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Sound Blaster X4

Hi-res 7.1 External USB DAC and Amp Sound Card with Super X-Fi® and SmartComms Kit

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Features

Overview

1 device. 3 surround sound technologies. 7 I/O connectors. Your all-in-one audio upgrade starts here with Sound Blaster X4.

Multi-channel
  • Up to 7.1 discrete for multi-channel speakers
  • Up to 7.1 virtual for headphones
Surround
  • Super X-Fi Headphone Holography
  • Sound Blaster's renowned Surround Virtualization
  • Dolby Digital Live
I/O connectors
  • Line-out and Line-in
  • Optical-out and Optical-in
  • USB-C for power and audio
  • Mic-in
  • Headset-in
Communication
  • SmartComms Kit with auto mute and two-way noise cancellation
  • CrystalVoice for clear recordings and in-game communications
Controls
  • Volume control knob
  • Direct mic mute button
  • Three EQ modes and Direct mode
  • Super X-Fi and SXFI BATTLE Mode on / off
  • Speakers (Line-out) and headphones switch
  • Audio Balance feature
Software
  • Creative app via USB on Windows PC or Intel-based Mac system for full audio customization
  • Creative app via Bluetooth® on Android and iOS for quick EQ and audio tweaks
Headphone amplifier
Supports headphone impedance of 32—600Ω
Gaming
  • SXFI BATTLE Mode for realistic audio cues, details, and depth
  • Scout Mode that instantly lets you in on the faintest sounds made by your foes
Audio and power
  • 114 dB, 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • Convenient USB-C Bus-powered

Multi-channel Surround

#TeamSpeakers or #TeamHeadphones? Why not both? The Sound Blaster X4 supports up to 7.1 discrete and virtual audio channels, so you won't have to compromise on the way you enjoy your audio. It is also capable of incredible sound performance—acoustics depth and detail—giving a new lease of life to your headphones and speakers.

Also, it offers not just one, but three different surround sound delivery options. Feel free to discover the unique characteristics of each surround option, try them out on different types of media content, and maybe—relive that favorite piece of yours in a whole new light.

Super X-Fi Headphone Holography

More than just surround technology, Super X-Fi is our award-winning audio technology that captures the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system in a professional studio to recreates the same expansive experience in headphones. Without missing out on audio cues and immersive ambient effects, you'll be able to hear the details 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 theaters.

Once set up, simply toggle Super X-Fi on and off using the SXFI button located on the device itself.

SETTING UP SUPER X-FI ON SOUND BLASTER X4

Sound Blaster Surround Virtualization

We've been in this space for a long time—more than 30 years to boot. With our renowned Surround Virtualization technology, expect top-tier surround processing made possible through our highly optimized algorithms. To put it simply, these algorithms intelligently identify and enhance the spatial information of the incoming audio, and optimize it for the chosen output format, drawing you to where the action is for a complete and immersive auditory experience.

Dolby Digital Live

For Windows users, the Sound Blaster X4 also features Dolby Digital Live for convenient encoding of any audio sources to multi-channel surround sound in real-time, all while transmitting data using only a single optical cable solution for decoding in a home theater system.

Gaming

Hear Where They Are

Raise your KDR even further in FPS games with an unfair advantage over your opponents! The Sound Blaster X4 is equipped with both SXFI BATTLE Mode and Scout Mode, so you can choose* the best weapon for your victory.

Hear your surroundings in games, just like how you would in real life. SXFI BATTLE Mode is the first and only sound mode that allows you to hear not only the directionality of where the gunshots are coming from, but distance as well—so you can accurately pinpoint your enemies' locations to the millimeter.

Combined with the hyper-realistic Super X-Fi audio and its unprecedented level of audio clarity and depth, gain the extra edge in first-person shooter games that's not just accurate, but immersive too.

This thing almost feels like cheating. BATTLE Mode is tuned specifically for first-person shooters...You'll regularly hear your enemies earlier than you otherwise would, which essentially gives you a competitive edge.

