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Item#: N82E16829180006

ENCORE ENMAB-8CM 7.1 Channel USB Audio Box

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 48 / 44.1 KHz for Recording and Playback
  • USB 2.0 Interface
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Learn more about the Encore ENMAB-8CM

Model

Brand
ENCORE
Model
ENMAB-8CM

Audio core

Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
48 / 44.1 KHz for Recording and Playback

Ports

Line In
Yes
SPDIF In
Yes

Spec

Interface
USB 2.0
External Box
Yes
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 / XP / 2000 / Server 2003; Windows Vista
System Requirements
One available USB port
Minimum Intel Pentium II 350 MHz or equivalent PC with 128MB RAM
Amplified computer speakers or headphone
DirectX 8.1 or above
CD-ROM drive

Features

Features
USB specification 2.0 compliant
USB audio device class spec. 1.0 and USB HID class spec. 1.1 compliant
Full-duplex recording and play-back
7.1 channel connector
S/PDIF optical digital input and output
3.5mm jack connectors
Support 48/44.1 KHz sampling rate for both playback and recording
Dolby digital audio streaming via S/PDIF out
Dual microphone support

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Ron M.
  • 8/2/2013 3:55:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEncore ENMAB-8CM

Pros: Works great with homemade Win 7 32bit system using old 775 socket motherboard w/2.8 dual core. Did not work so well with old Acer netbook w/Vista 32 bit -- a lot of static and popping. Form and fit is very nice. Easy to load and set up. Sounds better than old board.

Cons: none so far, though I have not tried 5.1 or 7.1 functions. I bought it for connection to a receiver (using 2.1 for that) and headphone amp.

Other Thoughts: Sound is very acceptable at both receiver and headphones -- noticeably better than off integrated audio on old motherboard, and part of that may be the equalizer in the software

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  • Christopher A.
  • 4/17/2013 8:27:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked right out of the box

Pros: This worked right out of the box, I plugged it in one of the USB ports on my machine and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit recognized it and started pushing sound through it

Cons: The Mic inputs are labeled for Left and Right

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  • Mark S.
  • 11/18/2012 6:46:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows 8 - C-Media Drivers

Pros: Works and is cheap.

Cons: No DTS? A lot of static when sound is going through SPDIF to stereo. Without Windows 8 drivers sound is very unstable, there seem to be Windows updates which cause the sound to stop.

Other Thoughts: Siig has Windows 8 drivers for the box - see the Siig USB SoundWave 7.1 Digital device on their website.

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  • Nikolai A.
  • 10/13/2012 12:41:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo Drivers for Windows 8

Pros: Great sound card

Cons: No Windows 8 support from website
http://www.encore-usa.com/us/support/ENMAB-8CM
:(

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  • Bogdan P.
  • 10/8/2012 1:11:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK

Pros: relatively cheap.
Works with Linux (Ubuntu).
Has optical (toslink/spdif) out.

There might be others but this all I need from it and works perfect.

Cons: Came "open box" but Newegg was king enough to give me 5$.
It was working fine so I kept it.
It has to be free to get 5 stars.
Other than that, no other cons.

Other Thoughts: I plugged it in and Ubuntu 11.04 immediately recognised it as "CM106 like sound device" but only saw it as analog stereo.
After restart, there was a long list of modes (including various 5.1, 7.1, 4.0 and some other) - meaning it works out of the box.
I never tried it on Windows or other versions of Ubuntu.

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  • Justin K.
  • 7/17/2012 7:22:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME CHEAP AUDIO

Pros: Connections for Everything
SPDIF, Multi-channel sound and amplified Mic/headset inputs
Supports Multichannel hardware based decoding
Allows full signal passthrough (SPDIF)
Allows for detection and correction of multi channel sounds (2 speakers vs 2.1 vs 5.1 etc)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I'm impressed. This device actually offloaded a bit of the work from my CPU and I gained a couple frames per second (2-3).

I use it primarily on a Low profile PC running an old Core 2 Duo with a LP 250GT (256 but 1 GB)

Every frame counts on that machine, and I'm running ME3 at 1080P, Multiplayer at very playable frame rates

I can also run DIABLO3 at 1080P with everything but shadows on high. The sound quality with this device over onboard was considerable since I sit in a 5.1 Home theater.

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  • Franklin G.
  • 3/5/2012 6:19:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!!

Pros: Works great as advertised, at least in 5.1. Haven't tested 7.1. Paired with Logitec Z506 on an older Dell laptop and have not had a single issue. Software included is decent and allows for a fair amount of customization.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Paul P.
  • 12/24/2011 2:40:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOk for gaming

Pros: cheap. Looks good. Small. Long usb cord. Easy to use. *can be pro or con.. Can listen to headphones and does not turn off exterior speakers.

Cons: Im only taking away one egg because it offers no high quality sound. *can be pro or con.. Can listen to headphones and does not turn off exterior speakers.

Other Thoughts: If you are a musician and need quality low latency dont bother purchasing this. This is ok for mild gaming

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  • Michael S.
  • 12/10/2011 9:25:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product at great price

Pros: Quick install, optical out works great in Windows 7.
Great value for adding surround sound to a laptop.

Cons: Had to install driver using setup program and restart, not just plug and play. (Not a big deal, though)
Sound settings menu was a little hard to figure out at first.

Other Thoughts: It's rare to find a tech product that just does what it's supposed to and leaves you satisfied, isn't it? I could get use to this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/9/2011 4:28:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade

Pros: The software installs fine under Win7 x64. It only runs when the audio box is connected. The sound is great; noticeably better than built-in audio through both my Logitech 5.1 system as well as high-end (Grado) headphones. Also works great with a headset for GoToMeeting. Has two mic ports, line in, output ports for 7.1, SPDIF in and out. Surprisingly (to me) little noise/static; I thought there would be more interference since it's USB. No regrets, would buy again.

Cons: The ports aren't distributed ideally; USB and SPDIF are on the front, mic on the side, and speaker, line in, and headphones on the back. Makes for a little awkward wiring but no big deal.

Other Thoughts: The audio box is about the size of a pack of cigs and very light so you might want to velcro it down once you have all sorts of wires connected to it. Overall, great value for the money and a very good upgrade to "onboard" audio.

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