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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System with SBX SB1095 by Review Summary ,  Aug 16, 2015

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System with SBX SB1095
Report Date: 08/16/2015
Based on 467 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 3.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Windows4.8   exceptional
Video4.7   above average
Remote4.6   exceptional
Price4.5   average
USB4.4   above average
Control4.3   above average
Setup4.3   average
Surround4.3   average
Knob4.2   above average
Quality4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Music4.1   average
Plug4.0   above average
Support4.0   above average
Audio3.9   average
Stereo3.9   below average
Dolby3.8   average
Speaker3.6   above average
Volume3.6   average
Noise2.4   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Unfortunately, Amazon does not allow me to return either (because it is no longer eligible to return?"
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"I'm glad i don't read neg amazon reviews because i could have missed out on a great product."
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"Excellent Long Time Ago Using Creative Product I Never Had Problem With It Creative Lab The Name Is You Can Trust I Love It Working PerfectThe Price Is Right Quality Very Good Shipping Was Fast Thank You Amazon"
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"I returned my unit to Amazon with no problems."
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"com 7.1 USB Audio Adapter External Sound Card with SPDIF Digital Audio Sound Cards ICUSBAUDIO7DSo, a year goes by and I saw this on amazon and thought it would be nice to have an audio enhancer as i am a bit of an audiophile."
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"I wanted an external USB sound card with 5.1 speaker support and TOSLINK output to connect to my Turtle Beach dolby decoder (DSS) and use it with both headphones and PC Speakers alike and with Amazon's price this is best! "
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"After having experienced the sound quality with the computer speakers, we connected the X-Fi to our entertainment system via optical cable for improved output on our video programs from Netflix, Amazon Prime or HBO-Go with exceptional results."
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Audio

Audio:
"That was painful, and then when I installed the drivers the usb audio card kept connecting and disconnecting quickly."
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"The audio I captured was perfect, but on my computer the sound was horrible."
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"It works great, but does tend to get some strange artifacts while using surround in Logic Pro X. Resetting core audio now and again would solve the problem."
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"And then, the negatives gamebreakers:-Causes unbearable feedback and audio distortion with my set of wireless headphones I use for gaming and casual late night web surfing videos."
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"Any piece of audio is nigh unbearable to listen to for even a short amount of time, much less minutes or hours."
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"I bought this for my desktop because my laptop has Beats audio, and I really missed it."
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"i paid extra for my MB because it touted it would have great audio and no noise."
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"so for the money it's great, if your just an average computer gamer that has motherboard audio, and i don't care how much you paid for that MB it's still sh** audio...get this or at least some other dac."
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"This comes with some unbelievable quality audio and everyone agrees! "
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"Having a lot of fun playing the different audio setups."
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"The top High quallity audio is excellent"
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Connection

Connection:
"All the people who are having driver errors saying supported device not connected are downloading the wrong drivers."
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"Easy, reasonably priced, USB connected sound card."
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"Creative must be on a 56k connection because it took almost 2 hours to download a couple hundred megabytes."
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"(The instruction is only for 5.1Ch system directly connected to speaker systemBut Creative customer service solved the problem."
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"Its connected to my tv & does a decent job of handling my computer needs while remotely sitting on my sofa."
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"i love the 5.1 surround sound and how I can adjust each speaker I have connected to it."
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Control

Control:
"Whether I got a faulty specimen through bad luck, Creative's notorious quality control failed once again, or what, I truly wouldn't recommend this device."
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"lol)+ Custom EQ's and other audio settings+ Ability to use with wide variety of audio peripherals+ Remote control for lazy people- Terrible instructions guide- Too many variables in the DDL settings (there's like 4 different places to enable it, WHICH ONE DO I NEEEEEEEED)- Lack of phone support (seriously if there's one thing worse than crappy phone support, its the complete LACK of it)-"
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"Ever since installed I am having issues with win 7 not being able to open volume control."
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"Even the popup volume control was dead....The graphic EQ..once I found it...was awful and added distortion."
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"OH and the supposed remote wtf don't even get me started nothing on it does what is should, crap the power button on the remote can't even turn off the sound card LOL> The Thx controls are horrible I cannot really use any of them to make the card sound better."
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"Excellent sound and cool controls."
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"Anyways great product feature rich control panel, Recommended if you dont wanna spend $$$ on receivers +1"
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"Since this unit also has a remote control, I programmed the remote's volume button into an unused key on the universal remote, so I can control the audio levels into the stereo system when enjoying a streaming video choice."
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"Here is what happens:If I select the 2 2.1 under Creative Audio Control Panel, the subwoofer stops working."
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"The installed application software only provides Creative Audio Control Panel and Creative Entertainment Console that allow custom reconfiguration, but neither contains X-Fi CMSS-3D tab that the help documentation mentions."
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Dolby

