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Sound Blaster X1

Hi-res USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier with Super X-Fi®

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Features

Overview

Discover details you've never heard before with the Sound Blaster X1.

Designed specifically to deliver powerful and pristine audio to your headphones, the super compact Sound Blaster X1 upgrades your audio quality instantly to high-resolution playback with its built-in AKM 4377 DAC. Coupled with the Ti/Burr-Brown™ INA1620 dual audio operational amplifier, the Sound Blaster X1 amplifies and delivers crisp audio to further enhance your listening experience. In simple terms, the Sound Blaster X1 acts as the middleman between your device and headphones to give your audio a clearer, louder and more impactful boost along with Super X-Fi® Headphone Holography.

Connect it directly via USB-C to your PC, Mac, PlayStation® consoles, or Nintendo Switch™, and it enhances your device's audio with little effort. It also comes with playback and mic mute buttons, as well as SmartComms Kit via the Creative app on PC and Mac, for a fuss-free way to communicate online during meetings or even in-game chats.

Audio

Nothing but Pristine

Hear every layer, every detail, and every nuance of your favorite media. The Sound Blaster X1 encompasses a secondary high-precision AKM 32-bit DAC-known in the audio world for its outstanding fidelity. When combined, the Sound Blaster X1 delivers an outstanding audio yield of up to 115 dB SNR at 24-bit / 96 kHz playback resolution. This promises pristine audio quality, bringing out the best in your headphones and playback device.

Amplify Your Headphone Experience

A good pair of headphones is hard to come by, and we know, so let the Sound Blaster X1 reintroduce your current pair to you with impactful and powerful acoustics without sacrificing audio clarity. The Sound Blaster X1 utilizes top notch Ti/Burr-Brown™ INA1620 dual audio operational amplifier with integrated thin-film resistor pairs and EMI filtering, to delivers high output power with extremely low distortion and crosstalk, thus delivering high fidelity audio for your listening experience.

The Sound Blaster X1 is capable of driving headphones with high impedances of up to 600Ω, even studio-grade ones. Enjoy the full specs of your favorite headphones wherever you are with this portable audio accessory. If you have been underutilizing your headphones, here's your chance to maximize it.

Immersive Surround

Nothing beats the surround experience of a movie theater, and that's where Sound Blaster X1 comes in. While you can't be at the cinemas 24/7, Sound Blaster X1 can definitely travel you with wherever you go.

With options from a full range of 5.1 and 7.1 audio streams for surround virtualization, as well as the award-winning Super X-Fi Headphone Holography, this USB DAC lets you experience the familiar surround effects effortlessly from your headphones—especially spoken dialogs in shows—with natural and lifelike soundstage that's deeply immersive and highly realistic, akin to the movie theater, without missing out on audio cues and immersive ambient effects.

Setting Up Super X-Fi on Sound Blaster X1
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Setting up your Super X-Fi profile is simpler than it looks!

Follow these steps to create your profile and upload it onto your Sound Blaster X1:

  1. Download the SXFI App on your mobile device and register for a Super X-Fi account. This account is different from your Creative Store account.
  2. 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.
  3. Plug in your Sound Blaster X1 to the PC or Mac
  4. Plug in your headset to Sound Blaster X1
  5. Select the headphone brand / model that closest match your headphone from the "Headphone Selection" section
  6. Once connected, your Super X-Fi profile will begin its upload onto the Sound Blaster X1 automatically.
  7. And you are done. You can toggle the Super X-Fi effects on and off directly on the Sound Blaster X1.

Fuss-free Setup

With a convenient plug-and-play USB-C interface, the Sound Blaster X1 connects directly to your PC, Mac, or gaming console, and does not require any driver for setup.

Simply plug in the Sound Blaster X1 to your device and enjoy an instant volume and clarity boost to any media from your favourite apps and music players, including Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music, and even YouTube. Combined with a portable and lightweight form factor, the Sound Blaster X1 is basically a professional audio system that fits in your pocket!

Convenient Controls

Get easy access to handy functions like volume, mic mute, and Super X-Fi control on the Sound Blaster X1 without having to navigate through the multi-layered on-screen settings. The mute button is particularly useful when you're using your headset during a call!

Volume + / - Button
Super X-Fi Button
Press to on / off Super X-Fi
LED Indicator:
Solid Green - Super X-Fi On
Solid Orange - Super X-Fi Off
Multifunction Button
Press to Play / Pause / Mic Mute / Mic Unmute
LED Indicator:
Solid Red - Mic Muted1
Solid Green / Orange - Mic Unmuted2

1 When mic is muted, pressing the Super X-Fi button once will trigger the LED Status Indicator to light up in Green / Orange for 3s to indicate the Super X-Fi status, before reverting to Red.

2 When mic is unmuted, the LED Status Indicator will light up in White for 3s before reverting to its prior Super X-Fi status.

Software

Customize Everything

The downloadable Creative app provides you with more control over how you want to listen. Personalize your audio with EQ presets or tweak the EQ band further to your liking—create a listening experience that is truly yours.