TECHPOWERUP

If you've been with us throughout our Sound Blaster journey, you'd know. Scout Mode is one of our trademark sound modes that focuses on detection through enhanced audio cues, highlighting each and every in-game detail that could make or break the game.

Whether it's the sound of your enemies' gun reload or a slight ruffle in the grass, Scout Mode is sure to bring the cues right to your ears. Detect your enemies' slightest movement before even seeing them on screen!

...and Scout mode was the acoustic equivalent of shining a spotlight on directional cues in the game...After playing for a day or two with Scout Mode on, turning it off made games feel incomplete in comparison.

IGN

*SXFI BATTLE Mode and Scout Mode utilize different processing technologies and cannot be used simultaneously.

Communications

Communicate Smarter with SmartComms Kit

Skip the unnecessary microphone controls, focus on your online meetings, and sound clear in them without the annoying background noise!

Developed to solve common pain points for Windows 10 users on conference apps, our SmartComms Kit simplifies the way you communicate online via a suite of smart communication features. Plus, it works with any headphones with microphone, headsets, and external microphones.

SETTING UP SMARTCOMMS KIT ON WINDOWS 10
VoiceDetect
Mute and Unmute Yourself Automatically

Get unmuted as you speak and mute your microphone automatically without lifting a finger.

Our VoiceDetect feature controls your mute status by voice detection and frees up your hands—and mind—so you can focus on other important things, like a brainstorming session for the next product launch.

NoiseClean
Two-way Noise Cancellation*

Remove unwanted noisy distractions from both ends of a conference call in real time.

NoiseClean-in detects static background noises coming from other users in your voice call, and suppresses the noise while retaining the vocals and spoken dialogs so you can hear them clearly. Put simply, NoiseClean-in cleans up the noises detected from your incoming audio so that their voices are better heard.

NoiseClean-out does the same—but for your own background noise. Now, no one needs to be asked to “go on mute” anymore.

*The NoiseClean features work best for static background noises such as fans, air conditioning, air purifier, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, electric shavers, and even lawn mowers.

HEAR AUDIO SAMPLES OF:
NOISECLEAN-IN ON
NOISECLEAN-IN OFF
HEAR AUDIO SAMPLES OF:
NOISECLEAN-OUT ON
NOISECLEAN-OUT OFF
GUIDE TO SMARTCOMMS KITS ADVANCED SETTINGS

Sound Clearer with CrystalVoice Technology

Improve your voice clarity and be heard clearly with our CrystalVoice technology! The annoying echoes that interfere with your conversations are now a thing of the past with CrystalVoice's Acoustic Echo Cancellation that removes these echoes that goes on a parroting loop.

At the same time, activate Smart Volume inside the software to speak normally without having to shout or whisper—Smart Volume automatically adjusts the loudness of your voice to maintain a consistent volume throughout the conversation, no matter where your microphone (both external and on headset) is angled towards.

There's also the Microphone Equalizer that compensates for your headset's built-in microphone, or your external microphone—whether it is to reduce the harshness of your tonality or to increase the mids for vocal clarity—so you'll sound much clearer and natural to others.

When you're down for some fun, Voice Morph changes your voice into different characters and accents with a list of tuned profiles. Download our Creative app on your Windows PC to access the CrystalVoice feature!

Connectivity

Connect Everything

You asked, we've listened: The optical-in port is now on the Sound Blaster X4.

With the Sound Blaster X4 and its 7 I/O connectors, it's now much easier to connect multiple audio devices! From external microphones and headsets, to platforms like your PC, Mac, gaming consoles, and even your multi-channel speaker systems—this practically converts your desktop setup into an audio hub.

Speaker systems:

Breathe new life into your surround speaker system! The line-out ports consisting of Front, Side, Rear, and Center / Sub ports allow you to connect your 2.1, 5.1, and even 7.1 speakers for outstanding audio clarity. Coupled with 7.1 discrete and virtual support, refresh your same old speakers with a new sound identity.

