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Creative Sound BlasterX G5 External Sound Card EXPIRED

xAlias 1,382 454 October 2, 2016 at 12:14 AM in Audio / Video (3) More Best Buy Deals
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Promoted 10-04-2016 by Discombobulated at 05:31 AM View Original Post
Best Buy.com has Creative Sound BlasterX G5 External Sound Card (SB170000000) on clearance for $74.99. Shipping is free, otherwise select free in-store pickup as an alternative option. Thanks xAlias

Note, availability for in-store pickup may vary depending on location.

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  • Creative Sound BlasterX G5 External Sound Card
  • Mini TOSLINK Cable
  • microUSB Cable
  • Warranty/Quick Start Leaflet

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Written by Discombobulated

Enhance your gaming experience with this external sound card. It features a native 7.1 surround sound, virtual 7.1 24-bit/192kHz w/ 600 impedance. Backlit volume control for quick and easy accessibility during game-play - Discombobulated

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Edited October 4, 2016 at 06:54 PM by cricket702
Best Buy has it on clearance for $74.99.

Works with consoles as well.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/creat...Id=5142203


Available on Ebay as well - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sound-Bla...2239462538 (Thanks bossusa)
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It's got a processor inside that puts a filter on the sound, depending on what direction it is coming from, to make 2 channel headphones into 7.1 surround. It works surprisingly well and many people like it better than actually having additional drivers in the headphone.

You can get this effect by downloading razor synapse. It uses your CPU to make this effect.
Bought this last week at Best Buy for $95 thinking it was a sale, but later saw the same decrease on Amazon. So I guess the price has been lowered to $95, and $75 is a sale price. I'm glad I saw this within 2 weeks. Just called and am getting the difference back in store credit.

This is a good deal if you meet these three criteria. 1) You use headphones for PC and not for a console 2) You are looking to use Virtual Surround Sound and 3) You have high impedence headphones which require amplification beyond what a typical motherboard delivers.

It is a very good product. Currently I have a Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 7 Motherboard which has Creative quad-core sound and SBX Pro Studio. So I can attest to it being the same quality as the internal sound card. I believe the E5 is slightly newer, it runs on different software. It is really only meant for use with headphones, though there is a line out for stereo. Switching between a surround sound setup and headphones is the only real difference I have found between these and the built in quad-core.

It is a DAC and headphone amplifier, and at $75 isn't the best option if those were the only uses you have for it. The Virtual Surround is the only reason I would recommend this over a tube based Amp. It is some of the best Virtual Surround I have ever heard, and as a VR user Virtual Sound is really important for me. I find 7.1 headphones very gimmicky. Virtual Surround is really the only way to get a good surround experience with headphones.

I also am running high impedance headphones, which is another thing I can attest it works well with. I have Sennheiser HD600's, and typical amplification isn't an option. Again, if you are just looking to drive high end headphones for music, I would look elsewhere. If you want to use them for gaming, and believe me they work well for that, thi is a good option. It has a mic in port as well, so you can buy an attachable boom mic to use for communication and not have to plug it in at a different location.

I don't know why the price has been lowered so drastically as this is hardly a year old, and it may be Creative is going to release another product to replace it. It is a niche product in my opinion, and although it does work on the PS4 you will not get the virtual surround on consoles. So if you are a PC gamer looking for better sound to go with your high end headphones, and especially if you are using a laptop and do not have the option of an internal card, this is a slick deal.

If you mostly listen to music, or you do not play games on PC. If you are a console gamer. If your headphones cost less than this product. You will not benefit much from this purchase.
I'm sorry but I just can't help but respond to this. The M50X is over-recommended and consistently one of the worst recommendations for headphones for an average user. The M50X is designed to be a monitoring headphone(and it isn't even that good at it compared to Shure's monitors, Fostex THX-00 and THX-900, etc.) It's bright to the point of undefeatable sibilance without even being detailed enough at the high end for a monitoring set. The only people who it's actually a good recommendation for are vloggers and youtoubers, but even they would be better served by the Shure SRH840, 940, 1440, and 1540 depending on acceptable price point. The SRH840 are what the M50X should have been. If you want an Audio-Technica set at the relative price point of the M50X, go with the MSR7, the M40X, or the open back AD900X depending on usage. When it comes down to it, never recommend a headphone, especially at the low end, without first asking the users listening needs and tastes. Below about a grand MSRP, there's no such thing as a good headphone, only a good headphone... for the price.

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Any suggestions on a decently price set of headphones for these? Not too flat I want something that pops for gaming. Have a set of studio cans for work. My current turtles are blown. Keeps breaking up every time i fire the damn rocket launcher in oW loll
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Any suggestions on a decently price set of headphones for these? Not too flat I want something that pops for gaming. Have a set of studio cans for work. My current turtles are blown. Keeps breaking up every time i fire the damn rocket launcher in oW loll
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product

Nothing under $150 beats it.
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Quote from mwxo3 View Post :
Any suggestions on a decently price set of headphones for these? Not too flat I want something that pops for gaming. Have a set of studio cans for work. My current turtles are blown. Keeps breaking up every time i fire the damn rocket launcher in oW loll
The Sennheiser HD 558/598 is also a good choice
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product

Nothing under $150 beats it.
you can get beyer dt990 or dt770 for 110ish that are nicer imo
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product

Nothing under $150 beats it.
a pair of ath-m50x crush those and regularly are under 150....

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Any suggestions on a decently price set of headphones for these? Not too flat I want something that pops for gaming. Have a set of studio cans for work. My current turtles are blown. Keeps breaking up every time i fire the damn rocket launcher in oW loll
audio Technica ath-m50x grab them
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Serious question, how you get 7.1 audio from these? Wouldn't you need 8 audio out lines? I don't see how it makes sense with just a 2 pole 3.5mm jack...
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Serious question, how you get 7.1 audio from these? Wouldn't you need 8 audio out lines? I don't see how it makes sense with just a 2 pole 3.5mm jack...
It's got a processor inside that puts a filter on the sound, depending on what direction it is coming from, to make 2 channel headphones into 7.1 surround. It works surprisingly well and many people like it better than actually having additional drivers in the headphone.

You can get this effect by downloading razor synapse. It uses your CPU to make this effect.
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Quote from b0yd07 View Post :
Serious question, how you get 7.1 audio from these? Wouldn't you need 8 audio out lines? I don't see how it makes sense with just a 2 pole 3.5mm jack...
I don't understand either. It has a toslink that can do it.... but 7.1 sound odd...
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Is this better than a turtle beach dss?
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This vs the SB Z ?
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u can't get positional audio from 2 speakers. u just can't. they can emulate it. but it won't be 7.1 speakers.
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What are these things? External audio card?
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Any suggestions on a decently price set of headphones for these? Not too flat I want something that pops for gaming. Have a set of studio cans for work. My current turtles are blown. Keeps breaking up every time i fire the damn rocket launcher in oW loll
I love the HyperX cloud revolvers I have. They are expensive for a set without wireless, "surround sound" or rgb lighting ($120) but everything is focused on the sound and comfort. Great set of cans, and a great mic to boot.
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