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

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI Interface
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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

Model

Brand
Creative
Model
Sound Blaster Audigy SE

Audio core

Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
100dB

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Front / Rear / Side / Center / Subwoofer
SPDIF Out
SPDIF Out for Stereo Digital Speakers
MIC In
Yes
CD/Aux In
Yes
Other Ports
Headphone Out

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista (Drivers available on us.creative.com), Windows XP (SP2), or Windows 2000 (SP4)

Features

Features
Dramatically improve your MP3 music listening experience with crisp, clear 24-bit ADVANCED HD audio quality.
Bring out the best in your music with Bass Boost, Smart Volume Management, Audio Clean-Up, and more!
Listen to your favorite MP3 music in breathtaking 7.1 surround with CMSS surround technology.

Feel like you're actually in the game with realistic EAX ADVANCED HD 3.0 sound effects.
Hear your enemies before they find you with 3D positional audio over multichannel speakers.

Enjoy your blockbuster movies in surround sound with support for everything from headphones to multichannel 5.1 or 7.1 speakers.

Packaging

Package Contents
SB0570 Audigy SE Sound Card
Driver Disk

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE

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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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  • UGANTHAKUMAR A.
  • 8/28/2014 8:01:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME!!!!

Pros: -Better than nasty integrated sound
-Easy install
-Works with PCI 2.0 even though it's 2.1
-works well with X38 chipset
-Easy driver install

Cons: Simply none. Let you know after something happens

Other Thoughts: Don't use the CD driver. Download it from the website: http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=0&CatName=&subCatID=0&subCatName=&prodID=14257&prodName=&bTopTwenty=1&VARSET=prodfaq:PRODFAQ_14257,VARSET=CategoryID:0
Also, I'm coming from an fried integrated chip wwhich didn't work so this helped. IT also sounds much better TOO! :)

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  • Kasey S.
  • 8/11/2014 1:36:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs˙˙˙pɹɐɔ ǝʌɐɥ ʇsnɯ

Pros: I found this sound card unopened at a good will for only 4 us dollars, and love it. My on board audio was starting to get lots of interference and needed a new option and it sounds fantastic. It also has increased my cpu performance a bit and I feel stupid for not doing this earlier.

I am a video content creator and my mic has never sounded so good.

Cons: The only con for me is the fact that my graphics card heats up a bit now because it now blocks my gpu fan, but that isn't the cards fault it my mobo's fault for being set up the way it is. I had to cut up my case and add a custom fan to get things back to normal. Keep heat in mind...

Other Thoughts: I only got this card for 4 us dollars but I would gladly pay 40 for this. It is a must get.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 7/8/2014 8:04:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot 100% PCI compatible

Pros: No idea. card wouldn't work with my system

Cons: Requires PCI 2.1+. Most boards these days, if they have PCI at all, are PCI 2.0. The board specs often don't even state what version of PCI they support.

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