Creative Sound Blaster X3 SOLD OUT.
Sale Pricing seems to have ended. The X3 is listed at full price now.
For those who were late to the party and missed out, it will probably go back on sale in a couple of months. Keep a look out on the website.
Creative Labs (Australia) are running a limited time promo on their Sound Blaster X3 external USB sound card/DAC/Amp. It normally retails on their site for $179.99. However it’s sold at Australian retailers for $200+ plus shipping.
The last time it was this price was one month ago, where it was sold out within an hour or so of me posting the deal on Ozbargain.
It will probably be sold out very quickly again.
This is one of the best external USB sound card/DAC/Amps you can buy if your main focus is on gaming while also wanting to enhance your movie or music listening experience and driving headphones in the audiophile territory. This is not a product that would suit a super audiophile.
Comparable products are the Schiit Fulla 3, Sound Blaster G6 and Sennheiser GSX 1000.
From personal experience, the Creative Soundblaster X3 was posted via FedEx Singapore and arrived within a few days.
I’ve been using it with a Phillips SHP9500 and Vmoda Boom Pro Microphone purchased from Amazon and I can definitely notice a difference in soundstage/quality vs the onboard audio on an Aorus X5 v6 gaming laptop and an Audio Technica ATH-AG1X gaming headset.
The lag free side tone/mic monitoring feature is also much better than Windows mic monitoring feature.