|Item model number||SB1570|
|Hardware Platform||Headphones, PC|
|Item Weight||6.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.43 x 4.76 x 0.71 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.43 x 4.76 x 0.71 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||August 20, 2013|
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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX PCIe 5.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp
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- Easily converts the PC into a cinematic entertainment system by providing a compelling 5.1 surround sound
- Advanced Audio Processing with SBX Pro Studio, a suite of Sound Blaster audio processing technologies that let you bring out the best in your audio
- Includes the Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Control Panel, PC software that puts you in full control of the SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies
- 600 ohm headphone amp for high performance, studio grade monitoring
- 106 SNR and 24-bit 192kHz DAC (Playback) and 96kHz ADC (Recording)
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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp
Sound Blaster Audigy Fx is the perfect upgrade from basic motherboard audio to legendary Sound Blaster audio. Powered by SBX Pro Studio technology, it provides high-quality 5.1 cinematic sound for your movies, music and games. It comes with the Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Control Panel, which puts you in full control of your SBX Pro Studio settings.
Enjoy multi-channel cinematic sound
The half-height PCIe sound card is just the perfect size for your home theatre PCs. You can now upgrade your cinematic experience with Sound Blaster audio fidelity. Sound Blaster Audigy Fx comes with 5.1 channel outputs so you can connect to your existing multi-channel speakers with ease.
Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music unprocessed at the amazing bit-rate of 24-bit 192 kHz, which is considered one of the highest in the industry.
Elevate the level of immersion in your cinematic experience with the Sound Blaster Audigy Fx, which is capable of delivering 106dB SNR of pristine audio fidelity through your speakers.
If you wish to enjoy your movies without disturbing your family, Sound Blaster Audigy Fx is able to deliver 600 ohms of power.
Independent input sources
Sound Blaster Audigy Fx comes with independent line-in and microphone connectors, which allow you to plug in two different audio sources to your PC.
You can plug in your MP3 player and sing along, while recording your singing session for your friends to enjoy!
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Meet the Sound Blaster Audigy Fx! This half-height sound card is powered by SBX Pro Studio Technology and instantly converts your system with 5.1 entertainment system that delivers cinematic surround sound - perfect for bringing out the best in your movies, music and games. Users can look forward to full audio customization with Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Control Panel, a downloadable PC software suite that allows users to control every aspect of SBX Pro Studio. The Audigy Fx further features 24-bit 192kHz digital-to-analog converter (Playback), 106dB SNR and a high-end 600 ohm headphone amplifier for studio grade monitoring. Minimum System Requirements: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2GHz or faster recommended, Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard, Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista (32/64-bit), 1 GB RAM, > 600 MB of free hard disk space, Available PCI Express 1x slot, Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Software includes: Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Control Panel, Creative ALchemy, Creative Software AutoUpdate, Creative Host Open AL / EAX5.0 HD, Creative Diagnostics. Package contents include: Sound Blaster Audigy Fx card (with full height I/O bracket), Quick Start leaflet, Installation CD containing: Drivers for Windows 7 & 8 , Vista, Creative Software Suite, User's Guide PDF, Half-height I/O bracket. Supported Operating System - Microsoft Windows 10 (32/64-bit)
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A few install/setup notes: I run Windows 10 and herein lies the issue. Clearly, this sound card has been in production for a few years - long before Win10. I used the enclosed CD-ROM setup disc. It is a waste of time & confusing. Just go to: [...] and download the latest Windows 10 Install Pack, extract, and you are all set. The enclosed CD-ROM is intended for windows 7, 8, whatever. When I used the CD-ROM it kept getting hung up during several steps of the install process. When you finally struggle through, you are directed to the link I posted (supra) anyway.
OK. We have the sound card installed along the appropriate Win10 drives - yea! You will notice that you now have an FX Control Panel icon installed in your Quick Launce Bar. (If you do not see it expand your Quick Launch bar and there it is!) The default for the card is for a 5.1 system. As I mentioned earlier, I use the the card with a 2.1 speaker system. So, we need to select settings that will give 2.1 system users the maximum benefit.
Here we go-
1) Open the Audiology FX Control Panel (single click for me)
2) Select the "Speakers & Headphones" tab
3) Select "Stereo" (remember card default is 5.1)
4) Check the Full Range box (Front Left & Right)
4) Run test. Happy?
