Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Gaming Headset and G5 Sound Card: An Explosive Combo
Creative is one of the most well-respected PC Audio peripherals manufacturer and it’s about time we reviewed their high-end gaming headset, the Sound BlasterX H7. Along with their headset, we’ll also be checking out the Sound BlasterX G5 Sound Card to see just what Creative’s gaming division has to offer.
Design and Comfort
The Sound BlasterX H7 is a downright great looking headset, reminding me of the classic HyperX headsets. With glowing read LEDs on the sides to show off the Sound BlasterX logo, the design of the ear cups is geared towards both functionality and comfort. Each ear cup contains a 50mm driver, large enough to fit over my ears and keep out the sounds coming from the outside world.
The foam surrounding the headband and ear cups are incredibly luxurious and I could easily keep it on for hours without feeling uncomfortable. The detachable microphone is malleable and rubber-coated to maintain its durability. The inline controls include volume control, microphone mute and call control along with ports for a 3.5mm audio cable and micro USB cable.
Performance and Features
Accompanying the headset, we have the Sound BlasterX G5 Pro-Gaming USB sound card and, as the name suggests, it caters to the gamer audience more than anyone else. Dedicated sound cards have been a staple in PC gaming since their introduction and every setup these days has to have one on board.
Creative has had a dominant streak when it came to their sound cards and the Sound BlasterX G5 is their latest addition to the line-up. The sound card sits on your desk and hooks up to your system via a USB cable or the optical-in cable for the Xbox One and PS4. Although I didn’t have an input on my PS4 Slim, I managed to put it through its paces on my PC.
The G5 lets you switch between three audio profiles on the go, which you can customize using the BlasterX Acoustic Engine app. The sound card is capable of converting any audio output into virtual 5.1 or 7.1-channel signals, which makes even your lowest-end stereo headset sound good. You’ll still need a good pair of headsets to get the best 7.1 experience, and that’s where the BlasterX H7 comes in.
The H7 headset on its own allows for only stereo audio on consoles, but with the included software and the G5 sound card, you are treated to a whole new world of surround sound options. The X-Plus Mode that the software comes with lets you configure your audio settings to work with a couple of your favorite games without messing up the default settings.
The Creative BlasterX H7 headset offers a variety of input options and controls, making it a perfect choice for users who love the plug and play type of headsets. While I found navigating the wiring a bit bothersome at first, the simple setup procedure is a huge plus. The BlasterX G5 Sound Card is another brilliant addition to Creative’s portfolio of hardware and definitely a solid choice for most. It won’t sate the thirst of a bonafide audiophile, but it provides more than enough value for the average gamer.