Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Michael S., Newegg
17 June 2015
Summary: I haven't tried this with any games so I can't say much about that. I also have not tried high-impedance headphones, just plain old 8-ohm sets.
Pros: It's good at what it does. It plays sound, it works great with both laptops and desktops, I use its RCA jacks to route to my mixer when I'm making music (Fruityloops studio) and it works great. Support for 24-bit 96Khz modes is a plus. The volume control knob is handy on occasion, except that it ...
Cons: It's not this "wonderful fresh sound experience" that everyone claims it to be. Compared to my onboard Realtek audio chip, there is _slightly_ less noise, but the difference is almost imperceptible. The quality of the sound I hear is much much more influenced by what headphones I'm wearing than w...
Pros: Sometimes not all the info are accurate ,or the people which are trying to sell the product they are not that honest about the "qualities" of the product...and then here we are ending with paying money for nothing after all. But in the end companies like this would not have long days that for sure.
Randomly shuts off, has buzzes after silence, audio gets clippy
30 January 2015
Summary: This sound card has a ridiculously bright blue light, and even though I am only using it for it's optical capability (which is iffy), it will cut out and shut down (but still be recognized by the computer) until you unplug it and plug it back in.
Summary: If you really care about having 5.1 audio in a Home Theater this an upgrade that is worth checking out. I personally use it to drive sound in a Logitech Z906 in digital sound and it works perfectly, just do not forget to activate Dolby Live sound.
Summary: I wanted a graphic equalizer for my Windows 8.1 laptop. The speakers are limited in range obviously since they are tiny. Decided to get an audio system for it and chose this one. Creative has always made good products in my experience as an IT professional.
Summary: Being relatively familiar with similar hardware, and having had several quite good sound cards and DACS, (HT Omega, Audioengine), I'd gotten this as a quick replacement for my normal PCI soundcard when I'd moved to SLI (dual graphics cards) and no longer had the physical space to install the card.
Summary: If you are intending to buy this card to use with Linux and in particular Opensuse 13.1. Dont. There is no support for this card by the vendor or by the Linux community. You will only get stereo sound. Now I will update this review if I find a method to get 5.1 surround sound using spdif.
Summary: I used to think Creative was THE manufacturer for audio cards. <smh>
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 t...
Summary: I have a Vizio 5.1 audio system and I wanted to use my computer to play music and videos. I needed a way to receive true 5.1 sound from my music and movies. My audio system tells me when it detects a 5.1 source. This usb sound device gave me awsome sound for a very good price.