Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

Creative Intros Sound BlasterX G5 71 HDA Portable Sound Card and Headphone Amp

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the availability in the U.S., as part of the Sound BlasterX Gaming Series, the Sound BlasterX G5, a 7.1 HD audio portable sound card with built-in headphone amplifier. The Sound BlasterX G5 is an external sound card that comes with the built-in SB-Axx1 multi-core chipset for hardware accelerated SBX Pro Studio enhanced audio and transforms even basic stereo into 3D positional surround sound on your headset. The Sound BlasterX G5 also supports multi-channel content, delivering true 7.1 audio for ultra-realistic surround sound.

Built with precision audiophile components, the Sound BlasterX G5 is also a 24-bit/192kHz, 120dB USB DAC and headphone amplifier with 2.2 ohm output impedance for high fidelity playback -- driving studio-grade headphones up to 600 ohms and sensitive in-ear monitors. The illuminated volume control knob and dedicated SBX and Scout Mode buttons also allow for quick volume or audio adjustments during gaming sessions.
  • USB plug-and-play functionality
  • Dedicated SB-Axx1 audio processor
  • 120dB DAC for 24-bit/192kHz playback
  • Headphone amplifier with low 2.2 ohm output impedance supporting sensitive in-ear monitors and studio-grade headphones up to 600 ohms
  • Cross-platform connectivity
  • USB port for easy connection to additional USB devices such as mice or keyboards
  • Integrated volume and audio enhancement controls
  • Backlit 'X' logo and volume control knob
The G5 further expands the inputs and outputs found in today's onboard audio solutions, with the inclusion of options such as line-in and optical connections. The USB-Device port at the back of Sound BlasterX G5 offers another USB port that supplies the maximum output of 100mA, so you can plug in your gaming mouse or keyboard easily. The G5 support headsets with 4-pole connection, in addition to the dedicated microphone jack.

BlasterX Acoustic Engine
The Sound BlasterX Gaming Series also comes with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine software for PC that allows gamers to customize their audio profile to the game genres that they are playing. It is designed to intelligently decrease distractions and enhance essential audio details in games, giving gamers an added advantage. Gamers can now experience unprecedented levels of audio realism with immersive surround sound and bass boost - hear details you never knew were there! The full, customizable version of the BlasterX Acoustic Engine is available for the Sound BlasterX G5.

Pricing and Availability
Sound BlasterX G5 is priced at USD $149.99.
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3 Comments on Creative Intros Sound BlasterX G5 71 HDA Portable Sound Card and Headphone Amp

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FordGT90Concept
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I wonder how that stacks up to the Schiit Fulla. Fulla costs half as much and a quick look shows output impedance is much lower at 0.4 ohms. It looks like Sound BlasterX G5 has more power and is also capable of 192 kHz where Fulla maxes out at 96 kHz.

I wonder if the control knob is analog or digital.
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fullinfusion
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FordGT90Concept
I wonder how that stacks up to the Schiit Fulla. Fulla costs half as much and a quick look shows output impedance is much lower at 0.4 ohms. It looks like Sound BlasterX G5 has more power and is also capable of 192 kHz where Fulla maxes out at 96 kHz.

I wonder if the control knob is analog or digital.
Oh good question, its hard to go up against a good Schitt :p

I've been looking into a good amp myself for a reasonable $$ but this has optical which I'm actually looking for. I think it might be a winner hey!
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xvi
I have the Sound Blaster E5 and I'm curious to know what the differences are between these. One of my main complaints is that I've had this thing die on me while listening to music with it plugged in and charging (and battery life is only somewhat okay compared to a little Fiio E5 I had from back in the day).

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[quote=Sound Blaster E5]
  • General
  • Audio ProcessorSB-Axx1™
  • SBX Pro StudioYes
  • Max. Playback QualityStereo Direct playback/recording sampling rates:
    24-bit / 44.1][quote=SoundBlasterX G5]
    • General
    • Max. Playback QualityPlayback:
      24-bit / 44.1]So, uh, just no Bluetooth? I use the Bluetooth feature a lot on mine.
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