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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
This USB sound card sounded great... for all of 25 seconds. Then it started cutting out. Adjusting the speaker plug would have the audio cutting in and out, intermixed with crackle. No matter how I angled the plug, rotated it, whatever - I could not keep a good contact with the jack pins. My guess is they are either bent or broken inside. I would return this piece of junk, but at $7 and free shipping it's not worth the gas to drive to the nearest UPS drop-off. The device did come with a decent quality USB extension cable, so that's a nice consolation prize I guess. But unless you need a $7 USB extension cable, I'd avoid this product like the clap.

One other very annoying design feature is the incredibly bright blue LED that illuminates and flashes when the device is connected, and which appears to serve no actual purpose other than to blind and perturb the owner. Pressing the mute button illuminates an equally blinding white LED. Had the sound actually worked, I would have had to cover the LEDs with electrical tape to kill the eye-splitting glare.

UPDATE: I opened up the case and the problem is obvious - poor solder connections between the audio jack and the main board. Inserting the audio plug must have snapped one or more of the solder points, and then wiggling the cable finished the job. All six solder points on the audio jack are disconnected. Since I've blown the warranty anyway, I think I'll try to re-solder the audio jack to the board. Maybe I can use this in one of my radio projects. While I'm at it, I'm going to upgrade those LEDs with two resistors.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
The adapter stopped working after a week of use. I popped it open only to discover the audio jack for the head phones came unsoldered from the board. It doesn't even have through-hole soldering for the jacks which would have made it stronger.

Piece of crap, don't buy it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2013
The adapter worked right out of the box but only lasted a day. Plugging in my headsets caused the headphone jack to pop off its solder joints making it useless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
Pros:
- Nice, solid construction with a matte finish.
- Buttons seem sturdy.
- Operates at a crisp 16-bit 48,000Hz.
- Seems as though it can push more volume than stock card.
- Comes with a USB extension cord.
- Plug N' Play.

Cons:
- Those indicator lights are BRIGHT.

I have a Windows 7 Compaq/HP laptop. No problems with the sound card, just wanted to try and see if this would produce a clearer sound.

I'm pleased to announce that when using the Sabrent .... everything sounds LARGELY the same, but is slightly more crisp on the highs and clearer on the lows. Enjoyable/noticeable only if your headphones can respond to a wide range of frequencies (mine are 15 - 25k, I believe). There was absolutely no difference for me using my stock iPhone 5 headphones, although those are very good. Overall, the volume is louder, which was a plus for me but may be negligible for others.

A couple segmented rave sentences: Build quality is EXCELLENT, especially considering the price. There is a soft, matte coating to the plastic. The rubber buttons don't feel cheap and have a satisfying click when pressed. The extension cord comes in handy when the USB hub is crowded.

BUT... the indicator light that tells you the unit is in use is a VERY bright blue, and the microphone mute indicator light is an EXTREMELY brightER white. Was annoying in a room filled with light during the day... would imagine it being downright nightmarish having this thing strobe at night.

Overall, this unit would be great if your onboard sound card has static or noise in the background or if it's just being awful to you. As for you audiophiles, you're still going to have to shell out a pretty penny to get the most out of your FLAC files and your amplified $300 headphones.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
DO NOT BUY

Arrived 1 week late (despite Amazon prime).

Amplifies sounds so much such that all sound settings on the computer have to be set to the minimum to avoid breaking headphones or speakers.

Broke after 1 week of use. VERY flimsy design, the case simply came apart after plugging it into my laptop about 20 times.

Bright blue LED is annoying, flashes, and cannot be turned off in any way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2014
allowed me to add a sound card output to my laptop easily and for a reasonable price. i make music with my laptop, so this was great for the price. added on a virtual soundcard - free download, so i could record one channel while listening to others so i dont really use this much anymore, but it does what it says.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2013
Ordered this only as a backup to my various computers as a quick way to adapt to different situations while testing or setting up computers. Currently using this product on a new build mid-tower computer with front USB ports and running Win7.

IT WORKS PERFECTLY. Although it sticks out a ways from the case and so is a potential break off item, it's benefits and operation far out-way that minor concern.

The surface buttons for Volume, Mic Off, and Mute are all positive action with a good feel. There was no setup required as Win7 found it and automatically installed the drivers. Plugged it in, nearly instant audio. AND the rear audio source mutes. It seems to have a built in amp as it can be adjusted louder then if I just plug in headphones to the case's headphone jack. That's helpful for me as I'm slightly hard of hearing and often a video or audio source will have weak audio, especially if the producers thought it would be cool if they have constant 'mood' music playing...what's wrong with those people. There are db meters, they should be able to see that they're playing the background to loud. Anyway, having this little device with extra amplification will help with that issue.

All-in-all, this is one fine piece of equipment and the price is outstanding. Well worth the money.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon June 14, 2013
This is a simple, but very handy device to have. It's basically a sound card that you can plug into a USB port to connect speakers or headphones.

I'm using it with my laptop since the speaker/headphone ports are tough to access. This makes using headphones much easier and with less cord tangle.

It's quite compact - about 2 inches long, one inch wide and a half inch thick. Very easy to fit into a laptop bag and carry it along. The ports are on the end, and the top has buttons for volume and mute. Although the buttons are black on black, they have white icons printed on them so it's not hard to see which button you want to push.

Installation was plug and play on a Win 7 system. No fuss, no muss. Sound quality was very good - just as good as the internal sound card.

It's a great solution for laptops or desktops with ports that are difficult to access, or a cheap and easy solution for a defective sound card. Highly recommend.
[manufacturer provided sample for review]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
At first this works perfectly with no problems. Within the first 2 weeks the headphones port broke. Then a while later the mic port broke. I could feel something wiggling inside and so after opening it up I found the problem. THE SOLDER ON THE PORTS HAD BROKEN. The only thing holding in the ports to the board is the solder and after some use the force of just inserting your headphones will break it right off the board. DO NOT BUY if you want something that will last more then a month.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2013
I had to return this device because all recordings have a buzzing sound in the background plus distortion of my voice, starting after about 20-30 seconds of recording. I tried it on a different port and a different Mac with no improvement. Same buzz happens even if the mic is turned off, so it's got to be the USB device.
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