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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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Powered by the revolutionary Sound Core3D multi-core Sound and Voice processor, this breakthrough USB audio enhancer deliver 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.

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The Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Surround Sound Processor



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Hear your enemies before they hear you with Scout Mode.
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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.

Tactic Link

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).

Scout Mode

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.



Finely tuned audio profiles give you the edge in every game


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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.



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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.

System Requirements

  • 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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