Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo
Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

Impressive Performance

Creative spared no expense in putting together the Sound Blaster X7 DAC/amp. With an impressive list of features, this desktop-ready device touts 24-bit 192kHz audio playback, a 100-watt loudspeaker amplifier, SB-Axx1™ multi-core DSP, a high-end headphone amplifier, and even an ADC (analog-to-digital converter) for recording audio into your computer. Connectivity includes Bluetooth (including aptX®), NFC, USB 2.0 for Android and iOS, TOSLINK (including Dolby Digital 5.1) and line level RCA inputs. Still not sure? Check out what this Head-Fi reviewer had to say.

Note: At checkout, you'll have the option to upgrade to the Creative Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition (+ $50). US members will also have the option to add Creative's E-MU XM7 bookshelf speakers (+ $120). Quantities are limited to 100 units.

Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

Modern Digital

Equipped with a Burr-Brown PCM1794 DAC chip, the X7 can handle the best in high-resolution audio, and can also act as a hub for multichannel 5.1 Dolby Digital playback. With Sound Blaster DSP at the helm, Creative included plenty of features for both audiophiles and gamers alike. Audio enhancements like SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice™, and Scout mode™ bring video game audio to life, giving players a sonic edge in online gaming. Audiophiles can take advantage of the bit-perfect Stereo Direct feature, which helps ensure accurate high-quality playback true to the original source.

Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

Desktop Warrior

With a built-in class-D power amplifier, the X7 can easily feed passive bookshelf or tower speakers directly without a separate amp that would take up extra real estate on your desk. When things need a more personal touch, the internal 600-ohm Texas Instruments headphone amplifier can drive audiophile-grade headphones with authority. The internal capacitors are superior-class Nichicon “Fine Gold,” and help deliver firm, rich bass and clear highs. This plug-and-play device is a versatile accessory for the almighty entertainment trio of gaming, movies, and music, all within a small footprint that fits perfectly alongside the rest of your desktop rig.

Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

Optional Upgrade: Speakers

Because they require an amplifier to operate, the included Sound Blaster E-MU XM7 bookshelf speakers are a great match for the X7’s class-D amplifier. Offering two drivers per unit (a 5-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter), they’re a step up from general computer speakers, and deliver a crisp sound that works for a variety of music genres and applications. 

Optional Upgrade: Creative Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition

Improving upon the standard X7's impressive 2.2-ohm output impedance, the X7 Limited Edition gets it down to a downright amazing 1-ohm headphone amp out, so even the most sensitive in-ear monitors have that jet-black background without any hiss. With significantly more power and a high-power adapter (24V 6A) rounding out the impressive upgrades, the LE is more than just a pretty face-lift.

Armed with a Texas Instruments TPA3116D2 amp chip, the X7 Limited Edition easily handles the 300 and 600-ohm headphone behemoths other amps may struggle with. Equipped with a Burr-Brown PCM1794 DAC chip and the SB-Axx1 multi-core Digital Signal Processor (DSP), the X7 LE is a certified Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder and is capable of processing up to 32 audio streams simultaneously. Good thing, too, because this Sound Blaster connects to everything you throw at it.

The X7 LE features ¼ inch (6.3 mm) and ⅛ inch (3.5 mm) headphone outs, as well as a ⅛ inch (3.5 mm) mic-in. You've got RCA line in, optical in/out, and a host of speaker options including: a 4/8 ohm toggle, two passive speaker outs, RCA line out, and ⅛-inch rear and center/sub speaker outs. Throw in Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX and AAC codec support, and you've got a device compatible with computers, smartphones, tablets, and HDTVs.

Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

Specs

Audio Performance

  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (DAC): 127dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (ADC): 123dB
  • 24-bit recording sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz
  • 24-bit playback sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Stereo Direct Playback at 24-bit / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Surround Playback at 24-bit / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
  • Dolby Digital Decoding

Frequency Response

  • 20 Hz-90 kHz (24-bit/192kHz)

Maximum Power Output

  • 50W + 50W (4Ω, 1kHz, 10% THD)¹
  • 38W + 38W (4Ω, 1kHz, 10% THD)²
  • 27W + 27W (8Ω, 1kHz, 10% THD)¹
  • 27W + 27W (8Ω, 1kHz, 10% THD)²

Rated Power Output

  • 37W + 37W (4Ω, 1kHz, 1% THD)¹
  • 35W + 35W (4Ω, 1kHz, 1% THD)²
  • 22W + 22W (8Ω, 1kHz, 1% THD)¹
  • 20W + 20W (8Ω, 1kHz, 1% THD)²

Total Harmonic Distortion

  • 0.05% (1kHz, 4Ω, 33W)¹
  • 0.05% (1kHz, 4Ω, 30W)²
  • ¹ Requires upgrade to high power AC-DC adapter (24V 6A)
  • ² Using bundled AC-DC adapter (24V 2.91A)

Creative Sound Blaster E-MU XM7 Speakers

  • Construction: 2 soft grilles on front, brown wood-grain finish on cabinet
  • Drivers: 2 per unit (5 in woofer, 1 in tweeter)
  • Max input power: 60 W 
  • Impedance: 6 ohm
  • Cable: Two 8.2 ft (2.5 m) cables
  • Dimensions per speaker: 11.7 x 6.9 x 9.1 in (29.8 x 17.4 x 23.2 cm)
  • Weight per speaker: 9.6 lbs (4.35 kg)

Included

  • Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/amp
  • Creative Sound Blaster XM7 E-MU XM7 bookshelf speakers
  • 24V/2.91A AC-DC power adapter and cable
  • RCA to 1/8 in (3.5 mm) stereo cable for front out
  • RCA to 1/8 in (3.5 mm) stereo cable (female) for line-in
  • MicroUSB 5 ft (1.5 m) cable
  • Headphone stand
  • Quick-start leaflet
  • WW warranty leaflets

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Dec 4, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.