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StarTech.com ICUSBAUDIO7D 7.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Audio Adapter External Sound Card

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  • Turn your laptop or desktop computer into a 7.1-channel home theater-ready sound system
  • USB Sound Card
  • USB External Sound Card
  • Laptop Sound Card
  • USB Sound Adapter
  • USB 7.1

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
works 4/16/2020 9:05:07 PM

Overall Review: it works.......sounds good

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bought this so that I could get 5.1 or 7.1 Surround sound... BUT NOPE. 2/20/2020 9:05:10 AM

Pros: Easy to connect...

Cons: The software and Windows 10 don't seem to work with each other. Needs comprehensive software to allow you to isolate and control channels. It has stereo speakers and pumps all the sound through them. When I test the sound all the surround sound makes noise but it pumps it all through 2 speakers. I swapped the frond and back channel cables and it only puts sound through the black lead. I uninstalled and reinstalled the software multiple times and it just doesn't work.

Overall Review: It needs a software complete overhaul. I cannot in good conscience recommend this product for anything related to surround sound because it just doesn't work.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Donovan,

We're sorry to hear about the issues you've experienced with our ICUSBAUDIO7D. If you're using the CD that came with the sound card, this can often be fixed by downloading and installing the latest drivers and software from our website. Once the software is installed, you need to set the USB sound card to 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound in both Windows and the C-Media software. If you require assistance we'd be happy to help get this working for you. You can contact us at 1-800-265-1844 or www.startech.com/chat where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.

Matt, StarTech.com Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Decent for the money 12/31/2019 11:30:03 AM

Overall Review: Setup was more involved than I like, definitely not plug and play. Had to go to website to download driver to work on Win 10 as the included one didn't and also had to disable the internal sound card to get surround speakers working. After that was done it does the job well. Sound quality is decent and surround works as it should.

All in all a solid buy for the money if you have (or know somebody with) decent computer skills to get it working.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Reduced Noise, But Several Problems Including A Painful One 1/8/2019 1:19:41 PM

Pros: - The card was easy to install
- Noise levels for loud music/ games/ all apps were reduced when at moderate to high volume (which is awesome!)
- Audio problem caused by coil whine using onboard sound during compute operations was highly mitigated to below audible levels (this is why I bought an external sound card)

Cons: - Microphone audio is very quiet
- Bad bug where audio will very rarely blast white noise at painful, blaringly loud volume, when accessing audio driver program (this just occurred and is why I'm writing this review)
- Audio software is dated and is buggy (microphone options will sometimes refuse to turn off)
- Audio can click loudly when computer is turning on, or when changing settings in audio driver program
- Audio problem caused by coil whine using onboard sound during compute operations is not totally eliminated

Overall Review: I do not know what triggered the painful blaring white noise except that it happened one time when I was accessing the audio software downloaded from startech.com (which is the "audio software" I have referred to throughout this review). This occurred when clicking on the audio software system tray icon. As a workaround I have disabled the system tray icon. I had to disconnect the USB cable and plug it back in to stop it. Rating 3/5 because the noise reduction when playing sound even moderately loud is much improved over my built-in sound card, despite the issue with painful noise blasting.

As for the white noise blaring problem: I have uninstalled and reinstalled the StarTech drivers, and I will update the review if I experience the white noise blaring problem again.

About the weird audio problem I have referred to: the "audio problem caused by coil whine using onboard sound during compute operations" describes an issue I have when running machine learning computations on my graphics card.To be clear, this is NOT a problem that I originally experienced with the StarTech product. But it is why I originally bought the product-- I was hoping that the StarTech device would be isolated enough from the rest of my system so that the sound would be eliminated (like I said, it was extremely lessened with the StarTech device, but not 100% eliminated). It is a periodic sound that occurs when a batch is being run (so this periodic sound occurs once every second or so). It plays at constant volume regardless of the set volume on the computer-- even when volume is muted/ turned to 0, it occurs.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Not worth a return 11/7/2018 1:25:35 PM

Pros: - Simple enough when it works
- Cheap

Cons: - The software is ancient and not very useful

Overall Review: - Randomly blasted static sounds at max volume through my headphones, nearly destroying my Game Zero headphones and my ears.

This may simply be an issue of my device, however, this was my short-lived experience with this device.

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Manufacturer Response:
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We'll look into updating the software interface. If you would like to discuss your setup in great detail, please contact us directly through our website. We'd be happy to look into the situation causing the distortion.

Brian, StarTech.com Support
4/ 5
Cheap but... 10/29/2018 1:17:30 AM

Pros: I played my guitar with GarageBand and deplike app on my iPad and almost no latency also it's very cheap and easy to use. Awesome product!

Cons: Sound quality is not that great but cheap at least: )

Overall Review: none

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Worked well until it broke after 3 months 10/17/2018 12:55:15 PM

Pros: Mostly a good product (for a short time), plug and play.

Cons: The headphone port doesn't work.
The blinking blue light is annoying.
Just get mostly static but my sound is perfect if I just plug my speakers into my motherboard. Avoid this product for your own good.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Complete Garbage. A waste of time and money. 8/21/2018 8:47:06 AM

Pros: Works in stereo?

Cons: No discernible surround sound capabilities whatsoever, wether set to analog or digital output still no sound from anything but front left and right.
Control Panel Applet crashes rundll32.exe process.

Overall Review: RMAing immediately.
Will seriously consider wrther I want to buy any more startech products, sorry startech you blew it.

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Manufacturer Response:
Thanks for leaving your feedback on our ICUSBAUDIO7D. We're very sorry you ran into problems and would like to offer some help.

There is a software application included in our driver package that is needed for surround sound to work properly. If you need some help with it, we have technical support available 24 hours, 5 days a week, should you encounter any problems.

Brian, StarTech.com Support
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