Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sabrent USB-SND8 8-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External 7.1 Surround Sound Box with Digital Output

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This 8-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External 7.1 Surround Sound Box with Digital Output offers an array of features for the best surround sound experience! It supports 48/44.1 KHz sampling rate for both playback and recording, SCMS compliant (Serial Copy Management System), supports USB remote wake up and stereo MIC support. This External Sound Box comes with a variety of connectors for easy hook up! Features : 8 channel 3D external sound pocket; USB specification 2.0 compliant; USB audio device class spec. 1.0 and USB HID class spec. 1.1 compliant; 8 channel DAC output with 16-bit resolution; 2 channel ADC input with 16-bit resolution; SCMS compliant (Serial Copy Management System); Supports 48/44.1 KHz sampling rate for both playback and recording; Dolby digital audio streaming via SPDIF out; Supports USB remote wake up; Stereo MIC support with boost capability; Additional headphone output with selectable source and phone jack sense; MCU supports with two wire serial interface; Master volume control by default; per channel volume control by C-Media driver; Vista support.

This review is from : Sabrent USB-SND8 8-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External 7.1 Surround Sound Box with Digital Output
Good quality for a good price . My main objective for an external soundcard was to find something cheap that would have better sound quality than my crappy onboard realtek, which suffers from horrible interferance. This device worked as advertised, and it is cheap. It shows up under windows XP with no problem and no added driver, and the sound is nice and clean.

Also, the line-in is nice and clear and my friends can now understand what I'm saying without the 75Hz buzz from my graphics card.

Maybe this is mean, but I took off one star because I haven't been able to get it to work under linux. It seems to me that if the device is properly designed to the USB sound spec, then it would (as several other USB devices have, on the same comp). It shows up as an Alsa device, but has garbled sound. I've been told I can try overriding the playback frequency, but haven't done this yet.

I also tested it on an old comp (which might not even meet the specs for WinXP) with USB 1.1 and it actually works, though it pops occasionally. I don't recommend it for old comps.

I also have not tried the optical output.
Sabrent USB-SND8 8-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External 7.1 Surround Sound Box with Digital Output Reviews
Worked well.. for a few days. . As somebody mentioned, it has a ton of options to configure. Good, but product now sits beside my speakers (5.1ch Philips) but not connected.

Suddenly, in the middle of a movie, the audio gets all cranky and static-y, the only way you can get back normal audio is to disconnect the USB connection and reconnect. What happens, though, is that your USB audio disappears while disconnected and all the players just don't get on. Either you have start watching all over the online-video or close the media center and reopen. Tried changing cables and all, but nope, no luck.

Really, is it worth that hassle?? Nope.

But otherwise, the device drivers install fine on vista without a problem. The software is good too, just that the noise factor didn't allow me to enjoy it for long.

Usage: barely a month.

May be because I bought a used item??

Oh and it doesn't have the name Sabrent on it ANYWHERE!!!!
Sabrent USB-SND8 8-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External 7.1 Surround Sound Box with Digital Output Opinions
Gave my PC digital out . This product allowed a digital audio connection to my 7.1 DTS reciever/amp via included optical cable. I have no complaints. It does exactly what I wanted it to.

Cons Review
Disappointment . 1. No instructions. Company home site is no help.
2. Card has 10 plugs all identifiable by abbreviations. The abbreviations are not easily translatable. The abbreviations maybe from the German word. What is "C/B out"? "SS Out"? "HP Out" is headphones and "F-Out" is full out I guess. If you plug in the headphones, the sound is cut off through the F-Out plug. That means there is no monitoring.
3. The optical output plug worked for several hours. I do not know if it is the Sabrent card or the D-VAC converter that is the problem.
4. I sent an e-mail question to the Sabrent tech support without a reply. But it has only been 3 months so maybe they are still working on their answer.
5. If you play through computer speakers then the sound volume is sufficient, but if you plan to broadcast through a power amp to large speakers then you will need a good quality pre-amp. Let me stress the term "good quality". The microphone pre-amp on mixer boards are not powerful enough for good quality sound transmission.
6. I will have to replace this product with another external sound card.
Issues with Vista . The product works, the supplier was prompt, but I had an issue with the driver for Vista where the line in signal was simply too high to adjust. I checked and it works well with an XP system. Vista owners beware!
Waste of time . I had hoped that this would do what I wanted for my home entertainment center (allow me 7.1 surround sound to my high end receiver for movie playback); I was sorely disappointed. The CD to install the drivers did not work at all so I was forced to download new drivers from the manufacturer website. After getting this done and finally all hooked up, I could get nothing but 2 channel audio through the unit. I tried getting hold of some sort of customer support because I really wanted this product to work for me but I could not find anyone who could help me with my problem. I may have been able to eventually figure something out (if a solution even existed) but I could not take the chance of having the 30 day return policy run out on the item. It was shipped back and I am currently looking for another product that might do what this item promises.
Bad mic inputs volume controls flaky (UPDATED) . Installation was simple, but the software interface was almost non-existent. The dual mic inputs were terrible: the gain on the first one was very low and I couldn't find the "boost" capability advertised on the box. The second mic input was loose and hummed. I couldn't get any sound to record until I jiggled the plug and held it in position. The volume controls on the top of the unit were flaky; they didn't react until I pushed firmly (to the point that I was afraid of breaking the button). Once I got used to the controls, they only seemed to work in one direction: if I lowered the volume all the way I could never get it back up; if I raised the volume to max, I couldn't get it back down.

My two star rating is generous. I purchased this for my son's science fair project (he needed the something with a dual mic input). I went to Sabrent's website and submitted a request for support. I will try to update this review afterwards depending on whether I get a prompt response and a working replacement.

UPDATE (2/3/2010): No response at all from Sabrent, so my rating drops to 1 star. We're currently using External USB 16BIT 7.1CH To Audio Adapter Sound Card (it may even be a repackaged version of this product) and it is working flawlessly.
Good but . This was a good price for what the unit provides. However, the USB cable kept shorting out which caused my machine to reboot to protect itself. I used a new USB cable and no problems. Too many bells and whistles (settings and adjustments) included with the software/driver.
absolute garbage . I read the other reviews that reported poor quality and somehow believed that it would be different for me. Nope, it was not. Plugged it in and I was up and running in just a few minutes. No driver issues or other related install problems. However, the sound quality was horrible. For everything l listened to, the device inserted what I can only describe as "the sound of a CD skipping" in summary; the unit is useless and not even worth a nickel.
Beware . The driver is pretty ugly looking but the biggest problem is that the optical out only supports 2 channel. It "works" I guess, well enough if your internal sound card is busted and you do not mind having analogue surround sound

Feature Sabrent USB-SND8 8-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External 7.1 Surround Sound Box with Digital Output

  • 7.1-Channel 3D USB 2.0 External Sound Box General Features: 7.1 channel 3D external sound pocket
  • USB specification 2.0 compliant
  • USB audio device class spec. 1.0 and USB HID class spec. 1.1 compliant
  • 8 channel DAC output with 16-bit resolution 2 channel ADC input with 16-bit resolution
  • SCMS compliant (Serial Copy Management System)

Product Details

EAN : 0857161001847
UPC : 857161001847
Brand : Sabrent
Weight : 1 pounds
Height : 2 inches
Length : 8 inches
Width : 6 inches
Binding : Personal Computers
Manufacturer : SABRENT
Model : USB-SND8
Publisher : SABRENT
SKU : 9094073
Studio : SABRENT

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