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Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp Combo

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Hmm, is it coming back soon?
Sound Blaster X7 or Joutenheim for gaming?
born2relax
Sound Blaster X7
It's an Abomination!
Of course I'm only referring to its looks, not it's function--but isn't that what's really important?
The app in the iPhone X is just unusable, I had to use an Android phone to change the settings. (Just in case someone was planning on using an iPhone X as remote)
I have a question about it's recording capabilities. I'd really appreciate it if an owner could help me out. I'm hoping to use the ADC to digitize vinyl to 24/192 when connected to my preamp via RCA.
The user guide specs say " 24-bit recording sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz, 192 kHz"
But " 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at up to 96 kHz sample rate"
The first quote suggests that it could be done at 192khz, but the second contradicts that. Analog conversion being limited to 96khz under all circumstances does seem to be the better interpretation. However, it's possible that recording to a computer with the correct driver does support a higher sample rate, whereas plugging an iphone into the line in and playing back in real time through the headphone jack does not. (Doing that might make sense if you wanted to use EQ or clearvoice). The ADC chip used supports 192khz conversion, so I'm wondering if anyone has experience with recording to a computer at the higher samplerate.

I can get a cheaper audio interface that certainly allows 192khz recording, but the X7 offers some additional features that justify the higher price.
Am I missing something? Its 295 on Amazon with free 2 day shipping?
ahr1123
If anyone wants the LE version, Amazon stopped having price parity with this drop about a day ago, so MD is your only current choice pricewise. The standard X7 is actually cheaper on Amazon for now, as you say.

One reason to join this drop: if Amazon runs out of stock at the reduced price (which often happens) and you still need an X7 LE.

I'd leap on the Amazon X7 or the MD LE if the features weren't long in the molar (e.g., no DSD) and the hardware didn't rely on X7-specific computer/smartphone software. It makes me nervous when I approach the end-of-life cycle of an OS-specific product and the software can become outdated, but I can't adjust certain parameters with the hardware alone.

Which is a pity because the gaming features and I/O simultaneity look fun. Sadly, I haven't been using my PS4 munch o' late because I've had music and writing deadlines.

I love the fact you can use both of the X7's headphone outs simultaneously. That can be handy if your grillfiend likes to play games and/or gape at flicks late at night when the naybs might complain.
I have been using this for a couple years now. At this point I'm regularly using it with my Sennheiser HD700 and Beyerdynamjc Amiron Home headphones, along with my Sound Blaster XM7 book shelf speakers. I use the Bluetooth and built in equalizer and SBX functions everyday and the only things I definitely don't use are the mic functions and the scout mode. This is a great amp/dac.
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Hey there!

Did you by any chance just do the latest Windows update?

Microsoft changed the surround recognition settings once again and it defaults units to Stereo.

Here's how you can get the X7 to be recognized as a surround device again:

(copied over from a similar issue on the Sound BlasterX Katana drop page)

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In you system tray right click on the Speaker icon.
Then instead of clicking on Sound Settings (where you think it would be!), click on Sounds.
Then click the Playback tab.
Then highlight the X7 (will be listed as a "Speakers" option).
Then click the Configure button in the lower left hand side of the Window. The options to choose the X7 as a Stereo or 5.1 device will appear.
This will ensure that Windows is recognizing the X7 as a 5.1 device.

Hope this helps!

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Ryan
DigitalRonyn
Hi Ryan,
Thanks for taking the time for answering me. I did what you suggested but windows did actually recognize the X7 as a 5.1 device. It showed the 5.1 speaker config and allowed me to test them. They all played the music during the test, except for the rear speakers, the same as when I did the test through the X7 control panel or cellphone app. Further testing actually allowed me to realize that there is a very minor sound outputting through the rear speakers, only perceptible when I turn up the volume to the max (they are powered bookshelf speakers). Is there any chance the dedicated amplifier for the rear speakers 3.5 jack output blew in the X7? Is it something that can be replaced?
Thanks!!
There is no reason to buy it from Massdrop.
Creative is selling it for 299,-
https://us.creative.com/p/amplifiers/sound-blaster-x7
Besides, the mic-input seems to be bad, unfortunately.
Still looking for a DAC with a good working mic-input for Windows and macOS.
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ModMic4.
I am switching between Mac and Windows and I don't want to switch all USB peripherals every time.

Xyzac Maybe a solution, but yes, a bit pricy. Thank you!
Mrdk
I find that the mic input works great, but the array not so much.
I use mine mostly for gaming and it requires a BT-W2 Bluetooth adapter to function since optical is one way. Using an antlion modmic with mine
Amazon has the X7 and the LE at the drop prices again as does Creative. Free prime shipping too.

I ordered directly from Creative and I got an open box from them (fulfilled by Amazon). Pretty unhappy about that--the box was unsealed the cords packages were clearly opened and scattered. The manual was even crumpled and folded up wrong. Creative's customer support doesn't seem to believe me. I sent them pictures so hopefully they resolve it soon.

On the other side can anyone with a unit confirm that direct mode has a low volume cutoff (it doesn't go as low as the default or SBX settings and just goes silent from volume 10 on down). Worried that I got both an open box and a defective unit...
Just wanted to throw out there for people who don't know, and for some of the people recommending other products. Are there better products in the price range? Yes. BUT one reason I purchased an X7 over a year ago, and continue to use it, is the major advantage it has over the competition, that being the X7 can mix all audio inputs together at the same time with independent volume levels on each and all controlled from 1 single unit. That alone was enough for me to justify paying the asking price for the unit over another brands.
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Hmm, I haven't seen any recent communication from you in my mail box, just double checked my filter as well.

Supplice, send me another mail at the address above and we'll swap out the unit to see if it rectifies the problem. The engineering team has been unable to reproduce in house. The sound file is definitely not the intended output.


DigitalRonyn
Oh and if you don't hear back from me within the day you send it...something is happening on the server end with the mail..so pop a note here and I'll work on another way of communication with you.
Ok so I just checked with the rep and they’re sold out of atleast the regular black x7 and the white LE x7 is $330 only if you get it with those $99 speakers which she is checking if those are sold out as well
I've been monitoring the drop and was about to throw down before it closes, when I saw Creative rolled-out their Black Friday pricing today, offering the same price, free shipping (saves $20 from the drop) and allows extended returns through 1/31/18 should this not meet your needs. Also, the speakers are going for $79 directly from Creative.
https://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-x7
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Yeah and the speakers are back up to $100. I was honestly about to get them both at that price otherwise it’s hard for me to justify how much they want for the x7 compared to other popular products in that price range
Thanks for looking into this. From your comments later in the thread, appears that the Black X7 may have sold out at Creative. Sorry to see the window of opportunity was so narrow yesterday.