Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Michael S., Newegg
17 June 2015
Summary: I haven't tried this with any games so I can't say much about that. I also have not tried high-impedance headphones, just plain old 8-ohm sets.
Pros: It's good at what it does. It plays sound, it works great with both laptops and desktops, I use its RCA jacks to route to my mixer when I'm making music (Fruityloops studio) and it works great. Support for 24-bit 96Khz modes is a plus. The volume control knob is handy on occasion, except that it ...
Cons: It's not this "wonderful fresh sound experience" that everyone claims it to be. Compared to my onboard Realtek audio chip, there is _slightly_ less noise, but the difference is almost imperceptible. The quality of the sound I hear is much much more influenced by what headphones I'm wearing than w...
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.
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.
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.
Summary: This is a bit of a dinosaur as far as external cards go, but that doesn't make it bad. The thing is if you want a 5.1 card this wasn't a very good one 6 years ago and unlike wine, aging didn't help. So why did I buy it?
Summary: I bought this for a home theater PC to drive optical surround sound out to a surround receiver.I installed the drivers from the included disk and it appeared to work, but only in stereo. It took hours of fiddling to find the right combination of settings to get Dolby digital sound out in SPDIF.
Pros: Good sound
Cons: Shipped with outdated drivers, had to be updated to work.
Summary: It definitely sounds a LOT better than my Lenovo Thinkpad E430's onboard sound card. Currently I'm using Logitech Z603 2.1 speakers with it. Soon planning to get Logitech Z906 5.1.. Sound quality is pretty good if not excellent.
Recording with the X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB System
Sterling N. Davis, Amazon
16 May 2012
Summary: I ordered the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1095 with the expectation of being able to "plug & record"; however, I found that in order to record, a separate program (Creative Media Toolbox 6 - $39.99) had to be ordered (It came with a 30 day trial).