Dolby:
"At least now I have Dolby 5.1 for my computer again and a healthy dislike for the _____ at Creative Labs."
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"Allows video editors( on a notebook ) to panedit 5.1 audio star rates 5 max: 4 stars for XP features , No reasonable working EAX , No MB2, No Dolby Digital Live 4.5 stars for windows 7 features , MB2 may be needed to get good EAX 5 stars for Creative update , software download supports windows 8 EAX : programs detect the 64 3D channels, but it never works on XP."
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"My only disappointment is that I can't seem to get the Dolby 5.1 surround to work with DVDs."
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"I was disappointed to learn the Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect Pack software does not come with the SB 1090."
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"I personally use it to drive sound in a Logitech Z906 in digital sound and it works perfectly, just do not forget to activate Dolby Live sound."
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"Worked right away, played around with the setting abit and it now does really nice job on computer to 5.1 Dolby into my home theatre on optical cable."
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"At least now I have Dolby 5.1 for my computer again and a healthy dislike for the _____ at Creative Labs."
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"I've always been a fan of the creative products, I own a PCI Express X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series on my desktop and wanted to enjoy the 5.1 Dolby live experience on my laptop."
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"Hdmi makes video easy to deliver and can deliver dolby dts movies sound through hdmi."
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Knob

Knob:
"The only real problem I have is that the volume knob on the unit will sometimes go in the opposite direction of what you are trying to do."
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"So you don't have to be able to see the knob, and can tuck the unit out of sight behind your monitor if you want."
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"Please do not be fooled by the name or the volume knob."
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"Great design, looks wonderful next to my laptop in my audio and video table, an elegant item, very nice, I love the volume knob and the blue led light located in the front of the item."
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"On the unit itself, it has a smooth-touch volume knob that you can depress to turn the mute feature on and off, effectively turning it into an on-off switch."
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"One last thing if gold plated contacts are important to you, there is no 3.5mm gold plated output, but the RCA's are, and a gold plated adapter is included, you just have to deal with the increased gain on that channelPros:The software that comes with the unit is awesome, and the volume knob is nice"
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"The software is great, but the best feature for me is I can use the volume knob to control the computer hardware instead of having to use windows 8 software."
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Music

Music:
"My music never sounded so good before and my movie collection sounds amazing."
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"I'm hearing things in my music I wasn't able to hear before on my 5.1 home theater system."
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"I am one of those cranks who has always been a bit disappointed by our march to digital music."
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"I only knew that I was not enjoying the sound quality of my music downloads with the speakers built into my computer."
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"Really annoying, as I like to be immersed into the music."
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"My music files have never sounded so good."
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"USB for my DJ music is far more reliable! "
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"I recommend this sound card to everyone who wants to enjoy higher quality music."
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"For my computer audio music this is a great addition."
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"Play some music you know very well, like the back of your hand."
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"This little toy is great for music, games, movies, anything you think ofif you have a 5.1 surround system you will be surprise what the X-Fi can doyes a PCIe 1x Creative is stronger but this external sound card can do a great job if you have a laptop or a desktop PCyou won't be disappointed at all"
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Noise

