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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with SBX SB1290 by Review Summary ,  Aug 16, 2015

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with SBX SB1290
Report Date: 08/16/2015
Based on 328 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 2.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.5   average
Plug4.3   above average
Size4.3   above average
Quality4.1   average
Music4.0   average
Sound3.8   below average
Speaker3.8   above average
USB3.7   above average
Audio3.6   below average
Windows3.6   average
Volume3.3   below average
Noise2.3   mediocre
Connector2.0   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"A must buy if you have a similar problem with a computer not having a direct line out for audio."
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"this otherwise, awesome little device is missing the HD Audio Manager for Windows 7 and above."
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"While I have used a splitter to circumvent this before this little USB device provides a solution for both of my problems where I now get a pleasant, clear and powerful audio and also have two jacks."
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"It fills in missing pieces of information of compressed audio to simulate higher quality sound."
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"So I was not able to record streaming audio any more."
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"have a hp laptop dv8...audio port broke off inside...connected to motherboard...so a tech guy recommended external usb soundcard....this one works with windows 7.....amazing sound..100% perfect and so convienient and plug play....buy it"
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"Works very well for a portable audio card."
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"I own a lot of Creative products and most of them are wonderful consumer audio devices ranging from sound cards, speakers and headphones."
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"Pro USB Audio is AMAZING, I do internet radio and it sound very professional and very crystal clear and booming voice."
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"For laptop users with outdated on-board audio chips, this might do the trick."
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"Now my board may be going bad, but this is a great solution to have audio in the mean time."
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Connector

Connector:
"I bought this thing for two reasons: to replace my broken headphone jack and use at school computers with better fidelity."
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"Works as intended as I broke my headphone Jacks on my computer."
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"It has the added problem of having a single jack for both an external speaker and a microphone."
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"Bought this to replace a broken headphone jack on my laptop."
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"Definitely works, I've got no complaintsIt amplifies my headphones and makes music sound a lot nicer and louderDon't know about competitors, but I'm happy with this product (I personally use it because my headphone jack on my computer is broken so this is the only way to play sound through headphones)"
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"Bought this because my laptop's headphone jack was faulty."
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"The product was not broken, but was not making connection with the u. s. b. connector, [ not unusual for sound blaster products] I am using this with a Fiio06 amp and it sounds pretty good, and I've had no further problems with it"
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"While I have used a splitter to circumvent this before this little USB device provides a solution for both of my problems where I now get a pleasant, clear and powerful audio and also have two jacks."
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"Definitely works, I've got no complaintsIt amplifies my headphones and makes music sound a lot nicer and louderDon't know about competitors, but I'm happy with this product (I personally use it because my headphone jack on my computer is broken so this is the only way to play sound through headphones)"
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"Apart from giving you new input and output jacks... doesn't really provide great sound quality - audible crackling in some games (e. g. skyrim had a lot of weird crackling noise)."
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"When I switch from headphones to speakers, I just unplug the usb connector and I am good to go."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"It has the added problem of having a single jack for both an external speaker and a microphone."
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"This is the perfect awnser to your recording problems with this type of built in Microphone and sound card."
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"It probably would have solved the problem, but the unit I received had a defective microphone input, so I returned it."
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"Only a minor problem with the level of audio in the mic in some applications."
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"It also has options for using the mic portion that works really well."
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"The EAX Console in earlier versions was rich with different sound effects, but now, only 8 useless ones, all with huge echo like 'amphitheater'.BEWARE: if you have an external webcam already installed, Creative overrides that, makes itself the default; however, you can afterwards select the webcam as the default mic in Windows Audio devices, and Creative will finally respect it."
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"So if you cannot use the mic input, and you need an external amp for decent sound this device has just about zero purpose to exist."
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"So if you just need to add 2-channel stereo and a microphone pickup to a system, this is a great way to go."
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"It has a good reverb separately for microphone (micFX), and several reverbs that are equally useful for music wave audio-(EAX)."
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Music