PS4™ (with voice chat), Blu-ray, Set-top boxes, TV, mobile devices:

Chat in-game with your teammates on PS4 and enjoy the Sound Blaster X4's enhanced audio delivery at the same time with the newly added optical-in port! It's also compatible with your Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and even TV. You can also connect the Sound Blaster X4 to your PS5™ via a HDMI to optical converter (not included) for enhanced audio during your gameplay!

The very same port also acts as a line-in port that will work with your mobile devices or audio players for high-quality audio without fuss.

AV receiver:

Easily connect your Sound Blaster X4 to your AV receiver and your prized surround system using the optical-out port for an enhanced listening experience.

Powering the Sound Blaster X4:

The USB-C port makes it easy for you to power up the device right on your desktop once the connection is made. And when connected to platforms like PC and Mac, the USB-C connection is used for both power and audio, making it super convenient (with less mess) to set up.

External mics and headsets / headphones with mic:

Located on the front of the Sound Blaster X4 for easy access to the microphone and headset ports, simply plug in your preferred choice and get started. Need your team to hear you better? You can further adjust your microphone's gain and volume boost via the Acoustic Engine module of the Creative app. The Sound Blaster X4 is also a headphone amplifier that's capable of driving studio-grade headphones of up to 600Ω with ease.

Controls

While it sports a clean and simple look, the Sound Blaster X4 comes with all the essential controls on the front of the product for easy access.

Direct Mic Mute Button

With a direct microphone mute button on the Sound Blaster X4, you don't have to scramble to unmute yourself in-app during a conference call, or while in-game. All it takes is a single button press, and that's it.

Pick a Mode

On the device itself, there are three EQ modes—Music, Movies, and Footsteps Enhancer—each of them specially-tuned to enhance audio for different types of content. These EQ modes are also entirely customizable so you can further tweak them to suit your preference, and save your custom settings to each of the modes via the Creative app.

Don't fancy any audio processing on your content? There's also the Direct Mode so you can listen to them in their original form, simply press and hold the Mode button to switch over.

Speaker and Headphones Switch / SXFI Button

One button, dual functions. This button allows you to toggle between having Super X-Fi and SXFI BATTLE Mode effects on or off by selecting the button. At the same time, it functions as a convenient speaker (Line-out) and headphones switch without the trouble of plugging and unplugging the devices—just press and hold to switch!

Audio Balance

Easily control the volume levels between two audio sources with the Audio Balance feature on your PC, Mac, PS5, or PS4!

After a one-time setup, you'll be able to adjust the volume mix on the volume control knob by turning the knob left to right, and vice versa—perfect for use during conference calls while listening to music or podcasts, or while communicating in-game with teammates.

SETTING UP AUDIO BALANCE ON PC, MAC, PS5, AND PS4

Customization

Personalize Everything

Take full command of your audio setup and customize them to your preference! For PC users, there are loads of customizable settings for the Sound Blaster X4 on the Creative app. The best part? You can choose to tweak each and every element, or switch them off completely.

Devices
The overview of all the available features on Sound Blaster X4.
Playback
Switch between Speakers (Line-out) or Headphones output, set your audio quality for each audio source, configure your surround speakers set up.
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 X4 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 X4 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.
Direct Mode
Delivers audio in its purest form, directly from the source. When Direct Mode is activated, all audio effects will not be applied to your audio output. This function can be toggled directly on the Sound Blaster X4 device.
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.
Encoder
Encode any stereo or multi-channel streams into high-fidelity immersive Dolby Digital Live surround sound.
Mixer
Make instant adjustments to your Playback, Monitoring, and Recording settings based on the different audio sources.
*SmartComms Kit is only available on Windows PC. The Sound Mode, Acoustic Engine, CrystalVoice, and Scout Mode features are available on Windows PC and Intel-based Mac systems.

Audio

The Sound Blaster Quality

As it always is with any of our Sound Blaster products, our unwavering Sound Blaster promise—audio quality. The Sound Blaster X4 features 114 dB audio clarity with high-resolution 192 kHz / 24-bit playback for detailed audio that's well balanced and accurate. The extra power from the built-in amplifier also means you'll get a volume boost from the get go.

