- Minimum RAM: 1024 MB
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX USB External Sound Enhancer for PC, PS3, XBOX 360 and Mac - SB1300
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- THX TruStudio Pro Surround with Dolby Digital Decoding
- All the advantages of an internal sound card in an external USB device
- Sound Blaster audio on the gaming platform of your choice
- Equipped with the Tactic Link expansion slot allowing you to link directly to a Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega wireless headset
- And future Sound Blaster products with the optional Tactic Link TX card , Programmable Recon3DProfile Audio Settings
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The Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Surround Sound Processor
Powered by the revolutionary Sound Core3D multi-core Sound and Voice processor, this breakthrough USB audio enhancer delivers powerful gaming audio to your console or PC. With hardware accelerated THX TruStudio Pro and Dolby Digital decoding, it transforms even basic stereo into exhilarating 3D surround audio on your headset or speakers. The proprietary Scout Mode transforms your hearing on the battlefield and lets you hear your enemies before they hear you. Calibrate and save every aspect of your audio settings directly to the Recon3D unit for use on any platform with the exclusive Recon3DProfile system. The gaming audio revolution is here. Be part of it.
Powered by the revolutionary Sound Core3D multi-core audio processor--The revolutionary Sound Core3D Audio and Voice chipset allows for the first time ever the advantages of an internal sound card in an external USB device. The Sound Core3D processors power Digital Signal Processor (DSP) algorithms to drive CrystalVoice processing, THX TruStudio Pro playback enhancement, and an additional advanced audio toolbox of algorithms. Whatever your gaming platform of choice is, Sound Blaster audio is ready to be experienced.
The Recon3D is equipped with the Tactic Link expansion slot, allowing you to link directly to a Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless headset and future Sound Blaster products with the optional Tactic Link transmitter card (sold separately).
Hear your enemies before they hear you. This proprietary technology allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat. Think of it as "Bionic Hearing" for the modern gamer.
CrystalVoice Voice Enhancement
CrystalVoice voice enhancement and Clarity Technology is specially designed to deliver the best vocal fidelity, allowing you to express yourself and be heard crystal clear over VOIP and during video conferencing. CrystalVoice technology is a tool that every raid or squad leader wants to have at their disposal as every command can spell the difference between success and failure.
CrystalVoice Active Noise Reduction enables you to be heard clearly over background noise by constantly monitoring the environment and eliminating the unwanted noise that interferes with the conversation, while CrystalVoice Smart Volume automatically adjusts the loudness of the speaker's voice to maintain a consistent volume level. This makes it convenient for the speaker to converse normally, regardless of the distance from the microphone. And CrystalVoice Acoustic Echo Cancellation eliminates echoes and enables the speaker to listen to the other party clearly. Echoes are common problems present in voice communication systems that disrupt conversation, making it difficult to hear the other party.
Programmable Recon3DProfile Audio Setting
The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Control Panel allows gamers to customize every nuance of their audio experience simply by connecting to the PC or Mac. THX TruStudio Pro, CrystalVoice, Cinematic, Mixer and Equalizer options give freedom to gamers to tweak their audio profiles in every way they can imagine.
The Recon3DProfile can be saved directly to the Recon3D unit and can be used with any compatible platform. Designed with portability in mind, gamers can now hear their games the way they want to, anytime and anywhere.
THX TruStudio Pro Software Included
The included THX TruStudio Pro software is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in the live performances, films, and recording studios - and now with Recon3D, to the console gaming platform. THX TruStudio Pro provides the latest groundbreaking technologies that are products of years of collective experience and research by Creative and THX, include Crystalizer, Dialog Plus, Smart Volume, and more. Together, these technologies deliver the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it.
THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer
THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer enables game audio to be heard as the developers originally intended. Subtle details which are typically lost in the mix are now captured and enhanced, making a scene or moment go from good to magical. The clang and ringing of swords on armor, or even the hum of a BFG fragging enemies, make all the difference when creating amazing game audio. Crystalizer ensures that every last detail will be heard.
THX TruStudio Pro Surround
THX TruStudio Pro Surround goes beyond 5.1 or 7.1 audio and provides a customizable level of audio immersion. The algorithm adds depth and spatial information to standard stereo audio streams, and really comes into its own when it is fed 5.1 or 7.1 audio from a game. When this occurs, the algorithm takes the streams and stimulates hundreds of virtual speakers to create a seamless and incredibly realistic surround experience, far surpassing standard stereo headphones, headsets, or speakers.
THX TruStudio Pro Bass
THX TruStudio Pro Bass fills in the missing low frequency tones and gives the extra impact for a better entertainment experience. Gamers no longer have to tolerate a lack of bass in speakers built into notebook PCs, 2.0 speakers, or headphones: THX TruStudio Pro Bass technology dramatically improves the sound experience.
THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus
THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus enhances voices in games and movies for drastically clearer dialog. the vocal range is "lifted" out from the ambient and background soundtrack mix, allowing the listeners to hear dialog much more clearly.
THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume
THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume addresses the problem of abrupt volume changes during playback, and between sources, by continuously measuring volume and applying gain and attenuation to compensate for variances. The result is a consistent volume level despite source levels. This is particularly ideal when using VOIP programs, where users have wildly varying volume levels when communicating.
What's in the Box
Sound Blaster Recon3D, Micro USB-to-USB cable (4.9ft), installation CD, optical cable (3.3ft), 2.5mm stereo cable for Xbox 360 controller (4.9ft), audio extension cable for console (9.8ft), warranty.
- Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit(SP2), Windows Vista 32-bit(SP2), Mac OS X 10.5 and above (Intel-based machines only)
- Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster
- Available USB port
- 1 GB RAM
- 600 MB of free hard disk space
- Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are connecting the output to your home audio receiver, you are completely missing the point of this device. This is made for people with good headphones, and a laptop with sub par audio capabilities.
Right off the bat, it works in windows as a 'usb sound device' so if you only care about high quality stereo listening with unaltered sound, you don't even have to install the software. However, technogeeks will want to dig into all the features this thing has to offer.
I have long been a fan of 'dolby headphone' for the simple reason it 'externalizes' stereo listening so that your sound seems to come from speakers outside of the headphones sitting on your head. Even the most devout stereo fanatics will tell you that music is made to be heard from speakers in a room where psychoaccoustics from the two speakers can play off each other. The THX processing in the recon3d takes dolby headphone to another level, you have the ability to adjust the surround simulation from two speakers in a room to 7.1, whatever your preference is. Plus you can turn off all processing with the touch of a button on the recon3d. One of the banes I have always had with headphone listening is that centralized sounds like vocals or snare drums seem to come from 'inside your head', which is unrealistic.
You also have the ability to 'simulate' a .1 subwoofer and you can adjust the level and crossover point of it.Read more ›
I tested the Recon 3D with the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset and it added some noticeable strength in quality to my Mac setup. This sound enhancer is about the same size as other enhancers, but the added bonus of the Recon 3D are the array of buttons. Buttons for volume, mute, THX, and Scout Mode are featured on the front, and I found the latter button to be the most clearly recognizable sound difference to the unit. This mode enhanced the sound immediately while tested with a few video games on my computer and certainly made a big difference in ambient noise. Both the high and lows were more clear than without it, and explosions were intense. There is also a button for a wireless adapter that is not included with this product. There are USB and optical audio jacks included here for easy plug in adaptability.
I found that the THX TruStudio Pro Surround works well on the Mac, but this feature only works on your computer, not on your consoles. However, the THX is more or less useless with music, so make sure that if the THX sound is what you're after, you plan to use the feature for gaming only. I tried the sound enhancer with several tracks and it certainly loses some of its dynamism with bass heavy tracks.Read more ›
One thing I was not told and that it does not explain either here at Amazon or at Creative is that the Card will not come with either the sound card or the headset if you buy them separately. It will only be bundled with them if you purchase them as a package. So if you are shopping around and think it is cheaper to buy the sound card and the headset separately you are going to be pissed off when you get them delivered to find there is no wireless Tactic Link card included. That will cost you another $29.99+shipping so my suggestion would be to find the total package and purchase it that way. It is cheaper that way.
The set up ROCKS, the bass is so hard that at 100% I can't keep the headset on due to the bass pressure it creates. I might decide to make a video review to show all that this set up has to offer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The firmware hang several times and now thx and scout mode dont work anymore nor with the buttons or activating by softwarePublished 7 months ago by Mauricio Saglietto
A lot of (albeit gimmicky) features in the software
Sound is not accurate at all (Overemphasized bass)
The EQ settings will not compensate for... Read more
recon Sucks!!!! so expensive but not good as I expected but still workingPublished 10 months ago by Brigs Melendrez
NOTE: This is a refurbished unit, so a few of these issues might not apply to a brand new product.
- Excellent sound quality
- Can be used in many... Read more
I can basically sum this soundcard in a few words...
HOLY S@*%! ...this sounds SWEET!
Does not work with Windows 8.1. Bought this solely as a PC soundcard that I could also use on my consoles.Published on August 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It met ALL my expectations! I read the reviews, and what it would do to enhance my own voice singing my own songs, and couldn't wait for it to arrive. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by juniemoon
I got this in order to be able to enjoy my music loud and to able to tweak the sound settings.
This item comes with software which allows you to adjust the highs, mids... Read more