CREATIVE Sound BlasterX-Fi Surround 5.1

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Hi all,

I am considering the x fi surround external card as a kind of budget dac connecting my laptop to my pm6004.

As a result I'm not primarily concerned in its quality of 5.1 output, only the RCA stereo outputs.

I would appreciate any opinions, considering it can be picked up for around £50-60 brand new, I’m not expecting much near entry level dacs like the dacmagic.

Also, I have noticed system requirements against it;
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or above)
  • Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster
  • Available USB port
  • 1 GB RAM

My laptop is near replacement so im a little concerned if it will be able to handle the sound blaster, are these specs for the included software or the driver itself?

Many thanks (go easy on me this is my first post)
 

Overdose

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Try one of these..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EDIROL-UA25-/150842222352?pt=UK_Computing_ComputerComponents_SoundCards&hash=item231ee5a710

or this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/m-audio-fast-track-pro-/160826174453?pt=Midi_Controllers&hash=item2571fcabf5

you will probably need these too....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hosa-HPR-010X2-10ft-Pro-Stereo-Cable-2-x-1-4-Jack-to-2-x-RCA-Lead-REAN-Plugs-3M-/170751953955?pt=UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item27c19c0c23

Just some ideas and you might want to source them from somewhere more reputable than ebay.
 
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Anonymous

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Thanks for the reply, just wondering why I would specifically need the 1/4 inch to RCA cable? With the m audio would the option be available to input via USB and output straight from the RCA outs?

Cheers
 

Overdose

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The suggestion was based on the UA 25. I've no idea what the Fastrack Pro has on the back, but it has a good reputation, so I included it for comparison.

If it has RCA connections, then happy days!
 

tino

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If you are not interested in the 5.1 surround sound you will be better off with the Creative X-Fi HD which is a better stereo only device ... http://uk.store.creative.com/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-x-fi-hd/1-19829.aspx.

I have one of these and used it's inbuilt ADC to record @ 24bit/96kHz resolution music off my ex-turntable and it acquitted itself admirably. I think as a DAC and headphone amp it's much better than internal PC or laptop soundcard. One of the reviews on the Creative website shows electrical measurments and lots of photos of the internals - the quality of both is good for a device of this type.
 

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