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Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro

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Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro turns your PC or notebook into a 5.1 entertainment system, featuring SBX Pro Studio technology. Easy to install, it replaces low quality on-board audio with high quality connectivity options and remote control. A convenient volume control knob, headphone and microphone inputs for a headset are also close at hand.

  • 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 Surround sound with a single digital cable A real-time encoding technology, Dolby Digital Live (For Windows 7 and Windows Vista) connects to your decoder or home theater system through a single digital cable for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source.
  • newegg Cinematic experience from DVD movies Cyberlink PowerDVD software (free download) with DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding delivers an unbeatable DVD movie experience.
  • newegg Comprehensive connectivity for all your audio needs High-quality, gold-plated RCA stereo and optical digital out deliver the best audio performance, plus convenient microphone and headphone jacks for internet chatting.
  • newegg Convenience and control at your fingertips The compact IR Remote with mute and volume functions allows you to control playback of your music across the room.
  • newegg Simple installation to PC or Notebook Easy to install, the bus-powered USB 2.0 Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro does not require an extra power adapter.

Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB109500000



Audio core

Audio Chipset
Sample Rate
Digital Audio




External Box
System Requirements
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition)


SBX TruStudio Pro High Definition entertainment
Surround sound with a single digital cable
Cinematic experience from DVD movies
Comprehensive connectivity for all your audio needs
Convenience and control at your fingertips
Simple installation to PC or Notebook


Package Contents
USB Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
USB Cable
Installation CD
Quick Start Leaflet
Stereo RCA to 1/8” Jack Adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

5 years limited
5 years limited

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs 70SB109500000

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  • 7/30/2014 4:51:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRelease the Crackle

Pros: Hmmm. It has DD.

Cons: Installed the USB audio card using the product CD and installed driver updates for it and graphics card. Experienced crackle, pops and stuttering in audio stream using both SPDIF and headphone connections while playing games. Onboard sound card of my laptop does not experience this issue. Tried to troubleshoot using the manufacturer's recommendations on their website. Sound plays fine except under heavy graphics card use. I suspect that it's a driver issue, but it's defective none the less.

Other Thoughts: I used to think Creative was THE manufacturer for audio cards. <smh>

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  • Joshua Y.
  • 4/29/2014 7:34:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

Pros: Flawlessly routes 5.1 audio over a single USB connection, saving you the trouble of installing a card inside your case, while also making it really easy to switch between devices.

Cons: Bloatware in the installation disc. Do a custom installation and uncheck everything that doesn't say "driver".

Other Thoughts: This thing is awesome!! My speakers are alive. Audio tracks, games, everything - I can hear things that just weren't there before on an integrated sound card.

If you don't have a dedicated sound card, but have a surround-sound system hooked up to your PC, Do yourself a favor and pick one of these things up. Your ears will thank you!

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  • Jeffrey E.
  • 12/23/2013 8:59:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGood Sound, Poor Documentation

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Shipped with outdated drivers, had to be updated to work.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a home theater PC to drive optical surround sound out to a surround receiver.I installed the drivers from the included disk and it appeared to work, but only in stereo. It took hours of fiddling to find the right combination of settings to get Dolby digital sound out in SPDIF. I was about to call for an RMA when I found the right combination of settings for it to work. You have to dig around the in the Creative website knowledgebase solutions area to find a list of what modes are supported. First update the drivers from the Creative website. The circa 2010 ones included did not support the THX features. Second, if you are using the optical digital output, set the sound device to SPDIF as default in Windows. Then set Dolby digital live to on in Creative control panel. It still does not pass the Windows sound test with surround sound but at least PowerDVD does play movies with 5.1 sound. I have bought and liked Creative Soundblasters since the ISA bus 8 bit days but they have slipped in features, documentation, and included software from those days.

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  • Christopher S.
  • 9/24/2013 9:07:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Device!

Pros: Everything, great device overall. Solved my onboard sound chip failure on my laptop of almost 5 years old. I can finally hear music on my laptop again, hurayyy!!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Get this device if you need a replacement sound solution! especially for your laptop to get that great THX sound audio!

