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Buy the Sound Blaster X3

Sound Blaster X3

Hi-res 7.1 External USB DAC and Amp Sound Card with Super X-Fi® for PC and Mac




Raising the bar for your desktop movie experience, X3 comes packed full of features that promise the best cinematic experience at home, regardless of your preference for speakers or headphones. It is the world's first external multi-channel USB DAC and Amp to feature our award-winning Super X-Fi technology, as well as 7.1 discrete surround on speakers, 7.1 virtual surround on headphones, and Dolby Digital Live1. Coupled with high-quality audio components that power hi-res 32-bit / 192 kHz playback at 115 dB DNR / SNR, you can be sure that audio is delivered with studio-level precision and clarity.

And when it comes to versatility, the X3 is unmatched. Featuring a myriad of connectivity options including a USB-C port, Optical-out, and Line-in that makes it compatible with most audio devices, X3 is set to redefine your movie and gaming experience at the comfort of your home.

1Dolby Digital Live is only available on Windows.

Multi-Channel Surround

7.1 Virtual Surround

If you prefer the usual 7.1 virtual surround without headphone holography, X3 also supports up to 7.1 virtual surround for headphones.

7.1 Discrete Surround

That's not all — Sound Blaster X3 works beyond just headphones. With support for multi-channel audio output of up to 7.1 discrete surround in speakers, enjoy binge-watching on your latest series effortlessly with surround sound delivery that's distinctively positioned for audio envelopment.

Besides, there's no need to sacrifice your room's physical space for an actual 7.1 sound system! Simply connect the Sound Blaster X3 to your computer for immersive surround sound output which is perfect for gaming sessions with friends, or to impress that special someone during movie nights.

For Window users, there's also Dolby Digital Live1 for convenience of encoding any audio sources to multi-channel surround sound in real-time, all while transmitting data using only a single optical cable solution for decoding on a home theater system.

1Dolby Digital Live is only available on Windows.

Super X-Fi

What's Super X-Fi?

Introducing the world's first external USB DAC and Amp sound card to house the Super X-Fi technology, Sound Blaster X3 redefines your movie experience on PC, Mac and even PlayStation 4.

Critically-acclaimed by respected journalists all over the world and garnering 23 CES “Best-of” awards in 2019 and 2020, the Super X-Fi technology captures the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system set up, and recreates the same expansive experience — with the same original depth, detail, realism, and immersiveness — in your headphones. Not simply a 3D surround technology, the power of Super X-Fi lies in its capability to recreate natural, realistic audio holography that matches your hearing profile, to deliver to you a full theatrical experience.

Redefine Your Movie Experience

Imagine watching a film at home, putting on a pair of headphones, and feeling the audio move around you like the movie experience you get out of a real cinema. What's more, it works even on streamed content! Whether you're streaming the latest 4K movie off iTunes, or watching compressed clips off YouTube, the Super X-Fi processor in the X3 automatically transform videos into full-fledged, cinematic audio experience.

Concerts and Music Festivals

We can't physically bring you back to that last concert you've attended, but we can definitely help you relive the ambience and energy of that performance! When switched on, Super X-Fi brings you to the heart of a live concert with the same expanded soundstage as if you were there in person. Hear the crowd, feel the passion of your favorite band, and get absolutely pumped for the next concert.

Great for Gaming

Headphone fatigue? Thing of the past. Super Xi-Fi technology re-create natural sound in headphones that gives you a real sense of space and distance. With these Super X-Fi's spatialized effect, your game audio will sound natural to your ears, instead of sounding like the audio is piped directly into your ear canals like typical headphones, so you can extend your gaming sessions without headphone fatigue!

Escape to another reality with Super X-Fi's hyper-realistic audio effects! Super X-Fi opens up the soundstage in your headphones and delivers incredibly immersive sound enhancements! Now with Super X-Fi Gen2, experience a whole new level of surround sound gaming with your open-world games.


Super X-Fi Gen2 is a result of our continuous research effort. With our improved AI engine and tweaks along the way, you can expect Super X-Fi Gen2 to work better across a broader range of content, especially for movies and games.

Specifically, there are 4 main areas of improvements:


Hear more details in your surround sound configuration and enjoy more precise audio cue positioning when watching movies or playing games


With Super X-Fi Gen2, dialogues are clearer than ever so you can pay full attention to what's happening on the screen


Enhanced audio fidelity in Gen2 coupled with the Super X-Fi holographic audio effect gives you a listening experience as though you're at the recording studio


Improved AI engine also brings about more efficient power usage. This translates to approximately 10% lower battery consumption for SXFI AIR and SXFI AMP!

Gen2 is available for all SXFI customers! Once your setup is done, your device will automatically upgrade to the latest firmware version available. Check if your device has the latest firmware here.

Setting up Super X-Fi profile is easy! Simply follow the steps below and be well on your way to Super X-Fi audio holography!

Step 1

Download SXFI App on your mobile device and register for a Super X-Fi account.

(This is different from your Creative Store account).

Step 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.

Step 3

On your PC or Mac, download the Creative app Software.

Step 4

Load your Super X-Fi profile onto Sound Blaster X3 by logging onto your account (as registered in Step 1) on Creative app software via the SXFI tab.

And you're done! Toggle Super X-Fi on and off directly on X3 button and experience the ultimate movie experience on your desktop.


The X3 is highly versatile and compatible with many devices! Featuring a myriad of connectivity options, X3 is specially designed to be used with many platforms — you'll be spoilt for choice.

Hover over the devices to see how to connect it with the X3.

