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Sound Blaster X3

Hi-Res 7.1 External USB DAC and Amp Sound Card with Super X-Fi® for PC and Mac

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Features

Overview

Raising the bar for your desktop movie experience, X3 comes packed full of features that promise the best cinematic experience at home, regardless of your preference for speakers or headphones. It is the world's first external multi-channel USB DAC and Amp to feature our award-winning Super X-Fi technology, as well as 7.1 discrete surround on speakers, 7.1 virtual surround on headphones, and Dolby Digital Live1. Coupled with high-quality audio components that power hi-res 32-bit / 192 kHz playback at 115 dB DNR / SNR, you can be sure that audio is delivered with studio-level precision and clarity.

And when it comes to versatility, the X3 is unmatched. Featuring a myriad of connectivity options including a USB-C port, Optical-out, and Line-in that makes it compatible with most audio devices, X3 is set to redefine your movie and gaming experience at the comfort of your home.

1Dolby Digital Live is only available on Windows.

Super X-Fi

What's Super X-Fi?

Introducing the world's first external USB DAC and Amp sound card to house the Super X-Fi technology, Sound Blaster X3 redefines your movie experience on PC, Mac and even PlayStation 4.

Critically-acclaimed by respected journalists all over the world and garnering 23 CES “Best-of” awards in 2019 and 2020, the Super X-Fi technology captures the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system set up, and recreates the same expansive experience — with the same original depth, detail, realism, and immersiveness — in your headphones. Not simply a 3D surround technology, the power of Super X-Fi lies in its capability to recreate natural, realistic audio holography that matches your hearing profile, to deliver to you a full theatrical experience.

Redefine Your Movie Experience

Imagine watching a film at home, putting on a pair of headphones, and feeling the audio move around you like the movie experience you get out of a real cinema. What's more, it works even on streamed content! Whether you're streaming the latest 4K movie off iTunes, or watching compressed clips off YouTube, the Super X-Fi processor in the X3 automatically transform videos into full-fledged, cinematic audio experience.

Concerts and Music Festivals

We can't physically bring you back to that last concert you've attended, but we can definitely help you relive the ambience and energy of that performance! When switched on, Super X-Fi brings you to the heart of a live concert with the same expanded soundstage as if you were there in person. Hear the crowd, feel the passion of your favorite band, and get absolutely pumped for the next concert.

Great for Gaming

Headphone fatigue? Thing of the past. Super Xi-Fi technology re-create natural sound in headphones that gives you a real sense of space and distance. With these Super X-Fi's spatialized effect, your game audio will sound natural to your ears, instead of sounding like the audio is piped directly into your ear canals like typical headphones, so you can extend your gaming sessions without headphone fatigue!

Escape to another reality with Super X-Fi's hyper-realistic audio effects! Super X-Fi opens up the soundstage in your headphones and delivers incredibly immersive sound enhancements! Now with Super X-Fi Gen2, experience a whole new level of surround sound gaming with your open-world games.

GEN2 IS HERE!

Super X-Fi Gen2 is a result of our continuous research effort. With our improved AI engine and tweaks along the way, you can expect Super X-Fi Gen2 to work better across a broader range of content, especially for movies and games.

Specifically, there are 4 main areas of improvements:

IMPROVED SURROUND SOUND CONFIGURATION

Hear more details in your surround sound configuration and enjoy more precise audio cue positioning when watching movies or playing games

CLEARER DIALOGUES IN MOVIES

With Super X-Fi Gen2, dialogues are clearer than ever so you can pay full attention to what's happening on the screen

STUDIO-LIKE MUSIC LISTENING EXPERIENCE

Enhanced audio fidelity in Gen2 coupled with the Super X-Fi holographic audio effect gives you a listening experience as though you're at the recording studio

MORE EFFICIENT POWER CONSUMPTION

Improved AI engine also brings about more efficient power usage. This translates to approximately 10% lower battery consumption for SXFI AIR and SXFI AMP!

Gen2 is available for all SXFI customers! Once your setup is done, your device will automatically upgrade to the latest firmware version available. Check if your device has the latest firmware here.

Setting up Super X-Fi profile is easy! Simply follow the steps below and be well on your way to Super X-Fi audio holography!
SETTING UP SUPER X-FI ON X3

Step 1

Download SXFI App on your mobile device and register for a Super X-Fi account.

(This is different from your Creative Store account).

Step 2

Create your Super X-Fi profile via the SXFI App, select ‘Personalize' via the menu tab, and follow the guided Head and Ear-Mapping process.

Step 3

On your PC or Mac, download the Sound Blaster Command Software.

