THX Onyx Review: MQA Dongle DAC and Headphone Adapter
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THX Onyx Review: MQA Dongle DAC and Headphone Adapter

The THX Onyx is the first time THX has produced consumer hardware with them traditionally just certifying products. However, the brand was acquired by Razer back in 2016, and they have started to expand their horizons. It will be interesting to see if THX expand their product range, Razer already has an extensive audio peripheral…

Creative Sound Blaster X4 Review – An excellent external soundcard but not much different than the X3
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Creative Sound Blaster X4 Review – An excellent external soundcard but not much different than the X3

Page 2 covers the Smartcomms kit, price and alternative options plus the overall rating Launched last month, the Creative Sound Blaster X4 is a tweaked version of the popular X3 DAC, which integrates the new Smartcomms Kit that has featured on several of the recent Creative products. Sound Blaster X4 vs X3 Specification [amazon box=”B094Y4P678″]…

Creative Sound Blaster X4 Announced – Similar hardware vs X3 but now with SmartComms Kit and only a fiver more (£135 vs £130 RRP)
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Creative Sound Blaster X4 Announced – Similar hardware vs X3 but now with SmartComms Kit and only a fiver more (£135 vs £130 RRP)

Yesterday, Creative announced their latest DAC, the Creative Sound Blaster X4, The X4 is the upgraded successor to the well-received Sound Blaster X3, but looking at the product pages and press release, not that much has changed. Creative Sound Blaster X4 vs Sound Blaster X3 The new X4 has 114 dB audio clarity and 24-bit/192…

EPOS Sennheiser GSX 1200 PRO Review – A superb external 7.1 gaming amplifier/DAC that requires no software installing
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EPOS Sennheiser GSX 1200 PRO Review – A superb external 7.1 gaming amplifier/DAC that requires no software installing

EPOS | Sennheiser launched the GSX 1200 PRO a few years ago now, along with the more affordable GSX 1000. It is one of the few devices on the market offering virtual 7.1 sound possessing, which is achieved through a Binaural Rendering Engine built into the device itself. While you may see a lot of…

Creative Sound Blaster Z SE Review – An affordable alternative to a surround sound compatible USB DAC
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Creative Sound Blaster Z SE Review – An affordable alternative to a surround sound compatible USB DAC

The original Creative Sound Blaster Z was launched around 8 years ago, and it is so good that Creative have effectively re-released it with a couple of minor tweaks. With a launch price of £89.99, is this still a good buy compared to the more popular option of an external DAC? Sound Card vs External…

Buyers Guide – Affordable Desktop Amps for Passive Speakers – Ditch the active speakers for superior sound and upgradability
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Buyers Guide – Affordable Desktop Amps for Passive Speakers – Ditch the active speakers for superior sound and upgradability

Like most people, I have always used active speakers with my computer; they are generally affordable and simple to use. Plug them in, and away you go. Active speakers come in various shapes, sizes and at a wide range of budgets. I have covered several excellent options from Edifier recently. I bought the Acoustic Energy…

Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 Launched – A USB-C DAC for your Zoom calls – With auto-muting and 2-way noise cancelling
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Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 Launched – A USB-C DAC for your Zoom calls – With auto-muting and 2-way noise cancelling

Creative Technology yesterday announced the release of Sound Blaster PLAY! 4, an affordable pocket-sized USB DAC that is geared towards conference calls and online gaming thanks to its cleaver voice detection technology. This differs from the Play!3 by using USB-C rather than USB-A, then only having one 3.5mm port but offering a new VoiceDetect and…

FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC Review – A multi-input DAC perfect for consoles & PC gaming
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FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC Review – A multi-input DAC perfect for consoles & PC gaming

Following on from my review of the Creative Sound BlasterX G6, I have also been using the FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC as a possible alternative solution to my needs. On my office desk, I have multiple monitors, in the morning I work with music playing from my main PC but then at lunch, I…

Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Review & comparison vs Fiio K5 PRO – Two multi-input DACs perfect for consoles and PC gaming
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Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Review & comparison vs Fiio K5 PRO – Two multi-input DACs perfect for consoles and PC gaming

For the past year or so I have used two sets of speakers of my desk, one for my PC and the second for when I watched TV or Movies on my Nvidia Shield on one of my side monitors. Not the most elegant solution, but it works, and I already had the speakers. However,…

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