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 Sound Blaster … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

Blue Sadie Over-Ear Headphones Review

Blue is not a brand that I would normally associate with premium headphones, but they do have strong credentials with audio in the form of their universally praised microphones. Their entry into the headphone market is an interesting one, as they are jumping straight into the upper mid and high-end market. Their flagship product called … Read more