Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio Driver
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio Driver
Launch reviews did not support Creative's claims of higher performance, however, with even the top-end 64 MB equipped model falling slightly behind the older Audigy cards.
Functionality is otherwise the same. X-Mod is listed in the same category as the rest of the X-Fi lineup, but is only a stereo device, marketed to improve music playing from laptop computers, and with lower specifications than the internal offerings.
Pro, Their internal hardware components are different for various usages and needs for gaming, surround, or audiophile standards. A significant portion of the audio processing unit was devoted to this resampling engine.
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The SRC engine was far more capable than previous Creative sound card offerings, a limitation that had been a major thorn Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio Creative's side. 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 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". 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 as they Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio 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 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 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio 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. However, with headphones, it does Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio terrible job, I think it is a problem with output impedance like many before me has mentioned.
Despite using a JRC, it fails with balanced armatures but fairs fairly well with regular headphones but is less capable than a E7 that I tried once. The headphone output clips when using Isone with my previous ATH-M50s, indicating that even 32ohm dynamic driver headphones bring it uncomfortably close to clipping.
Another issue that users experienced is the lack of Not resampling increases distortion quite a lot. But for videos, I find that it is of little issue as audio in videos I watch is typically 48khz which is within the sweet spot for the X-fi HD Now on to its drivers, Creative does have its bloatware but has so far caused no particular issues with playback for me, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio using Jriver Media Center's Wasapi Event style for all my music playback.
Its optical inputs and outputs require external drivers which is a big minus when I want to use this with my cd player for instance, I will need to have a computer running to accept Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio in.