Noise:
"It's very strange, as the headphones have an analog plug that connects to the transmitter, so the only way I can see this being the problem is that the unit itself is somehow giving off noise or electrical static that disrupts the signal to the headset itself."
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"I had some weird noises coming from my speakers and it I went though every part of my setup trying to figure it out and then I finally moved the SB1095 away from my 50 TV which I use as my monitor and the interference noises stopped."
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"Around the net some complain about popping noises and if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port it will pop, but if you use a USB2.0 port it works perfectly."
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"Electric current noisy can be some time annoying, but over good product."
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"the only downside is the very loud pop noise when powering on and off."
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"After trying to mess with my playback devices and switching defaults between the Speakers and SPDIF-out of the Soundblaster, I would get an irritating clicking noise that made me think my headset just broke, when it was just the sound card sending out a bad signal."
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"i paid extra for my MB because it touted it would have great audio and no noise."
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"Besides having fantastic sound output the line-in is processed and noise is reduced."
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"The headphone feed to my stereo had all kinds of noise on it, but this has an optical out and works great."
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"Thus hooking up a computer won't work on an audiophile stereo because all that noise just goes through you nice equipment."
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"The soundblaster has low noise and works great with the PowerSDR software."
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Plug

Plug:
"Ideal for laptops, I'm using it in my desktop due plug of the sound card is damaged"
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"It's very strange, as the headphones have an analog plug that connects to the transmitter, so the only way I can see this being the problem is that the unit itself is somehow giving off noise or electrical static that disrupts the signal to the headset itself."
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"The sound is grateIt is plug and play but if you install the software you mite have a problem with win 7"
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"It was easy to install, simply plug it in and install the software from the cd."
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"Plug and play and it cleaned up the sound so nicely."
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"Works great, plug and play and it was in perfect condition upon arrival."
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"would buy again....I recommend this product .It's plug and play."
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"I had smashed my old laptop soundcard and this one replaces it easily, due to the USB plug in."
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Price

Price:
"All offer superior products (both sound quality wise, and quality of product lack of failure), at varying price levels that you can match to what you can afford."
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"I use it to make some mesclas and play high-quality audio to a PC is not a great option, but for a laptop is an excellent choice for its price"
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"Anyway, at this price tag, I have little to complain about at this price tag."
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"The main problem is the background noise, it's too much, like cheap mp3-players."
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"It has really fantastic sound--much netter than I expected for the price of the unit."
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"Excellent Long Time Ago Using Creative Product I Never Had Problem With It Creative Lab The Name Is You Can Trust I Love It Working PerfectThe Price Is Right Quality Very Good Shipping Was Fast Thank You Amazon"
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"so for the money it's great, if your just an average computer gamer that has motherboard audio, and i don't care how much you paid for that MB it's still sh** audio...get this or at least some other dac."
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"my only real problem with the card is the fact it does not turn off any of the out puts if you plug in head phones in to the head phone jack on the side of the unit.....so you have to make sure your speakers are off if you do things late night.....that is really the ONLY problem i have with it.....if you have a ITX motherboard and need a USB sound card with dolby live encoding this is the CHEAPEST option YOU have.....for true audiophile's its not bad but if you have a a good DAC already its not going to do much unless your on the go with a laptop, have not tried it with flac files at this point but with CD rate and 320kb its sounds really good for the money(i got it for gaming because it was the cheapest option for real Dolby live ENCODING that is need for in game surround sound).......IF you only have a coax input for digital audio you can still get this and add a coax to fiber adapter for about 20 to 25 bucks to get your stuff hooked up......mine is on a onkyo 7.1 amp with the fiber optic hooking the two together.....all the sound options still change the sound even when hooked to the fiber opticwhat would be nice and would let them sell more units would be to give it a fiber optic input plus a stand alone wall power adapter....that way you could use a 5.1 PC set with ANY HD TV that has a fiber output to get real DTS and Dolby plus give you a remote to control the sound.....lots of people would pick these up just to do cheap home theater set ups with the 80 dollar logitech speakers that sound really good in small rooms were full size theater amps would be over kill.....but that is just my thinking.....in other words it would be cool if they made it a true stand alone decoder and encoder....."
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"Well worth the money! "
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Quality

