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did i waste my money? Creative Sound Blaster USB Digital Music Premium HD

post #1 of 14
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I made an impulse purchase overnight...http://au.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-digital-music-premium-hd
It seemed like a good price and the reviews I found (Hardocp) seemed decent. I'm guessing I'm suffering from buyers remorse at the moment. This has to be better than the Realtek HD sound that is built into me motherboard right?

Anyone have one of these? Can anyone shed some light on its performance?

Thanks
Edited by aim54x - 11/20/13 at 7:52pm
post #2 of 14

Depends what their definition of "Audiophile-grade" is.

 

Also, :

  • "Headphone AmpUp to 330 Ohms"

​But doesn't say how many mw.

 

Might be good. I have EMU0404 USB which is a Creative product and don't regret the $200.00 it cost me. 

 


Edited by Schonen - 11/20/13 at 4:21pm
post #3 of 14
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Thanks. I am always dubious about "audiophile grade" descriptions but with 1/4" outputs and a "up to 330Ohm" headphone amp I decided to give it a go

post #4 of 14

HardOCP has a review of it and liked it but SQ is clean and lean and not bassy.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Schonen View Post
 

HardOCP has a review of it and liked it but SQ is clean and lean and not bassy.

Thanks, I had a quick read of that last night, just finished reading it in detail....I am happy with what I see.

post #6 of 14
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I have been using this unit on and off now for a while. When you have it working with the Sound Blaster X-Fi drivers it is wonderful...sadly my Desktop really does not like the X-Fi drivers, whenever they are installed I get constant crashes (on boot if the sound card it plugged in or when I plug in the sound card).

I am still in conversation with Creative trying to get some support but this is dragging on and getting no where with the desktop situation. Thankfully it is flawless on my laptop. 

post #7 of 14

does this soundcard support channel balance? i have a pair of faulty headphones and one side is quite a bit softer than the other but deterioration in audio quality is not apparent.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by aim54x View Post
 

I have been using this unit on and off now for a while. When you have it working with the Sound Blaster X-Fi drivers it is wonderful...sadly my Desktop really does not like the X-Fi drivers, whenever they are installed I get constant crashes (on boot if the sound card it plugged in or when I plug in the sound card).

I am still in conversation with Creative trying to get some support but this is dragging on and getting no where with the desktop situation. Thankfully it is flawless on my laptop. 

Did you disable to on board audio before you installed the x-fi driver? if not try that it might fix your issue.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by AkiTAKA View Post

does this soundcard support channel balance? i have a pair of faulty headphones and one side is quite a bit softer than the other but deterioration in audio quality is not apparent.

The x-fi drivers do allow you to control channel balance. It would be very useful in your case.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Honkytime View Post

Did you disable to on board audio before you installed the x-fi driver? if not try that it might fix your issue.

Yes I have tried that. Going as far as dialing on board sound from the BIOS
post #11 of 14

btw do you have any idea waht could cause a driver to get softer? would you imagine a driver replacement would solve the problem?

post #12 of 14

I've got a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI HD. I use it as a DAC. I use it as a ADC. I use it as a USB to S/PDIF interface. I use it as a S/PDIF to USB interface. I do not sense that it has a sound. It just gets the digital from one place to another or converts digital  to analog or analog to digital at rates up to 24/96. I have not had any issues with it. I think it's a good value. OH, I also use it to convert LP's to digital. In a final analysis, it allows my 15 year old Sony TA-E9000ES to still give me state of the art sound with my laptop used as a media player/recorder.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by sterling1 View Post
 

I've got a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI HD. I use it as a DAC. I use it as a ADC. I use it as a USB to S/PDIF interface. I use it as a S/PDIF to USB interface. I do not sense that it has a sound. It just gets the digital from one place to another or converts digital  to analog or analog to digital at rates up to 24/96. I have not had any issues with it. I think it's a good value. OH, I also use it to convert LP's to digital. In a final analysis, it allows my 15 year old Sony TA-E9000ES to still give me state of the art sound with my laptop used as a media player/recorder.

That was my original use for this unit...I will probably use it with my laptop more in the near future. The LP conversion ability was a major drawcard, even though i don't have any LP's or a record player at the moment

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by AkiTAKA View Post
 

btw do you have any idea waht could cause a driver to get softer? would you imagine a driver replacement would solve the problem?

I am not sure, but it may be a wiring thing, maybe start a thread on it (in an applicable sub-forum) and maybe someone will be able to shine some light on the issue

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