You can also access a comprehensive suite of audio enhancements to create the right mood for gaming, watching movies, or more. Stay immersed in movies with Surround via the Acoustic Engine module, or activate Scout Mode to enhance intricate audio cues during gameplay to gain the advantage of hearing beyond what you see on screen

Devices
The overview of all the available features on Sound Blaster X1.
Playback
Set audio quality and output configurations for headphone output, and perform channel output test.
Recording
Set up and configure input sources such as Microphone, Line-in, and Optical-in.
Settings
Perform device factory reset and access other settings including Firmware, Driver, and Software updates.
Volume
Adjust the volume levels of your audio and microphone.
Sound Mode
Make quick adjustments to all your sound settings on headphones or speakers, including your EQ settings as well as Acoustic Engine features settings. There are also pre-tuned audio profiles in the drop-down list to get you started instantly.
Super X-Fi
Toggle Super X-Fi and SXFI BATTLE Mode on and off with just a click. These functions can be toggled directly on the Sound Blaster X1 device.
Acoustic Engine
Customize your Acoustic Engine effects like Surround, Crystalizer, Bass, Smart Volume, and Dialog+ individually for both headphones and speakers.
Equalizer
Personalize your EQ settings with this 10-band EQ to your liking. You can also make adjustments to the Preamp, Bass, and Treble sound settings. The default EQ modes—Music, Movies, and Footsteps Enhancer—can be toggled directly on the Sound Blaster X1 device. You can also tweak them further and save your settings to each mode.
Smartcomms Kit
Toggle on and off the SmartComms Kit, access the Advanced settings to control each feature according to your environment and preferences for better online calls experience.
CrystalVoice
Adjust your Noise Reduction level, activate Acoustic Echo Cancellation and Smart Volume for better communication quality, and select from a list of pre-tuned Mic EQs. Just to make things a little more fun, there's a list of Voice Morph options that allows you to change your voice into different characters and accents.
Scout Mode
For the avid gamers, activate Scout Mode to enhance important in-game audio cues that highlights each and every audio detail—the sound of your enemies' gun reloads or a slight ruffle in the grass. You can also assign a hot key on your keyboard on your PC.
Mixer
Make instant adjustments to your Playback, Monitoring, and Recording settings based on the different audio sources.

Communicate Smarter

With a suite of smart communication features on the SmartComms Kit via the Creative app, you'll be able to control how much noise to reduce in your background or from others, and even automatically unmute yourself.

Mute and Unmute Yourself Automatically

Our VoiceDetect feature controls your mute status by voice detection as you speak—your microphone gets muted automatically when you stop speaking, and unmutes you instantly as you start speaking. There is absolutely no need to fiddle with any buttons—physical or in-app—so you can on track with your train of thought during the pitch.

Two-way Noise Cancellation

NoiseClean-in analyzes your incoming audio (imagine a colleague with a noisy background in your video call), detecting and suppressing the unwanted noises, before sending just your colleague's clean voice to you through your headphones.

NoiseClean-out does the same—but for your own background noise. And don't just take our words for it. Hear it for yourself!

REVIEWS

Techjio

"If you’re looking for a quick plug-and-play device to level up your audio, then the Sound Blaster X1 is the one you should get. It’s small, portable, and supports a variety of devices. Sound Blaster X1 is designed to be taken everywhere you go, and even supports the latest Creative App like the X4 to offer additional functionality for both work and play."

4.8/5

Sound Blaster X1

2022-09-16

Gbatemp.net

" with the range of customisation available, the Creative Sound Blaster X1 already offers varied use cases and it does so by outputting convincing audio. It’s an accessory worth looking into if you want to give your headphones a boost with new tech."

8/10

Sound Blaster X1

2022-08-25

Music | Photo | Life

"The Sound Blaster X1 DAC dongle combines the features of both Play! 4 and SXFI Amp, upgrades your existing audio interface to a professional-grade DAC for quality music enjoyment, plus teleconferencing functions that will definitely benefit telecommuters who spend a great deal of time on calls."

Sound Blaster X1

2022-09-29

A Closer Look

Specifications

Weight
Main Unit: 15 g / 0.5 oz
Dimensions
Main Unit : 9.7 x 175 x 67 mm / 0.4 x 0.7 x 2.6 inches, USB C to USB C Cable : 80 mm / 3.1 inches
Headphone Amp
Supported Headphone Impedance: 16–600Ω
Audio Technology
X-Fi, SmartComms Kit, Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine, Super X-Fi
Max. Recording Quality
Mic-in:
16/24-bit / 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Playback Resolution
PCM 16-bit, 44.1, 48.0, 96.0 kHz, PCM 24-bit, 44.1, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Recording Resolution
Mic-in: 16 / 24-bit / 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Platform
USB
Connectivity Options (Main)
1 x ⅛″ Headphone-out Jack (4-pole, CTIA)
Headphone Amp
Supported Headphone Impedance: 16–600Ω
Audio Technologies
SBX Pro Studio
CrystalVoice
Scout Mode
Audio Technology
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 10 Ver 1703, macOS 10.15 and above, Windows® 11
DAC
AKM AK4377, THD+N: Up to -105 dB or 0.00056%, SNR: Up to 115 dB, Frequency Response: 10 – 20,000 Hz, Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit / 96 kHz
Power
USB Bus Powered, USB-C
Recommended Usage
Home Entertainment
Pro Audio
Portable Entertainment

System Requirements

Windows
  • Intel® i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Windows 11, Windows 10 32 / 64 bit ver 1703 or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • > 4 GB of free hard disk space
  • Available USB-C port
Macintosh
  • Macintosh running MacOS ver 10.15 or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • > 4 GB of free hard disk space
  • Available USB-C port
PS4/PS5
  • Firmware Ver 5.0 or higher for PS4
  • Firmware Version 20.02-2.26.00.00-00.00.00.0.1 or higher for PS5
  • Available USB-C port
Nintendo Switch
  • Switch OS 5.0 or higher
  • Available USB-C port (in docking mode)
  • Voice communications is title dependent

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster X1
  • USB Type-C to Type-C
  • Quick Start Leaflet

Warranty

2-year Limited Hardware Warranty (EU Countries)

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty (Non-EU Countries)

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