Creative has launched the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook card, promising to breathe life back into audio, restoring the details and vibrancy lost during compression to various formats and expanding stereo music and movie sound tracks into surround, even over headphones.

"Our X-Fi Crystalizer technology intelligently enhances highs and lows so that compressed music or movie sound tracks are reproduced with crystal clarity. X-Fi CMSS-3D creates a virtual sound stage in the space around the listener, with voices centered in front and ambient sounds all around. People can now also enjoy cinematic DVD movie playback and surround sound even over headphones when they use PowerDVD featuring DTS® and Dolby Digital®-EX decoding," said Darragh O'Toole, European Senior Brand Manager with Creative Labs.
The ExpressCard audio add-in has analogue and digital optical 3.5mm input and output ports as well as microphone and headphone jacks, plus the option to connect 5.1 or 7.1 surround speakers via the optional docking module.