Now, select the "Mixer" tab from the FX Control Panel.
5) Extend the Speakers slider all the way to the right (full)
6) Inside the Balance/Settings Box: Slide L, R, & Sub fully to the right
7) Slide C, LR, & RR all the way to the left.
The Equalizer Tab: Default is "Flat." That is exactly what you want. Leave it alone if you want the music to playback the way it was recorded (or closer to that ideal).
One last step you may wish to double check before leaving the FX Control Panel altogether. Look to the very top right of the FX Control Panel. Do you see the small arrow (or whatever it is called)? Open that arrow. Make sure that "Audiology starts when Windows starts" is selected (it should already be so set).
That should do it. Hope this helps you avoid the errors I made.
UPDATE: After learning how to get into the Dell XPS BIOS (F2 Key) I quickly found the sound enable/disable option. Once the on-board sound chip was disabled and PC rebooted there was a great improvement in SQ. It took some courage for me to enter the BIOS.
So I did some research and guess what? You can still by the Audigy RX new, which is technically the Audigy 5, and it has full SoundFont support. It actually has TWO MIDI synthesizers built-in. As soon as I got it, I ripped out my Sound Blaster Z, popped this bad boy in, found the same old 8MB SoundFont set I used to use way back in the day, and for the first time in over 10 years I was able to play my old MIDI music in full glorious fidelity.
I bought two of these, one to use now, and another to save in case this one ever goes out and you can't get anything that supports SoundFonts in the future. What is this world coming to anyhow?
I only have one tiny complaint - I wish the jacks on the back were color coded, or the backplate had more of a matte finish. The metal is very shiny, and even with a light, it's almost impossible to read the glyphs that indicate what goes where. I'll probably get an A/V receiver with 5.1 surround and pipe it through the digital audio port, which looks like the standard type you find on most home A/V equipment.
It's a shame sound cards are going out of style these days. Most people are going to USB interface if they want something better than on-board. MIDI is being replaced by DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software with VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugins for instrument sounds. SoundFonts pretty much did that, but the technology was either proprietary, or for some reason other manufacturers never picked it up. Too bad.
Anyhow, this sound card was able to scratch a very obscure itch that I'm sure most people reading this review won't have. Of course it's a Creative product, so it has excellent DAC's and you can run EAX effects either just for fun, or in games. If the software you're running supports it, this sound card will offload sound processing from your CPU, but on modern systems I doubt it would make more than a .0001 FPS difference in games.
The software has a lot of funny gimmicks, like a karaoke program. In fact, this card appears to have been designed from the ground up with karaoke in mind, with almost all of the available effects for both input (dual microphones) and output (EAX effects) having options to change the pitch. Of course you also get your standard Sound Blaster / EAX type goodies like 20+ different reverb, echo, and sound stage type options (bathroom, living room, cathedral, etc.).
Buy sound cards. Support this funky little hobby. Buy sound cards that still have MIDI and SoundFont support. Buy them and then run the best speakers and headphones you can off them. Insist on the best quality audio you can. Say no to USB, Bluetooth, and all that other stuff that just adds latency and diminishes sound quality.
Overall: 5/5, great price and has all the features you might want in a sound card, plus a few you didn't know you needed!
TIPS AND TRICKS!!!!!!!!!
-Read the Manual, or as my dad has called it when others ask him about their technical issues, RTFM. Most issues I can attribute others as having are probably linked with them not following the instructions. even then if you are above them follow my simple guide.
1. Disable your onboard sound card. yeah the one that you can only turn off in your bios, yeah that one, turn it off. this might require you to read another manual.
2. Get the most recent drivers from the creative website, get the ones for audigy 5/rx, i assure you that they work with all platforms INCLUDING WINDOWS 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3. Install all the drivers, FULL INSTALL. I didnt notice any bloatware so just full install it.
4. MAKE sure that it is selected as the pirmary output device and that your speakers or headset are connected to the right port.
Other than those simple instructions. I cant help anymore than doing if for someone
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Die Soundkarte Audigy FX erfüllt alle Erwartungen lt. Beschreibung.