Quality:
"All offer superior products (both sound quality wise, and quality of product lack of failure), at varying price levels that you can match to what you can afford."
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"The problem I have with it is the sound quality, it's terrible, mostly because of the SBX sound pro enhancement that makes games sound hollow and the bass is too overwhelming (there is a way to adjust the cross over but the software sucks and you can't really fine tune it)."
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"Whether I got a faulty specimen through bad luck, Creative's notorious quality control failed once again, or what, I truly wouldn't recommend this device."
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"Computers have all sorts of noise coming through the sound chips and cards, distortions and hiss...even spurious radio signals, so a computer is not a good source for excellent sound quality so you don't get the audio quality."
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"Mediocre DAC - Was not impressed with the quality from the analog stereo outs."
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"Excellent Long Time Ago Using Creative Product I Never Had Problem With It Creative Lab The Name Is You Can Trust I Love It Working PerfectThe Price Is Right Quality Very Good Shipping Was Fast Thank You Amazon"
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"This comes with some unbelievable quality audio and everyone agrees! "
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"Sound quality is great when it works, and software EQ is useful."
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"I recommend this sound card to everyone who wants to enjoy higher quality music."
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"amazing sound quality..i have been using it for the last 2 years...just excellent"
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Remote

Remote:
"lol)+ Custom EQ's and other audio settings+ Ability to use with wide variety of audio peripherals+ Remote control for lazy people- Terrible instructions guide- Too many variables in the DDL settings (there's like 4 different places to enable it, WHICH ONE DO I NEEEEEEEED)- Lack of phone support (seriously if there's one thing worse than crappy phone support, its the complete LACK of it)-"
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"The only drawback is that the remote increases or decreases volume in steps of three."
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"The software and the remote control are very helpful, you can use it to enjoy your 5.1 speaker system."
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"Audio software provides good customization while the remote adds convenience."
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"The remote was a great touch"
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"The included remote is also a great feature, as I can control volume from far away and control DVD functions and such in windows applications."
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"Also, the remote is a nice extra feature."
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Setting

Setting:
"The card is true plug-and-play, but you might want to download the drivers and the Creative software for it that lets you manage specific settings with the card."
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"Worked right away, played around with the setting abit and it now does really nice job on computer to 5.1 Dolby into my home theatre on optical cable."
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"After coming home from vacation, I turned on my computer and suddenly it worked perfectly fine... a week of troubleshooting and messing with settings and all it took was for it to sit there for a week more before it worked properly."
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"What I have learned is the virtual settings on the amp are dynamic enough to create a dynamic range of wonderful 5.1 setting that require little more than a nice stereo signal from your music source."
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"I love all the different settings it has and how easy it is to use."
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Setup

Setup:
"I'm very disappointed by the product :( I tried different setup and drivers (when I could install them) but nothing."
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"Thus, though my review a year ago (below) was not 100% accurate, it shows that the setup process should be made better."
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"Having a lot of fun playing the different audio setups."
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"It has ample hookup options, is clean and cool and was easy to install and setup."
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"My setup, PC -> Creative SoundBlaster -> HT Receiver via Optical 5.1 1000 watt system, with a powered sub."
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"Easy to setup and install the solfwareI would recommend it to a friend."
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"So, I am happy with that setup."
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Sound

