Creative Sound Blaster X3 Hi-Res 7.1 USB DAC and Amp for PC & Mac

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Product Overview

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 32-bit 192KHz
  • USB Type-C Interface
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Raising the bar for your desktop movie experience, the Creative Sound Blaster X3 comes packed full of features that promise the best cinematic experience at home, regardless of your preference for speakers or headphones. It is the world's first external multi-channel USB DAC and Amp to feature the Creative Labs' award-winning Super X-Fi technology, as well as 7.1 discrete surround on speakers, 7.1 virtual surround on headphones, and Dolby Digital Live1. Coupled with high-quality audio components that power hi-res 32-bit / 192 kHz playback at 115 dB DNR / SNR, you can be sure that audio is delivered with studio-level precision and clarity.

And when it comes to versatility, the X3 is unmatched. Featuring a myriad of connectivity options including a USB-C port, Optical-out, and Line-in that makes it compatible with most audio devices, X3 is set to redefine your movie and gaming experience at the comfort of your home.

Key Features of the Creative Sound Blaster X3 Hi-Res 7.1 USB DAC and Amp for PC & Mac

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 32-bit 192KHz
  • USB Type-C Interface

What's Super X-Fi?

Introducing the world's first external USB DAC and Amp sound card to house the Super X-Fi technology, Sound Blaster X3 redefines your movie experience on PC, Mac and even PlayStation 4.

Critically-acclaimed by respected journalists all over the world and garnering 15 CES “Best-of” awards in 2019, the Super X-Fi technology captures the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system set up, and recreates the same expansive experience — with the same original depth, detail, realism, and immersiveness — in your headphones. Not simply a 3D surround technology, the power of Super X-Fi lies in its capability to recreate natural, realistic audio holography that matches your hearing profile, to deliver to you a full theatrical experience.

Redefine Your Movie Experience

Imagine watching a film at home, putting on a pair of headphones, and feeling the audio move around you like the movie experience you get out of a real cinema. What's more, it works even on streamed content! Whether you're streaming the latest 4K movie off iTunes, or watching compressed clips off YouTube, the Super X-Fi processor in the X3 automatically transform videos into full-fledged, cinematic audio experience.

7.1 Virtual Surround

If you prefer the usual 7.1 virtual surround without headphone holography, X3 also supports up to 7.1 virtual surround for headphones.

7.1 Discrete Surround

That's not all — Sound Blaster X3 works beyond just headphones. With support for multi-channel audio output of up to 7.1 discrete surround in speakers for sound delivery that's distinctly positioned for that spatialized effect, you can instantly transform your room into a cinema theater — perfect for when you have friends over, or to impress that special someone during movie nights.

For Window users, there's also Dolby Digital Live* for convenience of encoding any audio sources to multi-channel surround sound in real-time, all while transmitting data using only a single optical cable solution for decoding on a home theater system.

Customize Your EQ Modes

Right out of the box, there are three specially-tuned EQ modes that are designed to enhance audio for different usages. Simply press the “Mode” button on X3 to cycle through the different modes — Music, Movie, and Footsteps Enhancer.

These EQ modes are also customizable so you can further tweak them to your liking, and save your preferred settings to each mode via the Sound Blaster Command software or mobile app.

  • Mode 1 — Music (White LED) - Get instant bass enhancement to your current tune.
  • Mode 2 — Movie (Purple LED) - Hear the characters dialogues clearly without being compromising the background effects.
  • Mode 3 — Footsteps Enhancer (Blue LED) Bring your team to victory with that footsteps enhancer that allows you hear beyond what you see.

  • MPN - 70SB181000000
  • GTIN - 054651192515
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Audio Core

Channels  7.1
Sample Rate  192KHz
Digital Audio  32-bit
SNR  115dB


Line In  1 x 1/8" Line-in Jack
Line Out  1 x 1/8" Front-out
1 x 1/8" Rear Out
1 x 1/8" Center / Sub Out
1 x 1/8" Side Out Jack
SPDIF Out  1 x TOSLINK Optical Out
MIC In 1 x 1/8" Ext. Mic-in Jack
Other Ports 1 x 1/8" Headphone / Headset Jack


Interface USB Type-C
External Box Yes
Remote Control Mobile Remote Control
Operating Systems Supported Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
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What’s In The Box
  • Creative Sound Blaster X3 Hi-Res 7.1 USB DAC and Amp for PC & Mac
  • USB Type-A to Type-C Cable
  • Quick Start Guide and Leaflets
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