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Sabrent USB 2.0 External Surround Sound Adapter - Add Sound to a Desktop or Notebook - Driverless! (USB-SBCV)
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- Compliant with USB Audio Device Class Specification 1.0
- Connectors: USB Type-A, Stereo output jack, Mono microphone-input jack. 2 LED indicators
- Driverless for Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Server 003/Vista/Linux/Mac OS
- Dimension: 1.8" L x 1.0" W x 0.6" H (45 x 25 x 14 mm). Weight: 0.5 oz (14 g)
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This USB 2.0 Mic/Speaker 3D Audio Sound Card Adapter is a highly flexible audio interface, which can be used with either laptop or desktop system. No driver required, plug-and-play for instant audio playing and compliant with all mainstream operation systems. Features : Compact, portable, convenient to carry. Compliant with USB 2.0 Full-Speed (12Mbps) Specification. Compliant with USB Audio Device Class Specification 1.0. Compliant with USB HID Class Specification 1.1. USB Bus-powered mode, no external power required. Connectors: USB Type-A, Stereo output jack, Mono microphone-input jack. 2 LED indicators. Driverless for Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Server 003/Vista/Linux/Mac OS. Specifications : Device Type: USB 2.0 Mic/Speaker 2.1 CH 3D Audio Sound Card Adapter. Device Interface: USB Type-A, Stereo output jack, Mono microphone-input jack. Function Keys: Microphone-Mute, Speaker-Mute, Volume-Up/Down. Dimension: 1.8" L x 1.0" W x 0.6" H (45 x 25 x 14 mm). Weight: 0.5 oz (14 g).
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On one hand, the sound quality is pretty good and even with a cheap mini microphone I usually had a lot of static with, the recording quality was also excellent.
BUT and it's a big but, the unit I received was defective. The right speaker was substantially quiet compared to the left. Most people would have returned it immediately but I've been shopping around for decent sound+voice quality while still cheap for a while now and this would have my third return in the last 2 weeks.
I decided to try to fix it myself and found that there was an extra resistor on the right channel. See picture. I just removed that offending component and soldered the terminals together. And voila, perfectly clear and balanced audio.
This definitely is NOT something that the average user would want to do, hence the 3 stars instead of 5. Were it not for the sound quality that seriously exceeds anything I'd expect from something this cheap, this would have been a zero star rating. Other reviews mention swapped left/right channels or other issues. This may be due to shoddy quality control process to weed out defective units.
Other Pros/Cons aside from that defect mentioned above.
+ Second cheapest USB sound device with built in volume control and mute. And first I found with pretty good sound and mic quality and decent output volume.
+ Has a nice fade out effect on mute.
+ Seems sturdier than other models with similar feature. The plastic casing seems thick and there's no wobble to the parts and the halves of the casing are held together by screws unlike other models that simply are glued together or snap fit or something.
~ Blinking light during playback. I thought it'd be distracting but it's actually not. the LED is low intensity and not all that noticeable when playing in a dark room.
- Default drivers on windows 7 do not detect jack. i.e, it doesn't give you a notification that headphones/mic have been plugged in. That may be a limitation of that USB device class possibly? Or perhaps a hardware limitation of the jacks used?
- Device specific drivers don't seem to exist. At least, not on the manufacturer's website. Was hoping there might be drivers that would make more features available.
Other reviews claim it has a built in microphone. It does not. It just doesn't report connected/disconnected states so it *appears* like it's connected to something when it really isn't. Just like old school sound cards.
This USB Adapter plugged right in and was instantly recognized in OSX 10.6. I didn't have to install any drivers. 2 seconds of configuration in Skype to set up microphone and speaker audio to go through the Sabrent and I was good to go.
Review Update 1/6/2012:
After months of frustration and thinking my VOIP issues were caused by my router or network, I've determined that this device was at fault. While using my headset and this adapter for voice calls, people on the other end would be unable to understand my voice (said it sounded like I was a robot) after about 18m of usage, every, stinking time. The only remedy was to hang up and dial back in for another ~18m of clear audio.
This issue had caused me to abandon my use of VOIP and instead use my cell phone.
I tried all kinds of network changes and tests and every time my connetion was perfect. Who would think that a time-based issue like this could be caused by a little USB device?
Fast forward to today... I how have a of Sennheiser USB headset Sennheiser PC 36 USB Headset with Microphone that works perfectly. No audio issues even after an hour and a half of VOIP. I've tested this on both Skype and Google Talk Voice calling.
It's entirely likely that my issue was bad hardware, so your mileage may vary.
Apparently this adapter has a built in microphone, so you don't even have to plug a mic inside of it. That's interesting. If you're into privacy, then make sure you have this mic disabled in your control panel.
UPDATE - A Few Months Later
It gets harder to get sound out of this device over time. You'll find yourself pulling it in and out of the usb drive, trying to get it to work. Then if you move around too much with your headphones on, you'll be fumbling with this device to get sound once again. It's just very sensitive. The flashing blue light is also annoying. No USB audio is going to be better than the headphones jack that came with your computer.
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Funciona perfecto en Windows 10 mi laptop es Dell Inspiron 15 5559 y funcionó de maravilla y sin instalar nada, el tamaño es aproximadamente al de una USB y el cable es bastante largo para poder colocarlo casi donde uno quiera, los botones son geniales ya que controlan el volumen del audio y cancelan el audio o el micrófono.
Tiene dos leds: uno que indica que está funcionando (prende en azul) y otro que se canceló el micrófono (prende en blanco).
Lo utilizo para conectar mi guitarra a la computadora y utilizar los audífonos, ya que mi computadora sólo tiene un puerto para audífonos o micrófono.
Me gustó mucho y para los planes que tengo necesitaré otro más!
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y queria usar mi microfono como karaoke, solo tuve que hacerle unos ajustes a mi laptop para usarlo como deseo. pero si funciona
si es recomendable al uso al que le doy yo