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The Optimal Recording Solution for PCIe Sound Card Platforms The perfect upgrade from basic...

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp

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  • Sound Blaster® Audigy® RX™
    The Optimal Recording Solution for PCIe Sound Card Platforms

    Overview

    The perfect upgrade from basic motherboard audio to immersive cinematic surround sound
    Experience the wonders of multi-channel surround sound and create high-quality podcasts! Hardware-accelerated EAX effects let you incorporate many types of sound effects with ease! Sound Blaster Audigy Rx features an SNR of 106dB, a 600-ohm headphone amp for studio monitoring, and a software suite that allows full audio customization.

    Audio Performance

    Premium Sound Blaster® Quality
    Enjoy premium Sound Blaster audio quality over and above basic motherboard audio with a Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) of 106dB. Plus, Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music pure and unprocessed at the amazing bit rate of 24-bit 192 kHz.

    Enjoy Cinematic Surround Sound
    The Sound Blaster Audigy Rx also lets you enjoy a truly cinematic experience, supporting up to 7.1 multi-channel speaker output. It gives you an immersive, cinematic audio experience for your movies, games and more!

    Advanced Effects Processing
    The Sound Blaster Audigy Rx is an advanced sound card that represents the perfect upgrade from basic motherboard audio to immersive cinematic surround sound. With its advanced chipset designed to process our legendary EAX reverb engine, you can look forward to experiencing superb 7.1 multi-channel audio. It also features an SNR of 106dB and the Sound Blaster Audigy Rx Control Panel, a dedicated PC software that allows you full control of every aspect of your sound card.

    If you're big on entertainment, you would also love it for its EAX Studio software that allows for additional hardware-accelerated environmental effects to your music, movies, games as well as for your voice input and communications.

    E-MU® Chipset for Advanced Effects Processing
    Sound Blaster Audigy Rx features the Creative E-MU chipset, which was designed to process our legendary reverb engine EAX (Environmental Audio eXtensions) and deliver amazing cinematic audio playback effects without having to bog down your CPU. This ensures you get great quality effects and audio without affecting your computer's processing power.

    Connectivity

    Dual Microphone Inputs
    The sound card has two microphone inputs to allow you to grab a friend to sing simultaneously! Or, use the second input to record the music accompaniment while you sing. The possibilities are endless!

    Dedicated High-Quality Headphone Amp
    With the 600-ohm headphone amplifier, the Sound Blaster Audigy Rx is able to drive the most demanding of studio headphones.

    Audio Recording

    Super Low-Latency Audio Recordings
    Enjoy reduced latency with the support of Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) drivers, making Sound Blaster Audigy Rx the perfect solution for high-quality, low-latency audio recordings.

    Bundled Creative Recording Software
    Keen to get started on recording right away? Sound Blaster Audigy Rx comes with recording software such as Creative WaveStudio and Creative Smart Recorder, so you can create your content immediately!

    Customization

    Control and Customize Your Audio
    Sound Blaster Audigy Rx Control Panel is a dedicated PC application that lets you control and customize every aspect of your sound card. You can adjust your Creative Multi Speaker Surround (CMSS or CMSS 3D) settings to upmix stereo content to your multi-channel speaker system and add acoustic depth to your multi-channel content. Or, use Mic Monitoring and Stereo Mixing to hear yourself while you record and so that you can hear the effects instantly.

    Fine-Tune Your EAX® Settings
    The powerful EAX Studio software lets you control and perform detailed adjustments to all of the EAX Advanced HD settings such as adding environmental effects to your music, movies and games, or change the key of your music on the fly to match your voice.

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    Specifications

    Audio Technology

    Creative E-MU
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
    106dB
    Connectivity Options (Main)
    Headphone Out :
    1 x 3.5mm jack shared with Front Out
    Line Out : 1 x 3.5mm jack (Front Out) 1 x 3.5mm jack (Rear / Side R) 1 x 3.5mm jack (C / Sub / Side L)
    Line In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
    Microphone In: 2 x 3.5mm jack
    Optical Out: 1 x TOSLINK
    Max Channel Output
    7.1 Channels
    Supported Operating Systems
    Windows® 10, Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows Vista® SP1 or higher, Windows® XP SP2 or higher
    Audio Fidelity
    Up to 24-bit / 192kHz
    ASIO
    ASIO 2.0
    Platform
    PC - PCIe x1
    Recommended Usage
    Home Entertainment, Recording

