Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Great Sound, Great Software, Unpleasant Design Flaw
17 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: 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.
Summary: Creative Labs: One of the only companies I've seen whose hardware works wonderfully... as long as the drivers aren't written by them. They haven't changed at all in the last ten years, have they? Good thing I do most sound stuff through Linux, or I'd probably return this thing. I can stand a few pops and crackles in Windows games vs. the hassle of finding a box, printing out labels, etc. etc.
Pros: *Much better sound quality than my onboard sound, and I can swap it over to my laptop (which has equally deficient onboard sound) as I wish. *Lets me sample, unlike the onboard sound hardware (Realtek and it's lack of 'What U Hear'... >_<) *Lots of nice output options.
Cons: *Crackles repeatedly with any driver I've tried under Windows. Luckily, the crackles are purely through analog out, so it isn't reflected in recordings made using 'What U Hear' in Windows.
Summary: Bought this for a build I was doing for my brother. He wanted it instead of using a RCA/mini converter so I ended up with this. It works great and he's only had a few problems that have been temporary. The sound quality is great and the little remote is certainly handy. The software/drivers included have some sort of equalizer that seems to work pretty well. However any of these gains are negligible when you look at the price.
Pros: Convienant, reliable, some useful effects and settings, remote is nice.
Cons: Price, delay in response time for high end applications(i.e. audio production) since its external
Summary: By David G. Beneke I bought the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Pro, because I love and still use my six year old Creative X-fi Usb card with great results, as both a sound card and digitizer, but it is only 16 bit 44k. The fact that it is THX certified (I have always have very impressive results with their certification) was another factor. What I wanted was a 24bit, 96k card, to use as a USB digitizer, at the higher rate.
Summary: I bought the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Pro, because I love and still use my six year old Creative X-fi Usb card with great results, as both a sound card and digitizer, but it is only 16 bit 44k. The fact that it is THX certified (I have always have very impressive results with their certification) was another factor. What I wanted was a 24bit, 96k card, to use as a USB digitizer, at the higher rate.
Summary: I wanted this card so that I could play tunes through an old set of 5.1 Creative speakers using my laptop. As I said I couldn't wait to try it when it arrived. Hooking it up to the subwoofer and speakers was no problem at all. The software was a bit of a pain to install. The sound that the whole system produces is immense but things like the equaliser are almost impossible to use. Even the volume control panel on screen keeps disappearing.
Summary: I purchased the sound card shortly after buying my home theatre system when I realized that the laptop card did not handle 5.1 channels via the HDMI connection (Laptop-->HDMI-->TV-->SPDIF-->Home Theatre). Unfortunately it took me days to get 5.1 working and I succeeded only using open source software (AC3 Filter).