Advanced settings allow you to access and control each feature according to your environment and preferences. For example, you'll be able to set how long it takes for your microphone to be automatically muted after you've stopped talking, or the level of background noise reduction you want on your outgoing audio (what others hear).
Auto Mic Mute / Unmute by Voice Detection
With a direct microphone mute button on the Sound Blaster X4, you don't have to scramble to unmute yourself in-app during a conference call, or while in-game. All it takes is a single button press, and that's it.
On the device itself, there are three EQ modes—Music, Movies, and Footsteps Enhancer—each of them specially-tuned to enhance audio for different types of content. These EQ modes are also entirely customizable so you can further tweak them to suit your preference, and save your custom settings to each of the modes via the Creative app.
Don't fancy any audio processing on your content? There's also the Direct Mode so you can listen to them in their original form, simply press and hold the Mode button to switch over.
One button, dual functions. This button allows you to toggle between having Super X-Fi and SXFI BATTLE Mode effects on or off by selecting the button. At the same time, it functions as a convenient speaker (Line-out) and headphones switch without the trouble of plugging and unplugging the devices—just press and hold to switch!
The Creative Sound Blaster X4 is a direct successor to the excellent Sound Blaster X3. While it isn't wildly different, it does bring a couple of meaningful upgrades that make this excellent USB sound card an interesting proposition not only for gamers but also everyone facing daily videoconferencing struggles caused by noisy environments and the poor microphone input quality of their integrated sound cards.
Sound Blaster X4
Overall, the Creative Labs Sound Blaster X4 is a full features USB DAC and headphone amplifier with a ton of features for both audio enhancement and connectivity.
Sound Blaster X4
great desktop external DAC.
Creative Sound Blaster X4 is an excellent external USB DAC with headphone amplifier. Period. It is loaded with a lot of useful and interesting features. Perfect for games, music and movies.
^Used as a remote controller for Sound Blaster X4 on PS5 / PS4 / Nintendo Switch only, does not support Bluetooth audio streaming