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39 of 43 found the following review helpful:
A Constant Source of FrustrationSep 28, 2012
When the conditions are perfect for this product to operate as designed, the sound is truly incredible... but many people will never experience that. Apparently, some internal component which should have been shielded, was not shielded... and so when the X-Fi Go! Pro is used with low impedance headphones, a very intrusive static noise is heard at lower to medium volumes. It sounds as though you are listening to a radio station which is slightly off the correct frequency, and listening enjoyment suffers tremendously.
The maker is apparently aware of this problem, as they have created a support topic on their site:
They recommend a lengthy list of modifications that should be made to users systems, including disabling hyperthreading and network interface cards to remove the static sound. I followed their recommendations to the letter without experiencing a reduction in noise. Even if these modifications had been successful, I doubt I would trade hyperthreading and network for a correctly functioning sound card.
I actually purchased the `X-Fi Go! Pro' to replace my `X-Fi Go!', which had the same problem with static (though not as pronounced) and which suddenly quit working after about a year of use. The installation software that came with both units took approximately 40 minutes and 4 restarts to bring online, followed by an additional 30 minutes for updates to download and install and one additional restart. After all of this, I still had to disable my on-board sound device to allow each unit to function. Certainly not plug-and-play, and certainly somewhat frustrating.
If you use this sound card with high impedance headphones, or with any kind of amplifier, the static is resolved and the sound is amazing; but is it amazing enough to counter the negative aspects of the X-Fi Go! Pro?... almost.
28 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Country DJ - died and went to heaven!Feb 07, 2011
I got this because one place I play is huge and the sound system is somewhat "challenging." If you take the time to really understand how the various features of the Soundblaster X-FI products really work together, you'll get a better result than you ever imagined. I now use it everywhere I play - wish I had picked up on this when it first came out!
Use the "Crystalizer" to counteract the effects of MP3 compression - The "Dialogue Plus" to bring vocals forward and improve clarity - The "Equalizer" to set up the balance for all your venues and save them for future use. Add to this a heap of other effects and you have a winner.
Best decision I made for very little money. No negatives at all.
14 of 16 found the following review helpful:
A great simple solution for improved audio output...Aug 17, 2011
By Sam M. Tannenbaum
The X-Fi Go! Pro is a really effective little device for improving the audio output of a notebook computer, so as long as one understands its application and limitations, they should be pleased with its performance.
The X-Fi Go! Pro improves a computer's audio out-signal by amplifying and processing the computer's outgoing audio data. So, it can EQ sound (and it comes with well-made software for that task, offering the user a good amount of control over how the sound is EQed, both in presets and in the ability to adjust individual parameters), amplify quiet audio, add clarity to indistinct sounds, or add extra bass/mid/treble to music that needs it (there even seems to be some mild compressing going on, which is a good thing)...basically, just what one would expect it to do. It really does make a noticeable difference compared to onboard laptop audio. The software is easy to install and operate, and it does a really nice job of staying in the background, i.e. not 'getting in the way' like some running programs do. Once you install it, you'll forget it's there (the software, not the X-Fi), which is how it should be.
Input-audio seems to be slightly improved, too... nothing drastic, but some vocal recordings I did with the X-Fi sounded a bit clearer than my notebook's internal input produced.
The limitations potential buyers need to recognize are only that it isn't a full-fledged audio interface, so don't expect anything on that level. Also, it would have been nice to have two outputs (for multiple sets of earphones or a speaker/earphone combo), but again, that's a feature more normally reserved for more robust interfaces. As it is, it does what it claims to do, it does it very well, and its form factor can't be beat. Well worth the investment.
24 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Good sound on your notebookSep 09, 2011
By Inna Tysoe
My notebook does not have the sound quality I can get on my desktop. So I decided to try this sound audio hardware solution on a USB stick to solve the problem. I was a little skeptical that it would be that good since it was so small. It's about the size of my thumb with a plug at standard USB plug at one end and simple 3.5mm phono sockets on the opposite end.
When you plug it in, a tiny blue LED lights up to let you know it is on. Pop in the CD and install the drivers and away you go. It's very much plug and play and works like a charm. The sound difference from my integrated audio is phenomenal and plays very well on headphones. The software that comes with it simulates surround sound and has various settings that can be used to enhance compressed audio such as MP3's and give you a more dynamic full sound with crisper high frequencies and richer bass.
Just out of curiosity I also plugged it into my desktop USB to see what would happen. Windows 7 recognized it straight away and I could listen on headphones with the same excellent sound. Since my PC's internal card goes straight through to an AMP and I don't have a large headphone adapter this unit was pretty handy if I wanted to quickly get good sound through walkman headphones so as to not annoy anyone around me.
I'm very pleased with this little thumbstick audio device. It works and is very portable. It's easy to set up and sounds much better than any integrated audio solution you're going to find on a notebook.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Bass notes "chirp"Mar 11, 2012
The general sound quality is quite good, but unfortunately notes that are too low cause a very annoying "chirping" effect - basically part of the bass note turns out as high-pitched noise.
I tried with several different headphones just to make sure (headphones that work perfectly well with other sound cards), fiddling with the equalizer and the other settings, and I also tried a replacement, but the problem is always the same. In the end I had to return the product. On a side note, Amazon return and replacement policies are quite awesome.
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