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Creative Sound Blaster X7

Creative Sound Blaster X7
alaScore 91

29 reviews

Aug, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Creative Sound Blaster X7. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and size are overall positive. The usability and design also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Creative Sound Blaster X7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Creative Sound Blaster X7 review

 

The Sound Blaster promises much but fails to shine. It's a decent performer but is easily bettered by the likes of NAD's D3020

Fully featured Bluetooth connectivity Agile sound Tonally balanced Distinctive appearance Adjustability provided by app

Price puts it up against some tough competition Lack of sonic insight and dynamic thrust

The Creative Sound Blaster X7’s spec sheet promises much, but it doesn’t really deliver sonically. Our money would go elsewhere unless we could get one with a very hefty discount. MORE: Best DACs 2015

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Martin Pipe (homecinemachoice.com)

Creative Sound Blaster X7 review

 

Lots of features and gadgets; a decent overall playback standard; solid headphone amp and audiophile tweaks

No HDMI connectivity; optical input only supports DD and PCM; 5.1 is a faff

Highs: Lots of features and gadgets; a decent overall playback standard; solid headphone amp and audiophile tweaks Lows: No HDMI connectivity; optical input only supports DD and PCM; 5.1 is a faff

Jul, 2015

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Creative Sound Blaster X7 review

 

The Creative X7 is touted as the company's biggest and boldest Sound Blaster to date, and it certainly has plenty of gusto tucked in to back up those claims - despite being a tiny little box that can sit on your desk. Not only does it serve as a...

Aimed at gamers, Creative's Sound Blaster X7 is a bit of an odd product, but it manages to deliver plenty of options. At first, it looks more like a large, dark matte Toblerone, but the desktop-sized amplifier has more features tucked in than meets the...

The Creative X7 is a brilliant bit of kit that works great if you don't already have a top-notch sound card in your PC, and works well as an external DAC, but its biggest problem is its price. £330 is around the same price as an Xbox One or PS4, and...

The Creative X7 is a great piece of kit for audio fanatics, but it's not for everyone. It packs in tons of high-end audio gear into a compact shell that's a worthy addition to your setup if you're looking to boost audio. It's powerful enough to drive a...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by (avforums.com)

Creative Sound Blaster X7 Review

 

An external soundcard for your PC, a standalone headphone amplifier and DAC, a communication device and high-end HiFi unit for music and movies - what...

Very good sound via Headphones ; Also very good with attached speakers driven by on-board amplifier ; Unique design ; Decent connectivity for various types of users

Expensive if your use is limited and you're not taking full advantage of everything on offer

Overall, in terms of audio quality and playback the X7 did a very reasonable job of producing high quality music playback via headphones and speakers. Personally that is all I would use it for and as such I’m not sure it is the product for a wide...

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

Creative Sound Blaster X7 review

 

Ever since the dawn of the sound card, the PC has been able to perform the many of the functions of specialized equipment. While audio-specific add-ons themselves have dwindled in popularity due to the prevalence of higher-quality onboard sound,...

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 is a jack-of-all-trades USB amp with that offers unrivaled features and connectivity for the money. Sound quality is up there with dedicated DACs. The volume knob is handy for PC desktop use.

Better hi-fi amplifiers can be had for the price. No remote control beyond the smartphone app. Build quality isn't as good as you'd expect for a $400 component. The headphone detection circuit is poor, and hooking up surround sound is a pain.

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 offers a ridiculous number of features for the money and sound quality is generally very good, but its appeal is limited.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Tom McNamera (maximumpc.com)

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X7 Review

 

The gold-plated kitchen sink of soundcards

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com.au)

Creative Sound Blaster X77 review: This sound card is like a Swiss Amplifier Knife for desktop

 

Ever since the dawn of the sound card, the PC has been able to perform the many of the functions of specialized equipment. While audio-specific add-ons themselves have dwindled in popularity due to the prevalence of higher-quality onboard sound,...

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 is a jack-of-all-trades USB amp with that offers unrivaled features and connectivity for the money. Sound quality is up there with dedicated DACs. The volume knob is handy for PC desktop use

Better hi-fi amplifiers can be had for the price. No remote control beyond the smartphone app. Build quality isn't as good as you'd expect for a $400 component. The headphone detection circuit is poor, and hooking up surround sound is a pain

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 offers a ridiculous number of features for the money and sound quality is generally very good, but its appeal is limited.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Sound Blaster X7 review: Audiophile performance without the audiophile price

 

You name it, the X7 can do it: It's a high-end DAC, headphone amp, USB audio device, digital amplifier, recorder, Bluetooth host, and more.

Nearly every digital and analog I/O port you could want ; Audiophile components (DAC, ADC, and headphone amp) ; High-quality USB and Bluetooth audio streaming

No HDMI support ; Can't decode high-res Blu-ray soundtracks ; No support for Apple's AirPlay technology

I evaluated the Sound Blaster X7 with both headphones (Bowers & Wilkins’ P5 and Ultrasone’s HFI-2400) and a pair of loudspeakers that Creative product manager Ryan Schlieper introduced me to. Both experiences were exceptional. None of the headphones I...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Jez Ford (pcauthority.com.au)

Review: Creative X7

 

T he Creative X7's gaming origins are clear from its styling, its extensive sound tweakery and inclusion of gaming modes, but in hi-fi terms it is a digital amplifier, combining DAC, headphone amplifier, and internal amplification to drive a pair of...

Some dodgy software muddies the music, but with tweaking this is a great solution.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Marcus Wong (hardwarezone.com)

All-in-one audio wonder: Creative's Sound Blaster X7

 

With its high resolution audio-capable DAC and powerful Class D amplifier, the Creative Sound Blaster X7 has certainly made waves in the audio community for its combination of features, quality, and price. And now we've finally been able to put one to...

Small footprint makes it easy to shift around ; Supports full 24bit/192kHz sampling ; Bluetooth support ; Great value given the features

Software audio enhancements can be a little too much

At this point, we think it’s safe to say that the Sound Blaster X7 really does work as advertised, both in terms being able to adequately power your headphones and speakers, and in terms of being able to give you clean audio through its internal DAC....

Mar, 2015
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