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Enhanced MP3 playback, realistic headphone surround and the fastest gaming performance
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The Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card harnesses the full power of the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor to upgrade any existing library of MP3 or any music files to the Xtreme Fidelity audio standard. With the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity 24-bit Crystalizer, MP3 music and movies are converted to Xtreme Fidelity, which delivers an experience beyond the original CD or DVD recordings. With the included Creative MediaSource™ 3 software suite, users can easily SuperRip™ all their digital music permanently to Xtreme Fidelity. In addition, MediaSource 3 also allows users to further enhance their music content with single-click access to rich features like X-Fi CMSS-3D, Smart Cross-Fade and Smart Volume Management. The Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card plays back audio with rich 109dB SNR quality.
Harness the full power of Sound Blaster X-Fi™ XtremeMusic by selecting one of its 3 usage modes:
Entertainment Mode - For Xtreme Fidelity Music and Movies
X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer™ enhances MP3s and movies to sound better than they do on their original CD or DVD.
Utilizing the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor your music and movie audio is sent through a two-step quality enhancement process. First the processor converts the audio into 24-bit/96kHz quality using its virtually transparent SRC (Sample Rate Converter) engine. Then it remasters and selectively enhances the audio by analyzing and identifying which parts of the audio stream have been restricted/damaged during the compression stages to 16-bit and then to MP3.
|Music Benefits: Low and high frequencies are enhanced while the dynamics are improved. Overall your music will sound cleaner, smoother and will sparkle! |
Movie Benefits: Explosions, gun-shots and high-impact audio sequences sound more realistic than ever before!
X-Fi CMSS®-3D allows you to upgrade your MP3 music and movies into surround sound with headphones or multichannel speakers.
Enjoy your stereo MP3s and movies in surround sound with X-Fi CMSS-3D technology. Instead of performing a basic upmixing of stereo content, the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor intelligently remixes the audio into surround sound to match the speaker system you have (including headphones). It also uses advanced techniques to extract specific audio elements, like voice to the center channel and ambience to the surrounding channels, so your music and movies sound more alive than ever before!
Music Benefits: Convert static stereo music into amazing surround sound with multichannel speakers, plus enjoy the same surround sound experience with headphones!
Movie Benefits: When watching stereo or multichannel movies with headphones or speakers, X-Fi CMSS-3D allows you to enjoy incredible surround sound that will amaze you.
|SuperRip™ allows you to rip your CDs into Xtreme Fidelity quality.|
The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D features allow you to "SuperRip" CDs into Xtreme Fidelity quality so you can now enjoy permanently enhanced music instead of low-quality MP3 files!
|Enjoy the latest cinematic technologies for the ultimate PC movie experience! |
Experience incredible audio with THX certified quality and unbeatable movie sound with DTS-ES™ and Dolby® Digital EX decoding!
|Gaming Mode - For Ultimate Gaming Performance and Maximum Realism |
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic delivers the fastest gaming performance ever!
A completely re-engineered game audio processing engine utilizing the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor allows Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic to deliver the fastest gaming performance ever seen, providing more than a 15% performance boost over motherboard audio solutions while simultaneously delivering full audio effects!
X-Fi CMSS-3D delivers an amazingly realistic surround sound experience with headphones
Know exactly where your enemies are whether you're using headphones or speakers. You won't believe how good X-Fi CMSS-3D positional gaming audio is; in fact, it's so good you'll forget you're wearing headphones!
|EAX® ADVANCED HD™ 5.0 delivers incredibly realistic gaming audio!|
Features like 128 voice support, EAX MacroFX, EAX PurePath and Environment FlexiFX set a new standard for EAX and realism available in gaming audio.
X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer™ automatically upgrades existing games into Xtreme Fidelity
Experience gaming audio that sounds more dynamic and realistic than you could ever imagine!
|Audio Creation Mode - For Pristine Audio Recording Quality |
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic offers high quality, feature-rich recording.
Utilizing the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor, you'll get the most advanced features and effects of any audio processor for music and audio creation currently available, delivering pristine audio playback quality. The Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor features a near transparent SRC engine that converts to and from any resolution at 136dB THD+N, and also provides digital-matched recording capabilities in resolutions from 44.1kHz to 96kHz.
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You'll also get support for ASIO recordings with latency as low as one millisecond, up to eight different hardware effects, 24-bit SoundFont® sampling, and 3DMIDI for amazing flexibility and recording results.
Works with Windows 8
We have updated audio drivers that will allow you to enjoy the ultimate Sound Blaster performance for Windows 8.
Click here to download the latest drivers.