Music:
"doesn't work well I can hear on head phones and when I play music online some can hear it like a whisper others cant hear at all."
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"I feel disappointed and frustrated, because it has a little noisy sound in the back of my music."
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"Now I don't claim to be any kind of audiophile, but I do like some range in the sound from my computers, especially when watching movies or listening to music and this device did the job with a minimum of hassle."
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"The native sound on the CQ60 can only be described as flat, so listening to music or watching DVDs was a somewhat disappointing experience."
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"Communications are clear, and volume can reach new levels now, so I also get to enjoy my music and videos more than before."
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"I took it to best buy talked to the geek squad and said that it isn't going thru my sound card so I just wasted my money I would love to play music on line."
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"It provides significant improvement on the voice quality, which is excellent for music enjoyment."
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"i recommend this to anyone with a laptop while playinglistening to music on the go!"
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"Otherwise, if you truly over your music and care about how it sound then this is the best thing you can do for your laptop."
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Noise

Noise:
"The product itself is made attractively, looks solid and all, the sound produced is decent enough, but the most annoying thing is the static or weird squeaky noises that it makes."
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"I did hear an annoying static noise on the right audio channel."
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"I feel disappointed and frustrated, because it has a little noisy sound in the back of my music."
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"Apart from giving you new input and output jacks... doesn't really provide great sound quality - audible crackling in some games (e. g. skyrim had a lot of weird crackling noise)."
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"Just like several other reviewers I was hearing annoying distortion noise, most noticeable at low single notes, which kills all the enjoyment."
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"The background static noise is very annoying."
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"For my voice overs it is great simply because its very quiet ambient noise."
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"I was skeptical but ultimately proven correct when I plugged in my headphones and found that there was immense amounts of noise and hiss at reasonable volume."
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"Even the new CT Wave Studio, which in Win95 and 98 is fabulous -- the current version is only good for removing audio noise, i. e., the ssssss from voice into a digital recorder."
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"I followed their recommendations to the letter without experiencing a reduction in noise."
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"I have about 5 usb things connected to it (including a fan and an external video card), and still no problem what so ever with background noise."
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Plug

Plug:
"I accidentally broke my headphone plug in my laptop."
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"A plug and play wouldn't be as much fun to play with."
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"Literally plug and play, and it sounds great."
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"I don't know all the technical stuff about this other than it is plug and play...my son has had no problem with the device being recognized."
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"In the Creative usb device, you can't plug in both speaker and the mic line in, at the same time."
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"Works great, just a little big so you can't plug another thing in next to it."
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"have a hp laptop dv8...audio port broke off inside...connected to motherboard...so a tech guy recommended external usb soundcard....this one works with windows 7.....amazing sound..100% perfect and so convienient and plug play....buy it"
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Price

Price:
"This little amazing device solved all my problems for a very low price for what it gives you."
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"It's just too good to be true, you can't find a decent DAC Sound Card at this price."
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"It could be I just got a bad one, but it's wasted enough of my time and money that I won't be buying Creative Labs' products again unless they're built in."
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"I didn't research this extensively, I was looking for an external sound card - not too expensive, not too cheap, but with good reviews."
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"This little amazing device solved all my problems for a very low price for what it gives you."
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"a great devise and a super price.."
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"A great product for the price and simple to use boosting audio experience! "
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"Great little sound card for the money! "
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"Anyway good quality for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The problem I had is the quality of sound from the sound card made the music sound a little tinny even to my ears."
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"If you need something cheap and small you can carry around without worrying too much about it, it is fine, but the sound quality is mediocre at best."
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"I can see the quality of this thing, but it has a glitch on windows 8 where the volume is literally stuck ALL the way up so prepare to have to lower the volume of games and whatever other software with audio controls, down to absolute minimum just to replicate as if u had the volume on your computer turned to halfway."
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"The quality is about the same as the one I had to replace, but the problems from the start really take away from the quick setup this device is supposed to offer."
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"I wanted an improvement over crappy notebook sound card but sound quality of this USB stick is really poor."
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"I wouldn't recommend it for those who are looking for improved sound quality - any regular sound card sounds better."
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"Excellent product quality"
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"If you need something cheap and small you can carry around without worrying too much about it, it is fine, but the sound quality is mediocre at best."
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"I was surprised by how easily it worked and the quality it gave."
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"Now i can easily enjoy quality sound for playback after recording to my laptop software."
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"Just what I needed and the sound quality is great!"
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Size

Size:
"Unfortunately it is small so my son lost it, but I can't blame Creative for that."
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"These interfaces are small, but I have not had any problems with these wonderful sound cards."
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"great sound from this small thing love it"
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"It is a wonderful, yet small piece of equipment."
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"Great device that is worth the small amount money! "
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"The installation was painless (but long since I opted for the upgrade) and the sounds amazing for such a small footprint device."
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"small, efficient, excellent performance for my headphones using my laptop."
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Sound

Sound:
"The problem I had is the quality of sound from the sound card made the music sound a little tinny even to my ears."
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"If you need something cheap and small you can carry around without worrying too much about it, it is fine, but the sound quality is mediocre at best."
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"Perfect for my hackintosh with no good sound solution; dropped eight in and worked OOB"
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"The included software is quite good, and you mostly pay for the software itself as the hardware side of this USB sound Card is on the weak side, only 16-bit and has issues on some games that I have tested, the drivers are also old, and don't get updated nearly as much as they should."
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"After give this a try, i dont wanna use my crappy laptop sound card anymore"
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"Literally plug and play, and it sounds great."
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"The lows are lower and everything sounds amazing."
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"I own a lot of Creative products and most of them are wonderful consumer audio devices ranging from sound cards, speakers and headphones."
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"Pro USB Audio is AMAZING, I do internet radio and it sound very professional and very crystal clear and booming voice."
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"This Creative Sound Blaster X-FI GO!"
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Speaker

Speaker:
"This product didn't do anything except drop the volume to my multimedia speakers...junk, do yourself a favor, spend your dollars elsewhere."
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"I had purchased Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-Power 2.1 PC Speaker System (CA-SP211NA), but was disappointed with the sound that came from the satellite speakers: like a toy speaker -- thin, tinny, puny, etc."
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"It has the added problem of having a single jack for both an external speaker and a microphone."
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"It's okay with speakers but, with earphones, I hear a weird buzzing noise from my right ear."
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"Very useful for those who own laptops with crappy sound speakers."
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"Easily customize sound effects to your desire, great addition to speaker system and to easily override your internal card for laptop by simply plugging in to usb port."
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"It works very well with any USB connection where a speaker is needed."
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"Should have gotten this thing a long time ago, the sound off this USB card is fantastic and finally brings out the best to my Logitech Z506 speakers in clarity, in the bass response and the overall sound, not that the previous setup wasn't, but everything was rather localized and comparatively extra-sharp."
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"In the Creative usb device, you can't plug in both speaker and the mic line in, at the same time."
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"This was super easy to connect and now my high end computer speakers are singing again."
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USB

USB:
"The included software is quite good, and you mostly pay for the software itself as the hardware side of this USB sound Card is on the weak side, only 16-bit and has issues on some games that I have tested, the drivers are also old, and don't get updated nearly as much as they should."
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"But, a little bulky and crowds other nearby USB devices making them hard to connect"
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"While I have used a splitter to circumvent this before this little USB device provides a solution for both of my problems where I now get a pleasant, clear and powerful audio and also have two jacks."
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"Better yet, there's a 6 inch USB extension cord if you are worried about a protruding stick that sticks straight out of your laptop getting bent or abused."
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"I broke 3 or maybe 4 now through my own fault for standing up while the headphone is still plugged into the usb sound card which kept on getting bent until it starts to lose sound, crack, or not function as it should anymore."
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"After my purchase of the other usb sound card and disliking it, this one produces very good, clear, clean sound even at higher volumes."
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"Pro USB Audio is AMAZING, I do internet radio and it sound very professional and very crystal clear and booming voice."
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"me and my room mate have the creative sound blaster x-fi go pro usb audio but it didn't come with the software cd i'm i would like to know why because looking for the download is just a headache other then that i like the sound blaster if it suppose to come with the software cd then i would like to know how come when my room mate ordered them didn't come with the software cd."
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"For laptop users with headphones, this will do the trick and will give you a boost in sound quality, but know that you are mostly paying for the software, which is included with this USB sound card, as the hardware on it is average at best, I cannot recommend this for desktop users with modern on-board Realtek audio chips."
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"This is a great USB sound card."
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"This USB sound blaster works great."
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Volume

