Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Blue Screen of Death!
Brian Dunlap, Amazon
29 August 2013
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. 5.1 Audio might have worked well, but I'm senting this thing back ASAP.
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 with Windows 8 support out of the box (assuming since this product was released in 2010).
Summary: When I received this I was a little bit excited, to attach it to my 5.1 stereo system that i bought, I could either choose my Logitech set - x-540 which was a great set of speakers set on my internal laptop sound card. That or my higher-end Harmon/Kardon speakers from a few years back (2.0) and I was fairly surprised to see such bad results considering all the good reviews, as well as creative's high reputation.
Full of bloatware, software looks like it came from the 90s
A. Saunders, Amazon
23 August 2012
Summary: Volume knob jumps in largish increments, can't seem to adjust it. Had to reboot several times, once to install bloatware, another to update bloatware, another to begin to remove bloatware, yet another to finalize removal of bloatware. Occasional crackling in audio. I'd return it if it wasn't such a hassle. Update: Took two more reboots, and STILL could not remove everything. There is still a Creative folder under program files with Product Registration links.
Summary: So I needed to get more volume out of my laptop and I thought this would do the job.....well sort of!! The software is mega bloat-ware, can't imagine what its doing.....Anyway, it worked OK when I hooked it and got the software loaded...but the volume control was absolutely nonfunctional. Even the popup volume control was dead....The graphic EQ..once I found it...was awful and added distortion.
Summary: Buy this if you want to spend over $50 on a product you'll just have to RMA. Pros: - Optical out. - Remote control. This is an especially great feature, because you're going to want the mute button handy as soon as you start using this. Cons: - Any degree of bass whatsoever comes through as crackling. I can't believe they pulled it off, but Creative has actually managed to create a product which REDUCES the quality of my laptop's already-abysmal sound output.
Summary: Is this a joke this one lacks Mac support? There is no one word about Mac on their site neither in the specs, nor in the system requirements description. It's a shame not supporting Mac OS X for such a device in 2012!
I don't know how in the world this got THX certification
D. Ashworth "asoberprep", Amazon
10 February 2012
Summary: I have a emachines and it's realtek sound card at times like with headphones sounds better than using this, I have this hooked through a top end onkyo surround system still I'm Pissed at Creative they have fallen off the cliff wish I had my creative sound card 2 units back and not this thing. I bought their gaming headset and couldn't return it fast enough. I really always liked creative butt the nose dive has permanently stopped me from being a customer with them .