Creative Sound Blaster X5 Review: Best Value USB Amplifier

Creative Technology has been designing discreet audio interfaces for computers since 1989, and there is simply no doubt about their influence in the digital audio world. I produced most of my music on my home studio PC using Sound Blaster sound cards since 1990s, and currently still using the E-MU 1820M on my desktop PC (bought in 2004).

For years, Creative have positioned their sound cards and DACs on gamers, like the Sound BlasterX G-series DAC amps. Their premium AE-series PCIe sound cards still lack the audio versatility to replace my aged E-MU audio system (like MIDI, XLR, four analog input/output channels). The flagship Sound Blaster X7 comes with surround outputs and power passive speaker amp which I have no use for.