It is a good sound card.
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Audio System with THX SB1240 Reviews
Pros: Good specs, clean sounding throughout, connectivity
Cons: poorly done headphone out, Creative Bloatware, requires drivers to run, sampling issues
Decided to write this review to hopefully answer any queries anyone may have. The creative X-fi back last year, was one of the best DACs out there with very good value for its performance, conducting some tests with RMAA, I found that it has good 18 bit performance and true 16 bit performance that was pretty much unmatched by any DACs at that price back then (there is now the ODAC). Still, its a pretty clean sounding dac, and less grainy than both the E7 and E10(I borrowed them). Overall it is a pretty good dac that has good technical performance as expected of a DAC designed with proper tools. However, with headphones, it does a terrible job, I think...(read more)