Step 4

Load your Super X-Fi profile onto Sound Blaster X3 by logging onto your account (as registered in Step 1) on Sound Blaster Command software via the SXFI tab.

And you're done! Toggle Super X-Fi on and off directly on X3 button and experience the ultimate movie experience on your desktop.

Multi-Channel Surround

7.1 Virtual Surround

If you prefer the usual 7.1 virtual surround without headphone holography, X3 also supports up to 7.1 virtual surround for headphones.

7.1 Discrete Surround

That's not all — Sound Blaster X3 works beyond just headphones. With support for multi-channel audio output of up to 7.1 discrete surround in speakers, enjoy binge-watching on your latest series effortlessly with surround sound delivery that's distinctively positioned for audio envelopment.

Besides, there's no need to sacrifice your room's physical space for an actual 7.1 sound system! Simply connect the Sound Blaster X3 to your computer for immersive surround sound output which is perfect for gaming sessions with friends, or to impress that special someone during movie nights.

For Window users, there's also Dolby Digital Live1 for convenience of encoding any audio sources to multi-channel surround sound in real-time, all while transmitting data using only a single optical cable solution for decoding on a home theater system.

1Dolby Digital Live is only available on Windows.

Controls

Customize Your EQ Modes

Right out of the box, there are three specially-tuned EQ modes that are designed to enhance audio for different usages. Simply press the “Mode” button on X3 to cycle through the different modes — Music, Movies, and Footsteps Enhancer.

These EQ modes are also customizable so you can further tweak them to your liking, and save your preferred settings to each mode via the Sound Blaster Command software or mobile app.

Mode 1 — MusicGet instant bass enhancement to your current tune.
Mode 2 — MoviesHear the characters dialogues clearly without compromising the background effects.
Mode 3 — Footsteps EnhancerBring your team to victory with that footsteps enhancer that allows you hear beyond what you see.

The Perfect Chat and Game Mix

Find the perfect harmony between two audio sources with X3's Audio Balance feature — perfect for use during conference calls while listening to music or podcasts at the same time. X3's Volume Control Knob allows you to toggle your audio control between the SPDIF interface and speaker sources simply by turning the knob left to right, and vice versa.

You can also control the volume mix between your gaming audio and voice audio of your teammates to hear them better.

Connectivity

The X3 is highly versatile and compatible with many devices! Featuring a myriad of connectivity options, X3 is specially designed to be used with many platforms — you'll be spoilt for choice.

Hover over the devices to see how to connect it with the X3.

Analog Speaker System

Mobile device / Audio player

AV Receiver

PC / Mac / PS4 / Switch

1. Analog Speaker System

2. Mobile device / Audio player

3. AV Receiver

4. PC / Mac / PS4 / Switch

Audio

Powerful Audio Performance

The Sound Blaster X3 features a 600Ω headphone amplifier that's capable of driving studio-grade headphones with ease. Coupled with 32-bit / 192 kHz playback, enjoy detailed audio with clarity and accuracy. Thanks to the extra power from the amp, you'll get a load more volume!

Audio Processing

Industry-Leading Audio Processing

To further boost your audio experience with the X3, we've also included our industry-leading audio processing technologies — featuring Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine's full suite of audio enhancements and delivered through the redesigned Sound Blaster Command software.

Streamlined and optimized, it's now easier than ever to customize your audio quickly for your specific needs. When it comes to changing audio settings between movies, music, or even games, you can save and switch to your different profiles with just a simple click. The best part of the software? You can control every bit of it.

DOWNLOAD THE SOUND BLASTER COMMAND SOFTWARE

PC (Windows)Mac OS

Mobile Remote Control

For more convenience, you can also manage Sound Blaster X3 from your mobile devices using wireless Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) via the Sound Blaster Command app. Without the hassle of switching between PC and console, you can customize and save EQ settings, switch between EQ and SXFI, or switch between Headphone and Speaker output — all the necessary controls on your mobile phone.

Compatibility

Platform Compatibility

We have also summarized the features of X3 and their feature compatibility across platforms in this table.

Windows Desktop / Laptop

Mac OS

PlayStation 4

Nintendo Switch

Super X-Fi
Discrete 7.1 / 5.1
Virtual 7.1 / 5.1
Dolby Digital Live
Audio Balance
EQ Mode
Scout Mode
CrystalVoice
Sound Blaster Command
✓*
✓*

*Via Sound Blaster Command app for Android and iOS devices.

REVIEWS

Tech Radar

Creative delivers a bevy of different sound options worth listening to with its latest external sound card that's worth it if you're tired of bad-sounding computer speakers.

