something else. I'm willing to try anything at this point.
  • Pros: - The Core3D sound processor is highly capable from a hardware perspective - "Scout" mode boost enemy noises in-game - Solid build construction and quality components
  • Cons: - The software just simply isn't there to backup the hardware. - Very poor music playback/enhancement value. Sound blaster to come packed with extras - Front panel fix small headphone jacks. Seeing as how this the only card with a front panel, Creative appears to have moved away from studio stand...
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Overall 4
4.0

Garbage, redefined...

frank R., Newegg
15 March 2013
  • Summary: I bought one of these to replace a Creative XF-I Titanium HD, and like all people I bought into the Recon 3D/Scout mode marketing hype... After about 8 to 10 hours of playing different FPS's and meddling with settings.
  • Pros: It looks very pretty, and it fits into my mobo... andddddd, the drivers work? At least it gives me a reason to go back to retailer where I purchased it.
  • Cons: It sounds like absolute horrid dung, this Recon 3D (scout mode) junk they're pedaling is horse dung at best. The crackling, popping, and hollow base reminded me of the first releases of the XF-I series. A true testament to taking 2 steps backwards...
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Overall 4
4.0

Unreliable

Robert G., Newegg
13 March 2013
  • Summary: I returned the product. Newegg customer service was awesome.
  • Pros: Nice Sound Quality Easy to Install
  • Cons: Analog stopped working after a week.
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