Creative Sound Blaster X3 Digital to Analog Converter Review

 

There’s something about having a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). The dials make you feel like a DJ and there are exclusive custom audio profiles at the touch of a button. But do you really need a DAC?  These days ALL, if not MOST, motherboards have integrated audio systems that boost and enhance quality and immersion – Asus with its Supreme Fx, Gigabyte has AMP-UP Audio Technology. It was hard for me to justify hooking the award-winning Creative Sound Blaster X3 DAC up to my system. But let me tell you, the set up was so easy and all of a sudden my ears filled with the sensation of a whole new audio experience that outshines the competition.

Compatibility ranges from the Usual windows, Mac and mobile devices, as well as Bluetooth (no audio stream), but the latest firmware adds upgraded support for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch (with some disabled features of course). Unconfirmed for XBOX players.

What’s in the Box?

Nothing too crazy here, you get your Creative Sound Blaster X3 DAC and USB –C power cable. The usual paperwork with an Important Read Me First card, directing you to download their SXFI App and Sound blaster Command App for the system you’re using.

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