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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface Sound Card

  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • USB Interface

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USB Sound Blaster X-Fi HD is an audiophile grade sound system with premium connectivity for your Notebook or PC. The front panel includes a conveniently located 1/4" microphone input and 1/4" headphone jack with studio quality headphone amp and volume control. The rear panel features optical I/O, gold plated stereo RCA I/O plus an integrated phono preamp for direct recording of your vinyl collection from your turntable. Media Toolbox software lets you record, convert, enhance and organize your digital music easily, while SBX Pro Studio technology brings you the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios.

  • newegg Audiophile Components The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD features high quality audiophile-grade components to deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 114dB.
  • newegg Record Your Vinyl Phono preamp with RIAA EQ allows direct connection of your turntable to convert your vinyl to CD or MP3.
  • newegg SBX Pro Studio Definition entertainment SBX Pro Studio delivers the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it.
  • newegg Convenient Connection and Volume Control Front mounted headphone and microphone jacks are gold-plated for maximum signal quality and easily accessible with convenient volume control.
  • newegg Creative Media Toolbox Creative Media Toolbox is an essential suite of utilities to convert, enhance and organize your media files. Auto Tag Cleaner automatically updates your entire digital music collection with the correct title, artist, album, and genre information and Auto Organizer organizes them into folders based on their tag information. Tag Format Converter makes the tags legible across all platforms by converting them into Unicode while Audio Converter allows you to convert a bunch of songs from one format to another.

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  • Sean B.
  • 2/21/2015 3:30:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for getting more out of headphones

Pros: This breathes new life into headphones where you need it to work on any OS, without worrying about drivers. Which is exactly what I got. 24-bit audio and a quality amp. This gets used every single day and has held up well. I haven't been satisfied with a Creative product since my Audigy2 ZS.

Cons: Can sometimes produce a loud shriek of corrupted audio on Mac OS.

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  • Doug T.
  • 11/13/2014 1:52:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great sound quality
Surprisingly functional drivers
Able to drive high impedance headphones

Cons: Interferes with onboard sound card
Line-in input picks up noise from USB cable

Other Thoughts: Using them with 250ohm DT770 headphones--sounds great, is able to drive them just fine.

Line-in jack seems to pick up noise from the USB cable or something, which I can see being a significant issue if that's important to you. Luckily I'm not using line-in for anything.

Solid little device. Volume knob is a welcome feature. Couldn't find anything comparable within the same price range.

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  • Benjamin R.
  • 3/29/2014 3:39:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Still working 3 years later. Great purchase.

Cons: none

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  • David E.
  • 2/6/2014 9:54:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPicture says THX, ADVERTISE THX, SELL YOU SBX.

Pros: Sounds fairly good for two channel.

Cons: Picture says THX, advertised feature describes THX pro studio. When unit arrived it says SBX, and describes different feature of SBX pro studio. This is not proper, thought i was getting THX certified feature

Other Thoughts: Good card, nice clean sound, not happy about getting SBX instead of THX. Bad advertising.

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  • vitold g.
  • 11/7/2013 4:27:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo drivers for windows 8 or 8.1

Pros: Good card when you can use it. Fiber optic and analog

Never buying a creative product again. Their last driver update was over 3 years ago. Terrible.

Other Thoughts: Don't waste your time.

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  • Josef D.
  • 9/17/2013 6:44:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat External Card

Pros: It fulfill my expectation; no problems. Large jacks are perfect for my needs.

Cons: Did not find any yet

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  • Donald G.
  • 8/13/2013 8:09:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat sound card

Pros: Great SNR
Awesome quality
Nice construction, compact, looks nice.
1/4" headphone friendly

Cons: Stereo channel only

Other Thoughts: I bought this sound card because I needed something that I could plug my headphones into without using an adapter. I ended up very happy with buying this sound card. It's everything I expected it to be.

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  • Wayne H.
  • 8/2/2013 3:51:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot standalone pre-amp

Pros: Since I'm going to return it anyway I didn't test it as a PC interface so I can't comment on those features which I'm sure are laudable.

Cons: Can't use AC/USB power adapter to connect with an AV receiver. It must be connected to an "approved operating system" or it won't turn on. I was hoping for a dual purpose device: turntable preamp for my sound system and turntable interface to my PC to convert vinyl to MP3's. (I don't want to waste electricity using my PC just to listen to records.)

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  • Shane C.
  • 2/10/2013 3:17:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOkay, not too good on high frequencies/

Pros: Good Base, Decent impedance, smooth sound, semi-portable.

Cons: Bad on Highs(frequency responce is around [8-10Hz to 15Khz]). I bought these for my Sennheiser HD 380s, and their okay, But for the price maybe $20-$30 dollars more you could get better.

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  • Kevin N.
  • 11/29/2012 10:44:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: A very nice card if you have nothing to start with and need an 1/4 inch jack. I upgraded from an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum with terrible drivers. This card is very user friendly. The drivers work with Windows 7 64 Bit no problem, and it produces nice sound. It's very portable and convenient.

Cons: Although it's listed at 96 KHz which some would argue is better than the 192 KHz and it's probably more than I will need, it seems almost a downgrade from the 8-year old Audigy 2 ZS in that sense. 2.1 Audio is also a downgrade from the 5.1 Surround Sound on the 8-year old card but that was also explained in the description. I'm using this with Sound Forge 8.0 and I can't get my KSM 27 condenser microphone to record both stereo channels now through the 1/4 inch jack. It seems to only be recording mono. I don't know what to think of this card yet.

Other Thoughts: I will keep it around just because it beats having to reboot the OS from Windows 7 to Windows XP 32 just to use the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum, but the specs seem kind of disappointing, and I really would like to be able to record both channels on my condenser microphone. Hopefully there is a way, and I just haven't figured it out yet, but the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum seemed to do it fine. I will probably still revert back to the Audigy 2 ZS for professional music recording :(, but use this for voice overs.

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