SOUND BLASTER OMNI SURROUND 5.1 USB SOUND CARD £44.99 @ UK.CREATIVE.COM
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SOUND BLASTER OMNI SURROUND 5.1 USB SOUND CARD £44.99 @ UK.CREATIVE.COM

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Found 11th Nov 2016Made hot 11th Nov 2016
USB Sound Card with 600 Ohm Headphone Amp

Featuring a built-in dual microphone array for crystal-clear voice communication and customizable SBX Pro Studio audio technologies, and a studio-grade 600 ohm headphone amplifier, the Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 is ideal for anyone looking to seriously upgrade their PC or Mac audio experience.


http://www.everythingusb.com/media/creative-sb-omni.jpg

£44.99 seems like a good deal for this external sound card!

Amazon are selling it for £60 and I can't find it cheaper anywhere else. Also comes with remote.

I just ordered one as I want an upgrade to my motherboard's onboard sound, but don't want to clutter the inside my PC with an internal sound card.

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I wonder what DAC and AMP it has in this?

rev6

I wonder what DAC and AMP it has in this?



if you use the optical out then the dac/amp doesn't matter - that said its a bit expensive just for that facility

to the op, how is putting a pci-e card into your pc "cluttering the inside"? anyhoo each to their own..

taras

if you use the optical out then the dac/amp doesn't matter - that said … if you use the optical out then the dac/amp doesn't matter - that said its a bit expensive just for that facility



Well I do know that. It doesn't answer my question

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rev6

I wonder what DAC and AMP it has in this?



Apparently the DAC and AMP while not audiophile quality are quite reasonable for gaming. Check out this discussion.

Dread to think how weak the headphone output is when paired with 600 Ohm headphones. Creative don't state the output power (mw) for any impedance.
Edited by: "MBeeching" 11th Nov 2016

rev6

Well I do know that. It doesn't answer my question



seriously thought just because you and i know that! Some may not

Done a bit of searching around.

The DAC is the CS4361
The AMP is the MAX97220A

MBeeching

Dread to think how weak the headphone output is when paired with 600 Ohm … Dread to think how weak the headphone output is when paired with 600 Ohm headphones. Creative don't state the output power (mw) for any impedance.



The rating is here. It doesn't look like it would give 300 Ohm headphones justice let alone 600

datasheets.maximintegrated.com/en/…pdf



Edited by: "rev6" 11th Nov 2016

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rev6

The rating is here. It doesn't look like it would give 300 Ohm headphones … The rating is here. It doesn't look like it would give 300 Ohm headphones justice let alone 600 :Dhttps://datasheets.maximintegrated.com/en/ds/MAX97220A-MAX97220E.pdf



Thank you for investigating further!

rev6

Done a bit of searching around.The DAC is the CS4361The AMP is the … Done a bit of searching around.The DAC is the CS4361The AMP is the MAX97220A



So they spent less than £2.50 on the DAC and amp section

Can anybody comment on the sound quality of the inbuilt dual mic?

£99.99 for the soundblaster e5 too

Wow, they still exist! How does it compare to Gravis Ultrasound? ;-)

taras

to the op, how is putting a pci-e card into your pc "cluttering the … to the op, how is putting a pci-e card into your pc "cluttering the inside"? anyhoo each to their own..


It can restrict airflow especially if you have non blower sli.
Internal sound cards (onboard sound as well) can suffer from interference causing humming etc. If you don't have any issues with interference whether or not you will actually experience an upgrade in quality from onboard sound is subjective. The only objective test I've ever seen is this one:

tomshardware.com/rev…tml

Unsurprisingly tests of this kind do not lead to increased advertising revenue.

"don't want to clutter the inside my PC with an internal sound card." so you'd rather clutter your house with an external one instead?
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