An external sound card is not exactly a mandatory element of a gaming setup. Especially now, when discrete solutions can be replaced by built-in ones at a decent level. Nevertheless, if you want a truly high-quality sound (for example, you have audiophile headphones), then you can’t do without a good sound system.

In our review, we will just consider a very ultimate (and portable) solution from Creative with a DAC, ADC and headphone amplifier – Sound BlasterX G6.

Specifications

  • Audio Processor: SBAxx1
  • DAC: Cirrus Logic CS43131 (32-bit, up to 384kHz)
  • ADC: Cirrus Logic CS5361
  • Amplifier: Xamp (up to 600 ohms)
  • DAC/ADC dynamic range: 130dB/115dB
  • DAC/ADC THD: 0.0002%/0.0006%
  • Compatibility: PC (Windows; Mac), PS4, , Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Dimensions: 111 x 70 x 24 mm.
  • Weight: 144 g

The device is delivered in a small colorful cardboard box, on which you can traditionally both get acquainted with the appearance of the device and learn about its key features and technical characteristics. The delivery set is quite spartan: optical cable, microUSB cable, manual and warranty card.

It may immediately seem that the case of the Sound BlasterX G6 is made of metal, but in fact we are talking about high-quality matte plastic. The reverse side (on which the sound card will most often lie), by the way, is rubberized, and this very rubber, of course, is also a dust collector. But the device itself will definitely not “run away” during use.

The dimensions, as you may have noticed, are quite modest – 111 x 70 x 24 mm – which is even smaller than the average smartphone. Of the decorations, you can highlight the backlight (nice white) of all the main buttons, indicators and volume control (wheel), as well as the illuminated “X” symbol on the top panel.

Symbol illumination can be adjusted in a special application – Sound Blaster Command.

On the top of the device, you can find two connectors for audio devices – headphone and microphone connections – and the aforementioned volume control wheel, which, in fact, is tied to operating system volume control. On the right are two buttons and an amplifier switch – Low for devices up to 150 ohms, High – from 150 to 600 ohms.

The buttons, in turn, are responsible for software sound processing (SBX) and an increase in mid and high frequencies (Scout Mode). The latter, by the way, shows itself well in shooters, where the steps of opponents and the sound of reloading become especially clearly audible. With a long press of the Scout Mode button, you can disable all settings – the so-called Direct Mode.

Review of external sound card Creative Sound BlasterX G6

Right there, on the right side, there is an LED indicator that will visually tell you if the microphone is on, Dolby Audio is on, and if headphones are being used.

On the back of the device are a micro-USB input for charging and connecting to a PC, an OPTICAL IN input through which the device can be connected to an XBox or PlayStation, as well as an OPTICAL OUT output for transferring to the best sound source (to the best combination of DAC and amplifier for headphones, for example).

Review of external sound card Creative Sound BlasterX G6

At the same time, Sound BlasterX G6 works on the principle of plug-and-play, that is, no additional configuration or software is required for the device. However, if you still want to get extended access to the capabilities of the device, then you will need to download the aforementioned Sound Blaster Command utility from offsite.

Here you can fine-tune the sound or use ready-made presets: music, movies, games (moreover, games even have settings for competitive disciplines a la Call of Duty, CS:GO, DOTA, and that’s all). In the presence of an equalizer and mixer, the ability to configure Dolby Audio and DTS Connect encoding, adjust the backlight, adjust the surround sound, microphone …

Review of external sound card Creative Sound BlasterX G6

In short, a very useful thing, so we highly recommend installing it.

If we talk about sensations, then you will immediately feel the difference with Sound BlasterX G6 and without it. With a sound card, the sound becomes clearer and more balanced. Sound enhancement technologies such as Crystalizer and Dolby Virtual Surround will make watching movies and playing games more concentrated.

Not to mention, the Scout Mod can generally give you an edge in shooters.

Review of external sound card Creative Sound BlasterX G6

The built-in amplifier is powerful, the volume margin is excellent, the device itself is ergonomic and makes it easy to take with you.

Traditionally, we summarize

The Creative Sound BlasterX G6 is an excellent external sound card that can demonstrate by example that all these built-in sound solutions still fall far short of the professional level. There is always a need to strive for the best, and the Sound BlasterX G6 is just such a step towards high-quality sound.

Well, plus the device can really be useful in competitive games, and this immediately puts it in the category of near-game devices.

At the same time, the Creative Sound BlasterX G6 costs something in the region of 14,000 rubles, so, of course, you will have to fork out. But, if you are a real connoisseur, then this is not money at all.

Author

Shubham, a passionate gaming expert with over a decade of experience in the gaming industry. Shubham has been an avid gamer since he was young, and his love for video games has only grown over the years. He's an expert in all things gaming, from the latest trends and technologies to the most popular games and platforms.

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