Creative debuts Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition
CES 2015 has become the birthplace of one more tech gizmo this time coming from Creative. The Singapore-based company has unveiled a limited edition version of its Sound Blaster X7 sound adapter. The new company product comes with premium features that include an ultra high-resolution external USB DAC, a powerful audio amplifier, a 144W power adapter that delivers up to 100W of output to passive speakers, a very low headphone amplifier output impedance of 1 ohm and more.
“The Sound Blaster X7 is the most technologically advanced Sound Blaster we have ever created. We combined our decades of expertise in audio with the finest of the finest audiophile-grade components to deliver the most powerful high-resolution audio experience for games, music and movies. The original black edition of the Sound Blaster X7 comes with a headphone amplifier output impedance of 2.2 ohms which is good enough for most IEMs in the market. Now, our engineers have pushed the boundaries further by specially engineering the headphone amplifier circuit with an even lower output impedance of 1 ohm,” says Long Chye Low, General Manager of Sound Blaster. “The limited edition Sound Blaster X7 can accommodate both extreme ends of headphones in the market — from the most demanding high-impedance studio headphones to the most sensitive low-impedance in-ear monitors — with minimal distortion to audio content caused by variance in frequency response.”
The new Sound Blaster X7 is designed for use with a wide range of gaming and entertainment systems and offers premium hardware apart from the aforementioned hardware features and functions. The device makes use of a built-in Texas Instruments TPA3116D2 Class-D amplifier inside that delivers up to 100W (2 x 50W RMS @ 4W) to passive bookshelf and tower speakers. The Sound Blaster X7 also comes with the brand’s proprietary multi-core DSP, the SB-Axx1, and other high-end audiophile-grade components such as the Burr-Brown PCM1794 127 dB DAC, Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors, and Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier with support for up to 600W headphones.
The Sound Blaster X7 will be available at the end of January 2015 for a price of USD 499.99.