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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Digital I /o Module

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  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25.4 x 38.1 cm ; 45 g
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Item model number: 30SB000200003
  • Date first available at Sept. 25 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #687,577 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Add optical and coaxial digital I/O to your Sound Blaster equipped PC. The Sound Blaster Digital I/O Module gives you digital inputs and outputs for easy connections to digital speakers or home theater systems.This Digital I/O Module works with Sound Blaster Live! 24 bit; Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value, SE, 4; Sound Blaster X-Fi Range.

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Product worked just as expected. I purchased a cheap P4 computer to put in my home entertainment rack so I can surf the web on a 50" plasma display, but I wasn't able to hook the SoundBlaster card into my Denon receiver. This product was an inexpensive but effective solution, and very easy to hook up. You just need to make sure you have the cable you need for hooking into your receiver, i.e. an optical or coax audio cable, as they don't come with this product. (Understandable for the price)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7719a98) out of 5 stars Go Digital or Analog but not both April 16 2007
By MICHAEL G LUSTIG - Published on
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Installing this product looked easy enough but was far from that. The "Instructions" consist of a picture of the device plugged into the X-Fi Sound Blaster card. Hmmm... That looked easy enough and I plugged it in and there was a brief moment of satisfaction when I saw the red light in the TOSLink optical output port -- unfortunately there was no audio.

I'm running Vista so none of the Creative applications work at all -- which isn't a problem in most cases except this one. Visiting Creative's website provided no relevant support.

The bottom line to get the Digital I/O module working is to use Control Panel->Sound. Find your speakers and click Properties. On the Custom tab click Digital Only. The analog speakers will be disabled but the Digital I/O will work.

BTW: If you want to record PC audio connect the coaxial input to the coaxial output and make sure you turn up the input gain to 100%. You can use any sound recorder (including the free one that comes with Vista) to make high quality digital recordings.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa77169e4) out of 5 stars Not compatible with all X-Fi Cards - ZERO Documentation Oct. 10 2007
By Jeff Chambers - Published on
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After doing a lot of research, and spending over an hour trying to connect this device to a new Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer card, I discovered on Creative's knowledge base that these two devices are not compatible. However, Creative doesn't disclose this anywhere - but strangely the device is compatible with Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer "Pro" card. Apparently, the non-Pro and non-X-Fi "X-Fi" cards only work with some strange mini optical digital-audio interconnect plug. This is simply the result of poor communication, zero documentation, and sloppy sales by Creative, Inc. If you're intending to use this device to connect an X-Fi card, check the newsgroups first because you probably won't get a straight answer from the product documentation or Creative's website. Overall, I was very disappointed with Creative, Inc. and this device is going back to Amazon.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7719a08) out of 5 stars Works, but only for 2 speakers. July 6 2007
By K. Mumbower - Published on
When using this cable to connect my Sound Blaster card to my new 5.1 surround sound system via the digital ports, it only sends the front left and front right information. The rest of the speakers are silent. If I use the analog outputs, I can get the 5.1 working fine. So, while my new speakers do work, so from that sense the cable works, it does not offer the same benefits as plugging up a sound card that has a digital output (my alienware laptop has a digital output and it works great for 5.1 surround via the same system).

I'd recommend saving your money on this cable and putting it towards a new sound card that has a digital output built into the card.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa77168d0) out of 5 stars Maybe Worth It, but Be Warned June 27 2008
By D. Martin - Published on
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This product did NOT do what I had hoped it would. However, I can't write it off completely since I was not using it for its original purpose. Follow me, if you will...

Setup: Laptop, Creative Sound Blaster external 24-bit USB break out box, Labtec 4.1 speaker system, Creative Digital I/O device, Xbox 360.

Before I purchased this device, I had been running the audio of my laptop through the Creative Labs USB Sound Blaster MP3+ External Sound Card Sound System Sound Blaster external USB device (please note, the link is to a product that is similar, but not precisely the same model), and out through the Labtec 4.1 speaker system. The external device worked just fine, and didn't have any major problems (with an older driver I couldn't get the device to use any profile other than 'headphones' instead of 4 speakers).

I had hooked my Xbox 360 to a LCD computer monitor via a VGA adapter cable, and ran my audio through the 1/8" jack to the Line In jack on the back of the external USB device. Everything was fine. I had audio from the Xbox coming through the speakers I used for my laptop (granted, no EAX abilities were available, but at least there was sound).

I ordered the Sound Blaster Digital I/O Module hoping that I would be able to use a TOSLink cable to get digital sound from the Xbox. Not the case.

I updated my drivers. I ran the TOSLink from the AV cable of the Xbox to the I/O Module and that was run to Line In 1/8" jack in the back of the external USB device. Turned on the Xbox hoping to have some surround sound love from the I/O module.

Nothing. No sound. No interference noise. Nothing at all.

I tried setting the Xbox to Digital Stereo, Digital Surround, and even the Digital WMA setting for the audio. Still nothing.

After some research and a letter to Creative, I was dismayed to find out that the Sound Blaster Digital I/O module does NOT support digital sound.


Creative's solution was to set the Xbox to Digital Stereo output, and plug the 1/8" jack into the Line In port of the external Sound Blaster device. According to them, even though it wouldn't produce true surround sound, I should be able to use the TOSLink to get sound from the Xbox.

Sorry. That's not the case. I've tried every possible combination that I can think of, and I can't get any sound at all from the Xbox via the I/O device.

It's not an issue of the I/O device not being compatible with the other Creative device that I have. I double checked before making the purchase that it would work with the external device that had. I just can't. Make. It. Work.

So I'm back to using a cheapo Radio Shack 1/8" jack running into the external USB sound card to get audio from the Xbox. So, if by chance, you're trying to use the I/O device to get digital sound output, don't buy this product. It is not capable of carrying a Dolby Digital sound through it.

I honestly don't know why they even make this doohickey, other than to lure in gadget geeks like me.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa60272d0) out of 5 stars Simple HTPC connectivity May 6 2007
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This little module kept me from having to purchase a new receiver. I was able to quickly and easily connect my home theater PC's SoundBlaster Audigy 2 soundcard to my AV receiver via digital coax for true 5.1 Dolby Digital surround. And there are also digital in jacks as well, so I'll be able to run optical digital in from my sat box to the PC eventually. A great addition to my home theater setup.