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59 of 63 found the following review helpful:
Met my needs just fineNov 23, 2005
If you are looking for superior sound from your computer this is the card to get. I expect a lot from my soundcards since I do composing, music production, listen to iTunes and even a little gaming too. Previously I had been using the very excellent M-Audio Audiophile 2496. The M-Audio had a few drawbacks to it but nothing that I couldn't work around. However, I decided to upgrade. I looked at the stats of several cards from Turtle Beach and M-Audio but on paper they didn't compare with this card. After installation I gave it a test drive. On playing music from iTunes I noticed a much cleaner sound than my previous card. I didn't bother to use the silly "Crystallizer." If you read about what it actually does, it essentially distorts the sound. This card doesn't need any tricks like that and I can't recommend using it. I think it was just marketing hype. Also, I've listened to music for the last few days I didn't notice any fatigue on my part - the sound was truly better. Next I opened up Cubase (a music sequencing program) and did an audio mixdown of one of my pieces, the quality was equal to a bit better than the original. Ripping from CD to iTunes, I didn't notice any difference in quality. The secret is likely the 5 million transitors. I also will once again enjoy the compatibility with nearly all software programs. If I need it I have access to 24 bit sound fonts, a microphone port and some other do-dads. There were a few downsides. The largest of which was the software installation which took way too long - 40 minutes on my Pentium 4 with 2 GB of RAM. I also objected to having to remove shortcuts from AOL placed in my start menu and Favorites by the installation program. You have to use the install disc and you are not given the option of just installing drivers. I took a small chance (because I had 14 days to return it) on the card because I have read countless negative reviews about Creative products over the last few years. Its nice to see them putting out a quality product once more. I didn't purchase the more expensive big brothers because I didn't need their features. I cannot comment on technical support because fortunately I didn't need to contact them. I highly recommend this card because of its quality and price.
25 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Big sound in a small packageJan 30, 2010
By Robert J. Lewis
I was having problems getting the correct sound card driver for my laptop after upgrading to Win7. I was looking for an inexpensive external sound card came across this one among the many available on the net. Based on reviews, I decided to give it a try and I have to say, I am very happy with it. One of the features I like is this unit comes with an extension USB cable that makes accessing the volume and mute buttons a breeze. The sound quality is great and it is truly Plug-and-Play.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Great sound but not the quantum leap I was expectingJan 09, 2006
By Amazon Customer
I upgraded to this card from a SoundBlaster Live! Value that I bought when that was the thing to have (meaning...a long time ago). After reading all the literature and reviews I was probably expecting too much but for games, which is why I bought it, it's not that much better than my old card. It definitely is better though and it does sound great. I've used it in Call of Duty 2 and in Battlefield 2. Everything is cleaner, crisper and has more punch than before. BF2 supports this card specifically and the weapons fire really shines in this title. The crack of the rifle shots is fabulous. As well, all of the ambient sounds seem more realistic and more immersive.
I was most eager to try out the 3D headphone capabilities but have not been all that impressed with it. I've not tried it with a movie (which has encoded surround channels) but movies aren't why I bought this card. The much touted headphone surround has been dissappointing. Again, the reviews I've read have made quite a fuss over this feature and since I purchased based in large part on the promise of a viable headphone surround, I'm a bit put off. Not enough to not recommend it though. I will add that I'm using a set of mid-grade over the ear headphones from Sony and not a pair of cheapie ear buds. Hopefully as more games come out that support the specific features of the unit this will improve.
To sum up, if you need a new sound card I think this is the one to get. You'll be future proofed for a while and get great sound in the bargain. If you're upgrading from a existing card that you're already satisfied with then I don't know if the high cost of this one is worth it. If I'd had the chance to try it out before plunking down the cash, I probably would have passed and put the money towards a shiney new video card instead. I'm still happy with it though as it does sound fabulous and gives games an extra bit of punch.
37 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Not bad... but a big problem IF...Oct 27, 2005
By A. Wiersch
I like this card. I would give it 4 or 5 stars if not for the fact that YOU CAN'T HOOK UP A MICROPHONE AND DIGITAL SPEAKERS AT THE SAME TIME! Using the digital out port means you can't have a microphone input or line-in input. Very inconvenient. Otherwise, I've been happy with this card. I suppose I should have gotten the next model up or I should get a good USB microphone. But for a $100+ sound card, you ought to be able to have digital speakers and a microphone hooked up at the same time.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
This X-Fi card is amazingDec 19, 2005
By Linda D. Rozar
This card was recommended to me by a friend who knows that I love good sound but haven't been satisfied with my computer sound system lately. I had the Soundblaster Live! card with Klipsch 5.1 speakers. It was great sound in my last house that had vaulted ceilings and wide open spaces, but now I have a 12' x 15' den, and I thought the loss of "big sound" was because of the size of my room. My friend's room is about the same size as mine, but his older Klipsch system sounded much better than mine. All he had was a better sound card (and not even the X-Fi). I decided to buy the card.
In the meantime, my Klipsch 5.1 speakers died, which I've read is happening to a lot of people. I ended up buying both the X-Fi card and another set of speakers (this time Logitech 5500s). My husband (bless his heart) had inherited my Klipsch 4.1s when he bought me the 5.1s, which were now dead. When we installed the new X-Fi card, we listened to music on the 4.1s before changing to the Logitech 5500s. What a difference in the sound quality! My Klipsch 5.1s must have been dying a slow death over the last year, because the 4.1s sounded terrific!
I had a hard time believing that the X-Fi would make this much difference, but I'm blown away. The EAX console lets you change the sound from a feel of a jazz club to a theater to an opera house to an amphitheater, etc. This little room now has sound like I had at the former residence - big, spacious surround sound.
As for all the other bells and whistles, I'll eventually explore them but they're just bonuses for me. I'm just an audiophile with a sensitive and discerning ear, so I can't comment on the recording studio quality hardware and capabilities, which are apparently extensive. If you just want to make a major upgrade of your sound quality, I very highly recommended this card. It's well worth the cost.
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