Raising the bar for your desktop movie experience, X3 comes packed full of features that promises 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 our 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 experience at the comfort of your home.
1Dolby Digital Live is only available on Windows.
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.
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.
We can't physically bring you back to that last concert you've attended, but we can definitely help you relive the ambience and energy of that performance! When switched on, Super X-Fi brings you to the heart of a live concert with the same expanded soundstage as if you were there in person. Hear the crowd, feel the passion of your favorite band, and get absolutely pumped for the next concert.
Headphone fatigue? Thing of the past. With Super X-Fi, the expansive audio allows for extended sessions of podcast enjoyment without being too heavy on your ears.
For the casual gamer, Super X-Fi transforms all your headphone gaming content into a full-blown, immersive cinematic audio experience, especially suitable for role-playing games. Be transported into the thick of the action, and hear every gunfire and explosion all around you.
Create your Super X-Fi profile via the SXFI App, select ‘Personalize' via the menu tab, and follow the guided Head and Ear-Mapping process.
On your PC or Mac, download the Sound Blaster Command Software.
Load your Super X-Fi profile onto Sound Blaster X3 by logging onto your account (as registered in Step 1) on Sound Blaster Command software via the SXFI tab.
If you prefer the usual 7.1 virtual surround without headphone holography, X3 also supports up to 7.1 virtual surround for headphones.
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 Live1 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.
1Dolby Digital Live is only available on Windows.
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, Movies, 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||Get instant bass enhancement to your current tune.|
|Mode 2 — Movies||Hear the characters dialogues clearly without compromising the background effects.|
|Mode 3 — Footsteps Enhancer||Bring your team to victory with that footsteps enhancer that allows you hear beyond what you see.|
Analog Speaker System
Mobile device / Audio player
PC / Mac / PS4 / Switch
1. Analog Speaker System
2. Mobile device / Audio player
3. AV Receiver
4. PC / Mac / PS4 / Switch
The Sound Blaster X3 features a 600Ω headphone amplifier that's capable of driving studio-grade headphones with ease. Coupled with 32-bit / 192 kHz playback, enjoy detailed audio with clarity and accuracy. Thanks to the extra power from the amp, you'll get a load more volume!
To further boost your audio experience with the X3, we've also included our industry-leading audio processing technologies — featuring Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine's full suite of audio enhancements and delivered through the redesigned Sound Blaster Command software.
Streamlined and optimized, it's now easier than ever to customize your audio quickly for your specific needs. When it comes to changing audio settings between movies, music, or even games, you can save and switch to your different profiles with just a simple click. The best part of the software? You can control every bit of it.
For more convenience, you can also manage Sound Blaster X3 from your mobile devices using wireless Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) via the Sound Blaster Command app. Without the hassle of switching between PC and console, you can customize and save EQ settings, switch between EQ and SXFI, or switch between Headphone and Speaker output — all the necessary controls on your mobile phone.
We have also summarized the features of X3 and their feature compatibility across platforms in this table.
*Via Sound Blaster Command app for Android and iOS devices.
Sound pumped through the Sound Blaster X3 is greatly enhanced, especially with Hi-Res compared to merely using a motherboard line out port. It's also effortless to switch between EQ modes, toggling SXFI, and there's plenty of options in the Sound Blaster Command software. The X3 sounds great and will be a welcomed upgrade for those on basic or integrated solutions.
Sound Blaster X3
Creative gave the Sound Blaster X3 capabilities to do more than just PC audio, too. Along with Mac compatibility, the Sound Blaster X3 can work with the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in docked mode. These consoles detect the Sound Blaster X3 as a discrete USB headset, and feed it audio as one. This lets you use any analog headset you want with your console.
Sound Blaster X3
^ Use as a remote controller for Sound Blaster X3 on PS4 / Nintendo Switch only, does not support Bluetooth audio streaming
Audio Balance allows user to control and attenuate the output volume of 2 separate playback endpoints by turning the volume knob in a clockwise/anti-clockwise direction. The 2 playback endpoints on Sound Blaster X3 are Speakers and SPDIF Out respectively. Applying this concept, user can launch 2 different software with one output/playback its audio to Speakers and the other playback its audio to SPDIF Out.
User can apply such configuration in various scenarios such as listening to music while chatting with friends on a VoIP software, you will want to listen to the music and reduce the chat volume when the conversation is not of interest to you; or watching a movie while listening to a podcast; or when playing a FPS game with team mates when the game audio over-powers your team mates' chat volume, you will want to reduce the game audio so that you can hear your team mates' chat clearer, or vise-versa.
Super X-Fi is an audio technology that naturally recreates the sound stage of a high-end, multi speaker system. So, users can enjoy the maximum capability of Super X-Fi.
When Super X-Fi is turned on, the EQ modes will be switched off. Similarly, when the EQ mode is switched on, Super X-Fi will be switched off.