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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D 5.1 PCIe Sound Card £26.99 (Qd/Tc 4%) @ maplin (link for latest drivers in comments - Release date : 29 Jan 14)
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D 5.1 PCIe Sound Card £26.99 (Qd/Tc 4%) @ maplin (link for latest drivers in comments - Release date : 29 Jan 14)

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D 5.1 PCIe Sound Card £26.99 (Qd/Tc 4%) @ maplin (link for latest drivers in comments - Release date : 29 Jan 14)

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Headphone amplifier - supports headsets of up to 600 ohm impedance
Powered by Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio processor
THX® TruStudio Pro™ technologies
CrystalVoice™ voice enhancement and clarity technology
Dolby® Digital Live encoding
Scout Mode™ - Hear them before they hear you.

Audio Processor Sound Core3D
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) 102dB
Connectivity Options (Main) Headphone: 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Headphone: 1 x Amplified 1/4" jack
Speaker Out: 3 x 3.5mm jacks (Front,Rear,C/Sub)
Line / Mic In: 1 x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out: 1 x TOSLINK
Optical In: 1 x TOSLINK
Headphone Amp Up to 600 Ohms

Requirements:
Microsoft® Windows 8.1 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit

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Edited by: "stealthx" 10th Jan 2015

Creative have always had great hardware and unbelievably dire software. I would avoid.

Seems a great price to me. Heat.

Not a bad price, but Creative hardware usually comes packed with a load of bloatware so I avoid them.
They also lack electrical spdif connectors to the back of the card; often only provided at the front of your pc in a 5.25" bay expansion which is no use to me.

Just put the extra to the Z oem version. Much better for sound positioning in games

Do people still buy soundcards?

Wopsta79

Do people still buy soundcards?



Only people with good speakers and headphones.

plath

Only people with good speakers and headphones.



Hmmm, I've got some decent Qpad QH-90 headphones on order so perhaps its something I need to look into, although i rememeber my now 4 year old mobo as being advertised as having very good on board sound.

Wopsta79

Hmmm, I've got some decent Qpad QH-90 headphones on order so perhaps its … Hmmm, I've got some decent Qpad QH-90 headphones on order so perhaps its something I need to look into, although i rememeber my now 4 year old mobo as being advertised as having very good on board sound.



On board sound is usually mediocre, most of my mobos sound breaks after a few months. I have a old Creative fx 7.1 card which is 5 years old and still going and sounds amazing. I think this deal is a bargain, heat from me.

Kaprikawn

Creative have always had great hardware and unbelievably dire software. … Creative have always had great hardware and unbelievably dire software. I would avoid.



100% agree with you (and have one of these cards). Their software goes in flames if you have an AMD video card. To fix it, you need to disable the audio on the HDMI interface (it's so obvious!!!!)

Ok, so after some research looks like I do need to buy a sound card... any advantage of this over the Xonar DXG which seems to be an oft recommend card for just headphone use.

Wopsta79

Ok, so after some research looks like I do need to buy a sound card... … Ok, so after some research looks like I do need to buy a sound card... any advantage of this over the Xonar DXG which seems to be an oft recommend card for just headphone use.


I have the Xonar and Qpad QH-90 headphones combo, the Xonar is quite a good card for gaming IMO, but the headphones?

I hope you have a small 'deep' shaped head, my head is 'round' and the Qpads hurt like hell, mainly due to the fact there is no swivell type movement on the cans. After an hour using them while gaming I am aware of the pain in my jaw, and it gets worse the longer I play.

They are good, I have no problem recommending them but make sure they fit your head shape, or your gonna be in pain.

[* I noticed how sore my jaw was getting within a week, I regret not sending them back and getting something with movement where the headband meets the 'cans'. If you find them comfortable then you wont regret buying them. *]

Vicousvern

On board sound is usually mediocre, most of my mobos sound breaks after … On board sound is usually mediocre, most of my mobos sound breaks after a few months. I have a old Creative fx 7.1 card which is 5 years old and still going and sounds amazing. I think this deal is a bargain, heat from me.



Something strange going on if you keep breaking your onboard sound and a number of newer m/bs with ALC1150 are better than older sound cards.
A decent external DAC and amp is probably still going to sound much better if you have good headphones and ears. Interference because everything is packed onto the m/b or inside your case is probably one of the bigger problems re sound quality.

pimpMe

I have the Xonar and Qpad QH-90 headphones combo, the Xonar is quite a … I have the Xonar and Qpad QH-90 headphones combo, the Xonar is quite a good card for gaming IMO, but the headphones?I hope you have a small 'deep' shaped head, my head is 'round' and the Qpads hurt like hell, mainly due to the fact there is no swivell type movement on the cans. After an hour using them while gaming I am aware of the pain in my jaw, and it gets worse the longer I play.They are good, I have no problem recommending them but make sure they fit your head shape, or your gonna be in pain.[* I noticed how sore my jaw was getting within a week, I regret not sending them back and getting something with movement where the headband meets the 'cans'. If you find them comfortable then you wont regret buying them. *]



Thanks for the heads up, will make sure I wear them for an extended period first thing. Have you tried stretching them, I've head off some people doing that for headphones that are painful.

Wopsta79

Have you tried stretching them, I've head off some people doing that for … Have you tried stretching them, I've head off some people doing that for headphones that are painful.


To be honest I would rather not do something like that, at some point I would like to sell them on and it vwould be much better if they are in pristine condition.

I've tried to unlock my onboard sound card for gaming with 5.1 thru SPDIF.

It works for my windows 7 dual boot but can't get it to work not
for my windows 8.1.

Ordered this and received today - 3 day free delivery (Thx OP). Was a bit worried by poor reviews of Maplin online service .

Also pretty unusual for Maplin to be cheap. Prices elsewhere start over £40.

Extra such as the headphone amp, SPDIF in (not sure i have a use for that) are a bonus.
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