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.
Built with precision audiophile components, the G5 delivers a best-in-class stereo experience for gaming consoles1 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Sound BlasterX G5
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.
4.5 out of 5
Sound BlasterX G5
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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Sound BlasterX G5