YBLTV Review: Creative Labs’ Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1
When one uses an older computer system, one can find problems when it comes to upgrading certain parts. This is exactly what I ran into when trying to upgrade my sound card in my old Mac tower. Creative has a solution with the Sound Blaster Omni. Just plug into the tower and download/install the software. Your own computer will recognize the device as a sound output source.
I installed this device on the windows side of my computer tower as well. I played Skyrim while running audio through the Sound Blaster and never has my audio experience been more enjoyable. Scout Mode allowed me to hear any enemies approaching allowing me to have the advantage in the game. I also could hear the entire game in surround sound through my headphones giving me an entire cinematic experience.
The only downside is that the higher end Dolby Digital Surround Sound features are only available to PC users. Macs are left out in the ability to use this amazing feature and it feels like a snub towards Mac users. An added plus would have been the option to plug this sound card into a Playstation or X-Box system to add the same functions on PC/MAC into these systems. Hearing my Playstation 4 games in surround sound through headphones would be amazing.
“Anyone running an older system such as my own will find the Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 to be the perfect solution in upgrading the sound card,” – Jack X, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
About Creative Labs, Inc.
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions which include premium wireless speakers, wireless headphones, and powerful audiophile-grade amplifiers and digital audio converters. Today, Creative re-invents the Sound Blaster, which has a user base of over 400 million, with its ground-breaking Sound Blaster Roar and Sound Blaster X7 that aim at the new mobile networked generation by bridging the worlds of the computer, smartphones, and tablets. Creative’s proprietary technologies, innovative hardware, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment – anytime, anywhere.
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, Jack X received a Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 for free from Creative Labs, Inc. in consideration for a Product Review.