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Sound Blaster X7

High Resolution USB DAC 600 Ohm Desktop Amplifier with Bluetooth®

Features

Overview

The Sound Blaster X7 is the ultimate upgrade for pro-gamers and audio enthusiasts. This feature-packed ultra High Resolution Audio (HRA) device acts as an external USB DAC and a powerful audio amplifier with low-latency Bluetooth® connectivity and Dolby Digital decoder.

Unleashing the BIGGEST, BADDEST, BOLDEST Sound Blaster

Created to provide only the best audio experience for gamers and audiophiles alike, the Sound Blaster X7 incorporates Creative's renowned audio processing technologies with the finest audiophile-grade components and specifications in a compact enclosure.

BIGGEST array of features for any Sound Blaster, including an unprecedented kickass built-in power amplifier, cross-platform connectivity, and Sound Blaster intelligent audio enhancement technologies.

BADDEST player in the arena of entertainment audio - with only the finest of the finest audiophile-grade components that deliver the absolute best audio performance. Get the best of the best - state of the art “Fine Gold” capacitors just to squeeze out that last drop of performance on top of the already superb audio quality. Indulge yourself with swappable op-amps to gratify your inner connoisseur for exquisite tonal characteristics.

BOLDEST - Dare to overcome mountains of obstacles to create an ultra premium audiophile-grade device and fuse it with such a mind-blowing list of features; and then compress all of it into one stylish compact trapezoidal prism that can be easily connected to the PC and just about anything else.

Many Features, One Sound Blaster X7

The Sound Blaster X7 is built to connect to most of your various audio components, with many connectivity options built into one little attractive box.

24bit
600amp
 
SBX Pro Studio
Crystal Voice
 
<em>Bluetooth</em>
nfc
 
aptX
AAC
 
ASIO
Dolby
 
SBX Pro Studio
Crystal Voice

Accolades

It's Good To Be Recognized

We are delighted that the Sound Blaster X7 has been named as the Honouree for two distinguished 2015 CES Innovations Awards namely the 'Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories' category and 'Computer Hardware and Components' category.

Every year, a small percentage of products is given the honour of receiving these awards, for having attained outstanding results across all judging criteria.

The Sound Blaster X7 was also awarded Tom's Hardware's Top Pick for 2015. This award gives recognition to devices in the name of innovation and excellence of the development that surpasses other consumer electronic products this year.

Audio Performance

Ultra High Fidelity Digital Audio Superhighway

Just as HDTV allows you to see more details in your movies and TV shows, high-resolution audio allows you to hear more details and nuances during audio playback, be it games, movies or music.

The Sound Blaster X7 provides a smooth digital audio superhighway that preserves audio fidelity starting from the original uncompressed audio file on your PC/Mac; through a high-speed USB 2.0 digital audio path, to a high-resolution 24-bit 192kHz 127dB DAC, immediately coupled to a powerful 100W built-in amplifier.

Finally, the journey ends at your favorite passive speakers, bringing to you an unadulterated, high-quality audio experience.

Game, Be Impressed

Powerful and immersive audio can put you right in your game. Sound Blaster X7 is just that and more. It is designed to work in harmony with today's consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and the XboX One. Usher in a new era of audio entertainment for your console gaming like never before.

Knock-out Quality DAC

The Sound Blaster X7 features a Burr-Brown PCM1794 127dB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) which supports high-resolution audio playback of up to 24-bit 192kHz when connected to PC/Mac, including 24-bit 88.2kHz and 24-bit 176.4kHz. Coupled with a built-in Dolby Digital decoder, the Sound Blaster X7 lets you experience cinematic true-to-life 5.1 channel playback.

Class-Leading Headphone Amplifier

To provide an outstanding headphone listening experience, a top-of-the-range Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier chip is used. Capable of driving high-end 600Ω headphones, the Sound Blaster X7 — together with its 127dB 24-bit 192kHz DAC — delivers powerful and pristine audio.

Say goodbye to days of lacklustre audio playback through your headphones.

Top Notch Audiophile-grade Components

The Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition is equipped with class Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors. No effort was spared in the selection of the finest audiophile grade components to complement our renowned in-house audio technologies.

Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition is a highly customizable audio device that features the option to swap op-amps. Op-amps play a key role in amplifying the delicate analogue signals, thus influencing the overall texture of your listening experience. For a personalised touch, discerning ears would be pleased to know that they can swap the op-amps (available separately) for a tonal characteristic of their choice.

Kickass 100W* Stereo Amplifier

A high power, high efficiency Class-D digital amplifier TPA3116D2 delivers up to 100W power (2 x 50W @ 4Ω*), allowing you to connect to passive bookshelf or tower speakers. The Sound Blaster X7 features an impedance switch to select between 4Ω and 8Ω to match your speakers to deliver the best audio performance.

* Requires upgrade to high-power adapter (24V 6A)

Bit-perfect Playback

ASIO support allows for reduced latency for a higher resolution audio experience.

Utmost Audio Fidelity

Connect your iOS or Android device with a USB cable via the USB Host port, which allows the Sound Blaster X7 to process the digital audio signal without any degradation in quality and fidelity.

Click here for phone models that are compatible with this feature.

Technology

24-bit Sound Blaster Audio Processor

The Sound Blaster X7 features the SB-Axx1™ multi-core Digital Signal Processor (DSP) which is capable of voice processing, audio restoration, proprietary effects processing and is also a certified Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder.

It has a special patented EMU32 bus capable of processing up to 32 concurrent audio streams. This allows the Sound Blaster X7 to handle multiple audio inputs and outputs.

In addition, a proprietary audio chip helps the Sound Blaster X7 achieve audiophile-grade audio playback from stereo to 5.1 configurations at up to 24-bit 192kHz.