Sound:
"By bypassing the crappy sound card that most computers have, playing songs off of the computer now sound great."
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"my only real problem with the card is the fact it does not turn off any of the out puts if you plug in head phones in to the head phone jack on the side of the unit.....so you have to make sure your speakers are off if you do things late night.....that is really the ONLY problem i have with it.....if you have a ITX motherboard and need a USB sound card with dolby live encoding this is the CHEAPEST option YOU have.....for true audiophile's its not bad but if you have a a good DAC already its not going to do much unless your on the go with a laptop, have not tried it with flac files at this point but with CD rate and 320kb its sounds really good for the money(i got it for gaming because it was the cheapest option for real Dolby live ENCODING that is need for in game surround sound).......IF you only have a coax input for digital audio you can still get this and add a coax to fiber adapter for about 20 to 25 bucks to get your stuff hooked up......mine is on a onkyo 7.1 amp with the fiber optic hooking the two together.....all the sound options still change the sound even when hooked to the fiber opticwhat would be nice and would let them sell more units would be to give it a fiber optic input plus a stand alone wall power adapter....that way you could use a 5.1 PC set with ANY HD TV that has a fiber output to get real DTS and Dolby plus give you a remote to control the sound.....lots of people would pick these up just to do cheap home theater set ups with the 80 dollar logitech speakers that sound really good in small rooms were full size theater amps would be over kill.....but that is just my thinking.....in other words it would be cool if they made it a true stand alone decoder and encoder....."
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"I did order two sound card , but one one of no good."
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"Unfortunately I don't have a true surround sound stereo home system."
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"Got it as a replacement for the internal sound system from my Alienware x51 that got broken."
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"The audio I captured was perfect, but on my computer the sound was horrible."
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"good sound"
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"Best sound i have experienced, but sadly a few days into using it I started getting the infamous popping and stuttering issue this device is well known for doing."
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"Crystal clear sound with lots of effects"
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"Sounds Great"
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"Had to upgrade my old creative sound blaster and this one is very useful."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"my only real problem with the card is the fact it does not turn off any of the out puts if you plug in head phones in to the head phone jack on the side of the unit.....so you have to make sure your speakers are off if you do things late night.....that is really the ONLY problem i have with it.....if you have a ITX motherboard and need a USB sound card with dolby live encoding this is the CHEAPEST option YOU have.....for true audiophile's its not bad but if you have a a good DAC already its not going to do much unless your on the go with a laptop, have not tried it with flac files at this point but with CD rate and 320kb its sounds really good for the money(i got it for gaming because it was the cheapest option for real Dolby live ENCODING that is need for in game surround sound).......IF you only have a coax input for digital audio you can still get this and add a coax to fiber adapter for about 20 to 25 bucks to get your stuff hooked up......mine is on a onkyo 7.1 amp with the fiber optic hooking the two together.....all the sound options still change the sound even when hooked to the fiber opticwhat would be nice and would let them sell more units would be to give it a fiber optic input plus a stand alone wall power adapter....that way you could use a 5.1 PC set with ANY HD TV that has a fiber output to get real DTS and Dolby plus give you a remote to control the sound.....lots of people would pick these up just to do cheap home theater set ups with the 80 dollar logitech speakers that sound really good in small rooms were full size theater amps would be over kill.....but that is just my thinking.....in other words it would be cool if they made it a true stand alone decoder and encoder....."
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"I would not recommend this to drive speakers at all."
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"And lastly, the unexpected revelation --> now I know the 5.1 speaker system has become the weak spot!"
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"150 watts output to the speakers; it was the internal sound chip that was the problem!"
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"A NOTE TO LAPTOP USERS: If you plan on using this as just a sound card replacement without any additional peripherals like speakers, you will be disappointed."
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"My speaker system didn't work well at the first time."
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"my only real problem with the card is the fact it does not turn off any of the out puts if you plug in head phones in to the head phone jack on the side of the unit.....so you have to make sure your speakers are off if you do things late night.....that is really the ONLY problem i have with it.....if you have a ITX motherboard and need a USB sound card with dolby live encoding this is the CHEAPEST option YOU have.....for true audiophile's its not bad but if you have a a good DAC already its not going to do much unless your on the go with a laptop, have not tried it with flac files at this point but with CD rate and 320kb its sounds really good for the money(i got it for gaming because it was the cheapest option for real Dolby live ENCODING that is need for in game surround sound).......IF you only have a coax input for digital audio you can still get this and add a coax to fiber adapter for about 20 to 25 bucks to get your stuff hooked up......mine is on a onkyo 7.1 amp with the fiber optic hooking the two together.....all the sound options still change the sound even when hooked to the fiber opticwhat would be nice and would let them sell more units would be to give it a fiber optic input plus a stand alone wall power adapter....that way you could use a 5.1 PC set with ANY HD TV that has a fiber output to get real DTS and Dolby plus give you a remote to control the sound.....lots of people would pick these up just to do cheap home theater set ups with the 80 dollar logitech speakers that sound really good in small rooms were full size theater amps would be over kill.....but that is just my thinking.....in other words it would be cool if they made it a true stand alone decoder and encoder....."
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"It would have been nice to have two outputs so that I can have headphones and speakers attached but it's not that big of deal."
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"Turned my Dell 5.1 speakers into great speakers for my HP laptop."
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"With this USB powered sound card I can easily use my speakers on either PC just by a simple cable swap, less than 5 seconds."
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Stereo

