Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Waiste of money
Gabriela T., Newegg
18 February 2015
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.
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.
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: 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..
Summary: Attempted to install current (from Creative web site) drivers...BSOD on reboot every time. Drivers are from 2012. No amount of fussing would prevent the BSOD. A review of web history indicates this a common problem with Creative drivers.
Was not cooperating with Dolby Digital Live in Windows 8
17 April 2013
Summary: I bought this sound card to try and use the 5.1 surround sound with my Astro Gaming A50 wireless headset. In order to do that though, the receiver requires Dolby Digital Live. I installed all the drivers and programs that came with the sound card and ran updates since it technically does not come...
Cons: BSOD. Need I say more? Installation seemed to go fine up until the end and the system had a BSOD and had to be forcefully shut down. Eh..must have been a coincidence. Nope. Turned PC back on, instant BSOD. Unplugged USB adapter and it booted with no issues. Plugged back in and restarted, BSOD aga...
Summary: Had I foreseen all of the Cons above, I would not think twice about buying this. I don't give up easily, so I'm going to uninstall all the software, even though I just did this all on a fresh Windows installation.
Pros: -Cool volume knob
Cons: So I've had a lot of sound cards in the past, but mostly ones just handed down to me or built in to the motherboards. Since I was a kid, I always looked at Creative's sound cards dreaming of how much better they were. Now that I have some money to dump on my computer, I see this fancy product and...
Summary: Why I bought this: I ran out of room on my mobo trying to run two 6970's in crossfire, so I picked this up as a replacement for my Fatality pro soundcard. Sound quality was great, right out of the box. Blu ray's and games sounded great as well.
Pros: 5.1 surround THX certified Easy installation via usb Great for laptop users
Cons: Poor construction. Not as many configuration options as a true internal X-Fi soundcard. Sound quality seems to degrade after a while.