Sound BlasterX G5

7.1 HD Audio Portable USB Sound Card with Headphone Amplifier for Windows PC, Mac, PS4, and Other Consoles

The pocket-sized Sound BlasterX G5 delivers massively superior gaming audio performance in a compellingly tiny form-factor.

This virtual 7.1 24-bit/192kHz, 120dB USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier delivers for the ultimate headphone gaming audio experience - whether it is for your PC or for your gaming console.


Native 7.1 Surround Sound Support

The portable G5 supports virtual 7.1 channel audio input signals for realistic virtualization via BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro, to deliver gaming effects and audio cues with near-perfect accuracy and positioning via your headphones!

Immersive 3D PC Gaming Audio

The G5 is a high performance external sound card with built-in SB-Axx1™ multi-core chipset for hardware accelerated audio. Even a basic motherboard stereo gets transformed into 3D virtual surround sound on your headset.

The G5 also supports multi-channel content, and 7.1 audio mixing for ultra-realistic surround sound into your headphones.

Best-in-class Console Gaming Audio

Built with precision audiophile components, the G5 delivers a best-in-class stereo experience for gaming consoles 1 with high-resolution of 24-bit/192kHz, 120dB USB DAC hardware driven audio playback that enables you to experience your gaming audio soundtrack in amazing detail. You'll be able to detect in real time where your enemy exactly is and get the winning edge every single time!

BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro

Optimised for your gameplay and engineered to impress you with extraordinary sound, the G5 represents our true innovation in sound, beyond the realm of physical limitations through audio enhancements.

Available for Windows®, the fully customisable BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro gives you unprecedented control over your listening experience with audio realism and immersive audio effects that intelligently minimises distractions and enhances gameplay. From the whizz of bullets near your head to the terrifying roar of a troll, every detail of your game comes alive with our professionally tweaked audio enhancements!

Scout Mode

Activate Scout Mode to give yourself a distinct tactical advantage! This tried and tested technology enhances important in-game audio cues — such as footsteps and weapon switching sounds -- allowing you to quickly and accurately pinpoint your opponents' location before they pinpoint yours!

Audiophile-grade Headphone Amplifier

The G5 is not just a 24-bit/192kHz, 120dB USB DAC. With a Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier with a low output impedance of 2.2Ω, the G5 is capable of driving headphones of up to 600Ω impedance as well as sensitive in-ear monitors in the market today.

This pocket-sized external gaming sound card also supports high-resolution audio playback of up to 24-bit/192kHz, thanks to its Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, which has a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 120dB.

Built-in SB-Axx1 Audio Processor

Dedicated SBX Profile selection button and Scout Mode™ buttons on the G5 work with the built-in SB-Axx1 multi-core processor for instant hardware accelerated audio enhancements. Get the right setting and save time with storing up to three audio profiles on the G5. All it takes is a button, along with toggle controls to switch between the profiles to suit the nature of your gameplay.

Backlit Volume Control with Illuminated Volume Indicator

The G5 is a perfect example of the fusion of form and functionality. With a volume knob that's sized for easy accessibility during gameplay, there's a crimson red backlight that provides visual aid in low-lighting conditions. And, you're ready to take on your game!


The G5 further expands the inputs and outputs found in today's onboard audio solutions, with the inclusion of options such as line-in and optical connections. The USB-Device port at the back of Sound BlasterX G5 offers another USB port that supplies the maximum output of 100mA, so you can plug in your gaming mouse or keyboard easily.

The G5 support headsets with 4-pole connection, in addition to the dedicated mic jack.


1 Connects to PlayStation® 4 via USB and Xbox™ One via Optical-in. Comms are not supported on Xbox One.


  • Modders-Inc

    The Sound Blaster G5 far exceeded my expectations. It worked great in all areas, movies, games, and music... If you’re an audiophile, a hardcore gamer or just someone who appreciates good quality audio on your devices, the Sound Blaster G5 is a must have.

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  • GamesReviews

    You can’t go wrong with many of Creative’s products, and the Sound BlasterX G5 is no different. With a superior build, lots of connectivity options, and a fairly easy setup process, there isn’t a whole lot to dislike about this package. For only 149.99, you can easily enhance your audio experience across the board, whether you use this specifically for playing games, or for everything you do on your PC, Xbox One, or PS4.

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  • Techgage

    Creative’s Sound BlasterX G5 is a flexible sound card, adapting to both high-end audio lovers, and gamers alike. Versatile software that lets you tweak sound to how you want, while leaving a clean signal for when you just want to chill out to some music.

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  • TechAeris

    There's no question that the Sound BlasterX G5 amplifies and enhances the sound coming through your headphones or speakers, and the upmixing to 7.1 surround sound in gaming, movies, and music is solid.