    System Requirements
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® processor equivalent (2.0 GHz or faster processor recommended)
    • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
    • Microsoft® Windows® 10 32/64-bit, Windows 8 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit, Windows Vista™ 32/64 bit, Windows XP 32/64 bit
    • 1GB RAM
    • >600 MB of free hard disk space
    • Available PCI Express based 1.0a compliant slot
    • CD or DVD drive for software installation
    Package Contents
    • Sound Blaster Audigy Rx
    • Quick Start Leaflet
    • Installation CD
    • Warranty Leaflets
    Warranty

    1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

Recent Reviews

  1. bcschmerker4
    Surprisingly clean revival of Audigy for Windows 10
    Written by bcschmerker4
    Published Aug 13, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Predictable MIDI synth performance, dual stereo mic ins, stereo line in, 7.1-capable at analog outs
    Cons - Could be better shielded for poor motherboard layouts, no S/P-DIF in
    I purchased this card originally to replace a failing Creative Laboratories® SB0350 PCI 2.2 audio card (Creative Technology CA0102 DSP) and SB0250 I/O Drive in the Hot Rod gPC™; but it was quickly transferred from the Hot Rod to my ASUS® CM1630-06 as previously upgraded (Advanced Micro Devices® Athlon II® X2 220, RS760G/SB700 chipset, PCIe RV970 Pro GPU (aboard ASUS® EAH6850DC/2DIS/1GD5); 750W Antec® PSU) when the 6 kHz scream that randomly dogged the XONARESSENCESTX/A - which ASUSTeK engineers were never able to replicate on a consistent basis - reared its ugly head again in Microsoft® Windows® 6-up (see "Xonar Essense stx Random LOUD high pitched Ringing Noise?"). I anticipated severe digital-noise issues due to the proximity of the EAH6850DC (forced by the design of the CM1630's M4A78LT-M 'board), but these proved little worse than the XONAR's; the rear audio proved clear enough for my requirements and the front audio proved, much to my surprise, less noisy than the XONAR's. (The XONAR ended up in the Hot Rod and runs even happier on the ALSA snd-virtuoso driver in LinUX 4.4 than on the C-Media® driver in the MaxedTech® UNi XONAR Audio Software 1.82 in Windows 7.0.8001; ALSA can access and mix all inputs on the XONAR.)

    The Creative Technology CA10300-IAT DSP on this card (joined to the host system with a PLX® PCIe-PCI bridge) is a product improvement of the CA0108 last used in the SB0400 Audigy2 Value and is specified for 106 dB signal/noise. This card packs an integrated headphone amplifier (unknown make and part number, rated for a 600 Ω max load) for the Front Panel header, which had no trouble at all driving my Plantronics® GAMECOM® 380 headset. In addition to two mic and one line ins, all unbalanced stereo with +3.6V for the mics, at the rear panel, the SB1550 has a clean enough Front Mic input for typical computer users on its Intel® HDA-compatible front-panel-audio header (9 of 10 pins, Pin 8 key). Analog outputs at the rear panel are Front L+R, Back L+R plus Side R, and Center + Subwoofer + Side L; a TOSLink optical send is provided for Digital Out. Creative Laboratories has full driver and application support for Windows 10.0.1nnnnn as of August 2016 for this card; initial tests of the integrated synthesizer with Cakewalk Music Creator 5.0 (a carryover from Win 7 through the dist-upgrade) under Win 10 Version 1607 10.0.14393.51 performed within spitting distance of the simulation. (The SB1550 had problems in LinUX Kernel 4.4 with an ALSA snd-emu10k1 driver originally intended for the EMU10K1, EMU10K2, CA0100 and CA0102, as the CA10300-IAT has some behavioral differences from the CA0102 at the control level; those problems don't exist with the correct Creative driver/app suite under Win 10.)

    This card having no Digital In, those needing a card with a Digital In with behavior consistent with the SB1550 may be best served by the E-MU®/Creative Professional EM8984 0404e or packages based on the EM8986 1010e (both, sadly, also discontinued). The SB1270 X-Fi Titanium HD, which packs a CA20K2 DSP, is unusable in LinUX, the Advanced LinUX Sound Architecture Project having abandoned work on snd-ctxfi; and the Recon3D and Z/Zx/ZxR family are only partially supported in ALSA. Also, for a successor model to the SB1550, I have to require both shielding consistent with the SB1270 and SB1510, and re-adding a TOSlink Input for S/PDIF Audio.

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