Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series

Not a lot of users pay attention to the sound card installed on their computers, often becoming content with the piece that's installed on their system. However, musicians, gamers, and other tech-savvy people know full well just how important a role a sound card plays to amp up (pun unintended) your computer. This article talks about the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi, one of the greatest series of sound cards offering of Creative.

Products in the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Line

Creative has long been known to be one of the leading companies when it comes to sound cards and other audio-related hardware and software, and they certainly did not disappoint with the Sound Blaster X-Fi, a product line of sound cards that showcases the best of what Creative has to offer. The product range includes the Elite Pro, Fatal1ty, Xtreme Audio, XtremeGamer, Xtreme Fatal1ty Pro, Titanium, and Titanium Fatal1ty Champion. The product range also included the discontinued lines Platinum, XtremeMusic, and Digital Audio.

As the name suggests, the Elite Pro models are at the top of this product range, having the highest specs (no surprise, given that these sound cards have been developed with musicians in mind). The Fatal1ty models, while having lesser power than the Elite Pro line, also has enough to offer to satisfy computer gamers to optimize game play.

Features of the Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Cards

While there are several products from the Sound Blaster X-Fi line, these have features that distinguish these from other sound cards. These include:

  • Crystalizer. The Crystalizer is a feature that has been designed in order to minimize the breakdown of music quality due to dynamic range compression, which is an analogue technique used on sound files to make these sound louder. While this achieves this effect, the overall sound quality can become damaged, particularly on the percussion side. To remedy this problem, a multiband compressor/expander is used to fix both the volume and the quality of the audio file.
  • CMSS-3D. CMSS-3D is responsible for allowing you to have a surround sound system from your computer, either through your speakers or through your headphones.
  • MacroFX. MacroFX uses algorithms in order to improve the localization of the sound sources for better listening on the part of the user.
  • ElevationFilter. This allows your sound card to process the audio files of even hardware-accelerated audio.
  • Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX) effects. EAX effects allow you to enjoy the simulated reality system employed by game designers for making you feel more immersed in the games that you're playing.
  • Smart Volume Management. This is a combination of a compressor and normalizer that automatically equalizes the volumes of the audio sources without altering the original audio files.
  • Mixer. The mixer allows you to tweak with the controls to make volume adjustments according to your preferences.
  • Midi. If you still use midi files, fear not, because the Sound Blaster X-Fi sound cards continue to support midi files and other sound files.

If you're the kind of person who is very particular about the sound quality of your computer, consider investing in one of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi. These sound cards are built with gamers and musicians in mind, so you can be sure that you will get the sound that you're looking for with these units. Creative, apart from the internal models of these X-Fi cards, offers and some external alternatives that you can connect through USB. The greatest and most popular one is:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System
Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1095
for users who want something more out of their sound card.

Have fun listening!

Filed under: