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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

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Boost your desktop's audio performance with a sound card from one of the premier names in computer audio—Creative Labs. The Sound Blaster Audigy SE sound card is designed to enhance your PC music, movie, and gaming experience at an affordable price. An easy upgrade for your desktop's integrated sound, the card's audio processor with Creative's CMSS technology is able to remix your stereo audio into surround sound—even through stereo headphones.

EAX Advanced HD 3.0 further improves game audio tracks providing a more immersive experience. The bundled Creative MediaSource software can be used for creating MP3s, managing a music collection, adding effects and burning custom CD compilations. Simply pop this card into a vacant PCI-card slot in your desktop and you'll have speaker and headphone connections for stereo to 7.1-channel surround sound.

Note: This is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version, which includes the product and sometimes the drivers, but not much else. They are packaged generically and do not include software. OEM products are best suited for system builders who don't require documentation or bundled accessories.

  • newegg CMSS-3D Audio Technology CMSS-3D audio technology intelligently upgrades your favorite stereo MP3, WMA and CD music to breathtaking 7.1 surround sound.
  • newegg EAX ADVANCED HD EAX ADVANCED HD supports multiple simultaneous audio environments for exceptionally realistic 3D sound in FPS (first person shooters), MMORPG (massively multiplayer online RPGs) and many more exciting games!

Learn more about the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Flavius R.
  • 4/25/2015 10:28:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good.

Pros: Nice and easy to use, would recommend to anyone looking for a simple sound card.

Cons: Drivers were a small pain to install, and the drivers that come in the CD are outdated, so be aware.

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  • Don T.
  • 3/14/2015 6:48:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Had to return it cause it wasn't the right type

Cons: N/A

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  • Jonathan S.
  • 3/8/2015 8:30:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoticeable Difference

Pros: Inexpensive, better than on board audio. The difference is very noticeable using a headset or earphones.

Cons: Bloatware (but not really)

Other Thoughts: This was my first audio card purchase and after 3 years of using it in my computer, I'm able to notice the difference between it and a computer with stock on board audio. For this price, it's unbeatable. The only con I have for it is that it comes with so many extra programs and things, but if you're really into audio manipulation, then it's perfect for you.

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  • Michael S.
  • 1/13/2015 8:46:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Sound Blaster

Pros: Bang for your buck is hard surpassed by this puppy. Destroys my 2014 onboard mobo sound card; I'm referring to sound quality here. I threw in some lossless audio files and I couldn't believe the sound I was missing before which was indiscernible before. It should be noted that I am not an audiophile and this won't compare to something in the $200 range. This will give you a noticeable, positive difference when compared to your onboard sound and the price is completely worth it.

Cons: Beware this does NOT have Intel HD, which means it won't connect to your front audio jacks without some extending cables or an appropriate adaptor, both of which can be found online. Spend a few extra bucks if that's a worry or a hassle.

Other Thoughts: Sound Blaster quality. Great additional software. Installs on Win 7 x64 no problems. Do yourself a favor and install drivers and software from manufacturer's website, as it is still updating drivers, despite the fact this card is coming up on 10 years old.

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  • Christine S.
  • 1/10/2015 8:02:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWin 7 64bit won't boot with this card installed

Pros: In theory, this card supports 5.1 & 7.1 surround systems, with some pretty nifty Creative Console software,

Cons: Supplied drivers don't work on windows 7 64bit, official drivers from creative labs don't seem to work either, as computer won't boot into windows after installation.

Drivers install, albeit very, very, slowly. Much slower than I was expecting. I'm not used to them taking over 10 minutes these days.

Other Thoughts: Sigh. I was really looking forward to surround sound from this card. And the creative console sounded pretty neat. I had hopes that buying a familiar brand name, would result in better results. I guess I just should have bought the generic startech or rosewill one.

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  • Peter J.
  • 12/13/2014 10:43:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSound Blast from the past!

Pros: Sounds good. Works with windows 8.1, they keep their drivers updated!

Cons: No way to connect to modern front audio jacks! It has the proprietary Sound Blaster connector that I have not seen in probably 15 years! I had to do what I did 15 years ago and run audio extensions up to the front so when I need my headset I have to unplug the speakers and plug in my phones and mic.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because my motherboard audio was going out and the price was great and it's a Sound Blaster! I get this thing and what to my wondering eyes should appear... the old Sound Blaster proprietary front panel connector. I laughed out loud, went down memory lane, and plugged the thing in. I couldn't find any 3 Doors Down to test this thing... I felt kind of weird using Miley Cyrus to test it out because the girl was like 12 years old when I last saw a card like this.

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  • Andrew E.
  • 12/9/2014 5:04:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't Work

Pros: None

Cons: Won't install properly. Software is not accessible, AND device manager says that it can't detect the hardware. Try to spend a little extra dosh to get a better card.

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  • Zack W.
  • 11/26/2014 7:10:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Upgrade

Pros: It's a solid upgrade from the basic mainboard without being too expensive. It uses a normal PCI slot so you don't lose any of your PCI Express slots for other gadgets.

Cons: None.

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  • Michael S.
  • 9/27/2014 5:42:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSB Audigy SE

Pros: N/A since I can't get the software from SB's site to load on my Windows 7 system.

Cons: Unable to get the software to load. Would return it, but for $21, isn't worth the time and effort.

Other Thoughts: Had read that SB had issues with their software/drivers. Should have heeded the warning.

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  • Roy K.
  • 9/7/2014 7:57:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple and Effective

Pros: My ASUS M5A97 R2 MOBO would not activate the Realtek onboard HD audio chip during my most recent build. I started with the driver off the ASUS DVD and rapidly ended up at the ASUS site and tried unloading and loading every Realtek audio driver they had. Enter Creative Audigy and the SE designed for legacy PCI slots. I needed such an add-on card because the PCIe 1x slot was unavailable on the M5A97 R2 MOBO due to my graphics card and the second PCIe graphics slot (4x) was occupied by a firewire add-on card. I ordered it up from Newegg and got it sooner than expected. However when it arrived, it was wrapped in bubble wrap with the serial number strip taped to the edge of the bubble wrap. Some of the capacitors were bent over a little from the rough journey in bubble wrap instead of a retail box. I carefully straightened the bent capacitors and inserted the card. I put the Creative driver CD in the CD/DVD tray player-burner and restarted. Everything worked beautifully, after registering with Creative using the serial number provided. It recognized my 2.1 sound system and even updated the driver from Creative's website.

Cons: Did I mention bubble wrap? Come on, Newegg, you are better than that. All of us veteran system builders are loyal to you because you are a straight shooter and are transparent. Nowhere on the Creative Audigy SE [Newegg] page, did it say "not a retail product", comes in after-market packaging.

Other Thoughts: It fired up flawlessly and saved me an RMA on the MOBO. Plus it used a legacy PCI slot when I had no more PCIe slots available. The motherboard manufacturers really need to rethink the placement of the PCIe slots versus the PCI slots and the spacing they give between them. With the graphics cards now being 2 slot wide, puitting a PCIe 1x slot next to the 16x graphics slot is a waste.

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