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  • Matthew A.
  • 7/8/2013 7:40:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRE:PRODUCT PROBLEMS

Pros: I like its volume knob and its got a remote but I didn't play with it I'm not interested with that yet.

Its got a lot of sound features but I didn't play with them yet.

Cons: Its blue led is more of a purple from a angle

Other Thoughts: I want all my features of my sound card and when I installed its driver its settings reset every time. I returned this model and I bought it again because I told myself I'll figure out why its resetting.

I stopped it from resetting because I turned off Avstream monitoring and audio engine licensing you added to my startup.

I want you to fix your product so I can use it the right way.

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  • Kevin B.
  • 5/24/2013 5:34:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks great... but not in Windows.

Pros: *Much better sound quality than my onboard sound, and I can swap it over to my laptop (which has equally deficient onboard sound) as I wish.
*Lets me sample, unlike the onboard sound hardware (Realtek and it's lack of 'What U Hear'... >_<)
*Lots of nice output options.

Cons: *Crackles repeatedly with any driver I've tried under Windows. Luckily, the crackles are purely through analog out, so it isn't reflected in recordings made using 'What U Hear' in Windows.

Other Thoughts: Creative Labs: One of the only companies I've seen whose hardware works wonderfully... as long as the drivers aren't written by them. They haven't changed at all in the last ten years, have they?

Good thing I do most sound stuff through Linux, or I'd probably return this thing. I can stand a few pops and crackles in Windows games vs. the hassle of finding a box, printing out labels, etc. etc.

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  • Tyler G.
  • 5/14/2013 6:41:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Excellent product, does everything as advertised without any headaches associated with traditional Creative sound cards. I highly recommend this unit when connecting to a surround sound receiver via toslink optical cable. Dolby and DTS signals pass through with ease for properly encoded content. For general music listening and gaming, the Crystalizer and Surround features really make soundtracks shine. The included remote control works with Windows Media Center and XBMC which is a nice bonus!

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: Don't waste your time with traditional internal sound cards. Just buy this, plug it in and install the driver with Creative control panel. Don't bother with any of the other useless software.

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  • Randall M.
  • 4/2/2013 4:13:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing!

Pros: - VERY easy install
- Does not take up space in my case
- Remote
- Great sound
- 24 bit 96k recording

Cons: - Default settings make the sound fuzzy

Other Thoughts: I had previously bought an Asus Xonar PCI card, and it malfunctioned. I decided to get a USB card since it didn't require an additional power cord, and Man, this thing is great!

This is FAR better than my built in sound card. I can hear things in songs I never knew were there.

This sounded awful with the default settings. After I turned all the effects off, I wondered how I ever managed with my on board sound for so many years. I think a lot of those who gave bad reviews are not very tech savy.

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  • Linda N.
  • 10/18/2012 6:01:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWhat's wrong?

Pros: What are you guys doing giving this USB device a poor rating?! No offense, this is an awesome device! Please stop giving this a bad review. THIS IS, the best USB device for Windows. I've been using it for over a year now and it is just rocks! You will not have a single problem if your hardware is setup properly on your pc. All these errors -I attribute to lack of competence on behalf of the users improperly configuring or designing a computer! Lets face it, some people shouldn't even be making a custom pc.

Cons: Absolutely none!

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  • Ryan M.
  • 10/7/2012 2:16:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood product, bad price.

Pros: Convienant, reliable, some useful effects and settings, remote is nice.

Cons: Price, delay in response time for high end applications(i.e. audio production) since its external

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a build I was doing for my brother. He wanted it instead of using a RCA/mini converter so I ended up with this. It works great and he's only had a few problems that have been temporary. The sound quality is great and the little remote is certainly handy. The software/drivers included have some sort of equalizer that seems to work pretty well. However any of these gains are negligible when you look at the price. You'd be much better off with dropping this kind of money on a premium soundcard that actually goes into a PCI slot. I use various music production software like Reason and given the weird setup this requires I would not recommend it if you have to hook up other devices and cant afford a 80ms delay.
If you need a way to connect your home stereo reciever that has RCA(component) cables, get a female rca to male 1/8" mini converter.
If you need a premium input for music production or high quality sound get a soundcard you actually have to connect to your motherboard.
If you see this for sale for <$25 then get this.

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