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Sound Blaster PLAY! 3

USB DAC Amp and External Sound Card



The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 is a USB DAC and Amp that provides an instant audio upgrade from motherboard audio. It works with PC and Mac, and houses a powerful amplifier that will drive a whole range of headphones, from basic mobile phone earbuds to gaming and studio-grade headphones. The downloadable Sound Blaster Control Panel Software offers tremendous audio realism and immersive audio effects, and also comes with optimized profiles for selected earphone brands.

Audio Performance

Instantly Upgrade to High Resolution Audio

Once you upgrade from motherboard audio, you'll never go back to it again. The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 provides such an upgrade, by giving you high resolution 24-bit 96kHz audio for your music, movies, and games.

Studio-Grade Listening

The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 drives a wide range of headphones — from mobile phone earbuds and gaming headsets all the way to more expensive studio-grade headphones. The downloadable Control Panel software also includes optimized profiles for selected earphone brands.

Audio Recording

Crisp Voice Communications and Recording

USB Connectivity greatly improves mic recording capabilities, giving you clean 24-bit 48kHZ quality for podcasts or in-game communications.


Simple, Fuss-Free, Plug-and-Play

Connecting the Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 to PC and Mac is incredibly easy. Simply connect it to a USB port and you're good to go. No drivers necessary1.

1 While drivers are not necessary for basic device installation and use, we strongly recommend downloading drivers to use with Sound Blaster Control Panel software, which delivers more powerful and advanced audio enhancements and controls.

Convenient Headphone Connectivity

The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 lets you connect your headsets with single or split stereo/mic connectors easily, removing the need for a Y-splitter cable.


Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 Control Panel (PC and Mac)

The downloadable Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 Control Panel software provides powerful control over your listening experience with audio realism and immersive audio effects that enhance your music, entertainment and games.

SBX Pro Studio

SBX Pro Studio

SBX Pro Studio increases and expands virtual surround spaciousness, allowing you to enjoy cinema-quality sound in the comfort of your home. Specially designed sound profiles improve the audio experience for all headsets.

Meet The Family

USB Connectivity
With included USB-C to USB-A converter
Sound Blaster Control Panel for Windows PC and Mac
Built-in EQ Button
Yes, Bass Boost and Dynamic EQs
Direct Mic Mute Button
Connector Types
Integrated 3.5 mm headphone jack
Integrated 3.5 mm headphone jack
with external microphone jack
Audio Quality
24-bit / 192 kHz
110 dB
24-bit / 96 kHz
93 dB

Customer Reviews

J. Lee

Works like a charm, just plug and play.

F. Lee

Fantastic stuff. Made such a huge difference to my small creative T10 speakers.

M. Takala

Very simple to install. Improved sound considerably compared to motherboard embedded sound card.

A Closer Look


Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
~93 dB
Connectivity Options (Main)
4-pole Headphone-out with Mic:
1 x 3.5 mm jack
Mic In :
1 x 3.5 mm jack
Headphone Amp
Up to 300 Ohms
Max Channel Output
Audio Technologies
SBX Pro Studio
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Mac OS X v10.9 and above
Audio Fidelity
Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz
138 x 22.0 x 9.4 mm (5.4" x 0.9" x 0.3")
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Recommended Usage

System Requirements

For Windows® OS
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows 10 32/64 bit, Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit
  • 1GB RAM
  • 600 MB of free hard disk space
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port (High Speed recommended with driver)

For Mac® OS
  • Mac OS X® 10.9 or higher
  • Supports Intel-based chipset only
  • 1GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space

Package Contents

  • 1 x Sound Blaster PLAY! 3
  • Warranty & Technical Support leaflet
  • Quick Start Guide


1-year Limited Hardware Warranty


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