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[Best Buy] Creative Sound BlasterX G5 - $74.99 w/ free 2 day shipping

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Best Buy has the Creative Sound BlasterX G5 external audio card for $74.99 + Tax (originally $149.99) with free local pickup or free two day shipping.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/creative-sound-blasterx-g5-black/5142203.p?skuId=5142203

Amazon currently has this product for $96.99.
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by mwayne5 View Post

Best Buy has the Creative Sound BlasterX G5 external audio card for $74.99 + Tax (originally $149.99) with free local pickup or free two day shipping.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/creative-sound-blasterx-g5-black/5142203.p?skuId=5142203

Amazon currently has this product for $96.99.
Got one! Thanks for posting!
post #3 of 15
Does anyone have any experience with this item? I have the Soundblaste Omni and am wondering if this is worth the upgrade.
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post #4 of 15
it's a very small improvement over the omni unless you want it for your console or phone
post #5 of 15
there are conflicting reports that the current SBX software being used in the G5 actually is worse or not as good as the SBX that is used with Sounblaster Z series cards or even the X7 itself.

that is why the G5 is being sold so cheaply because they are having several software and hardware problems.

It does not give you emulated surround sound when used with consoles though....only works for PC...consoles only get 2 channel audio.


The only good thing about the G5 is its DAC and Amp being used.


If you are on PC though, a Sound Blaster Z and a DAC with an optical in and a seperate amp of your choice would benefit the gamer more in terms of sound quality.
post #6 of 15
I got it solely for the dac and amp. I don't particularly care about any of the software stuff.
post #7 of 15
How does it compare to the ASUS Xonar U7
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Xonar-U7-Sound-Card/dp/B00E7QA9E0
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post #8 of 15
For anyone still interested in getting one, my first impressions are pretty good. Tested with sennheiser hd650s, hyper x cloud 1s, and shure se215s. Compares well to my brothers fiio taishan and O2 amp combo. Tested with optical input set to 24/96 with all post processing off. I can see why people say it has a treble boost, but it's minimal. Overall a nice discreet amp and dac. Digital volume knob is a very nice touch, no scratchy volume adjustment like with an analog knob. I dont have any opinion on the surround or any of that, it will never be turned on with my use.
post #9 of 15
There is a video on YouTube comparing this and the soundblaster z. The Z blew this thing out the water. I almost bought this until i found the video on youtube.
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post #10 of 15
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There is a video on YouTube comparing this and the soundblaster z. The Z blew this thing out the water. I almost bought this until i found the video on youtube.

You're comparing an internal to external audio card. This product is marketed to those who game with laptops, or like myself, run a m-itx board.
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