Creative X7 dying need a sound-card replacement

Sickb0y

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Hi guys it looks like my 5-year-old Creative X7 is about to kick the bucket as I'm having problems, where the soundcard is on (lights are on) on Windows 10, but zero sound is coming out. I already try to multiple USB cables, swapping out the USB ports and nothing seems to fix it. tried my Surface Pro 6 and the same issue happens :cry:

So here I am asking if I should buy another use X7 off fleabay or get something else, I do not watch movies at all on my pc, I mostly use it for music (Google music, youtube premium, Spotify) and light gaming. I have a pair of Audioengine A2+ Speakers + Bic Acoustech PL-200 II sub hook up to it at the moment.
With that said, anybody got any recommendations? I was looking at the creative labs AE-5 as a replacement or go with an external DAC+headphone amp that would allow me to hook up my 2.1 speakers and sub. As for budget anywhere between 170.00 to 500.00 will be my limit I also have very limited space so a receiver is out of the question :(
 

tungt88

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Hi guys it looks like my 5-year-old Creative X7 is about to kick the bucket as I'm having problems, where the soundcard is on (lights are on) on Windows 10, but zero sound is coming out. I already try to multiple USB cables, swapping out the USB ports and nothing seems to fix it. tried my Surface Pro 6 and the same issue happens :cry:

So here I am asking if I should buy another use X7 off fleabay or get something else, I do not watch movies at all on my pc, I mostly use it for music (Google music, youtube premium, Spotify) and light gaming. I have a pair of Audioengine A2+ Speakers + Bic Acoustech PL-200 II sub hook up to it at the moment.
With that said, anybody got any recommendations? I was looking at the creative labs AE-5 as a replacement or go with an external DAC+headphone amp that would allow me to hook up my 2.1 speakers and sub. As for budget anywhere between 170.00 to 500.00 will be my limit I also have very limited space so a receiver is out of the question :(
Wouldn't really go with the AE-5 as that is more of a sidegrade/downgrade (if you're fond of the X7's I/O versatility). The AE-9 "might" be somewhat of an upgrade, but personally I wouldn't go in that direction (I briefly considered it [when it was time for me to move on from my X7 LE], then passed in favor of the SMSL M500).

I second IdiotInCharge's suggestion to contact Creative & see if they can help you with it (see if it's still under warranty, etc).
 

Sickb0y

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Thanks guys I took your advice and email creative I doubt nothing will come of it as my X7 is 5 years old (warranty only covers 1 year) and I bought the X7 back in 2015 or so when it launch. :( :cry:

anyways right now it's down to these options

eVGA Nu
Creative AE-9 with the external unit (about 370.00 with taxes via B&H)
Schiit combo ( Asgard 3 amp + modius DAC)
 
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