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  • Creative X-Fi appearing in car audio

    Creative X-Fi appearing in car audio

    It's about time; we've had Creative sound cards in our PCs for decades. It was only natural they should move to cars. JC Hyun Systems has developed the RUNZ CI-700, the first automobile infotainment system to use Creative's X-Fi technology. The RUNZ CI-7100 features a MMSP2 MPEG video hardware engine, SiRF III GPS chipset, and Creative's X-Fi audio processor, all which are operated by an Intel… Read More

  • September 17: A big day for Creative, we think

    September 17: A big day for Creative, we think

    Fans of Creative should get themselves ready for an exciting September 17. Why’s that? Well, that picture certainly alludes to something. Creative has been sending out special media invites for an event on September 17. The above picture clearly features an X-Fi logo. Whether that means Creative will unveil a new line of PMPs, or, who knows, an iPod dock (oh God, not another one!)… Read More

  • Getting an X-Fi to play nice with your home theater system

    Getting an X-Fi to play nice with your home theater system

    So you have a Soundblaster X-Fi card with SPDIF-out. And a nice home theater system that you want to run your sound through. It’s okay. Everything’s going to be all right. It turns out it’s not so hard. But since this really isn’t my area of expertise, I’m going to let the kind folks over here explain everything to you. Basically, depending on what model you have… Read More

  • Ear to the Floor: Hot CES Audio Gear

    Ear to the Floor: Hot CES Audio Gear

    Ahh, CES. Where the weak are killed and eaten. And where zillions of companies decide to debut products that should’ve been smothered at birth. But a few things actually managed to impress me so far as I stumble through CES and its constellation of surrounding events. So here they are, a handful of goodies I saw and heard that make my ears glad to be attached to my head. At least, before… Read More

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook

    Aside from having one of the longest product names I’ve seen in weeks, this new Creative card looks like a pretty useful little utility for your laptop. If you want some seriously good sound to come from your notebook, better slap this ExpressCard in it. It offers Creative’s X-Fi Crystallizer, which offers stunningly detailed sound that truly lives up beyond the hype of a name. Read More

  • Creative Xmod Hands On

    Creative Xmod Hands On

    The Creative Xmod is an external solution that utilizes the technology of its stellar X-Fi sound cards. Due to its ability to play nicely with both Mac OS X and Windows, it’s the first product that I’m examining as part of our CrunchGear HiFi series. The device can fit easily in your hand, but it is capable of upconverting your MP3s to 24-bit. Additionally, it can also introduce CMSS… Read More

  • Creative's Z600: Darth Vader's Dock

    Creative's Z600: Darth Vader's Dock

    The Creative X-Fi Sound System Z600 is a dock for the Creative ZEN Vision: M player. Not only does this dock give you stereo virtual surround sound, but it also utilizes the integrated X-Fi 24-bit Crystallizer, which restores audio quality that is lost when compressing music. The system features two satellite speakers and a compact subwoofer both of which look extremely flashy. The Z600 also… Read More

  • Creative Makes Digital Music Listenable With Xmod

    This isn’t the first external sound enhancement product from Creative, but it certainly looks the most promising. Compatible with Windows and Mac computers and basically any audio player available, the Xmod connects between your headphones/speakers and your source, upconverting the audio to Creative’s X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity 24-bit surround audio standard. For use with an MP3 player… Read More