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The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB is an external sound card aimed at notebook computer users.

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Pros

slick, minimalist design

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a huge upgrade over onboard audio

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affordable price point for an external sound card

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good sound quality

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RCA stereo line-in and line-out connections

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compact - won't get in the way or look out of place

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dual TOS-link/optical digital audio ports

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full EAX support for getting the best audio experience in the latest games

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Cons

no ASIO support

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technically inferior to even some internal sound cards - higher noise floor, more distortion

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The  Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB is an external sound card aimed at notebook computer users who are looking for a step up in audio quality. It is based on X-Fi Titanium HD desktop sound card. This THX certified device features TruStudio Pro technology which enhances the sound quality of all your audio content. With the RCA line in and the microphone input, the X-Fi HD USB can be used as a recording devices. With the 24-bit DAC (digital/analogue converter) the user can listen to music with headphones via the 1/4'' jack output, with speakers via the RCA output, or use the SPDIF optical output. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB is a good option for buyers looking for a high quality alternative to their notebook's built-in sound card. 

Features / Specifications
  • THX TruStudio Pro
  • Microphone input (1/4” jack)
  • Headphone output (1/4" jack)
  • Line in / Phono in* (2 x RCA jacks)
  • Line out (2x RCA jacks)
  • Optical SPDIF input and output (2 x optical connectors)   
  • USB 2.0
  • Front Channel Out/Headphone: 114 dB (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)
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