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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIE Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card SB1356


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  • Quad-core Sound Core3D Audio Processor
  • THX TruStudio Pro sound technologies
  • Dolby Digital Live for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source
  • Scout mode, allows you to hear your enemies before they hear you providing a distinct tactical advantage in combat
  • Calibrate and customize every aspect of the Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional audio and voice settings to really get into your game
  • The dedicated high quality headphone amp supports studio quality headphones and headsets with up to 600 ohm impedance
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Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 1024

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.4 x 8 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00654PTT2
  • Item model number: SB1356
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 9, 2011
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card

Sound Blaster and Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel have once again teamed up to create the ultimate PC gaming audio card. Whether you're on a headset or desktop speakers you'll have a distinct tactical advantage over the competition with massively powerful THX TruStudio Pro audio technologies that deliver incredibly immersive surround sound with pin-point accurate audio placement. Go "headset-free" with exclusive CrystalVoice Voice Clarity technology and the included Sound Blaster advanced beamforming microphone for a new way to communicate with your team mates by allowing for advanced voice communication even while playing audio over speakers. Get the PC audio choice of Champions, and hear the sound of victory. Get Sound Blaster.

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card
Impressive internal hardware, complete with a red-hot glowing Sound Core3D processor

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card
Bundled technologies create unprecendented levels of audio and voice quality

Included beamforming microphone plus amp support for studio headsets

Hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro audio technologies deliver unsurpassed audio playback quality, while the innovative CrystalVoice processing, coupled with the included beamforming microphone, gives you the edge in multiplayer games with crystal clear vocal fidelity. Its impressive internal hardware is matched by an equally stunning design, complete with a red-hot glowing Sound Core3D processor.

Engineered for low power consumption and high performance, the Sound Core3D processor is Creative's first sound and voice processor to integrate a quad-core high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) and high-quality converters onto a single chip.

Creative
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card
  • Included Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
  • THX TruStudio Pro audio technologies for unsurpassed audio playback quality
  • CrystalVoice Technology for crystal clear voice clarity
  • Engineered for low power consumption and high performance
Creative
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card
Easily connect all of your favorite audio equipment. View larger
Powered by Sound Core3D

Sound Core3D is a high performance Sound and Voice processor for accelerating advanced audio and voice technologies. The quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor offloads THX TruStudio Pro and CrystalVoice effects processing from your primary CPU, improving your gaming experience with faster frame rates and drastically superior audio and voice quality.

THX TruStudio Pro Sound Technology

THX TruStudio Pro Sound Technology creates unprecedented levels of audio realism including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headphones by producing additional virtual speakers around, above and below you.

CrystalVoice Voice Enhancement And Clarity Technology

Let your teammates hear you clearly thanks to the CrystalVoice suite of realtime audio processing tools. CrystalVoice Acoustic Echo Cancellation eliminates echoes that interfere with your conversation. CrystalVoice Noise Reduction eliminates unwanted background noise from your conversation. CrystalVoice Smart Volume allows you to be heard clearly without having to shout or whisper. CrystalVoice FX morphs your voice into different characters and accents. And CrystalVoice Focus suppresses noise outside your acoustic zone and be heard with amazing clarity.

Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone

When used with CrystalVoice Focus, the included stereo microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard with amazing clarity.

Scout Mode

Hear your enemies before they hear you. Scout Mode is a proprietary technology that allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat.

Dolby Digital Live

Connect the Recon3D to your home theater system through a single digital cable and enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 audio streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.

Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Control Panel Software

Calibrate and customize every aspect of the Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe audio and voice settings to really get into your game.

High Quality Headphone Amp

The dedicated high quality headphone amp supports studio quality headphones and headsets with up to 600 ohm impedance.

What's in the Box?

Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional PCIe sound card, Quick Start leaflet, installation CD containing drivers for Windows, Creative software suite, and User's Guide.

System Requirements

  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 600 MB of free hard disk space
  • Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
  • Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Which Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Sound Card is Right for You?

Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion
SB1354
Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Pro
SB1356
Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe
SB1350
Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Champion Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIe
Connectivity
Microphone in 2 x 1/8" mini jacks 1 x 1/8" mini jack 1 x 1/8" mini jack
Headphone 2 x 1/8" mini jacks 1 x 1/8" mini jack 1 x 1/8" mini jack
Speaker Out 3 x 1/8" mini jacks 3 x 1/8" mini jacks 3 x 1/8" mini jacks
Auxiliary In Stereo RCA jacks
TOSLINK Optical Out/In Yes Yes Yes
Speaker Support
Stereo/ 2.1 Speakers Yes Yes Yes
5.1 Speakers Yes Yes Yes
Headphones Yes Yes Yes
Bus Connection
PCI Express 1x Yes Yes Yes
Bundled Software
Sound Blaster Recon3D Control Panel Yes Yes Yes
THX TruStudio Pro Effects Yes Yes Yes
CrystalVoice Effects Yes Yes Yes
EAX Advanced HD Yes Yes Yes
OpenAL Yes Yes Yes
Creative Alchemy Yes Yes Yes
Creative Music Server Yes Yes Yes
Package Contents
Sound Card Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Sound Blaster Recon3D
Installation CD Yes Yes Yes
Quick Start Leaflet Yes Yes Yes
Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone Yes Yes
Sound Blaster I/O Drive Yes