Allerdings erfordert es vorher diese Schritte um sie in Win 10 zum Laufen zu bringen ohne Abschläge:
Die beigelegte Installations CD ist, oh Wunder, veraltet.
Sucht man auf der Creative Support Seite eine Lösung wird leider nur die halbe Wahrheit verraten (verstehe derlei Unterschlagung von Informationen bei seriösen Firmen nicht).
Man gehe daran folgende 3 (!) Installationsvorgänge durchzugehen:
Installation mittels CD -> Neustart
Suche auf Support Seite nach: SBAF_CD_L13_1_00_06 (Dateiendung ähnlich wie die Hexe) -> installieren -> Neustart
Suche auf Support Seite nach: SBAF_CD_L13_1_00_07 (Dateiendung ähnlich wie die Hexe) -> installieren -> Neustart
Installiert man nämlich den Zwischenschritt nicht und holt sich lediglich die neueste Version funktioniert die Karte nicht in vollem Umfang.
Vielleicht gibts einfachere Wege um zum Ziel zu kommen, mag sein. Für mich hat's so funktioniert.
This card fitted the bill as being in the Goldilocks zone for price & having consistently positive reviews.
It installed easily and is now giving distortion free sound into my vintage Philips MFB speakers
The output volume is higher than the built-in card ever was and, although my vintage ears are not what they were, I am hearing vocals more clearly than before.
Of course it could be a placebo effect of just having spent some money on a new soundcard ?
I tried USB DACs for my headphones and they both had issues and just didn't work right. So I decided to get a soundcard, I don't need anything special I just need good quality sound that is reliable.
What you get with this sound card is:
Full Windows 10 compatibility - As of July 2019 these drivers work fine on the latest updates
Amplified sound - The sound coming out of my speakers/headphones is much louder than the onboard Realtek
Easy headphone/speaker switching - When you plug in headphones/mic to the front panel, it auto switches the audio directly to that source. Unplug and it goes back to your rear ports. No need to switch anything yourself in your audio settings!
The soundblaster software has all sorts of equaliser settings that you can play with, but most importantly it all just works flawlessly and there's no configuration issues to deal with.
A brief look at various Windows Insider reports suggests that this isn't fixed in the next branch update either, so there is no resolution on the horizon at the time of writing this.
When it works correctly it's fantastic, bringing excellent stereo and 5.1 surround sound to your PC (you need the speakers or relevant headset to use 5.1). The software that Creative make for it is effective and really easy to use too, with a decent amount of functionality for such a low price.
Simply plugged soundcard into spare socket on mobo (make sure your PC is disconnected from the mains before opening it up), powered up and went into mobo Bios (usually F12 or Delete - check your mobo manual) and disabled onboard sound, rebooted and Win 10 installed drivers, one more reboot and Win 10 recognised the card. I installed the software from the CD and was then able to tweek the sound to suit my set up and it sounds absolutely fantastic.
My 5.1 is now delivering frequencies Iv'e not heard in a long time and overall I am so impressed with the difference this has made, just sorry I hadn't done this sooner. It is a cheap & effective upgrade and knocks spots off onboard sound (FYI my mobo is an MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon socket AM4), if upgrading to this card then make sure you turn down your speakers before fitting as I found the volume to be a lot higher.
(Check out the Sound Blaster Z series instead)
I have to thank Windows 10 and ASUS, for between them screwing up my sound drivers to the point I finally despaired and brought this. I really wish I had done it months ago. I had forgotten just how good these cards sound. I have spent several pleasurable hours listening to my favourite tracks as they should sound once again.
For anyone who has has problems with Windows 10 and sound drivers then this is the answer. I selected the default install and it "just worked".
It also has the Audigy FX control panel and the myriad of settings there coupled with a reasonable set of speakers should allow most musical tastes to be satisfied.
I am also a gamer and it also excels there, I suspect the neighbours wondered what was happening :-)
Best £29.99 I have spent in a long while.
So, excellent, as I said, but please be aware that there was no screwdriver nor a screw to fasten the soundcard securely to the back of the PC case included in the box.
Maybe Creative shouldnt be responsible for supplying either of these items and if the soundcard was replacing a previous one (for example) then you would have been able to reuse the screw already in place. If, like me, you had to push the rear panel out of the back of your PC, then there wasn't a screw to use.