24bit

Experience 5.1 Surround, with Dolby Digital Decoding

The Sound Blaster X7 supports Dolby Digital, an audio compression found in most DVDs and high-quality formats worldwide. It enables delivery of 5.1 discrete channels at low data rates. Be sure to experience crisp, clean dialogue and accurate placement of onscreen sounds.

Scot mode

The Unfair Advantage

Scout mode™ allows you to hear your enemies from a distance, thus equipping you with a distinct tactical advantage in combat. Win each and every battle!

Crystal Clear Communication, with CrystalVoice™

Enjoy VOIP or conference calls with the utmost clarity.

Built into the front panel of the Sound Blaster X7 are two beamforming microphones which support pristine audio recordings and even voice calls when connected to PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets.

CrystalVoice™ features innovative technologies that are specially designed to deliver the best vocal fidelity, so that you'll always be heard clearly in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats.

Click here to learn more about CrystalVoice Technologies.

Connectivity

Dual Headphone Outputs

Dual headphone outputs allow you to share your favourite tunes with your loved ones simultaneously!

Low Latency Wireless Audio, via Bluetooth® 4.1

The Sound Blaster X7 offers Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX® Low Latency and AAC codec support, letting you stream audio wirelessly and yet still maintain the fidelity of your music.

aptX with Low Latency support allows you to watch movies and play games via your wireless devices, while ensuring audio synchronization.

Multiple Options to Connect

Software

Personalize Your Audio

The Sound Blaster X7 comes with nifty software that functions as your personal sound controller, on your desktop, notebook, tablet or smart device. Introducing the Sound Blaster X7 Control App and the Sound Blaster X7 Control software.

Adjust the level of surround to a level you enjoy, or bass till your headphone rumbles. It's all up to you, with SBX Pro Studio Technology.

Trying to optimise your speaker set-up. Simply adjust the speakers' layout as you see fit.

The Sound Blaster X7 Control software allows convenient switch between speakers and headphones with just a click. No more struggling to plug and unplug between speaker and headphone jacks!

User Guide

Get the most out of your Sound Blaster X7

Get acquainted with the Sound Blaster X7's features, connection possibilities and connectivity options in User's Guide.

Learn more on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), where you can find answers to questions on setup and connectivity

Read User's GuideRead FAQ

REVIEWS

High-Def Digest

"In the end, the Sound Blaster X7 works best like a sound card that crawled out the computer, merged with a headphone amp, and went a little crazy, absorbing other devices and adding newer features to itself like a stereo amp, a surround sound processor, and a slick NFC Bluetooth interface. All while staying desk friendly."

4 out of 5

Sound Blaster X7

2015-08-24

Tech Radar

At its best, the X7 can be used in conjunction with rock-solid bookshelf speakers or full 5.1, home-theater-in-a-box systems and noticeably improve your experience.

3.5 out of 5

Sound Blaster X7

2014-12-16

Expert Reviews

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 serves many purposes and it does them all with gusto.

Sound Blaster X7

2015-02-16

Customer Reviews

H. T. Phua

Sound is clearer than my Sound Blaster Z. Sound effects settings are saved into the device after being adjusted either from the computer or smart phone. It's headphones output volume is separated from the line out volume so it's an improvement over the Sound Blaster Z. The cons of this product is it can't be used to transmit audio to headphones via Bluetooth and there is no HDMI input. It also does not have outputs for 5.1 channels passive speakers.

a. barber

I'm very happy with the X7. Seamless multifunctional user friendly hub to my desktop based sound system. The power and the quality in such a small unit are a very pleasant surprise. The X7 does live up to the hype.

h. amin

A good all in one solution for gaming and audiophiles

A Closer Look

Specifications

Audio Technology
SB-Axx1™
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
127dB (DAC)
Connectivity Options (Main)
microUSB, Microphone :
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
Speaker :
2 x Binding Post Passive Speaker Out (L/R)
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Rear Speaker Out
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Center/Sub Speaker Out
1 x RCA Line/Front Speaker Out
Headphone :
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
Max Channel Output
5.1 Channels, Stereo Amplified
Audio Technologies
SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology
Microphone
Microphone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows Vista®, Mac OS X v10.6.8 and above, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10
Audio Fidelity
Up to 24-bit / 192kHz
Included Accessories
Headphone Stand
Dimensions
130.0 x 150.0 x 147.0 mm (5.1" x 5.9" x 5.8")
ASIO
Playback & Recording
Platform
USB 2.0, Bluetooth, USB 1.1, USB 3.0, Line-In
Recommended Usage
Gaming, Home Entertainment, Pro Audio, Recording

System Requirements

Windows
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 32/64-bit, Windows® 8.1/8.0 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows Vista® 32/64-bit SP1 or higher
  • 1GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space
  • Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with driver)
Macintosh
  • Macintosh running Mac® OS X® 10.6.8 or higher
  • 1GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space
  • Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with software)
iOS
  • iPhones/iPads running iOS 6.0 or higher for Bluetooth^
  • iPhones/iPads running iOS 6.0 or higher for USB Host Audio streaming via Lightning Connector 

^ Devices must support Bluetooth 4.1 (Low Energy) or higher

Android
  • Phones/Tablets running Android 2.3 or higher for Bluetooth
  • Phones/Tablets running Android 4.1 or higher for USB Host Streaming* 

* Devices must support AOA2 USB Streaming

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster X7 Device
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • WW Warranty Leaflets
  • 24V/2.91A AC-DC Power Adaptor and cable
  • RCA to 3.5mm Stereo Cable for Front Out
  • RCA to 3.5mm Stereo Cable (Female) for Line-In
  • microUSB Cable 1.5m
  • Headphone Stand

Warranty

2-year Limited Hardware Warranty

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