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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Creative Announces First USB 2.0 Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Better Music And Movie Sound, Made Easy

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
First thing that comes straight into my mind, what is the difference between this USB 2.0 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 and the Xmod?

After reading the product specs, these are our findings. The major difference is that the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 has the bundled Creative ALchemy software supports host-based EAX 4.0 and OpenAL. It restores surround sound for Windows Vista™ users and delivering the same great gaming experience as the internal X-Fi Sound Blaster. But the latest EAX is 5.0, so it doesn't support the latest EAX.

Xmod does not have EAX support, it does not have Surround 5.1 and no Alchemy software support. So Xmod is made more for music and movie lovers with a more compact body. Whereas, the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 is for music, movie and an additional group of people, the PC game lovers.

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 will be in Singapore in end May 2008 for S$99.00. That is the same price as the Xmod when it was first launched.

Press Release:
Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced the Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Surround 5.1, the first USB 2.0 audio solution that provides users with the easiest upgrade from basic, built-in audio to the premium Xtreme Fidelity™ (X-Fi) audio experience for their PC and notebook.

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1's elegant black design in simple clean lines belies the state-of-the-art X-Fi technology and high quality connectivity that enhances users' aural enjoyment of their music, movies and games. Users can simply connect the device to their PC or notebook via the USB port and turn their MP3 and iTunes music into their own personal concert. The X-Fi technology also allows users to immerse themselves in full cinematic surround sound while watching their favourite DVDs or downloaded videos. Creative's EAX® ADVANCED HD™ effects also provide realistic game play.

The X-Fi technology comprises two main features:
X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer - The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer revitalises downloaded music and movies by restoring the details and vibrance that music and movies lost during compression. The X-Fi technology intelligently enhances all the highs and lows so everything can be heard in crystal clarity, making MP3s sound even better than CDs.

X-Fi CMSS-3D - The X-Fi CMSS-3D technology expands stereo MP3s and digital movies into virtual multi-speakers or headphones. Voices are centred in front of users with ambient sounds accurately positioned all around them, similar to a live performance.

With the built-in X-Fi technology, users of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 can now enjoy all their music, movies and games with one easy-to-use device that gives them premium cinematic sound quality and realistic surround sound effect on virtually any speaker systems or headphones.

Key Features of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

* Supports USB 2.0 for high quality 5.1 audio
* USB bus-powered
* Gold plated RCA front outputs and mini-jack surround outputs for maximum fidelity
* Optical Output for connectivity to surround sound systems
* 24-bit Playback and Recording ADC, DAC
* X-Fi audio enhancement technology
* Easily accessible Headphone out and Mic In for connecting headsets
* Convenient Volume Control with push to mute feature
* Line-in monitoring
* Host-based EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 and OpenAL support
* Creative ALchemy software that restores DS3D Games' 3D audio in Windows Vista


ALien_BRain said...

Creative Vado :


BTW nice News from Creative lately !

The External x-Fi is awesome and CHEAP !

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