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Maplin HD 7.1 USB Sound Card

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Maplin HD 7.1 USB Sound Card is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
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  • 24-bit/192 kHz 7.1 USB audio
  • Real 7.1 channel outputs and 108 dB SNR
  • Front RCA stereo outputs, for better performance

Product details

Maplin HD 7.1 USB Sound Card

• 24-bit/192 kHz 7.1 USB audio
• Real 7.1 channel outputs and 108 dB SNR
• Front RCA stereo outputs, for better performance
• With rear surround, side surround, centre and subwoofer output
• Standalone microphone input and headphone output, connects to headset easily
• Built-in optical input and output, conveniently connects to hi-fi audio devices
• Provides line-in to record any analogue audio source
• Big wheel for volume control, and push for mute
• Compliance with USB audio 2.0
• Powered by USB, no need for an additional extra AC adapter
• Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 26 mm
• Weight: 108 g

USB 2.0 compliant with 8 HD output channels at up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Includes line-in, standalone microphone input, headphone output, plus two optical connectors for SP-DIF input and output. The range of connectors mean this sound card can be used to connect to almost any hi-fi audio device. The wheel allows for easy volume control, with push to mute function. The 108 dB (SNR) quality allows audiophiles to use it as a portable DAC- upgrade your notebook audio quality anytime and anywhere!
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One thing every PC gamer should own. This sound card is epic. Out of the box it looks like some expensive piece of electronic gear. So you can expose it with pride on your desk. Then installation is mega easy. Just connect USB to computer, optical cable to Home Theater (in my case) and install software from CD included. After that launch your favorite game and prepare for goosebumps. I manage to jump out from my armchair and end up with broken glass. Its happened when in Far Cry 4 tiger attacked me from behind. I really felt all his anger and how savage and mighty he is. Literally it was so scary like it just happened in real life. Please make yourself a favour and buy it right now. Just AMAAAAAAAZING :)
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let me answer questions that should be on product description Firstly the packaging and Maplin website don't really make it obvious how good this sound card is. Credit to Cribbs Causeway staff, they looked for further info without success 1) -90 DB Total Harmonic Distortion, this is a very,very low level distortion and I use extremely sensitive pulse shaping program for Gamma Ray Spectroscopy- superb 2) playing sounds to headphones and recording line in- no cross distortion. 3)ASIO can be set as low as 2ms which is below 10ms that humans can detect-usefull if part of a sound system processing sound further. 4)the headphones and mic don't take combo jack-easily solved with an adapter
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maplin HD 7.1 usb sound card I bought this thinking it would make a better job of playing music than my laptop but mainly as a ADC to digitize my tape collection. It's a good-looking piece of kit and works brilliantly with the right setup. It comes with a decent length of usb cable and a sensible manual. You have all the input and output sockets you might need with the exception of coaxial digital, and I would have preferred phono inputs to phono outputs, but there it is. Note that it has to be plugged into a computer - it's not like the DAC device A14KF which works on just a usb charger. It installed on a Win 7 desktop and also on my old XP laptop without problems (although it took an age). The software which controls the thing only works under Windows, and only when it's switched to usb audio 2 mode, which isn't explained in the manual. Ubuntu 12.04 struggled with it. The sound settings dialog seemed to recognize it either as an input or an output, depending on the switch position, but not both. Audacity listed more HD input/output devices than you can shake a stick at, so it is being recognised. It played a CD fine but made a mess of playing an audacity project, so I gave up with Ubuntu. Doubtless it can be made to work with some patience, but I've no real experience with audio/video on linux. Sound quality is excellent on the Win 7 machine. Much better than the on-board “HD” sound. You have to listen very hard to tell the difference between original music and music captured from analogue and played back through the thing. Even better at 96kHz. Only two things to be aware of (which probably apply to similar devices): the output of what you're recording from needs to be lower than about 500mV, otherwise you could overload it, and the sound quality when used with my laptop was worse than the desktop. Mainly, this because you get noise from the laptop power supply when the device is plugged into a mains-powered amplifier. Something to do with ground loops and not the fault of this device. They do recommend minimum 2.2GHz dual-core computer, my laptop is only a 1.7GHz Celeron, which struggled to keep up at times, but still quite acceptable. The inituitive software offers a range of sound effects which don't interest me and options for fiddling with speaker placing which I don't have the kit to try out, plus the usual equalizer with settings you can save and a nice surround-sound simulator for your headphones.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of problems with Windows 10 Output sound quality is GREAT. I use this on a nettop running W10 mainly for Spotify. However, P&P drivers (M/Soft) are majorly problematic, and the device needs frequent unplugging/restarting to get it going again. As far as I know, no proprietary drivers are available for download, which is a pity.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Wow! WOWWWWWWW!!!!! I originally went to Maplins really just wanting a USB dongle that would give me simple audio ins and outs as I needed something better that the headphone jack to feed audio to an amplifier. I spotted this little beauty and couldn't believe all the options it offered - and was sceptical that it could be all that good. BOY, am I glad I bought it! I'm playing a virtual organ using a midi keyboard. This little beauty has reduced latency (delay) to an undetectable amount, PLUS I can filter the lowest frequencies to a subwoofer (so I've just bought one). Even before I did that, the quality of the sound coming from my amp was vastly improved, but now with the bass going to a woofer and the rest going to the normal amp everything has been taken to a new level. This is one brilliant piece of electronic engineering, in a beautifully engineered small package for a ridiculously low price. Just plug into your USB port and it works immediately. Install the software and you get a fantastic and simple user interface, PLUS the manual is clearly written, clearly illustrated. Whoever did all this should be running the world.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent device Bought this from my local maplin store after my home cinema amplifier packed up. I used the amplifier to connect the pc with the tv so that i could keep my headphones connected to the amplifier and use the remote control to switch between pc or tv audio on the amplifier. It always seemed a bit of a waste because the amplifier used to generate a lot of heat even though i only used it with headphones. When it finally packed up i found this sound card on maplin and as it had usb and a line in, together with a headphone out, i decided rather than spend Ј300 on a new amplifier i could save myself a lot of money and buy this little device. The device itself is small, measuring 8cm by 8cm. I was impressed and suprised by the build quality. It's really well made! Anyway i connected it to the pc via the usb, installed the driver, plugged in the headphones into the device and the sound came out no problem. Connected the tv to the line in using the supplied cable. No sound. After some fiddling about i had to unmute the "Line" level in the audio properties in Windows and hey presto, sound from the tv!! Sound quality seems impressive! It's definately better than the old amplifier. Very impressed with this device. I replaced an old, energy inefficient amplifier with this little device! I can definately recommend it. It also has a line out to connect to a stereo amplifier, a digital input and a digital output and outputs to drive surround sound speakers!!!
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not suitable I bought this soundcard to take output from the USB Port to an external amplifier, for two reasons, one to improve sound quality and 2 release the laptop socket for concurrent headphone use. The unit gave an echo to the sound that was impossible to stop from any of the software settings. None of the equalizer settings sounded good and there was a lot of distortion. Maplins said the unit was not designed to feed an external amplifier but to feed speakers, which I find strange as it is advertised as a USB Sound Card. The problems existed when listening through headphones. Maplins offered to exchange, but the only unit in stock was already opened and looked like returned stock. To give Maplins their due, they took the unit back and refunded the cost in full. I would certainly test the unit in the store before purchasing.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great looking bit of kit but has issues... The device is compact, has all the audio ports you need and looks great out of the box. But the issue is that if you are running a Windows 10 PC with no DVD drive (which in my case is an Intel NUC) there is no way of installing the drivers. This is a shame as I will now have to either side load the drivers onto a friends old PC with a DVD drive or take the device back and look for something else. Disappointed...
Date published: 2016-04-16
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Doe's it work with Win 10 64bit and does it come with the drivers?