4/5 Stars

Sound Blaster X3

2020-01-17

Wyattlecadre

Personally, I like the X3 a lot and in my opinion Creative Labs put together an excellent product and implemented it with precision. I say this because there were moments were I listened to specific sections of a movie long after what I needed to hear had past. The sound experience kept me engaged even when I was suppose to move on to something else. This is what good audio is about. Capturing and captivating you and not letting you go which is something you can not physically measure.

Sound Blaster X3

2020-02-14

Eurogamer.net

Great audio processing, both 7.1 speaker and headphone outputs, good software.

Sound Blaster X3

2020-09-03

Customer Reviews

m. Homan

great bit of kit. external, easy to set up and use.

C. Hare

Absolutely love this product. After buying endless headphones for my gaming and music consumption, I have finally found what I was missing. If you are looking for something that brings to life your music and your games. This is a necessity for any set up. The software was extremely easy to use and within 10 minutes you'll have everything setup and ready to go. Plus it looks great on my desk!

C. W. Y. Huat

Great sound and great software. Expected from Creative. My sound experience has been elevated to another level.

A Closer Look

Specifications

Weight
330g
Dimensions
129 mm x 129 mm x 40.6 mm
Dynamic Range (DNR)
115 dB
Max. Playback Quality
Sampling Rate (Playback) :
Direct Mode:
Playback Resolution (Stereo): PCM 16/24/32-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Playback Resolution (Optical Out): PCM 16/24-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Surround 7.1: PCM 16/24/32-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Dolby Digital Live: 16-bit, 48.0 kHz
Max. Recording Quality
Line-in:
16/24-bit, 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Mic-in:
16/24-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192,0 kHz
What-U-Hear
16/24-bit, 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Connectivity Options (Main)
1 x TOSLINK Optical Out, 1 x ⅛″ Rear Out, 1 x ⅛″ Center / Sub Out, 1 x 1/8″ Headphone / Headset Jack, 1 x 1/8″ Ext. Mic-in Jack, 1 x ⅛″ Front-out, 1 x ⅛″ Side Out Jack, 1 x USB Type-C port for PC / Mac, 1 x ⅛″ Line-in Jack
Headphone Amp
Supported Headphone Impedance: 32–600Ω, Low Gain: 32–149Ω (1.2V RMS @ 32Ω, 1.5V RMS @ 150Ω), High Gain: 150–600Ω (2.3V RMS @ 150Ω, 2.9V RMS @ 600Ω)
Audio Technologies
CrystalVoice
Scout Mode
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10
DAC
Dynamic Range (Stereo): 115 dB, THD+N (Stereo): 0.0004%
ADC
Dynamic Range: 104 dB, THD+N: 0.0017%
Power
USB Bus Powered, USB-C
Recommended Usage
Home Entertainment

System Requirements

Windows® OS
  • Intel® Core™i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
  • 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
  • 1 GB RAM
  • > 600 MB of free hard disk space
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
Mac® OS
  • Mac OS X® 10.12 or higher
  • 1 GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
PS4
  • Firmware Ver 5.0 or later
  • Available USB port
Nintendo Switch
  • Switch OS 5.0 or later
  • Available USB port (in docking mode)
  • External USB Power (not included)
  • Voice communications is title dependent
Android ^
  • Android OS Ver 7.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support
iOS ^
  • iOS Ver 11.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support

^ Use as a remote controller for Sound Blaster X3 on PS4 / Nintendo Switch only, does not support Bluetooth audio streaming

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster X3
  • USB Type-A to Type-C Cable
  • Quick Start Guide and Leaflets
  • Warranty Leaflets

Warranty

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

Featured Questions

  1. What is Audio Balance?

    Audio Balance allows user to control and attenuate the output volume of 2 separate playback endpoints by turning the volume knob in a clockwise/anti-clockwise direction. The 2 playback endpoints on Sound Blaster X3 are Speakers and SPDIF Out respectively. Applying this concept, user can launch 2 different software with one output/playback its audio to “Speakers” and the other playback its audio to “SPDIF Out”.

    User can apply such configuration in various scenarios such as listening to music while chatting with friends on a VoIP software, you will want to listen to the music and reduce the chat volume when the conversation is not of interest to you; or watching a movie while listening to a podcast; or when playing a FPS game with team mates when the game audio over-powers your team mates' chat volume, you will want to reduce the game audio so that you can hear your team mates' chat clearer, or vise-versa.

  2. Why does the Super X-Fi feature automatically switches off when I turn on EQ?

    Super X-Fi is an audio technology that naturally recreates the sound stage of a high-end, multi speaker system. So, users can enjoy the maximum capability of Super X-Fi.

    When Super X-Fi is turned on, the EQ modes will be switched off. Similarly, when the EQ mode is switched on, Super X-Fi will be switched off.

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