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Most digital audio is sampled at This functionality is used not only for simple audio playback, but for several other features of the card such as the "Crystalizer", a technology that claims to improve the clarity of digital music through digital analysis supported by all X-Fi models, including the Xtreme Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio and X-Mod. Since its release X-Fi has caused several unsolved problems with sound glitches on various motherboards. Crystalizer[ edit ] Creative Labs states that the primary function of the Crystalizer is to "restore portions of the sound which were lost during compression".

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The "compression" that is meant here is not the digital file-size reduction achieved by digital audio data compression technologies like for example mp3. Rather, the idea is to reverse the effects of dynamic range compressionan analog technique that was and is used during the production of most s and newer Audio CDs with the exception of some classical music recordings to make them sound louder at the same volume level setting, as it was found that subjectively louder CDs get more airplay and sell better. To achieve this loudness without introducing strong distortionpoints in the signal where the volume reaches a maximum are compressed which means in this case: After this, the music as a whole is louder than it was before, but the maximum volume points mostly transients are not as pronounced Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio they were before.

Since this whole process is done before the final Audio CD is recorded, its effect is equally present in uncompressed audio files created from such a CD, in lossless compressed Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio made from the CD, as well as in lossy compressed audio from that same CD. Transients are typically found in percussive sounds, in plosive consonants of voice recordings, and during the first few milliseconds the so-called attack phase of non-percussive instrument sounds. All these tend to be somewhat muffled by dynamic range compression.

Its main function is to detect transients and to increase their relative volume level. As a consequence of enabling the Crystalizer, the signal is altered, and whether the result improves upon the input audio is purely a matter of perception and can depend on the type of audio being played. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio requires Creative proprietary drivers and is not supported under Linux OS.

When the Creative Control Panel is set to Headphones, this setting creates virtual 3D positional audio via synthesized binaural cues see Sound localization and Head-related transfer function. If the application generating the audio uses a hardware-accelerated 3D audio API i.


If the application instead generates multi-channel sound directly e. Such applications may use the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio settings defined by Windows in which case it is possible to set the Windows Speakers configuration to a multichannel set-up, e. The difference is that this includes techniques such as crosstalk cancellation because sound from all speakers reaches BOTH ears which makes the binaural cues more complicated to synthesize. The console keeps crashing Craig Unhappy windows 7 user If you're using win7 64bit then be prepared for problems with drivers. They not working very well. I'll stick with xonar. Sebastian Does what you need it to I was using onboard sound on my Abit IPE when the sound suddenly wouldn't work after re-installing Windows 7 32bit.

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No explanation for it really. All the drivers under God's golden sun wouldn't make my sound work, so I ordered this sound card to quite the hassle of days of forum searching. I just wanted something that worked and apparantly a sound card produces better sound than an on board Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio card so I thought what the hell.

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Great investment it turns out, sounds are louder and crisper and works great on Windows 7. While I wouldn't call myself a sound expert I'm fairly sure I can hear the difference. A great price and great sounding.


Also I ordered this item at I used to have the opinion that onboard sound is fine Did i a comparison between me and Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio mate, same song same headphones he had an old audigy card and the bass response was leaps ahead of onboard, when i got my hi-fi system i thought it was finally time to get one. My headphones are reaching frequency's that i didn't think that could touch, turns out all my speakers, headphones and other audio equipment were not bad at reaching low frequencies, but that the on board sound simply couldn't deliver deep lows down from 50hz and crisp highs.

Creative Labs SB0790 PCI Sound BLASTER X-Fi XTREME Audio Sound Card

The latest download(s) available for Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio is listed below. It installs Creative Audio Console to control your audio device's settings. This suite of driver and application has been updated and combined for your convenience. It installs Creative® Audio Console to control your audio device's.

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