First off, I would like to give a huge thanks to Creative for sending me the Sound Blaster X3 to review! I had the chance to experience the Super X-Fi tech at CES 2020. Let me start by saying I was impressed from the get go! We also had the chance to meet the team that work together to bring us all the Creative products. They have an awesome lineup we can look forward too in 2020. Fingers crossed we will be able to showcase all of them to you guys. With that being said it may sound like they have created a fan, well maybe….but like I do with all my reviews I am going to set biased aside and assess this product we have like I do every other one. I am going to lay out everything they claim the product to be and see if the claims fall short or exceeds.
I will be testing the Sound Blaster X3 with several different audio setups. First I am going to use a 4 year old set of beats headphones. Great headphones when they came out but have had tons of use and are becoming a little dated. Next I am going to be using a Yamaha RX-V377 Receiver paired with a JBL E150P sub and 2 Klipsch Icon KB-15 bookcase speakers, using the optical out connection. So now that we have all the details out of the way let get to it. Find out if the Sound Blaster X3 lived up to the hype, all in the conclusion of the review.
Raising the bar for your desktop movie experience, X3 comes packed full of features that promises 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 experience at the comfort of your home.
Creative is the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Founded in Singapore in 1981, Creative started with the vision that multimedia would revolutionise the way people interact with their PCs.
Famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions, premium wireless speakers, high performance earphone products and portable media devices. The company’s innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services enable consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment – anytime, anywhere.
Since launching the phenomenally successful Sound Blaster sound cards and setting the de-facto standard for PC audio in 1989, Creative has been able to leverage on its leading-edge audio technology, a huge user base of 400 million, and strong brand name to expand into the exciting lifestyle Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) market.
Creative is now well recognised as a global leader for product innovation in the audio and PDE segments, offering consumers a complete, high quality digital entertainment experience through Creative’s hardware, software applications and services. Finding the perfect balance between form and function, Creative strives for every product to be a sensory feast for the eyes and ears.
Today, Creative is spearheading new product categories with its groundbreaking Sound BlasterAxx audio enhancement devices and solutions, highly-acclaimed Creative D5xm Signature Series of modular Bluetooth wireless speakers, Aurvana premium headsets, Sound Blaster wireless gaming headsets, and cross-platform Sound Blaster Recon3D for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC or Mac.
These products and solutions are marketed to consumers and system integrators through a worldwide distribution network that includes traditional marketing channels, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the Internet.
Moving forward, Creative’s mission is to expand its leadership role in the lifestyle Personal Digital Entertainment market, using groundbreaking technology and leading-edge designs for not just the technically-savvy consumers, but for everyone who enjoys entertainment. With strong focus on user-friendly interface, multiple features and cool industrial designs, the Creative brand is synonymous with lifestyle Personal Digital Entertainment.
Creative’s global corporate headquarters is located in Singapore, in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region. It has regional business units in the US (Milpitas, California), Europe (Dublin, Ireland) and Asia (Singapore).
Creative is a public listed company on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) since June 1994.
Creative’s worldwide corporate headquarters is based in Singapore. Located within the prestigious International Business Park for high-tech industries in Singapore, Creative HQ charts the directions for product innovations, research & development, mechanical & industrial design, production planning, sales and marketing, distribution & logistics and technical support services.
Creative’s sales and distribution activities are carried out through an extensive, broad-based, multi-tiered channel distribution network in more than 80 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.
Creative Labs Americas
Creative Labs, Inc., located in Milpitas, California was set up in 1988 to support sales, marketing, training and customer support organisation for Creative in the Americas.
Creative Labs Europe
Creative Labs Europe was established in 1993 to provide strategic customer support to Creative’s customers in Benelux, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Creative Labs Asia
In 1999, Creative Labs Asia was formed as the core sales and marketing channel in Asian countries namely Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey and the Middle East. The Asian office comprises various divisions, such as business development, product marketing, Asian operations and customer service. These divisions optimize their expertise to collectively exercise effective competitive advantage in this booming region.
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