Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I bought this as a solution to get permanent 5.1 for all sources (all be it some upscaled stereo sources) only to find that with this option enabled I get static noise via optical with no sound playing but it does work well when audio is playing hence the 3 stars.
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).
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.