Fortunately I already had a very small screwdriver which came with a graphics card from last year and I had a packet of PC Case screws which I had bought from Amazon some time ago. One of these fit the hole at the back, so the experience remained a positive one.
The main problem is this horrendous Windows 10 I now have. It never showed a window saying new device found ,or even installing!!!, I put the jack plug from my genius GX scorpion sound system I got from Amazon 4 years ago now!.. Nothing happened, blank!! I went into settings and saw onboard audio and creative system were both on at the same time. settings again , disabled the HD onboard audio. used to the software program to set it up on 2 x stereo, that didnt work (error, not supported on this device. )playing music using media player, also wouldn't work, sent me to website where i found nothing of interest. restarted computer, no sound again, made sure it was all set up correctly. stubbornly restarted again, and this time win 10 decided to let a news channel play. I tried my amazon music and played Widor organ contatta. That was epic.
I really dont know why microsoft couldnt have left windows 7.like it was..... windows 10 has caused me all sorts of problems and i only had it 12 month. its like they reversed back to windows 98. There was no resolutions as to why it wouldnt play, just said failed to play media.... without any notice as to why, and still dont know. so happy with car..... but win 10 is more than useless for installing new hardware. 10./10 for the creative Sound though!!
I have to say I am quite disappointed with it.
After getting the drivers installed, and connecting it to my Mixer I found the sound quality was good but very quiet.
I thought this may have been down to getting new headphones at the same time but I put my old headphones in and it was the same.
I went looking for the EQ and found there was not one provided with the software either on the Disc or from downloading the latest software from Creative website.
In the end I had to download Equalizer APO and PC Equalizer in order to adjust the sound.
Then there is the constant changing of inputs, my Microphone is connected to the Mic input on the sound card coming from my Mixer, but I have to at least once a week just double check it's still receiving and set as it should be as for some reason the Creative software likes to change it from Mic In to Line In.
It's not bad if all you want to do is use it for recording vocal's for such as a Podcast or for use in a dedicated Audio/Recording machine, but for gaming it lack's the software and oomph as standard to provide a good enough quality for gaming purposes.
This turned out to be fake news. When I plugged the front speaker output to my beefy external amplifier and speakers it sounded weak and flat. I tried all the headphone and speaker options to no avail. Disappointing.
So I got this card, installed it easily, and simply let Windows 10 do the rest for me. I didn't bother with the included Sound Blaster Audigy FX disk, drivers or SBX Pro Studio software. It sounds just fine without all that fancy stuff getting in the way. I also disabled all other forms of audio interference including tge motherboard Realtek and NVIDIA in Windows settings. Great. The weird thing is that this card also has a Realtek chip set, so how Dell manage to make their PCs sound so naff is beyond belief. ;)
For those making music, this card doesn't support ASIO so you'll need to get another card such as the Rx, or use a external USB audio interface as I do to enjoy a latency free experience.
Attempts to disable or uninstall the unwanted drivers were thwarted by windows, which re-instated them.
Fortunately I had created a restore point which allowed me to circumvent the problem after removing the card..
The problem also occurred on a win 10 system which persisted even after loading a restore point.
This was fixed after I prevented it installing hardware drivers, again after removing the card..
It may be that it is possible to install the drivers in such a way as to remain in control of the sound drivers but I don't think the process should be a minefield.
I wont be using the card as I don't know what surprises the manufacturer will spring on me in future.
I don't understand why MSI/Nvidia think that most people are happy to be forced to buy VDU with speakers or upgrade their hardware to comply with their desire to impose their drivers.
The default installation should be without the sound drivers.
I have found that other people have encountered this problem with the drivers, on the web.
I have never had this problem with AMD (Radeon) hardware.
Plugged in, worked first time for Windows 10. Downloaded the latest software from manufacturers website.
I use this with Elite Dangerous. Set for Rock in the supplied tool and set ED to Audio Boost.
Sounds great in VR and much better than my on board sound.
I do not like the crummy software Creative installs and the continuous nag to register the product (even when I tick "Do not remind me").
For some reason it didn't work at first in Windows 10 until I rebooted a few times. I think it might have clashed with my motherboards on board sound.