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  • Small and power packed with SBX Pro Studio, delivering the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games
  • SBX Pro Studio Surround expands the music away from your headphones, giving an exhilarating experience of being in a concert
  • Small enough to fit into your pocket and experience on the go
  • Creative Silencer removes ambient noise to make your voice clearer to the other party (Creative dual-microphone headset required for use of this feature)
  • Easy to use, simply plug in for the Sound Blaster experience
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  • Minimum RAM: 1024

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 5.5 inches ; 0.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0044DEDC0
  • Item model number: SB1290
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 25, 2010
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Product Description

Product Description

Creative’s Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro brings incredible enhanced 3D audio to any computer, anywhere! Designed for maximum portability, this soundcard is small enough to fit into your pocket and even fits on your key ring! Enjoy incredible 3D Surround with any headphones in movies and games, and enhance all of your PC and online audio. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro is the fastest and easiest upgrade to SBX Pro Studio audio technology.

From the Manufacturer

Take immersive, THX-enhanced sound wherever you go with the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB audio system. This thumb-sized USB sound card adds high-definition audio to any PC or notebook with a USB 2.0 port. The plug-and-play card features THX's TruStudio Pro technology, which enhances audio depth, improves bass response, and provides multichannel sound. And thanks to EAX 5.0 technology, your games will sound more realistic than ever before.

Note: this sound card is not compatible with Mac systems.

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Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1290

At a Glance:
  • Portable, plug-and-play USB sound card enhances audio performance
  • THX TruStudio Pro for high-fidelity, surround sound audio
  • EAX 5.0 technology for seamless, immersive gaming audio
  • Two 3.5 mm stereo jacks for connections to microphones, headsets, and speakers
  • Backed by a one-year limited warranty
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1290
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1290
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Compact, Portable Sound Upgrade
No larger than a typical USB flash drive, The X-Fi Go! Pro can easily slip into your pocket. An ideal companion for any laptop, the Pro manages to be portable without sacrificing sound quality or functionality. The card can also be used with a home desktop for a quick audio upgrade.

THX-Enhanced Sound for Your PC
When you connect the X-Fi Go! Pro to your PC, you'll immediately notice an improvement in audio performance. The card utilizes TruStudio Pro, an audio technology developed by THX. This technology works to expand your PC's audio channels, which allows surround sound content to be reproduced faithfully, making audio more expansive, immersive, and realistic. Even if you're listening through headphones, you'll experience full audio immersion.

In addition, TruStudio Pro uses a variety of techniques to make your music sound livelier. It restores your music's natural frequency range--something that is often lost when music is compressed into MP3 format. It also fills in low frequencies, which adds a little extra impact to bass. You'll be able to enjoy higher quality audio, even when streaming MP3s from your music library.

EAX 5.0 Enhances Gaming Audio and Performance
The X-Fi Go! Pro has been specially engineered to handle gaming applications. Using hardware-accelerated EAX 5.0 technology, the sound card delivers crisp, deep audio that will fully immerse you in the game. The car also supports OpenAL and Creative ALchemy software to further enhance surround sound in gaming.

In addition to enriching your gaming audio, using the X-Fi Go! Pro will boost your PC's gaming performance as a whole. By functioning as a dedicated sound unit, the card frees up resources that would otherwise be tied up in audio processes. This allows your PC to dedicate more of its processing power towards other tasks, like graphical and AI processing. The result is a gaming experience free of hiccups and slowdowns.

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Supports Microphone, Speakers, and Headsets
The X-Fi Go! Pro includes two convenient 3.5 mm stereo jacks, one input and one output. This allows you to connect the card to any auxiliary device with a 3.5 mm adapter, including microphones, speakers, and headphones.

With the X-Fi Go! Pro, communicating via headset is easier and clearer. The card features built-in silencer drivers, which reduce background noise when you're speaking into the microphone. It also features several built-in VoiceFX presets, which can be used to morph and disguise your voice. The Creative Silencer functionality requires use of a Creative proprietary dual-microphone headset.

Compatibility and System Requirements
The X-Fi Go! Pro sound card is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or above), Windows Vista, and Windows 7. (The card is not Mac compatible.)

To use the card, you'll need an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster; 1 GB RAM; at least 600 MB free hard disk space; an available USB 2.0 port; and a CD/DVD drive for software installation.

The X-Fi Go! Pro is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.

What's in the Box
X-Fi Go! Pro USB sound card, USB cable, quick start leaflet, and installation CD.

