Creative introduces the Xmod

By on October 4, 2006, 4:14 AM
Earlier today Creative sent in a press release announcing their latest PC audio gadget, the Xmod. The device is basically an external audio enhancer based on the same technology as the highly regarded X-Fi audio platform. You may recall that's Creative's latest entry in the PC audio market (see our review).

Creative intends to target music enthusiasts on the go, they claim the Xmod can "enhance playback quality for MP3, WMA, iTunes or AAC songs to beyond the original CD quality." The Xmod features X-Fi's Crystalizer and CMSS- 3D virtualization technologies usually available in their PCI soundcards, only this time they come in a rather small package.

We have discussed several times in the past how these work, and although in most cases sound will be audibly different depending on how the signal is altered, whether it sounds better is debatable. To some extent it will depend on your speakers, and what frequencies they can reproduce... and of course, let's not forget about the listener.

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Kaleid said:
Good heavens. Pay money to add distorsion to the signal.
spydercanopus said:
I agree with Kaleid. I have an X-Fi Elite Pro and the Crystalizer and CMSS-3D only add noise to the music --making it sound "sci-fi", not x-fi. My system has 16ohm Paradigm surround with a Yamaha amp hooked up by fiber optics to the X-Fi, so its not the speakers. It's simply impossible to add more quality to something that isn't there. It's like trying to sharpen a digital image zoomed in --you can blur/soften the pixelation, but it won't make it look "better".
jesse_hz said:
Well there really is no way you can magically add definition that isn't already there. I think stuff like X-fi's Crystalizer are more relevant for gamers that use low-end speakers and headphones.If you've got the right speaker setup you really won't get anything out of these technologies.
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