Asked by: Computer42
Yes this works with Windows 10 and comes with drivers on a disc or they are available for download on the product page
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-06-30

cannot read the supplied cd for drivers can they be downloaded

Asked by: alanbh23
The latest drivers can be downloaded here:
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-06-13

Hello Maplin Could you send me a link for the user manual of HD 7.1 USB Sound Card. Thanks Richard 

Asked by: Richard
You can find this under the download tab. or click here if you look through the other questions you will also find a link to the latest software and drivers.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-05-28

Does the 192KHz specification mean that it can actually output/input frequencies up to 90+KHz or does it internally downsample to/upsample from 48KHz like a lot of A/D & D/A devices do these days? Basically, is the 192KHz real?

Asked by: SimonB
It can output at max 192KHz - however inputs/outputs of less will not be up-scaled.
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2017-05-22

How does the software install on Linux? Manual talks only about Windows. What is the voltage of the speaker outputs? Unit does not have a built-in power amp, if the output is at the Line level of 500mV, they should drive into a power amp line in.

Asked by: Clive
I have it working on Linux Mint 18.1 with 4.4.x kernel. Just plug it in with the switch set to USB 2.0. The speaker outputs put out 1.1Vrms with the wick turned right up. It works fine with my amplifier.
Answered by: graham6644
Date published: 2017-05-14

Set up the device as per the instructions and only the volume control works on my iMac. The computer is not recognising the device as an input source; how can I get the device recognised? 

Asked by: CK190568
Generally this item is plug and play on mac this doesn't not need configuration.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-04-20

Hi, it says on mac os it will automitically install if you plug into usb. thisdoesnt seems to e the case. how can i get it working on my imac as it doesnt accept the cd that came wit it, thank you from Guy

Asked by: GuyB
We feel we could best assist you over the phone for this query as we need a little more information, please can you call us on 0333 400 9500 and use the option for Technical Support.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-04-16

Good Afternoon. How can I get this device to work with a Macbook running Apple OS?

Asked by: David
Unfortunately Mac drivers are not available for this sound card
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-03-25
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