Product Description

Sound Blaster and Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel have once again teamed up to create the ultimate PC gaming audio card. Whether you’re on a headset or desktop speakers you’ll have a distinct tactical advantage over the competition with massively powerful THX TruStudio Pro audio technologies that deliver incredibly immersive surround sound with pin-point accurate audio placement. Go “headset-free” with exclusive CrystalVoice Voice Clarity technology and the included Sound Blaster advanced beamforming microphone for a new way to communicate with your team mates by allowing for advanced voice communication even while playing audio over speakers! Get the PC audio choice of Champions, and hear the sound of victory. Get Sound Blaster.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sound is crystal clear, gaming is a LOT better using this card, esp in FPS (Scout Mode).
ArchvileX
This is probably the best gaming sound card out there and I recommend it to anyone that wants the very best sound quality in their games.
Asim Naeem Qureshi
I looked for customer support on the CREATIVE web page and found this: Service Unavailable.
JT

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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The sound card really did transform the sound to my ears. You don't have to install the software for it to work with Windows 7, or even uninstall drivers from your onboard sound, and it immediately worked by default and sounded better. But it comes with some really nice configuration controls (which I show in the video), better than my onboard driver software. However, after I installed the drivers it came with on CD, it sounded significantly worse. The reason was a default speaker setup setting that assume 5.1 surround sound. So in its configuration tools, there is a speaker setup selection so you can turn it back to stereo, and it sounded great again. There are lots of really nice things in the configuration tools it gives you enable/disable enhancers and sliders to fine tune things. For example, mic volume & mic boost (both of which I needed to hear well from the mic), surround sound, crystalizer (which makes instruments & voice stand out), bass boost (which I prefer to leave disabled), and many more. One really cool aspect was the microphone "focus" slider from narrow to wide. It really did isolate a narrow cone in front of the mic if not sitting right in front of it. The noise cancellation for the stereo microphone was amazing.

INSTALL & JACKS
Installing was a breeze (which I show in the video). It comes with an optical input instead of the standard minijack input of most onboard sound. Of course you can just overuse the mic input if you had something you needed. But it is meant to be able to plug an xbox or other high end output device into it to share the speakers. It comes with 3 unlabelled output jacks (just numbered and colored), but they are really the same purpose as the same color for other cards.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Asim Naeem Qureshi on January 17, 2012
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I recently assembled a new PC and have never been a fan of On board Audio hence I started looking around and then while browsing I came across this new Creative sound card. At the time it was out of stock from Amazon but i was quite pleased when Amazon eventually got their hands on it and sent it to me before Christmas. Anyways coming back to the car.

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PACKAGING
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The card came as advertised, shipping was great as usual from Amazon. The box was sealed and undamaged. Arrived as advertised (Prime) two days shipping.

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BOX CONTENT & INSTALLATION
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The box contained the sound card (Recon3D), a beam forming microphone, and an installation disc. Along with a quick install guide. THat's it. Kinda miss the old days when creative used to bundle quite a lot of free stuff with their cards in the form of games, applications, that would take advantage of all the new technology in their cards. But oh well, that was all that was included.

Installation was a breeze, dropped the card in a PCI-e 1x slot, mount the bracket to the case via the screw. That's it you're good to go. Incase your motherboard has onboard audio as many do nowadays, make sure you disable the onboard audio to make it less confusing.

The sound card has a really cool red light, that lights up the entire inside of the case, although for those that don't like that sort of thing, you probably already have a case without a window so that pretty much negates that.

Switched on the PC, Windows 7 detected the card and installed the drivers via the disc provided. That was it. had the card running in 10min installation time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By freeman on September 27, 2012
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I purchased this sound card for my new gaming m-atx rig. I knew from the start that this sound card wasn't designed for audiophiles. The sound it produces is 100x better than onboard sound without a doubt, but compared to other sound cards within this price range there are better alternatives. Alternatives such as Creative's own Titanium HD, which I also own.

This sound card is deigned to give you the best precised audio precision and this sound card delivers with flying colors in that category. You can easily hear precised foot steps in games like Counter-Strike: GO in the correct positions they are coming from. The Recon3D also includes an updated version of Alchemy to enable games with software accelerated sound.

The microphone is comes with is pretty neat. It has dual microphones that connect together to give you a omnidirectional like microphone. It's post to latch onto your voice and block out environmental sounds. I don't use it because all my friends say I sound clearer with my $10 Logitech microphone. The Creative control panel also includes a feature to help reduce ambient noise.

Overall, if you are looking at purely a gaming sound card then this one is the best one to get. If you are looking more for audio quality, maybe take a look at an Asus Xonar. If you want an overall good in both categories but nothing amazing take a look at Creative's Titanium HD.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By klopas on December 15, 2011
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I previously reviewed this much cheaper alternative sound card:

ASUS PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG

I ended up returning the Xonar DG because of some driver issues and the non-functioning microphone jack in the sound card itself. I then decided to splurge and buy this card that costs over 6x the price of the cheap Xonar.

So far I'm extremely happy that I did. Again, I first had to make sure that my onboard sound was disabled, I fully uninstalled the Xonar drivers through Windows Control Panel uninstall, as well as Driver Sweeper to remove any leftover files. I then installed the Recon 3D drivers from the included CD. As of 12/10/2011, the CD drivers are the latest for this device. In fact, I usually try to get the drivers directly from the website before using the included CD, but in this case, this particular sound card is not yet listed in the driver support section of the Creative Labs website. I tend to think that the drivers for the Recon 3D external amp that works for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 might just be the same as this internal sound card's drivers, but I didn't want to risk it.

Right from the start, this sound card worked exactly how I needed it to. No extra fiddling with drivers and software required. The only caveat to this is that Creative pushes a ton of shovelware in your face, especially once you try the auto-updater. I now have around 4 different sound configuration softwares to choose from, but I haven't yet decided to uninstall the non-essentials. Software like "Alchemy" don't really appeal to what I need. I could probably get by with the simple/intuitive default Sound Blaster control panel.
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