Volume:
"This product didn't do anything except drop the volume to my multimedia speakers...junk, do yourself a favor, spend your dollars elsewhere."
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"I can see the quality of this thing, but it has a glitch on windows 8 where the volume is literally stuck ALL the way up so prepare to have to lower the volume of games and whatever other software with audio controls, down to absolute minimum just to replicate as if u had the volume on your computer turned to halfway."
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"The only negative is that it has less volume than my original."
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"The one problem I have with it is an unforeseen incompatibility with my primary means of volume control."
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"I don't think there was any improvement in sound quality over my netbook's original sound card, but it was definitely louder (which was nice because the volume wasn't so great with headphones before)."
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"Maybe the software would be useful for someone who's actually doing sound editing or something, but it's a lot of software to install if all you need is more volume or a way to bypass a broken audio jack."
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"The soundcard itself has a pretty cool GUI which allows you to changing volume and voice settings."
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"Great soundcard now i have to turn my laptop volume down"
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"I just have to say that I'm very happy, the overal volume on my Denon's rise a lot and the quality of the sound is very good."
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"Communications are clear, and volume can reach new levels now, so I also get to enjoy my music and videos more than before."
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"I was skeptical but ultimately proven correct when I plugged in my headphones and found that there was immense amounts of noise and hiss at reasonable volume."
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Windows

Windows:
"this otherwise, awesome little device is missing the HD Audio Manager for Windows 7 and above."
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"I can see the quality of this thing, but it has a glitch on windows 8 where the volume is literally stuck ALL the way up so prepare to have to lower the volume of games and whatever other software with audio controls, down to absolute minimum just to replicate as if u had the volume on your computer turned to halfway."
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"I would rate this lower but I think maybe this is a Windows 8 problem that will be fixed."
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"That said pea used to be insignificant at first, then it went worse and worse as the time went on and now I can't wait to get rid of this little device and get something better, like the FiiO E10.Plus, the software support is not good, especially on Windows 8 - sometimes the sound stays on full volume regardless of what I do, and only re-installation of the drivers several times fixes that."
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"My only complaint: I installed it to my Windows 7 D: drive, but Creative didn't make it as easy as many other software makers do."
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"Later on I would discover a link to the driver hidden under the Windows 7 Driver Compatibility link on the support page and then finding the product in the list and then clicking that link."
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"Good product, but the drivers for windows 8 suck."
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"The EAX Console in earlier versions was rich with different sound effects, but now, only 8 useless ones, all with huge echo like 'amphitheater'.BEWARE: if you have an external webcam already installed, Creative overrides that, makes itself the default; however, you can afterwards select the webcam as the default mic in Windows Audio devices, and Creative will finally respect it."
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"I also tested the plug-and-play functionality on a Windows 7 system I have, and it worked perfectly."
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"This little guy worked perfectly for adding sound to a system that I upgraded to Windows 8, only to find that there were no Win8 drivers for the motherboard-integrated sound card."
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"have a hp laptop dv8...audio port broke off inside...connected to motherboard...so a tech guy recommended external usb soundcard....this one works with windows 7.....amazing sound..100% perfect and so convienient and plug play....buy it"
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