Creative Labs has always been known for it’s PC sound cards. Until now the trouble has been that they could only exist inside the machine due to power constraints. Now Creative is able to bring that sound card outside the machine and power it by USB with the Sound Blaster Recon 3D.
The Sound Blaster Recon 3D brings better sound to just about any device with a line-out. The big use case here seems to be for consoles like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, but it could just as easily be used on your PC, Mac, or laptop as well. You just need a USB port to power the device and a line–out or optical-out to plug into it. The sound is actually THX-level sound that will give you 3D sound bringing more depth of field into the sound you get rom your games. It will make it easier to figure out where sound is coming from in games while at the same time making the sound better through TruStudio Pro Crystalizer and TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus. Pro Crystalizer uses an algorithm to determine what sections of the sound wave were lost in compression, and restores them, based on what I was able to hear it worked quite well. Pro Dialog Plus makes voices sound better in games, making them easier to hear which also worked but could take some getting used to.
The external sound card can connect to any headphones you’d like, but works best when paired with the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Headset. That’s because the wireless headset has a dongle that’s made to plug right into the Sound Blaster Recon 3D. The sound that comes out of them was pretty great. The fact that it didn’t need any wires was even better. The last thing you want is wires stretching everywhere across your room.
While the Sound Blaster Recon 3D was made for games, it will work just as well for watching movies through Netflix on your console or computer. Not sure if you’d want to use it for music, but movies could definitely benefit quite a bit. It will reach stores sometime around September 2011, and will retail for $129.99.
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