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. Or, powered speakers. All the jacks appear line level... meaning anything hooked up to it, must be amplified like powered speakers with amps in them... like monitors.
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. After installing the software I faced many problems, for a whole afternoon I couldn't get 5.1 surround working because the software was interfering, in the end I uninstalled everything (a lot of useless software...
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? Well I'm ashamed to admit that I bought it because it was cheap and it does get your digital audio converter and amp out of the electronically noisy computer. But you know what?
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. Also I got defective remote control, which I'm gonna get replaced from Creative soon. Build Quality is Okay. It has enough I/Os. I'm not satisfied enough to give it 5 stars. But it is definitely good enough for 4 stars!
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). Also, in order to record or convert to MP3 format, another program had to be ordered (MP3 audio pack - $9.99). Other than Creative getting greedy, this is a great sound card.
Summary: I had the older model of the Creative external sound card which I used for 4 years. It eventually died so I got this one. I use Linux, Fedora 15. The only reason why I give 4 stars and not 5 is because I can not use the remote control on Linux and can not control the volume of the rear/front channels independently, something that was possible with the older model. Overall the sound quality is great.
Summary: I accidentally selected this item to review and then realized it was a product designed to work with Windows based PCs. After doing a little searching I did find that it could be made to work with a Mac and set it up with my Mac Mini (running OS X Lion). It seems to work fine. I have not done a detailed listening test, but for my casual listening I have heard no degradation in sound quality in using this product.
Simple, effective replacement for cheap sound cards
7 August 2011
Summary: My PC at work has the usual OEM motherboard audio, and sounds mediocre when played through an external amp and decent speakers. So I jumped at the chance to replace it with something better. This Creative unit is small and very attractive. Installation could not be simpler. You simply plug it into a USB port. It configures itself, and stereo audio immediately becomes available at the outputs.
Summary: Easy installation: Just plug the sharp-looking little Soundblaster's USB into the laptop and the Soundblaster to the stereo or computer speakers. I've installed the software that came with the product, though that isn't necessary to work the unit. I've got the laptop/Soundblaster setup hooked up to a fairly cheap and old Sony stereo and speakers and the sound is great. My HP laptop is new and is advertised as having super-duper fancy sound technology..