Analog Speaker System

Mobile device / Audio player

AV Receiver

PC / Mac / PS4 / Switch

1. Analog Speaker System

2. Mobile device / Audio player

3. AV Receiver

4. PC / Mac / PS4 / Switch


The Perfect Chat and Game Mix

Find the perfect harmony between two audio sources with X3's Audio Balance feature — perfect for use during conference calls while listening to music or podcasts at the same time. X3's Volume Control Knob allows you to toggle your audio control between the SPDIF interface and speaker sources simply by turning the knob left to right, and vice versa.

You can also control the volume mix between your gaming audio and voice audio of your teammates to hear them better.

Customize Your EQ Modes

Right out of the box, there are three specially-tuned EQ modes that are designed to enhance audio for different usages. Simply press the “Mode” button on X3 to cycle through the different modes — Music, Movies, and Footsteps Enhancer.

These EQ modes are also customizable so you can further tweak them to your liking, and save your preferred settings to each mode via the Creative app software or mobile app.

Mode 1 — MusicGet instant bass enhancement to your current tune.
Mode 2 — MoviesHear the characters dialogues clearly without compromising the background effects.
Mode 3 — Footsteps EnhancerBring your team to victory with that footsteps enhancer that allows you hear beyond what you see.


Powerful Audio Performance

The Sound Blaster X3 features a 600Ω headphone amplifier that's capable of driving studio-grade headphones with ease. Coupled with 32-bit / 192 kHz playback, enjoy detailed audio with clarity and accuracy. Thanks to the extra power from the amp, you'll get a load more volume!

Audio Processing

Industry-Leading Audio Processing

To further boost your audio experience with the X3, we've also included our industry-leading audio processing technologies — featuring Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine's full suite of audio enhancements and delivered through the redesigned Creative app.

Streamlined and optimized, it's now easier than ever to customize your audio quickly for your specific needs. We've upgraded the software support for Sound Blaster X3 from Sound Blaster Command software to the latest Creative app! For existing users, you can download and update the Creative app here.


PC (Windows)Mac OS


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 X3 on the Creative app. The best part? You can choose to tweak each and every element, or switch them off completely.

The overview of all the available features on Sound Blaster X3.
Switch between Speakers (Line-out) or Headphones output, set your audio quality for each audio source, configure your surround speakers set up.
Set up and configure input sources such as Microphone, Line-in, and Optical-in.
Perform device factory reset and access other settings including Firmware, Driver, and Software updates.
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 X3 device.
Acoustic Engine*
Customize your Acoustic Engine effects like Surround, Crystalizer, Bass, Smart Volume, and Dialog+ individually for both headphones and speakers.
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 X3 device. You can also tweak them further and save your settings to each mode.
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 X3 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.
Encode any stereo or multi-channel streams into high-fidelity immersive Dolby Digital Live surround sound.
Make instant adjustments to your Playback, Monitoring, and Recording settings based on the different audio sources.

Mobile Remote Control

For more convenience, you can also manage Sound Blaster X3 from your mobile devices using wireless Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) via the Creative app app. Without the hassle of switching between PC and console, you can customize and save EQ settings, switch between EQ and SXFI, or switch between Headphone and Speaker output — all the necessary controls on your mobile phone.


Platform Compatibility

We have also summarized the features of X3 and their feature compatibility across platforms in this table.

Windows Desktop / Laptop

Mac OS



Nintendo Switch

Super X-Fi
Discrete 7.1 / 5.1
Virtual 7.1 / 5.1
Dolby Digital Live
Audio Balance
EQ Mode
Scout Mode
Creative app

*Via Creative app app for Android and iOS devices.


Tech Radar

Creative delivers a bevy of different sound options worth listening to with its latest external sound card that's worth it if you're tired of bad-sounding computer speakers.

4/5 Stars

Sound Blaster X3



Personally, I like the X3 a lot and in my opinion Creative Labs put together an excellent product and implemented it with precision. I say this because there were moments were I listened to specific sections of a movie long after what I needed to hear had past. The sound experience kept me engaged even when I was suppose to move on to something else. This is what good audio is about. Capturing and captivating you and not letting you go which is something you can not physically measure.

Sound Blaster X3



Great audio processing, both 7.1 speaker and headphone outputs, good software.

Sound Blaster X3


Customer Reviews

m. Homan

great bit of kit. external, easy to set up and use.

C. Hare

Absolutely love this product. After buying endless headphones for my gaming and music consumption, I have finally found what I was missing. If you are looking for something that brings to life your music and your games. This is a necessity for any set up. The software was extremely easy to use and within 10 minutes you'll have everything setup and ready to go. Plus it looks great on my desk!

C. W. Y. Huat

Great sound and great software. Expected from Creative. My sound experience has been elevated to another level.

A Closer Look

System Requirements

Windows® OS
  • Intel® Core™i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
  • 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
  • 1 GB RAM
  • > 600 MB of free hard disk space
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
Mac® OS
  • Mac OS X® 10.12 or higher
  • Supports Intel-based and Apple CPU chipsets
  • 1 GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
  • Firmware Ver 5.0 or later
  • Available USB port
  • Firmware Ver 20 or later
  • Available USB port
Nintendo Switch
  • Switch OS 5.0 or later
  • Available USB port (in docking mode)
  • External USB Power (not included)
  • Voice communications is title dependent
Android ^
  • Android OS Ver 7.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support
iOS ^
  • iOS Ver 11.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support

^ Use as a remote controller for Sound Blaster X3 on PS4 / Nintendo Switch only, does not support Bluetooth audio streaming

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster X3
  • USB Type-A to Type-C Cable
  • Quick Start Guide and Leaflets
  • Warranty Leaflets


1-year Limited Hardware Warranty