Creative Labs Sound Blaster Play! 4 Portable Plug-and-Play Hi-Res USB DAC

MX00117491 Sound Blaster Play! 4 Portable Plug-and-Play Hi-Res USB DAC
MX00117491 Sound Blaster Play! 4 Portable Plug-and-Play Hi-Res USB DAC MX00117491 Sound Blaster Play! 4 Portable Plug-and-Play Hi-Res USB DAC MX00117491 Sound Blaster Play! 4 Portable Plug-and-Play Hi-Res USB DAC

Product Info

Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 – USB DAC Amp and External Sound Card

Portable Plug-and-play Hi-res USB DAC with Auto Mute and Two-way Noise Cancellation via SmartComms Kit for Conference Calls.

Really, online communications shouldn't be this complicated. Sure, the pair of headphones that came bundled with your phone works. But does that make your online calls any easier?

A must-have for any work calls, the Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 is designed to solve your video call woes by simplifying the way you communicate. It debuts our newest SmartComms Kit, packed with an array of smart communication software features such as auto mute and two-way noise cancellation guaranteed to redefine your video call experience.

We've also made sure to uphold our ethos in delivering convenience and quality with a direct mic mute button, Bass Boost and Dynamic EQs, as well as an instant audio upgrade that surpasses the default audio on any of your devices.

Now, it's time to change the way you take your calls.


Communicate Smarter with SmartComms Kit

Our SmartComms Kit was developed to fix one common issue for Windows users - to simplify the way we communicate online - via a suite of smart communication features. Why fuss over mute controls or get distracted by unwanted background noises when you should be focusing on what matters instead? Plus, it can be used with any headphones or headsets with microphone, including those that comes bundled* with your mobile phones.

* Do note that the compatibility of PLAY! 4 with the button functions of your headsets are dependent on the respective manufacturer's implementation.

Mute and Unmute Yourself Automatically

Have you ever been caught in a situation where you have spent the critical opening moments of your business pitch for the latest project describing your ideas, only to realize you were on mute?

Our VoiceDetect feature controls your mute status by voice detection as you speak - your microphone gets muted automatically when you stop speaking, and unmutes you instantly as you start speaking. There is absolutely no need to fiddle with any buttons - physical or in-app - so you can on track with your train of thought during the pitch.

If you need to talk to someone on the side, disable the VoiceDetect feature temporarily by manually pressing on the physical mic mute button, and reactivate the VoiceDetect feature by pressing on the same button.

Two-way Noise Cancellation

Noise is the enemy of all calls - whether it's happening in our surrounding or coming from our co-workers - it's equally disruptive.

Here's the thing: the common solutions available in the market are either headsets with noise-cancelling microphones, or standalone microphones that reduces your background noise pickup. These solutions have 2 things in common - they are expensive, and they only reduce noise happening in your own background.

But what if it is your colleague's background noise that's driving you insane? We have the perfect fix with our NoiseClean features that reduces static background noises from both ends - incoming and outgoing audio - of the conversation.

NoiseClean-in analyzes your incoming audio (imagine a colleague with a noisy background in your video call), detecting and suppressing the unwanted noises, before sending just your colleague's clean voice to you through your headphones.

NoiseClean-out does the same - but for your own background noise. And don't just take our words for it. Hear it for yourself!

When you're done with your online meeting, turn off the NoiseClean features and continue with normal media playback with the Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 for the best audio experience.

* The NoiseClean features work best for static background noises such as fans, air conditioning, air purifier, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, electric shavers, and even lawn mowers.

Make Your Audio Go Further

On top of all the software features, Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 also comes with an EQ button with 2 sound modes - Dynamic and Bass Boost - that works great with any type of content - music, movies, and even games!

Better Than Your Default Audio

On the back of everything is what we do best - audio quality. Powered by high-resolution audio with a 192 kHz / 24-bit DAC and delivering clean audio clarity at 110 dB, you will never go back to the default audio on your PC again. This instant audio upgrade is also extremely lightweight (8.3g / 0.29 oz) and super portable, so you can carry it around with you everywhere you go.


We have also summarized the features of the Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 and their feature compatibility across platforms in this table.

Additional Information:

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  • Windows® 10 ver 1703
  • macOS X® 10.14 and above


Part Number 70SB186000000
Sound Card Portable Plug-and-play Hi-res USB DAC Sound Card with Auto Mute and Two-way Noise Cancellation
Headphone Amp Supported Headphone Impedance: 16~150Ω
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) 110 dB
Audio Technologies SmartComms Kit, CrystalVoice, BlasterX Acoustic Engine
Audio Fidelity Up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
Max Channel Output Stereo
I/O Ports Integrated 3.5 mm headphone jack
Interface USB-C
Power USB bus powered
Dimensions Main unit: 138 x 16 x 8.2 mm (5.43" x 0.63" x 0.32")
Converter: 23.5 x 13.5 x 6 mm (0.93" x 0.53" x 0.24")
Weight Main unit: 8.3g
Converter: 4g

Package Contents

  • Creative Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 USB DAC Amp and External Sound Card
  • USB-C to USB A Converter
  • User Information