With the Sharkoon SB2, the manufacturer has introduced a new version of its well-known USB sound card that is supposed to improve the sound on various platforms. Thanks to plug-and-play connectivity, the SB2 is quick and easy to use and allows connecting any headset or headphones with a 3.5 mm jack connector.
Sharkoon SB2 in detail
The Sharkoon SB2 USB sound card enables sound enhancement and control of connected headphones and headsets on PCs and notebooks. The extra-large buttons allow for quick muting, as well as volume adjustment. Within the companion software, a 10-band equalizer allows for sound adjustment. In addition, an analog headset connected via 3.5 mm jack or headphones can be equipped with virtual 7.1 surround sound.
The SB2 features two 3.5mm jacks for microphone and headphones, with the headphone jack acting as a TRRS connector, making it suitable for headsets. Thanks to them, all common headsets with jack plugs can be connected to the sound card. It itself can be connected to all computers and laptops with a free USB-A port.
The Sharkoon SB2 measures 60.0 x 25.0 x 11.0 mm (length x width x height) and weighs just 20 grams. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux. It allows an impedance of 10 – 80 ohms and a maximum power of 50 mW. The maximum sampling rate is 16 bit / 48 Hz.
The external sound card relies on a CM108B sound chip and a signal-to-noise ratio of 93 dB. The connections are gold-plated, the cable length is 15 centimeters.
Price and availability
The Sharkoon SB2 external USB sound card is available in stores now at an MSRP of $12.99. For more information, visit the official product website of the manufacturer.