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As you can see from the picture below, the device is also equipped with a LED, which lights up and shines really brightly when the data is transferred along the USB interface:


Sound Blaster MP3+ can be fastened to the notebook panel

Sound Blaster MP3+ is not the only external sound card from Creative available in the market today. If you remember, Creative also has a more serious USB model aka Sound Blaster Extigy. Extigy boasts much more advanced features than our today’s hero, that is why it would be incorrect to compare them with one another. However, Creative, doesn’t share my opinion on that, and offers a pretty interesting comparative table on their site. Here it is for your reference:

 

Sound Blaster MP3+

Sound Blaster Extigy

Application

Music & Movies

Music, Gaming & Movies

Audio Quality/Bit Depth

Sound Blaster Quality

Sound Blaster 16bit

Sound Blaster 24bit
ADVANCED HD
(24bit / 96kHz)

Audio quality/bit Depth

16bit / 44kHz

24bit / 96kHz

THX Certification

-

-

DVD-Audio

-

-

DACs

16bit / 48kHz

24bit / 96kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)

88dB

100dB

Dolby Digital AC-3 5.1 Playback

-

Yes

Dolby Digital EX 6.1 Playback

-

-

Full support for Windows Media 9
24bit / 96kHz 5.1 content

-

-

Recording

16bit / 48kHz

16bit / 48kHz

Connectivity

High Speed SB1394 FireWire port

No

No

Analog speaker support

Headphone, 2.1

Headphone, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1

Digital speaker support

-

Headphone, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1,
24bit / 96kHz speakers

Gaming

Simultaneous environment processing

-

1

EAX ADVANCED HD Multi-Environment

-

-

EAX 1.0 and 2.0 support

Yes

Yes

3D Positional Audio

2.1

5.1

PC-to-PC Gaming with FireWire

-

-

Digital Audio Creation / Playback

Digital Music Player

Creative Media Source,
basic modification

Creative PlayCenter 3 with CD recording function,
advanced modification

EAX Music Presets

Yes

Yes

EAX Presets

Yes

Yes

CMSS: Stereo Up-mix to Multichannel

-

Advanced. Up-mix to 5.1

CMSS: environmental transfer of the stereo base to two channels or headphones

-

-

PlayBack of Dolby Digital 5.1 Music Content

-

Yes

MP3/WMA creation tools / digital audio editing applications

-

Yes

ASIO Low Latency Multi-Track Recording Support

-

-

SoundFont Support

-

-

Others

Wireless Remote Control

-

Yes

Professional Music Creation Tools

-

-

For you to get a better idea of Sound Blaster MP3+, I suggest that we take a real close look at it:

When the device is mounted onto the notebook panel, this side appears at the top. Here you will find a mic-In and a headphones jack alongside with a volume regulator wheel.

 
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