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Note: this sound card is not compatible with Mac systems.
Features a wide range of input and output ports for connectivity to a variety of devices. View larger.
THX-Enhanced Surround Sound for Your PC
The X-Fi HD utilizes TruStudio Pro, an audio technology developed by THX. This technology works to expand your PC's audio channels, which allows surround sound content to be reproduced faithfully, making audio more expansive, immersive, and realistic. Even if you're listening through headphones, you'll experience the surround sound effect.
In addition, TruStudio Pro uses a variety of techniques to make your music sound livelier. It restores your music's natural frequency range--something that is often lost when music is compressed into MP3 format. It also fills in low frequencies, which adds a little extra impact to bass. You'll be able to enjoy higher quality audio, even when streaming MP3s from your music library.
Record Directly From Your Turntable
Turntable artists, DJs, and vinyl collectors will find the X-Fi HD especially useful. The sound system features an integrated phono preamp, which allows users to create recordings directly from a turntable. The preamp uses RIAA equalization to minimize loss of quality during analog-to-digital conversion. This allows the X-Fi HD to create recordings that are faithful to the original vinyl.
Supports Wide Range of I/O Connectivity
Built for versatility, the X-Fi HD supports connections to a variety of devices. It features ports that can accommodate microphones, headphones, home studio speakers, portable music players, AV Receivers, and more. Ports include a 1/4-inch microphone input, a 1/4-inch headphone output, an RCA input and output, and an optical SPDIF input and output. Headphone performance is enhanced with the studio-grade headphone amp.
Compatibility and System Requirements
The X-Fi HD USB sound card is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or above), Windows Vista, and Windows 7. (The card is not Mac compatible.)
To install the card, you'll need an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster; 1 GB RAM; at least 600 MB free hard disk space; an available USB 2.0 port; and a CD/DVD drive for software installation.
The X-Fi HD is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.
What's in the Box
X-Fi HD USB sound card, USB cable, RCA to stereo cable, user guide, and installation CD.
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|Connection Type||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Speaker/Headphone Support||Stereo||Stereo to 5.1 Surround||Stereo with dedicated headphone amplifier|
|Music and Movies:|
|24-bit Sound Quality|
|THX TruStudio Pro|
|Dolby Digital Live|
|DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via free PowerDVD Download|
|Phono Preamp for Direct Recording from Vinyl|
|EAX Support||EAX 5.0|
|X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Surround|
The sound quality is dramatically better and it really brings the music to life!
Since I have reached the end of my 30 days of Creative "support", I think I will return it and buy another product.
I bought this product to replace my laptop's sound card since I fried it and this does the job and them some.
I have been a HUGE fan of Creative since the early 90's. This product was a major disappointment. I tried everything under the sun to get the device to work optically to no... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Kevin M. Munn
yes, the phono pre-amp works well. Works solid in windows 8. This thing is super quiet, plays 24 bit 48k files fine through vlc player. i had no problem using optical cables. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rx7pro
Integrated audio card in my laptop died last month so I have to find some kind of replacement. Really liked this product: sound quality is much better that my old sound card had. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Alex S.
Nice gadget. between Hi-Fi and Hi-End, pleasant retail box, Nice look, easy to install.
Good sound, S/N ratio seems to be as declared. Read more
I had problems with the built in sound card on my mother board - many video programs corrupted the drivers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diogenes
I do music mixing and production as a hobby, not a pro. So i dont "need" the best sound in the world but i figured it might be nice to upgrade my on board sound card to something... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Geddings
The sound coming out of the card is amazing. I highly recommend pairing the Creative GigaWorks T40 Speakers with this. You will NOT be disappointed. It sounds unbelievable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anna Layton
This is a very nice upgrade from a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. The only thing I could wish for on this would be a USB input for cable management issues on my desktop, as my mic is a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aaron Smith
I have been using it transferring my records to 24-bit audio files to burn to dvds. This matched with audacity I can produce audio files that sound almost as good as the original... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Whitaker