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You Need a USB Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Reviewed

Sound Blaster Omni 5.1 - VRW Front

Packaging

Packaging here is the standard fare for something from Creative that is bound to be on a store shelf.  The box has brightly colored graphics with plenty of marketing on it highlighting the best features of the sound card.  There is system requirements on the side, as this does need an app to be installed as it controls all of the features.

Sound Blaster Omni

The unit itself is a small unit that is lightweight, but stays put on a flat surface.  As far as size it is a little bit smaller than a Tivo controller.  The front ports of the unit are line-in, microphone, and headphones.

The rear has the micro-USB power and data connection, an optical output, left and right RCA line out, rear 3.5mm out, and center/sub 3.5mm out.  On top of the unit are two microphones on either side of the Sound Blaster logo in an array setup.  The big red knob is for volume as you may have guessed it, and it can also be depressed to mute the output.  There is also an IR window on the front of unit, under the knob that can work with a remote which is not included with this version.  The remote would only be ideal if it was to be used with a desktop computer that was hooked up to speakers and the user is routinely away from the computer but in the same room.  For those who will be using this with headphones this is a non-issue that there is no remote.

 

Accessories

Sound Blaster Omni 5.1 - VRW-5

The included accessories alongside the Omni are a CD with the drivers, a very good quality Micro USB 2.0 cable (1.5m), Stereo RCA to 1/8″ jack adapter, warranty leaflet, and a leaflet on the Omni.  The CD is really a throwaway item since users should always download the most up to date drivers directly from the manufacturer’s site.