Sound Blaster X7by Creative Labs

  • Sound Blaster X7
  • Sound Blaster X7
  • Sound Blaster X7
  • Sound Blaster X7
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VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
72%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The X7 delivers great sound and lots of features for gamers. It can be controlled with the X7 app via Bluetooth on Android or iOS devices.
  • The Sound Blaster contains a built-in 100-watt amplifier and high-quality electronics with socketed chips for super techies.
  • Up front, there's a handy volume knob, 3.5 mm and 1/4 inch headphone jacks, and 3.5 mm mike-in jack. The back of the unit has lots of outputs.

CONS

  • The X7 is lightweight, so it moves around when you plug in connections. The power/Bluetooth button action is spongy and scrapes when pressed.
  • No HDMI in or out limits its use with Blu-ray disk setups. The Sound Blaster only supports up to 5.1.
  • Unlike other sound systems at this price point, there is no remote control other than the app.
Built with gamers in mind, the Sound Blaster X7 is an all-in-one standalone USB sound card and amplifier. Creative’s SBX studio sound enhances background sound for first-person shooter gamers. Plug the X7 into any system with RCA line in, optical, Bluetooth streaming, or USB inputs, and output to speakers or another amp for 5.1 sound. The front panel sports power/Bluetooth and SBX buttons, a large volume control and a port for an external mike. Use up to 600-ohm impedance headphones with either 3.5 mm or 1/4 inch headphone jacks.
80%

Creative selected exactly the right components to stuff inside this little box, and they didn’t waste a dime on fancy materials or anything …

Creative selected exactly the right components to stuff inside this little box, and they didn’t waste a dime on fancy materials or anything else that doesn’t contribute to its sterling price/performance ratio.

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80%

We could talk all day about the features inside this box. Suffice it to say that it’s a kitchen sink for audiophiles.

We could talk all day about the features inside this box. Suffice it to say that it’s a kitchen sink for audiophiles.

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70%

The Creative X7 is an almost-ridiculous Frankenbeast of features, the most obvious being the onboard stereo amplifier.

The Creative X7 is an almost-ridiculous Frankenbeast of features, the most obvious being the onboard stereo amplifier.

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70%

If you're a gamer who loves the sound of a game more than its graphics, the X7 should be your first upgrade after you've built that new gami…

If you're a gamer who loves the sound of a game more than its graphics, the X7 should be your first upgrade after you've built that new gaming rig.

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70%

The X7 makes music sound richer and fuller, more vibrant and alive.

The X7 makes music sound richer and fuller, more vibrant and alive.

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60%

Research the X7 and it’s clear that gamers are a priority, the unit’s features aiming to make the soundtrack of games more immersive and com…

Research the X7 and it’s clear that gamers are a priority, the unit’s features aiming to make the soundtrack of games more immersive and communication between players easier.

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Creative Labs wants people to fall in love with PC audio again. That’s a challenging task at a time when even gamers who drop big bucks on v…

Creative Labs wants people to fall in love with PC audio again. That’s a challenging task at a time when even gamers who drop big bucks on video-card upgrades think of sound cards as anachronisms.

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A hefty price tag for those who are gaming focused and the lack of HDMI is a minor disappointment. That said, for everyone else the X7 offer…

A hefty price tag for those who are gaming focused and the lack of HDMI is a minor disappointment. That said, for everyone else the X7 offers a hugely desirable package. Great feature support, a high level of connectivity options and exceptional audio quality.

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