Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Good product with an unexpected revelation.
26 December 2014
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. This thing works really well as does the software EQ that comes with it. I installed everything per instructions.
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. It was easy to install, simply plug it in and install the software from the cd. Then I connected an optical cable to it and to my audio system.
Great Sound, Great Software, Unpleasant Design Flaw
16 April 2014
Summary: The Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro is a high-quality, great-sounding external USB soundcard. In addition to the drivers, the equalizer software is pretty top-notch and allows you to really fine-tune the sound getting piped out to your speakers/headphones. Two flaws, one small and one big: first, the front of the device has a built in blue-LED light which I found frustratingly bright-distracting.
Summary: I was worried it wouldn't work without a mac driver, but seems to be plug and play, just changed the settings for input/output on my mac. I'm using this between a sound desk and my macbook and its dramatically improved the sound quality of mp3 playback from my mac through the PA system.
Summary: The sound card is good... When it works... Ill start off by saying that i work in the world of pro concert audio, and have worked with many ($1000) sound cards before. so i disnt expect much from this...There is a software glitch (the drivers that run the card..not the card itself) that makes the sound card produce a popping sound when started up. The drivers said that they were compatible with windows 8.1, so I don't believe that there was a compatibility issue.
Astro A50 USERS LOOK HERE! Love it! Significant improvement over my on-board card.
Dakota L., Amazon
12 March 2014
Summary: This card did exactly what I hoped it would do and did it flawlessly. I am using a laptop. My main reason for upgrading to this card was so that I would have an Optical out port for use with my Astro A50 Wireless Headset. The card's optical output works perfectly, without any audio crackling or popping as reported by some other cards.
Summary: Warning, This product could only work with driver provided by the attached Disc. The driver downloaded from Creative's website will not work at all, it keep saying that couldn't find the correct device. The original driver is really Horrible!! especially when you hook it with a SPDIF cable.. everything goes wrong, e.g. Could NOT adjust the volume from computer, Driver freeze after Hibernate... If you are gonna use the analog output, this product is decent.
Summary: OK. This is an initial review for I just got it. Basically you plug the thing in the back of your computer (notenook) on the side with a USB cable (the cable also powers the unit.). Then use the inputs and outputs of the device to hook up an amp or a 5.1 surround sound receiver. Or, powered speakers. All the jacks appear line level... meaning anything hooked up to it, must be amplified like powered speakers with amps in them... like monitors.
Good external sound card for 5.1 surround but bad creative software
9 February 2014
Summary: The software that comes with this card is a nightmare, first off the software installation on the CD can't be downloaded anywhere, there's a driver on the creative website however it doesn't work because it says there is no product or something along those lines. After installing the software I faced many problems, for a whole afternoon I couldn't get 5.1 surround working because the software was interfering, in the end I uninstalled everything (a lot of useless software...