Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 External Sound Card & USB DAC Amp

Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 External Sound Card & USB DAC Amp

Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 External Sound Card & USB DAC Amp

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Product Highlights

  • Upgrade Motherboard Audio
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio Output
  • 24-Bit/48 kHz Microphone Input
  • ~93 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Drives a Wide Range of Headphones
  • Plug-and-Play via USB 3.0 & 2.0
  • Single or Split Stereo/Mic Connectors
  • Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 Control Panel
  • SBX Pro Studio
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 overview

  • 1Description

Upgrade the motherboard audio on your Windows or Mac system using the Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 External Sound Card & USB DAC Amp from Creative Labs. With a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of ~93 dB, its integrated internal amplifier drives a variety of headsets, ranging from mobile phone earbuds to gaming and studio-grade headphones, to deliver high-resolution audio at 24-bit/96 kHz for music, movies, games, and more. If you're looking to record podcasts or utilize in-game communications, USB connectivity provides 24-bit/48 kHz audio for microphones. Additionally, downloadable Sound Blaster Control Panel software offers greater audio realism and immersive audio effects, and also includes optimized profiles for selected earphone brands.

General Features

Audio Performance

Upgrade to High-Resolution Audio
The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 provides an upgrade from motherboard audio by giving you high-resolution, 24-bit/96 kHz audio for your music, movies, and games.
Studio-Grade Listening
The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 drives a wide range of headphones, from mobile phone earbuds and gaming headsets all the way to more expensive studio-grade headphones. The downloadable Control Panel software also includes optimized profiles for selected earphone brands.

Audio Recording

Crisp Voice Communications and Recording
USB connectivity improves mic recording capabilities, giving you clean 24-bit/48 kHz quality for podcasts or in-game communications.


Connecting the Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 to a Windows or Mac system is easy. Simply connect it to a USB port and you're good to go. While drivers are not necessary for basic device installation and use, Creative Labs strongly recommends downloading drivers to use with Sound Blaster Control Panel software, which delivers more powerful and advanced audio enhancements and controls.
Headphone Connectivity
The Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 lets you connect your headsets with single or split stereo/mic connectors easily, removing the need for a Y-splitter cable.


Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 Control Panel (Windows & Mac)
The downloadable Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 Control Panel software provides powerful control over your listening experience with audio realism and immersive audio effects that help to enhance your music, entertainment, and games.
SBX Pro Studio
SBX Pro Studio increases and expands virtual surround spaciousness, allowing you to enjoy cinema-quality sound in the comfort of your home. Specially designed sound profiles help to improve the audio experience for your headsets.
UPC: 054651191273
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 External Sound Card & USB DAC Amp
  • Limited 1-Year Hardware Warranty
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    Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 specs

    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) ~93 dB
    Connectivity Options (Main) Mic-In
    1 x 3.5 mm jack

    4-Pole Headphone-out with Mic
    1 x 3.5 mm jack

    Max Channel Output
    Audio Technologies SBX Pro Studio
    Audio Fidelity Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz
    System Requirements
    Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor
    Motherboard Intel, AMD, or 100% compatible motherboard
    Operating System Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (32-/64-bit)
    Memory 1 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space 600 MB of free hard disk space
    Ports USB 3.0 & 2.0 (USB 3.0 recommended with driver)
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
    Memory 1 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space >600 MB of free hard disk space
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions 5.4 x 0.9 x 0.3" / 137.2 x 22.9 x 7.6 mm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 3.1 x 1.0"

    Creative Labs Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 reviews

    Sound Blaster PLAY! 3 External Sound Card & USB DAC Amp is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet, inexpensive DAC with latency-free monitoring I needed an inexpensive means to connect a wireless lav to my laptop for field work.� Which works as advertised.� Nice and quiet, latency free monitoring. The optional control panel software is nice, and recommended if you want more control over sound quality.�� However, for me, I use Voice Meeter banana for monitoring/capture.� So I opted out for using the install-able control panel, which installs a set of drivers, (note: no drivers were required for bare use, plug n' play).� While not an issue, I used system recovery to remove them and restore original plug n' play function. Ah, the days when you had to fill a van with the gear needed that you can now fit into a day pack.� I don't miss them.� This tool is a winner.
    Date published: 2018-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful clear sound, easy to use My pc's original sound blaster soundcard had some issues like there was a major delay when speaking into a mic and wearing headphones which can make it very hard to speak. I stuck the Play 3 in my usb slot stuck the wires in it and it was working. I definitely recommend downloading the software for it that allows you to tweak the sound. My headphones have deep powerful bass for the first time thanks to this! (use quality mic & extension cables like RODE SC1/SC2/VC1)
    Date published: 2018-03-13
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