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Creative Sound Blaster X H5

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #64 in Headphones

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Pros: Comfort / Sound

Cons: Software

I have reviewed so many headsets in the past month alone. Audio can really be so different to the person that your asking. Everyone hears sound differently. Gaming headsets can be critical when it comes to just the right moment, for that perfect defeat of your enemies. In the case of the H5, sound is definitely clearer,louder,harder, and better. Lets take a look at what the H5 is really capable of.





The specifications are as follows:
  • Audio ProcessingBlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite (Preset Profiles)
  • Audio Drivers50mm FullSpectrum
  • Headset Frequency Response20Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Interface3.5mm Stereo Input
  • Supported Operating Systemsfor Windows
  • Supported Gaming ConsolesPlayStation® 4 via 3.5mm 4-pole audio cable, Xbox One™ via 3.5mm 4-pole audio cable (With Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter)

System requirements:

For Sound BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite:
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit
  • 1GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space

Packaging



Creative shipped the H5 in a standard UPS box. The H5 packaging is rather simple, but definitely showcases the product well.



Un-boxing the H5, you can see it is well packaged. The contents included with the headset are stored safely behind the well placed headset.



The package contents included are:
  • Sound BlasterX H5 Headset
  • Detachable 3.5mm 4-pole to 4-pole jack braided cable with controls length 1.2m
  • Extension Audio / Microphone splitter cable 1.2m
  • Quick Start Leaflet

Examining the headset truly shows how well it is designed. The metal frames stood out, and bendable mic. Lets take a closer look at how the headset was designed.

Design



That logo is just gorgeous, and simple. It screams i'm here to win. As with most high-end manufacturers of PC gaming products, the color scheme is black /red. You will find this matches most hardware.

The H5 is an analog stereo headset, and doesn't have any surround capabilities built into it. You can emulate surround in software with Creative's BlasterX Acoustic Engine software , but the H5 itself isn't supported as a surround headset. That is what the Sound Blaster X G5 is for.

The H5 advertises itself as a game changer for people who love gaming. It was designed specifically for pro gaming teams. The H5 has excellent audio performance. Rated at 118dB/mW, the Sound BlasterX H5 is among the loudest gaming headsets of its class. Feel the explosions and hear the rattle of gunfire in your games. I would say also that comfort is essential when you game for hours, and the H5 is a great choice. The H5 is also very light using durable steel,aluminum, and it one of the lightest headphones I have used.



The H5 uses a tilt driver design that implements a mini acoustic chamber that creates clarity across the frequencies, and better sound separation for more detailed audio.



The H5 also comes pre-tuned out of the box using dynamic sound signature. This results in enhanced clarity and precision for gamers. The audio does not over emphasize on any particular frequency.



The detachable microphone offers noise-reduction and provides crisp, and clear audio even in a noisy environment.

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The 3.5mm cables provided to attach to the H5 and different devices is well braided. I found the cable did not get tangled, and provided decent length to reach what you're plugging into. The upper cable is 4 feet long (1.2m).



The inline remote gives you better control of your volume levels. It offers a one touch convenience for your volume, mute, and calls. I would suggest this to be slimmed down just a bit, as it does get in the way during games, or on the go.



The H5 offers plenty of device connectivity:
  • The 3.5mm jack can be used with any smart device, and gaming consoles
  • The 1.2m y-splitter can be used for another audio output, such as the Sound Blaster X G5 7.1 USB sound card


One thing I really like about the headset is the headband. I was able to bend it nearly flat. It's more robust than it looks. Also the software used for the H5 is basically a stripped down version of the Blaster X Acoustic Engine Pro.

Software



Creatives software suit which uses the Blaster X Acoustic Engine delivers audio realism, and immersive gaming. The link was included earlier in the review. The H5 uses the lite version of the Blaster X Acoustic Engine Pro. Basically the only difference I can find is that everything is included on one page, lacks Scout mode, and an equalizer. Scout mode is useful in some gaming situations, and provides a competitive edge. The software does provide profiles for different game styles, and a demo to test virtual surround, as well as effects.

The Profiles included are:
  • Adventure and Action
  • driving Simulation
  • First Person Shooter
  • Real Time Strategy
  • Sports
  • Effects


I did find that the profiles affected individual tweakable settings, and the lack of an equalizer makes it hard to get perfect sound values.

Gaming



Dead by daylight is a fantastic game, and provides useful testing for headphones. The idea is to hunt a group of survivors, and hearing is everything. The killer is in first person view, while the survivors are in third person.



The positional audio was really helpful i n determining whether or not a survivor was moving through the grass.

I tested the microphone using standard tests like Skype, and Ventrilo. The microphone provided muffled audio, The whole point for a gaming headset is for clear communication and directional audio. The H5's flexibility does stand out among other competitors microphones. Voice chat during gameplay was fun when trying to harass my friends about how quickly I would find them. The other nice feature is the ability to have a separate 3.5mm jack for the microphone. This is great when attaching it to another device like the Sound Blaster X G5, which has even better audio processing power.

Conclusion

The H5 software seems to be the most negative thing about using these headphones. The Acoustic Engine Lite software doesn't provide much tweaking, compared to its big brother Pro version. Lacking an equalizer, and tweaking makes tuning this headset difficult. Thankfully the H5 comes pre-tuned out of the box. Also the profiles selected affect the Surround, Crystalizer, Bass, Smart Volume, and Dialog settings.

There is much to love about the design of the H5:
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable and lightweight fit
  • Stylish aesthetics
  • Multi-format support
  • Detachable high-quality microphone

I would high suggest this headset as it offers alot of features and portability for a gaming headset. The ability to use it almost across any device makes it extremely versatile. I also love the addition of the separate mic and headphone jacks. If you're trying to stick to a decently priced pair of headphones, and want excellent audio, then the H5 is definitely worth your investment. You can buy the Sound Blaster X H5 right now on Amazon for $99.
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