7.1 USB Audio Adapter External Sound Card with SPDIF Digital Audio
Turn your laptop or desktop computer into a 7.1-channel home theater-ready sound system
Full 7.1 audio outputs via 3.5mm mini-jacks
Optical S/PDIF input (pass through) and output
Dual microphone input
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This versatile External USB Sound Card/Audio Adapter offers a high quality solution for upgrading desktop or laptop sound.
Providing a robust USB audio experience, the USB sound card connects to a host computer through a single USB 2.0 connection, to deliver impressive external audio capability that can instantly be swapped between systems, without having to open the computer case for installation.
Supporting analog and digital audio for 2 to 7.1 channel audio applications, the external USB sound card provides a cost-saving upgrade from built-in/on-board sound that turns desktop/laptop sound into a home theater-ready audio solution.
The external USB sound card features easy-to-use volume control and two external microphone inputs - a convenient solution for any audio application requiring high quality sound with multi-input capability with support for 44.1 KHz and 48 KHz sampling rates for both playback and recording.
A more than suitable solution for home theater, gaming or multi-media presentations, the External USB Sound Card is easy to install with plug and play support in Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.
Designed to deliver a long-lasting and dependable sound solution, the External USB Sound Card/Audio Adapter is backed by our 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.Note: The audio adapter’s SPDIF optical pass-through port supports two-channel audio, this port does not support 5.1 or 7.1 audio.
The StarTech.com Advantage
- Full 7.1 audio output support in a compact and portable external sound card
- Connect to external speakers through 3.5mm mini-jacks or optical S/PDIF
- Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
Common Customer Questions
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Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2003 (32/64)
- Add 7.1 audio support to laptop or small form factor system with no internal expansion options
- Replace or upgrade the existing integrated audio on a laptop or portable computer
- Connect your computer to an home theater audio receiver through optical S/PDIF
|ASI Distribution USA||84640|
|D and H||ICUSBAUDIO7D|
|Ingram Micro USA||BH3280|
|Chipset ID||C-Media - CM6206|
|Audio Specifications||8 16-bit DAC Channels (7.1 Surround Sound)
Supports 44.1 and 48 KHz sampling rates for both playback and recording
3.5mm output connectors for Front, Surround, Rear, Centre/bass
|Connector Type(s)||1 - USB B (4 pin) Female|
|External Ports||2 - Toslink (SPDIF; Optical) Female|
|8 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female|
|OS Compatibility||Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2003 (32/64)
|Special Notes / Requirements|
|Note||The audio adapter’s SPDIF optical pass-through port supports two-channel audio, this port does not support 5.1 or 7.1 audio.|
|LED Indicators||1 - Microphone Mute|
|1 - Power/Activity|
|Humidity||20 to 80% NC RH|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F)|
|Storage Temperature||0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)|
|Product Height||1 in [25 mm]|
|Product Length||3.9 in [100 mm]|
|Product Weight||3.5 oz [100 g]|
|Product Width||2.4 in [60 mm]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||0.5 lb [0.2 kg]|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||1 - USB to Audio Adapter|
|1 - USB Cable|
|1 - Installation CD|
|1 - Instruction Manual|
Add headphone and MIC audio connectors through USB
Add 5 USB 2.0 ports to any desktop computer with a PCI slot
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Average Customer Ratings
|Quality of Product|
Better than any internal audio card
I have had one of these for over a year now. Best thing about this card is the ability to have more than one input working at the same time. Windows DRM since Vista has disabled the ability to have Line in and Microphone working at the same time. Since I have two computers, one connected to line in on this and a microphone for talking to friends it does exactly what I need. I have purchased several audio cards and spent hundreds on some that couldn't perform as well as this one.
There is no way this is better than in internal sound card. An internal sound card has a high end processor that just eats this thing for lunch. I work for a hearing company and we did test this and other options. Unless it is on board sound you meant? On board and internal dedicated higher end sound card is completely different thing. We use these for 5.1 audio as they need no driver. They just work for what we need at the price point. I would definitely recommend these but not on the basis that it is better than internal audio card. This misleading.
Works as promised!
This is an excellent audio addition with a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set. I can work much longer when listening to music through this unit.
Perfect First Time
I lost all sound to my computer a week ago. Saw this item on you tube.Set it up today.Didn't need any instructions at all.Though I might need a new internal sound card replacement or motherboard.Up and running perfectly in 10 minutes.Thanks guys.Saved me service call that would or could have cost hundreds.Highly recommended.Purchased at Future Shop Thanks Again Wayne
Startech, a smater Choice
I bought this USB sound card a week ago, its amazing!
powerful and simple
I broke my headphone jack on my laptop and this product fixed all my problems quickly with no effort other than to plug it in and change a couple of settings in the sound options. Very happy customer right here!
for the audiophile
turns your laptop into a sound studio. am able to control so much
Easy install, no added software
Was installing this on a Windows 2008 Server, and was concerned about having to install extra software that might cause some issues with the software we are currently using. Thankfully, the driver was already in Windows, so no added software, which meant that no ill effect to the system. Just, now we have sound. Very nice.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I install my sound card in Windows Vista / 7 / 8? (.exe method)
- How do I install my sound card in Windows XP? (.exe method)
- I have installed my new USB device but Windows cannot detect it. What do I do?
- Why does my USB device stop working after my computer wakes back up from sleep mode in Windows?
- Everything is hooked up but nothing is working. What should I do? (Windows)
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