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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy RX 7.1 Sound Card Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications
  3. Installation and Initial impressions
  4. Sound quality
  5. Conclusion
  6. Online Purchase Links

To test out the Audigy RX 7.1 I used it with my Sennheiser HD650 and Yamaha YH-100 orthodyanmic headphones along with my B+W speakers.

I also used my headphone amp to test out the Creative E-MU chipset without the built-in headphone.

Right off the bat, I was quite impressed with the capabilities of the Audigy RX 7.1. The higher end series had more tweaking options to fiddle with the sound which some gamers will appreciate, but their music performance was average at best.

The Audigy RX 7.1 in comparison is a step up and I found its performance to be better than any of its higher end siblings in music and movies. The higher end series had a fatter bass response (but did not offer very deep bass). The Audigy RX 7.1 is more neutral in comparison and offers deeper bass. You can boost the bass further if you wish with the built-in EQ settings.

The built-in headphone amp is very capable and powers all my headphones nicely.

The built-in headphone amp is maybe a touch less capable than the Creative higher-end series. It powers my YH-100 orthodynamics fine, but the max volume is just about enough for my level of comfortable listening volume. My custom EHHA headphone amp offers higher volume with my YH-100. That said people who have such hard to drive headphones are rare so the Audigy RX 7.1 offers excellent performance here. My 300 ohm Sennheiser are driven very well.

Comparing the built-in headphone amp with my dedicated EHHA custom headphone amp the differences were very small and I had to struggle to tell them apart. All in all, an excellent performance by the Audigy RX 7.1.

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  1. Thank you, great review. I have been looking for a sound card to use with the astro a50 as they connect using a coaxial cable. Placed order on New egg, they are selling for $49.99.

  2. Will this sound card work well with quality 2.1 speakers like Creative T3? Or should I look for alternative cards/DAC for the T3?

    1. Hi, yes this sound card will work perfectly with your Creative T3 ! You will need to spend a lot more on a sound card to find one that is much better than the RX.

      The only reason to not consider the RX is that USB soundcards are more versatile and now offer comparable performance but they also do take up a USB port and desk space while this is better solution for a more permanent setup.

  3. Excellent review.. I’m in the process of narrowing down to this card for home audio production. My only concern is that will the 5 1 features work as discreet channels from a audio software like neuendo or protools. To a AV reciever via optical output.

    1. Yes it will. This card does output 5.1 audio via optical easily! All the best for your home audio setup.

  4. Whatis the pont of 7.1 if I don’t get it transferred to my amplifier, when watching movies. t need o bemid down to5.1 and then amplifier mixes it up to 7.1again.

  5. I have 7.1 with 4 3.5 jack pin’s
    and Audigy rx has only 3 line out, how do I connect
    plz help I want to buy this sound card

  6. I also have A creative inspire 7.1 speakers with 3.5 jacks as follows
    the fronts has 1 jack
    the rears have 1 jack as do the sides
    the cente and subwoofer share a jack.
    my soundblaster card only has 3 line out jacks.. so I would have to lose 2 spekers hence I dony get 7.1

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