Sound BlasterX G5 USB DAC provides better sound to go

Creative has pulled the wraps on its new Sound BlasterX line of products. Most interesting among them is its new USB sound card, the aptly-named Sound BlasterX G5.

The black-and-red box features full 7.1-channel output at 24-bit and 192 kHz. Creative also claims the built-in DAC has a 120 dB signal-to-noise ratio. The G5's headphone amplifier has a 2.2 Ω output impedance, and it can drive headphones with up to 600-Ω impedances, which should be enough to handle any set of cans you plug in. An SB-Axx1 "multi-core" chipset handles hardware-accelerated audio processing, including stereo upmixing and positional audio enchancements.

Creative also includes its Acoustic Engine software, which provides per-game sound customization stored in dedicated audio profiles. Other touches include an illuminated volume knob, dedicated SBX and Scout Mode buttons, and a secondary USB port which can be useful for plugging in keyboards or mice.

The Sound BlasterX G5 will be available in November for $149.99.

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