Stereo:
"Unfortunately I don't have a true surround sound stereo home system."
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"My subwoofer isn't working with it but I'm starting to think it's a problem with my stereo, not this product."
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"The stereo outs work great, but unfortunately that is not why I bought this product."
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"I noticed an improvement in sound, even without installing the Creative CD-ROM with the equalizer, surround sound, stereo expand, THX, etc."
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"Since that time, the NC6400 has been relegated to the stereo system as the source for Netflix, Bloomberg, or other sources of streaming video into the big TV and the stereo system, and it is still equipped with one of these Creative USB audio units."
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"Since this unit also has a remote control, I programmed the remote's volume button into an unused key on the universal remote, so I can control the audio levels into the stereo system when enjoying a streaming video choice."
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"The headphone feed to my stereo had all kinds of noise on it, but this has an optical out and works great."
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"Provided software is great, you can configure and use the system as stereo or 5.1, use the EQ, sound effects and others settings."
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"Thus hooking up a computer won't work on an audiophile stereo because all that noise just goes through you nice equipment."
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Support

Support:
"lol)+ Custom EQ's and other audio settings+ Ability to use with wide variety of audio peripherals+ Remote control for lazy people- Terrible instructions guide- Too many variables in the DDL settings (there's like 4 different places to enable it, WHICH ONE DO I NEEEEEEEED)- Lack of phone support (seriously if there's one thing worse than crappy phone support, its the complete LACK of it)-"
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"exe applet .And , DDL dolby digital live is there too, for the SP-DIF optic port , provides4.0 and 5.1 channel audio on the optic port .x-Fi unit version SB1095retail box dated 2011CD dated 2010driver update supports windows 8 ( it also updates w7 too )*** x-Fi Pro can replace internal x-Fi extreme gamer, minus 7.1 minus EAX*** x-Fi 5.1 Pro has all the IO features of an internal sound card."
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"I followed tech support forums as best I could but could not fix it."
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"Creative's online support is practically non-exisitent."
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"cons:- There is no speakers protection during power-up and power-down, every time the PC starts (USB power up) the speakers will make a loud pop sound, you can potentially damage your speakers- card can provide 2.0 or 5.1 output only, there is no support for 2.1 or 4 or 4.1 or 7.1 despite the fact that the card claims 2.1- no Mac support- drivers are available only on supplied CD, download from the web does not includes fancy mixer control at all and there is no way to download it- customer support is responsive but uselesspros:- clear and very decent sound- thx processing- nice big volume knob"
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"windows 7: may not have EAX support either, but Creative's MB2 software............can add full EAX support."
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Surround

Surround:
"Unfortunately I don't have a true surround sound stereo home system."
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"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 comes with it) and it worked fine without it."
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"I'm a bit of an audiophile and was really missing 5.1 surround."
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"For me, this unuseable software hoax considerably degrades the value of the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System"
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"My only disappointment is that I can't seem to get the Dolby 5.1 surround to work with DVDs."
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"I noticed an improvement in sound, even without installing the Creative CD-ROM with the equalizer, surround sound, stereo expand, THX, etc."
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"very reliable, works in Windows and Linux (no surround)"
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"This Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro was the FIX I now have sound back via a USB port."
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"This card is amazing, surround sound is now perfect and with the nice effects allows you to also fine tune the sound to what you like."
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"The Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro is a high-quality, great-sounding external USB soundcard."
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"Sounds Great and its the way you hook up a 5.1 Surround Sound system to a laptop."
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USB

