About the SB Recon3D!
Creative launched the successor to their popular X-Fi series with the Recon3D THX USB sound card. The Recon3D THX is a USB powered sound card though there are PCI-E versions using the same quad core processor to handle all the sonic requirements. The heart of this sound card is a very fancy sounding Core3D Audio processor which is a quad core chip and should help reduce the load on the CPU to process audio during demanding applications like 3D games.
While the Recon3D THX is a 2 channel only solution (no 5.1 or 7.1 speaker support is available) the advantage is that you can use the sound card with even your Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming consoles using the Optical input. (All necessary connectors to connect the Recon3D to the PC, XBOX, and PS3 are provided in the retail package).Hence the primary usage of the sound card is for gamers who prefer to use headphones over speakers as the only output option is a 3.5mm jack while input options are USB (for PC only) and Optical (for XBOX and PS3).
Connecting the device to the PC is extremely simple. Just plug in the micro USB cable to the sound card and you are good to go! Drivers are automatically installed and optional software bundle can also be used if you desire to use the THX functionality along with other tweaks.