Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
I wanted to share you my happy experience with Creative SoundBlaster XtremeMusic Sound Card.
I was searching in cairo for audigy 4 sound card from creative and I didn’t find it at all and suddenly I found this amazing piece of art and I didn’t hesitate getting it even if its price exceeded 650 L.E but I’m a musician and I use those type of cards as best as it can be used.
This card brings the best sound I’ve ever heard out of a machine :) really guys it’s awesome specially on PCI 2.1 bus because I’ve heard that it has some problems with older buses because of its high I/O bandwidth to the mainboard but it worked fine with me on my nVidia mainboard.
Let me talk about its awesome features as Sound Blaster X-Fi harnesses the power of the Sound Blaster Audigy series and betters its features! Never before has audio fidelity been so crystal clear.
- 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.
- 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.Of course you can visit creative.com to get the latest drivers for this advanced souncard as creative has superior support center and always up2date.The only-but-effective draw back to this sound card that it’s not supported on linux but creative guys said” May 18, 2006 – Creative plans to make proprietary (closed source) drivers available for the X-Fi series of sound cards in the second quarter of 2007. These drivers will have full support for ALSA (playback, recording, mixer, MIDI, synthesis) and OpenAL 1.1 (with EAX effects).” on their opensource driver page.
I forgot to say that this card has 7.1 speaker system output 7 Speakers 1 Subwoofer and it works best on Creative Gigaworks S750 7.1 Speaker system which I’ve purchased in the same day.
They are extremely awesome, I intend to use them in my future home theater system when I move to my new place with my wife (insha2llah). really this combination brings the best out of a machine with sound exactly like in the high quality cinemas if not even better.