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Maplin HD 7.1 USB Sound Card

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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 overview

• 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 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary sound quality. First class. I bought this as my desktop on-board sound kept picking up interference. It plays through Logitech speakers with a sub-woofer. I'm using Windows 10 and did need to install the drivers from the accompanying CD-ROM since the initial sound from the Microsoft drivers was too toppy. Well - what a revelation. The sound from my computer is wonderful - and I'm used to good sound from my Roksan hi-fi with £2k speakers.
Date published: 2017-12-29
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
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Hi, Would this allow me to connect a 2 channel DJ controller to my laptop and cue a channel while the other channel is playing?

Asked by: BigShaq
Most USB DJ Controllers have their own built-in sound card. If your DJ Controller is not USB then you can use this device as a second sound card a long side the onboard sound card of the computer. Most DJ Software apps have the option to assign individual sound cards per channel
Answered by: MazterGee
Date published: 2018-03-14

We want to record ultrasonic sound with Maplin HD 7.1 USB Sound Card. Unfortunately we recognized that there is a bandwith limitation at 20 kHz even when we sample with 192 kHz. Please provide us a schematic for the line-in input.

Asked by: email4r2d2
Advisory: It's important to remember that Maplin are just the retailer of this product, we had no input in its design or manufacture. A Schematic diagram isn't something that would normally be provided for a retail box device such as a sound card. From the statement provided you appear to be trying to task the device to a usage other than that for which it is specifically designed, and possibly modify it to suit your needs, unfortunately Maplin would be unable to offer any kind of advice with regards to this. If you need detailed specific information then the best point of contact would be the people who manufacture the product, you can contact them via their website. I hope this information proves helpful Les Technical Support Coordinator
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-03-11

My Logitech Surround Sound speakers (Z506) have Green, black & orange jack connections. I can't find any instruction on where these should be plugged in to the sound card.

Asked by: mmelrose
Thanks Brad. Logitech has a big thick manual of which 4 pages are in english, none of which say what any of the cables do, simply to match to the same colour or equivalent on the sound card. In the end I figured it out by touching my finger to various parts of the jacks and listening to which speakers buzzed the loudest! (orange = c/sub, black = rear) The real derp moment was realising that green needed to go into the headphone socket (front speakers).
Answered by: mmelrose
Date published: 2018-02-26

What is the input impedance and recommended amplitude for the mic input?

Asked by: g0mgx
There is none this device accepts a standard PC desktop microphone
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-01-05

Hi please can you tell me if this has small jacks socket on it like a normal headphone?

Asked by: Hoggbottom59
This has the standard 3.5mm jack connections
Answered by: Brad
Date published: 2017-12-24

dose it have a 6.5 mm jack on it

Asked by: will_notley
No it does not have a 6.35mm jack
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-11-21

Hi -  will this sound card act as a 'connector' between my Mac Pro and Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 audio system and enable me to hear true/real 5.1 channelled audio when using Apples' Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack Pro editing and audio softwares? Thanks.

Asked by: Mark
Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item, as this is not the manner for which it was designed to be used.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-11-21

When I try to download the drivers from: I get a `File or Directory unavailable' error. Are these still available?

Asked by: psimon
Drivers for all versions of Windows can be found on the manufacturers driver download page. Just choose USB Audio from the drop down box. The model number of this device is AS372 USB Sound Box
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-10-11
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