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Creative Sound BlasterX G6 USB Sound Card Review: The Portable Allrounder?

Users of headphones or headsets with a jack connection may know the problem: The on-board sound card of the mainboard produces background noise, colleagues in Teamspeak and Discord only hear noise or the sound is much too quiet. An alternative sound card can solve all these problems. But not everyone has space on the motherboard or the possibility to change the sound card in the laptop or console.

With the Sound BlasterX G6 the well-known manufacturer Creative offers a successor to the USB sound card Sound BlasterX G5. The G6 can be connected not only to stationary PCs, but also to laptops and consoles. With an integrated headphone amplifier and many other features, a good sound quality should be ensured. But is that true? We want to find out in our test.

Scope of Delivery

The Sound BlasterX G6 comes in a lightweight foam padded package. In addition to the sound card, the following is also included in the scope of delivery:

  • 1x optical cable
  • 1x micro-USB cable
  • Quick Start Brochure
  • Guarantee booklet

Technical Details and Features

The technical details of the Sound BlasterX G6 are listed in the following table:

Product name: Creative Sound BlasterX G6
DSP Processor SB-Axx1™
Channels Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
DAC
  • dynamic range: 130 dB
  • THD + N: 0.0002 %
Interface USB
Sampling rates
  • DSP playback:
    • 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz
    • 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz
    • 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz
  • Direct Mode Playback:
    • 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0, 352.8, 384.0 kHz
    • 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0, 352.8, 384.0 kHz
    • 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0, 352.8, 384.0 kHz
  • doP:
    • 24-bit / 176.4, 352.4 kHz
  • Microphone input:
    • 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0 kHz
    • 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0 kHz
    • 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0 kHz
  • Line-In, Optical-In:
    • 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0 kHz
    • 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0 kHz
    • 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 176.4, 192.0 kHz
Headphones Amp
  • Assisted headphone impedance: 16 – 600 Ω
  • high gain: 150 – 600 Ω (+14dB)
  • Low gain: 16 – 149 Ω (+0dB)
Connections
  • 1 x 3.5mm Line-In/mini TOSLINK Input Combo Jack
  • 1 x 3.5mm Line Out/mini TOSLINK output combo connector
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone/headset jack
  • 1 x 3.5mm Ext. mic input connector
  • 1 x microUSB connector for PC/Mac
Special features various software features, RGB lighting, rubberized floor
Price € 149.99

The most striking technical features compared to its predecessor are the workmanship of 32 bit/384 kHz DAC data, the integrated Xamp (headphone amplifier) and the higher audio quality of 130 to 120 dB DNR. The Sound BlasterX G6 does not yet rely on USB type C, but on micro USB.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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