Creative SoundBlasterX G5 7.1 Headphone Amplifier Review
Peter Donnell / 12 months ago
Creative has a long-running history in the PC audio world, having created some of the most popular audio hardware of several generations, such as headsets, amplifiers, sound cards, speakers and more. Today, we have their new G5 desktop amplifier at our disposal and we’re really eager to see and hear what it has to offer, especially since it’s not been too long since we reviewed their flagship X7 desktop amp and were nothing short of blown away by its level of features, performance, and design, even if it was a bit of a wallet buster. However, their new G5 is much more compact, much more affordable and still promises a truckload of features to add some new excitement to your audio.
7.1 HD Audio Portable Sound Card with Headphone Amplifier
“The pocket-sized SoundBlasterX G5 delivers massively superior gaming audio performance in a compellingly tiny form-factor. This virtual 7.1 24-bit/192kHz, 120dB USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier delivers for the ultimate headphone gaming audio experience – whether it is for your PC or for your gaming console.” – Creative
It may be compact, but the G5 comes very well equipped with the latest SBAxx1 processor, offering up a SNR of 120dB (DAC), while being capable of operating via USB and Optical, with Scout Mode processing built-in, and a huge range of other features that you can tweak via the downloadable software. It’s not as well equipped or as powerful at the X7, but at less than half the price, that only seems fair.
The packaging is compact and packed with features on the front, such as the 24-bit 192kHz audio support, 600 Ohm amp, SBAXX1 processor and more. One really important feature here though is the multiple formats supported!
More technical details around the back, as well as multi-language breakdown.
The box opens up to reveal the G5 sitting snug in a well-padded compartment, ensuring it is kept nice and safe in transit.
Also included in the box, a good length TosLink optical cable, rubber coated USB cable, and all the usual documentation and setup guides.