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Creative Announces a Game Changer with Sound Blaster Recon3D for PC/Mac, Xbox360, PS3

Is audio card/device an important component in your gaming PC?

  • Yes, a good audio device is important in a gaming PC

    Votes: 26 76.5%
  • No, I count on a good pair of headphones to make up for onboard audio

    Votes: 8 23.5%

  • Total voters
    34

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Creative Technology Ltd today announced the Sound Blaster Recon3D, the USB audio device that provides unprecedented cross-platform audio immersion and realism and voice clarity for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac.

The Sound Blaster Recon3D comes in a compact size similar to a gaming mouse and easily connects to an Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac via USB. It dramatically improves the audio playback quality and experience with THX TruStudio Pro, a suite of audio enhancements developed by the collaborative expertise of Creative and THX audio engineers. The Sound Blaster Recon3D features Dolby Digital enabled via the optical input to provide full 5.1 surround decoding, which combines with THX TruStudio Pro Surround to deliver stunning accuracy and positional audio playback over a gaming headset and an amazing virtual multi-speaker movie listening experience over headphones. In addition, for voice communications, the Sound Blaster Recon3D improves voice quality with CrystalVoice processing, which implements innovative technologies that are specially designed to deliver crystal clear vocal fidelity in multiplayer games, online chats and video conferencing.

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Something tells me because of their shitty driver support when Vista/7 came along, Creative has had somewhat of a bad reputation and I don't think this product won't sell too well. I still own my X-Fi because I've never had any driver problems, but I've heard way too many bad stories of incompatibility and other things. The fact that this supports consoles is a HUGE plus and I think that is it's only saving grace.
 
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It also introduces Scout Mode, which enables users to accurately pinpoint targets in FPS games, allowing them to hear their enemies before their enemies hear them, similar to sending out a “Recon-naissance” team to “Recon” on the enemies in the military.
:laugh:

sorry about the troll post but this is f****** ridiculous.
 
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Will somebody please tell me what the fuck this is?
 
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does it use bluetooth if it does it;s a deal breaker.
 

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does it use bluetooth if it does it;s a deal breaker.
There are two ways of connecting it:
  • To a PC or Mac using USB, where it acts like a USB sound card,
  • To a PC, Mac, Xbox360 or PS3 by analog audio jacks, where it acts like an Amp/reprocessor
So it has a USB (input), 3.5 mm headphone and mic inputs, 3.5 mm headphone and mic outputs.
 
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There are two ways of connecting it:
  • To a PC or Mac using USB, where it acts like a USB sound card,
  • To a PC, Mac, Xbox360 or PS3 by analog audio jacks, where it acts like an Amp/reprocessor
So it has a USB (input), 3.5 mm headphone and mic inputs, 3.5 mm headphone and mic outputs.
USB. . . that's even worse :banghead:
 
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#9
Might I ask, how should it connect?

It's really just a glorified USB audio thing. But it sounds like it has some extra DSP processing which could possibly be neat. Lots of bullshit in that PR though! The ridiculous naming of the features is obviously designed to attract idiots, which I find annoying.
 
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I know this is an old news post, but I'm really interested in getting the USB ver. of this card, seeing that I ran out of PCIe slots in my board, so I was hoping any of you guys could help me with a question.

My question is: Does the USB ver. have any sort of optical out I can use to connect my speakers to?

Dunno why Creative didn't include at least a mini HDMI out for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD output on any of these cards, but I cannot even find a reference to an optical out for the USB version, and I simply cannot get the PCIe version, can any of you guys help me answer this question? Otherwise, I'll go for a good old USB X-Fi with optical out. :(

Any input will be greatly appreciated.
 
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My question is: Does the USB ver. have any sort of optical out I can use to connect my speakers to?
Looks like only optical connection it has, is optical-in.
 
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Looks like only optical connection it has, is optical-in.
Yes, that's all I could find too, this seems like nothing more than a glorified headphone amplifier+DAC :( I'm really hoping this S/PDIF connector works as an I/O port of sorts, able to output at least optical 5.1 for a nice set of speakers or a decent receiver, but it looks like the 3.5mm stereo jack is the only output you get :(

I know this card won't come out until next month, but I hope any of you guys have a better idea of what to expect from it :)