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  • Gameranx

    Designed primarily for gaming, the G5 can convert any audio into a virtual 5.1 or 7.1-channel signal, which sounds good on a stereo headset even if it isn’t 7.1-capable. Priced at around $150, the Sound BlasterX G5 is an affordable sound card that offers all the bells and whistles any gamer could ask for.

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  • Overclock

    The ability to swap this between consoles and your computer makes the G5 extremely versatile. The design is feature rich and looks really great with the black and red color scheme. The positional audio worked as expected and performed extremely well. Scout mode is a welcomed addition, and does provide a competitive edge in your games. The G5 quick buttons also provide quick selection of its features on the fly without closing my games, and also easily allows me to switch profiles easily. The software is feature rich and allows massive customization for everything. This has been by far one of the best sound cards I have ever tested overall.

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  • eTeknix

    Powerful, feature-packed and reliable sound processing from one of the most iconic audio brands in the industry. If you take your audio just a little more seriously than most, then the G5 is certainly something worthy of your attention. Desktop software solutions or even those offered by some sound cards or on-board audio rarely come close to offering this level of acoustic performance.

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  • DailyTekk

    If you’re into hifi audio or just want to take advantage of every possible upgrade that might help you beat the competition this is not going to disappoint. The difference between audio coming out of a normal headphone jack and audio piped through the G5 is truly pretty astounding.

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  • GameScouts

    Creative Labs’ Sound BlasterX G5 is extraordinary. For only hundred fifty bucks, Creative Labs is offering audiophile sound quality that’s accompanied by abounding extras typically reserved for much pricier devices. As far as mini-amps go, it doesn’t get cheaper and better than this. Even if you’re not particularly picky about the sound in your games, you owe it to yourself to check out the G5 and see what you’ve been missing.

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  • GamingShogun

    Being able to hear footsteps and bullets whizz past while listening through the G5 allowed me to have a better sense of situational awareness on the digital battlefield, resulting in a better “kills to death” ratio.

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  • gametyrant

    I love this sound card and the quality that pours from it. Whether you want to go basic and just rock it out of the box or tweak until your ears bleed, it's really your choice. I've listened to a lot of 7.1 gear in my day, but this is up near the top of the pile.

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Customer Reviews

  • I. Jeong

    This Product is AWESOME!

  • L. Carpio

    Amazing sound coming from this portable DAC/AMP sound card! Previously was using the Sound Blaster Z card, but my model was missing the 600Ohm headphone amp, so I decided to get this instead of another PCIe card, also, the Z card just wasn't able to run my Beyerdynamic DT 990 250Ohm headphones without having to adjust the volume higher, and even then it sounded like it was missing some details in the audio. Overall, this has been working very well! The 7.1 virtual surround sounds much better than the Z card, with the virtual surround set to around 25/100. Even with my speakers, the surround sounds better than the Z card. Had a couple of hiccups with the setup though. Windows 10 was able to recognize the device as a sound card right away, but even after downloading the software from the Creative support site, it still wasn't outputing audio. Doing a quick forum search, someone suggested going to Device Manager, have it check for Hardware Changes, then I manually went to the Sound drop-down and had Windows manually check for new drivers, which it found. I then restarted the PC and it booted with audio! Can confirm it works with Windows 10 Home Premium. Very happy with this device!

Sound BlasterX G5 6.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. based on 11 reviews.

A Closer Look

    • Audio Technology SB-Axx1™
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) 120dB (DAC)
    • Connectivity Options (Main) microUSB, Line / Optical Out : 1 x 3.5mm jack
      Line / Optical In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
      4-pole Headphone-out with Mic: 1 x 3.5mm jack
      Dedicated Mic In : 1 x 3.5mm jack
    • Max Channel Output Stereo
    • Audio Technologies Scout Mode
    • Supported Operating Systems Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows Vista®, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Mac OS X v10.8 and above
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    • System Requirements
    • Windows
      • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
      • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
      • Microsoft® Windows 10 32/64 bit, Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit, Windows Vista™ 32/64 bit SP1 or higher
      • 1GB RAM
      • >600MB of free hard disk space
      • Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with driver)

      • Macintosh running Mac OS X 10. 8 or higher
      • 1GB RAM
      • >600MB of free hard disk space
      • Available USB 2.0/3.0 port

      BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro Software for Windows
      • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
      • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
      • Microsoft® Windows 10 32/64 bit, Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit, Windows Vista™ 32/64 bit SP1 or higher
      • 1GB RAM
      • >600MB of free hard disk space
    • Download Software
      • Sound BlasterX G5
      • Quick Start Leaflet
      • Warranty Leaflet
      • Micro USB Cable
      • Mini TOSLINK cable
    • 1-year Limited Hardware Warranty


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