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General Info:
Connection TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
Speaker/Headphone SupportStereoStereo to 5.1 SurroundStereo with dedicated headphone amplifier
Music and Movies:
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Dolby Digital Livecheck mark
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Phono Preamp for Direct Recording from Vinylcheck mark
EAX SupportEAX 5.0
X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Surroundcheck mark

Customer Reviews

The sound is good, much better then my on board sound.
Anthony Lambiase
Works much better than my laptops soundcard and music and movies sound crisp and clear.
R. Song
This little soundcard is easy to set up, and works great.
Roger J. Buffington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeeze on September 28, 2012
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When the conditions are perfect for this product to operate as designed, the sound is truly incredible... but many people will never experience that. Apparently, some internal component which should have been shielded, was not shielded... and so when the X-Fi Go! Pro is used with low impedance headphones, a very intrusive static noise is heard at lower to medium volumes. It sounds as though you are listening to a radio station which is slightly off the correct frequency, and listening enjoyment suffers tremendously.

The maker is apparently aware of this problem, as they have created a support topic on their site:
They recommend a lengthy list of modifications that should be made to users systems, including disabling hyperthreading and network interface cards to remove the static sound. I followed their recommendations to the letter without experiencing a reduction in noise. Even if these modifications had been successful, I doubt I would trade hyperthreading and network for a correctly functioning sound card.

I actually purchased the `X-Fi Go! Pro' to replace my `X-Fi Go!', which had the same problem with static (though not as pronounced) and which suddenly quit working after about a year of use. The installation software that came with both units took approximately 40 minutes and 4 restarts to bring online, followed by an additional 30 minutes for updates to download and install and one additional restart. After all of this, I still had to disable my on-board sound device to allow each unit to function. Certainly not plug-and-play, and certainly somewhat frustrating.

If you use this sound card with high impedance headphones, or with any kind of amplifier, the static is resolved and the sound is amazing; but is it amazing enough to counter the negative aspects of the X-Fi Go! Pro?... almost.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Inna Tysoe VINE VOICE on September 8, 2011
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My notebook does not have the sound quality I can get on my desktop. So I decided to try this sound audio hardware solution on a USB stick to solve the problem. I was a little skeptical that it would be that good since it was so small. It's about the size of my thumb with a plug at standard USB plug at one end and simple 3.5mm phono sockets on the opposite end.

When you plug it in, a tiny blue LED lights up to let you know it is on. Pop in the CD and install the drivers and away you go. It's very much plug and play and works like a charm. The sound difference from my integrated audio is phenomenal and plays very well on headphones. The software that comes with it simulates surround sound and has various settings that can be used to enhance compressed audio such as MP3's and give you a more dynamic full sound with crisper high frequencies and richer bass.

Just out of curiosity I also plugged it into my desktop USB to see what would happen. Windows 7 recognized it straight away and I could listen on headphones with the same excellent sound. Since my PC's internal card goes straight through to an AMP and I don't have a large headphone adapter this unit was pretty handy if I wanted to quickly get good sound through walkman headphones so as to not annoy anyone around me.

I'm very pleased with this little thumbstick audio device. It works and is very portable. It's easy to set up and sounds much better than any integrated audio solution you're going to find on a notebook.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P.T. on February 7, 2011
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I got this because one place I play is huge and the sound system is somewhat "challenging." If you take the time to really understand how the various features of the Soundblaster X-FI products really work together, you'll get a better result than you ever imagined. I now use it everywhere I play - wish I had picked up on this when it first came out!

Use the "Crystalizer" to counteract the effects of MP3 compression - The "Dialogue Plus" to bring vocals forward and improve clarity - The "Equalizer" to set up the balance for all your venues and save them for future use. Add to this a heap of other effects and you have a winner.
Best decision I made for very little money. No negatives at all.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam M. Tannenbaum VINE VOICE on August 17, 2011
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The X-Fi Go! Pro is a really effective little device for improving the audio output of a notebook computer, so as long as one understands its application and limitations, they should be pleased with its performance.

The X-Fi Go! Pro improves a computer's audio out-signal by amplifying and processing the computer's outgoing audio data. So, it can EQ sound (and it comes with well-made software for that task, offering the user a good amount of control over how the sound is EQed, both in presets and in the ability to adjust individual parameters), amplify quiet audio, add clarity to indistinct sounds, or add extra bass/mid/treble to music that needs it (there even seems to be some mild compressing going on, which is a good thing)...basically, just what one would expect it to do. It really does make a noticeable difference compared to onboard laptop audio. The software is easy to install and operate, and it does a really nice job of staying in the background, i.e. not 'getting in the way' like some running programs do. Once you install it, you'll forget it's there (the software, not the X-Fi), which is how it should be.

Input-audio seems to be slightly improved, too... nothing drastic, but some vocal recordings I did with the X-Fi sounded a bit clearer than my notebook's internal input produced.

The limitations potential buyers need to recognize are only that it isn't a full-fledged audio interface, so don't expect anything on that level. Also, it would have been nice to have two outputs (for multiple sets of earphones or a speaker/earphone combo), but again, that's a feature more normally reserved for more robust interfaces. As it is, it does what it claims to do, it does it very well, and its form factor can't be beat. Well worth the investment.
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