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Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 Sound Card
Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 delivers cinematic audio immersion to your PC or Mac through a simple USB port. Powered by SBX Pro Studio technology, the external sound card instantly converts your PC or Mac into a 5.1 entertainment system with amazing positional audio and additional customizable audio effects via the included Sound Blaster Omni Control Panel software. It is also ideal for voice communication and features a built-in dual array microphone that seamlessly integrates with proprietary CrystalVoice technology to deliver amazing voice clarity for chatting or recording. And, if audiophile quality listening is your thing, Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 features a 600-ohm headphone amplifier for studio-grade monitoring.
Easy to install, the USB-powered external sound card only requires a single USB connection to work. That's all there is to it!
Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 features two built-in microphones, which enable the optimal performance of far-field voice input without a headset microphone. These microphones are designed to focus on the user's voice and reduce noise outside that signal.
CrystalVoice Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) not supported by Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1
Watch how CrystalVoice™ technology works
Enjoy the Sound Blaster cinematic experience, even when using a notebook. Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 supports both PC and Mac, which means you can enjoy the same experience on both platforms.
Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 features Dolby® Digital Live, an advanced audio technology that delivers 5.1 discrete channels of vibrant surround sound for your digital entertainment, via a single cable.
*Dolby Digital Live encoding not available for Mac OS
Featuring a 600-ohm headphone amplifier, the Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 is ideal for anyone seriously looking to upgrade their PC or Mac audio experience.
If you're into gaming as well, Scout mode™ allows you to hear your enemies from further away, so you gain a distinct tactical advantage in combat. Win each battle, every battle!
The external sound card features high-quality, gold-plated RCA stereo and optical digital outputs for the best audio performance, plus convenient microphone and headphone jacks, all in one Sound Blaster package.
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24 of 26 found the following review helpful:
An excellent option for those looking for a USB sound solution, especially for gaming.Dec 28, 2013
By G. Bassi
I tested a number of USB products (this was for a laptop, thus no internal options) looking for something that would satisfy my need for good sound quality. Gaming with headphones, thus something with good surround sound headphone emulation was the top priority.
The first solution tried was the ASUS Xonar U3. Sound quality was good, a noticeable if not large improvement in sound quality over my motherboard built in sound with an amp to pump a little more power into my headphones. However, its surround sound headphone solution was Dolby surround. While good for pinpointing sound it had a reverb (echo) to all sound, this was to emulate sound as if it was in a theater. Maybe an okay idea for movies but unacceptable for gaming. If you don't need surround sound gaming, get this card, its a good product for the price
Next up was the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Go! Pro. Where do I start with this piece of crap... First of all there was a CONSTANT buzz, especially noticeable during quite moments. This is a noted problem, without any real solution, creative says to "turn off hyperthreading". Yeah Creative, I'll turn off a cpu feature to get your SOUND card to give BASIC SOUND. Other than the buzz sound quality was OK, a slight increase over built in sound. For surround gaming it used THX surround, this solution just sucks, especially in comparison to Creatives cmss 3d, which is no longer being used despite it STILL being the best solution.
Now to the current product, and the end of my search. The Omni surround is not as portable as the other solutions and is more expensive, but is a large improvement over built in sound. A decent amp pumps quite a bit of power to the headphones. The built in "beam" mic is something I didn't think Id use, but sound quality is on par with my current mic except with the plus of not having to deal with a mic by my face. Creatives software, noise cancel and ability to change the size of the "beam" work very well. As for surround gaming, it uses SBX surround. Though not quite as good as the old cmss 3d when it comes to positioning, it seems have less of a negative impact on sound quality and is FAR better than THX sound. I'd still prefer cmss 3d, but I don't believe any current Creative product uses it. Sbx surround is probably the best current solution for headphone surround sound emulation. The Omni has the ability to output to dolby digital, which I have not used yet. Overall an excellent product, with a good feature set.
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
really good music playback on macNov 07, 2013
By Vladimir Molodnyakov
In Mac world there's not that much of choice to make even if all you need is some decent card for clear music playback at home.
Pretty much all of the good cards are external.
Well, since it's outside of your noisy computer parts, it should be working better after all: no need to put that screening shields, distort your music while dumping some frequencies.
But these are pros for any external card.
I bought this one to do the simple job: clean and smooth playback on mac to my akg and monster headphones.
After a couple days of listening I found myself really enjoying my monster beats pros, suddenly the music became much cleaner, I don't need to dump 4-8khz freq and I don't need any equalizer now.
There's one thing: that big volume wheel doesn't work on my mac for some reason: you could click it or rotate it, nothing happens. This could be by design and mac-only like if you want to record 5.1 with this device on mac, but you can't.
Some driver (kext) limitations, probably. I've created a ticket with Creative support regarding this yesterday, no answer so far.
So I'll recommend this one for those who need really good music playback on mac. You won't be disappointed if you need to buy a card doing just that.
12 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Amazing for headphonesOct 17, 2013
By Ripley Harrison
I bought this solely for the highly quality DAC's and headphone amp as the headphones I use while at home are greatly benefited from extra power that my laptop can't deliver. I've had this for about a week and half now. I've solely been using a pair of Shure SRH440 but now have switched to a pair of Shure SRH750DJ.
The " Crystallizer" in the SBX Pro Studio section really makes MP3's/AAC shine. I used to be able to pin point a song's bitrate in seconds now I have trouble even recognizing the whether I'm listening to a 128kb/s or 320kb/s song.
Also the surround setting (both of these are on by default) really makes the soundstage seem that much larger. It really does makes you feel like you're in the music.
Like I said I bought this solely for headphone usage at home. I have no travel plans for this. I use a pair of creative WP-350 when traveling.
The sound quality is amazing! It can be bits harsh on low bit-rate high end treble, mainly treble snares, but that's more of a problem with mp3's then the equipment. I can't find any of my 24bit audio DVD's but I imagine they must sound insane.
I listen to a lot of electronic music.
With a sprinkling of "rock" such as panic at the disco.
This card has performed great and makes a great way to end your day. Plug in your headphones, crank up the volume and just become lost in the sound.
It's heavy enough that it stays on your desk where you leavea it and isn't getting dragged all over the place: a fear I had ordering it.
I imagine it would be very portable in a workstation sort of way. IE getting your laptop and everything else, moving to point B and then hooking everything up again but I would really recommend it for say use you on your lap on the couch where you just spur of the moment decided to sit down.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Not working with YosemiteOct 21, 2014
By Pauli Jr
I bought it while I still had Mavericks installed, and sound was great with Logitech Z5500 speakers and would rate this sound card 4 stars, but not 5, because software for OS X has less options than version for Windows.
But, after upgrading to Yosemite, it causes Mac to crash at each restart. Unplugging Sound Blaster and completely uninstalling its software solves the problem. Sound Blaster does work without software, but decrease in sound quality is noticeable. Definitely not worth $63. I talked to their support, and seems like they have no clue if there will be software for Yosemite...
This was the only piece of software / hardware that didn't work after the upgrade. I went with used Fiio Alpen, and while is hardware solution only, it serves the purpose rather well.
Hope this helps someone
14 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Doesn't Work with OS/X Yosemite--No Estimated Fix from CreativeOct 18, 2014
By John S. Ruzicka
This is a decent device and worked great under OS/X but DOES NOT WORK WITH OS/X YOSEMITE! If you're buying this for a Mac, make sure you plan to stick with the old Operating System because the Omni crashes OS/X Yosemite (you can't even install it if the Omni is plugged in).
Creative Support said the device only supports OS/X through 10.9 with no indication of when this will work on OS/X 10.10 Yosemite.
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