USB:
"my only real problem with the card is the fact it does not turn off any of the out puts if you plug in head phones in to the head phone jack on the side of the unit.....so you have to make sure your speakers are off if you do things late night.....that is really the ONLY problem i have with it.....if you have a ITX motherboard and need a USB sound card with dolby live encoding this is the CHEAPEST option YOU have.....for true audiophile's its not bad but if you have a a good DAC already its not going to do much unless your on the go with a laptop, have not tried it with flac files at this point but with CD rate and 320kb its sounds really good for the money(i got it for gaming because it was the cheapest option for real Dolby live ENCODING that is need for in game surround sound).......IF you only have a coax input for digital audio you can still get this and add a coax to fiber adapter for about 20 to 25 bucks to get your stuff hooked up......mine is on a onkyo 7.1 amp with the fiber optic hooking the two together.....all the sound options still change the sound even when hooked to the fiber opticwhat would be nice and would let them sell more units would be to give it a fiber optic input plus a stand alone wall power adapter....that way you could use a 5.1 PC set with ANY HD TV that has a fiber output to get real DTS and Dolby plus give you a remote to control the sound.....lots of people would pick these up just to do cheap home theater set ups with the 80 dollar logitech speakers that sound really good in small rooms were full size theater amps would be over kill.....but that is just my thinking.....in other words it would be cool if they made it a true stand alone decoder and encoder....."
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"That was painful, and then when I installed the drivers the usb audio card kept connecting and disconnecting quickly."
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"Around the net some complain about popping noises and if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port it will pop, but if you use a USB2.0 port it works perfectly."
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"I guess that is the problem of all the laptop, not from this USB external sound card."
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"If you move your machine around a lot, there is always the risk of banging it into something, and potentially damaging it and or the USB drive it is plugged into."
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"I guess the only negative I can see is the fact that is uses up one of my USB ports which I always seem to be running out of with my laptop, however that was not enough reason to diminish the rating."
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"Even though i have the USB plugged into my computer on this dac, i am happy to say it does none of that."
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"Great sound from this USB soundcard!"
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"With this USB powered sound card I can easily use my speakers on either PC just by a simple cable swap, less than 5 seconds."
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"Easy, reasonably priced, USB connected sound card."
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"USB for my DJ music is far more reliable! "
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Video

Video:
"My music never sounded so good before and my movie collection sounds amazing."
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"If I load the drivers as instructed to, I get a Video Error."
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"Otherwise, it worked fine for playback of the 5.1 encoded files as well as movies."
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"Since this unit also has a remote control, I programmed the remote's volume button into an unused key on the universal remote, so I can control the audio levels into the stereo system when enjoying a streaming video choice."
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"Great design, looks wonderful next to my laptop in my audio and video table, an elegant item, very nice, I love the volume knob and the blue led light located in the front of the item."
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"Works well, with movies and games."
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"this is also great for watching movies!"
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Volume

Volume:
"especially when you hook it with a SPDIF cable.. everything goes wrong, e. g. Could NOT adjust the volume from computer, Driver freeze after Hibernate...If you are gonna use the analog output, this product is decent."
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"The only real problem I have is that the volume knob on the unit will sometimes go in the opposite direction of what you are trying to do."
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"Ever since installed I am having issues with win 7 not being able to open volume control."
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"Even the popup volume control was dead....The graphic EQ..once I found it...was awful and added distortion."
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"The only drawback is that the remote increases or decreases volume in steps of three."
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"I bought it coz my friend recommend it to me, this is quite cheap if compare with the one in Australia, Easy to install, but the thing is : When u turn up the volume up to 100%, i can hear the noise in my speaker and my headphone but this problem doesnt happen when i turn down volume to 60%.In Conclusion, that is a good stuff if u dont have enough money."
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"Please do not be fooled by the name or the volume knob."
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"After installing the Sound Blaster, the volume was increased to 60 and comfortable to listen to my tunes."
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"Great design, looks wonderful next to my laptop in my audio and video table, an elegant item, very nice, I love the volume knob and the blue led light located in the front of the item."
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"Because it's connected to the USB port, this means you can just hook the unit up so that it sits next to your keyboard and have easy access, all of the time, to all of the volume control features even if your screen saver is active or your monitor isn't on!"
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"The driver software is decent, though the on-screen volume app will not always show up on top of screens like games or windows 8 apps."
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Windows

Windows:
"exe applet .And , DDL dolby digital live is there too, for the SP-DIF optic port , provides4.0 and 5.1 channel audio on the optic port .x-Fi unit version SB1095retail box dated 2011CD dated 2010driver update supports windows 8 ( it also updates w7 too )*** x-Fi Pro can replace internal x-Fi extreme gamer, minus 7.1 minus EAX*** x-Fi 5.1 Pro has all the IO features of an internal sound card."
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"Easy set up with Windows 7 and 8."
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"It works out of the box plugged into a windows 8.1 computer which is nice, but I couldn't do any channel testing on the individual speakers as if they were plugged into an internal card."
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"very reliable, works in Windows and Linux (no surround)"
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"-Software is compatible with Windows 8.1, etcetera."
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"Some claim that it works perfectly for their Windows 7 computers, but they must not be using it for Karaoke or other uses that require no or almost no latency."
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