When it comes to computers and audio, it doesn't get much better than Creative's SoundBlaster line. If you are at least familiar with computer components, then you probably at least recognize the name SoundBlaster. And while the name SoundBlaster is synonymous with high quality audio, Creative has taken things to a whole new level with the SoundBlaster X7. While it provides stellar computer audio, which is the core of the SoundBlaster line, the X7 also provides a whole lot more!
The SoundBlaster X7 is an audiophile's dream! Whether it be for a desktop, laptop, portable device like tablet or even cellphone, it also works great with gaming systems. not only does it do gaming, it also works great with movies and music. The SoundBlaster X7 is a high resolution aural juggernaut that can take care of all your sound processing needs! With it's 24 bit/192 kHz high resolution 127dB processor, everything you listen to will sound better than it ever has before! There's even an app so you can control it from your iOS or Android device, whether you want to keep the sound untouched, or alter it to your personal preferences.
The SoundBlaster X7 really is designed for you, and your needs. Do you have your music stored on your cell phone? No problem. The X7 uses Bluetooth and NFC. It's other inputs also include RCA, optical and even USB. Its' outputs include the same. And with the built-in amp, it can be used as a stand alone amplifier to power a pair of stereo speakers. For those of you that have studio quality headphones, the built-in headphone amp can handle impedences up to 600 ohm. And with audiophile grade components such as Nichicon fine gold capacitors, Burr-Brown ADC and PCM 1794 DAC and even swappable op amps to even further customize tonal qualities, you are ensured a pleasant audio experience.
Features and Specs:
- Audio ProcessorSB-Axx1™
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)127dB (DAC)
- Connectivity Options (Main)microUSB
Built-in Stereo Mic
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Mic In
Line / Optical :
1 x RCA Aux/Line In
1 x TOSLINK Optical In
1 x TOSLINK Optical Out
2 x Binding Post Passive Speaker Out (L/R)
1 x RCA Line/Front Speaker Out
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Rear Speaker Out
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Center/Sub Speaker Out
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm)Headphone Out
1 x 1/4" (6.3mm)Headphone Out
USB HOST :
1 x Type A USB Host Port - Device Audio Stream & Charging
- Headphone AmpUp to 600 Ohms
- Max Channel Output5.1 Channels, Stereo Amplified
- Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology
When it came time to test the SoundBlaster X7, I was very impressed! It was easy to use to power computer system speakers for gaming. It also works great to power a pair of stereo speakers. And whatever location you have it, the X7 lets you easily access all of your content. I had a pair of bookshelf speakers that it powered beautifully. Talk about making you computer gaming sound amazing!
The provided sound was also excellent. The built-in amplifier proved to be very transparent. The level of imaging I heard was astounding! I was not expecting that from this small device. The level of resolution and detail was also very good. The highs were crisp and clean, mids were smooth, and bass had nice depth and extension. Vocals sounded very natural with nice timbre. It didn't matter if it was piano, percussion, guitar, brass, strings, or vocals, the X7 provided great harmonics, dynamics, and detail with no noticeable coloration or decay. I found myself getting lost in the music, going to my favorite tracks and singing along. I had to remind myself to stay on task! I guess that's probably the best compliment that can be given. My teenage son fell in love with it!
The Creative SoundBlaster X7 arrived, and with Creative's reputation I had high expectation. Those expectations were exceeded! The SoundBlaster X7 had high quality connections, and felt like a well built product. And it also performed in spades. If you are in the market for a small receiver and/or computer soundcard, it should be on your short list, as the X7 can do it all! Based on it's design, features, quality, and specs, the Creative SoundBlaster X7 has earned our Editor's Choice Award. Kudos to Creative for such a great product! With an MSRP of $399, it is also priced right. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.uscreative.com.