Downloads

CREATIVE APP

Customize button controls, make EQ adjustments, and access Sound Blaster technologies to enhance your audio.

SXFI APP

Create your Super X‑Fi profile and enjoy the Super X‑Fi Headphone Holography experience personalized to your ears.

REVIEWS

GamingShogun

Overall, the Creative Labs Sound Blaster X4 is a full features USB DAC and headphone amplifier with a ton of features for both audio enhancement and connectivity.

8.8/10

Sound Blaster X4

2021-10-04

A Closer Look

Specifications

Weight
384g / 13.55 oz
Dimensions
130.5 mm x 130.5 mm x 40.6 mm (5.14 x 5.14 x 1.60 inches)
Dynamic Range (DNR)
114 dB
Audio Technology
Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine, Super X-Fi
Max. Playback Quality
Sampling Rate (Playback) :
Direct Mode:
Playback Resolution (Optical Out): PCM 16/24-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Dolby Digital Live: 16-bit, 48.0 kHz
Playback Resolution (Stereo): PCM 16/24-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0 kHz
Surround 7.1: PCM 16/24-bit / 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Recording Resolution
Mic-in: 16 / 24-bit / 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Line-in: 16 / 24-bit / 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Optical In: 16 / 24-bit / 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Connectivity Options (Main)
1 x TOSLINK Optical Out, 1 x ⅛″ Rear Out, 1 x ⅛″ Center / Sub Out, 1 x 1/8″ Headphone / Headset Jack, 1 x 1/8″ Ext. Mic-in Jack, 1 x ⅛″ Front-out, 1 x ⅛″ Side Out Jack, 1 x USB-C port for PC / Mac, 1 x ⅛″ Optical / Line-in Combo Jack
Headphone Amp
Supported Headphone Impedance: 32–600Ω, High Gain: 150–600Ω (2.3V RMS @ 150Ω, 2.9V RMS @ 600Ω), Output Impedance: 10Ω, Low Gain: 32–149Ω (1.2V RMS @ 32Ω)
Audio Technologies
CrystalVoice
Scout Mode
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 10 Ver 1703, macOS X® 10.15 and above, Windows® 11
Included Accessories
Optical Cable (1m / 3.28 ft), USB-A to USB-C Cable (2m / 6.56 ft)
DAC
Dynamic Range (Stereo): 114 dB, THD+N (Stereo): 0.001%
ADC
Dynamic Range: 104 dB, THD+N: 0.0017%
Power
USB Bus Powered, USB-C
Recommended Usage
Home Entertainment

System Requirements

Windows® OS
  • Intel® Core™i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
  • Intel, AMD, or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows 11, Windows 10 32 / 64-bit Ver 1703 or higher
  • > 4 GB RAM
  • > 4 GB of free hard disk space
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
macOS
  • macOS X® 10.15 or higher
  • > 4 GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
PS5
  • Firmware Version 20.02-2.26.00.00-00.00.00.0.1 or later
  • Available USB port
  • Audio Balance feature requires a HDMI to Optical converter (not included)
PS4
  • Firmware Version 5.0 or later
  • Available USB port
  • Available Optical-out port (for Audio Balance)
Nintendo Switch
  • Switch OS 5.0 or later
  • Available 3.5 mm headphone port
  • Available USB port (in docking mode)
  • External USB Power (not included)
  • Voice communication is title-dependent
Android^
  • Android OS Version 8.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support
iOS^
  • iOS Version 12.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support

^Used as a remote controller for Sound Blaster X4 on PS5 / PS4 / Nintendo Switch only, does not support Bluetooth audio streaming

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster X4
  • USB-A to USB-C Cable (2m / 6.56 ft)
  • Optical Cable (1m / 3.28 ft)
  • SmartComms Kit Leaflet
  • Quick Start Guide and Leaflets
  • Warranty Leaflets

Warranty

2-year Limited Hardware Warranty (EU Countries)

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

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