- Brand Name: Creative Labs
- Model Number: 70SB072000000
- Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
- Audio Output Type: 3.5 mm
Creative Labs Xmod USB Sound Card for PC and Mac
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- Sound Output Mode - Multi channel
- Interface Type - External
- Device Type - Sound card
- Localization - English
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From the Manufacturer
| The X-Fi Crystalizer restores audio |
elements lost during compression
The X-Fi Crystalizer identifies the audio elements that have been restricted/damaged during compression and selectively re-masters them. The X-Fi CMSS-3D converts basic stereo content into multi-channel in real-time to deliver incredible virtual surround over two speakers or headphones.
Instant Xtreme Fidelity
This little device packs a big punch, and it's always ready. 100% plug-and-play, there are no drivers or software to install. Connect instantly to your notebook, PC or Mac, or even your MP3 player. It's that easy to get Xtreme Fidelity sound for crystal clarity and amazing surround sound.
Make Your MP3 Music Sound Better Than Your CDs
Hear it all - crisp cymbal crashes, wailing guitar solos and deep, rumbling bass, thanks to the Xmod. It intelligently enhances the highs and lows, restoring detail and vibrance to your audio.
|The X-Fi CMSS-3D converts stereo content into virtual surround over two speakers or headphones|
Stunning Surround Sound From Your Stereo Speakers
Now, you can enjoy virtual surround sound through your stereo speakers with the Creative Xmod. Expand your stereo MP3 music and digital movies. Voices are centered in front of you. Ambient sound appears all around you... just like a live performance.
A Headphone Experience That's More Immersive Than Ever
Hear the difference even with headphones. X-Fi CMSS-3D expands music from your headphones outwards, so that it sounds like you're surrounded by multiple virtual speakers. You'll feel like you're sitting in with your favorite band, or that you've been dropped into the best seat in the movie theater.
What's in the Box
Xmod, earphones, USB cable and user's guide
Top Customer Reviews
Installation couldn't be easier. I plugged it into my USB port on my notebook and it just worked. You play your music from your PC with XMOD on and it just sounds sweet. It would be nice if Creative included what you need to use this with a portable MP3 player, but for the price I guess I can't complain. I wish the control knob was a bit flatter also. It would fit in the carrying bag better. The one nice thing about the knob being large - it does make a great easy to reach for mute button for when you need to quickly mute your audio.
Overall, XMOD is highly recommended if you listen to a lot of music. It would also make a nice gift. My nephew already came by to check it out and he wants one. Give it a listen and you'll get it.
Let's start off with the good stuff:
I really like the crystalizer - it really made the music sound better. Now the 3D stuff it's iffy. I liked the way it looks and the size. I'm a big ipod fan, so it also helps it was packaged similarly.
The bad stuff:
White noise... I'd describe it as a quiet hiss that can be clearly heard even if nothing is on. Since I use headphones with it (Shure's), the white noise was immediately apparent and helluva annoying. When the music is sparse and quiet, boy oh boy does it get annoying. This is only marginally better than onboard sound since it does get rid of interference, but in the end, that's all it did for me.
I have another older creative usb soundblaster device I'm listening to now since although the sound is flat and less dynamic, it is *much* *much* cleaner. When I'm not playing anything with the old usb device, I can't tell the difference when the earphones are plugged in or not. I'm going to return the xmod and try the soundblaster live 24-bit external usb device, since the one i'm using now only supports 16-bit.
I bought the xmod for home since I use the 16-bit device at work.
Now for the bad, I picked this up at Best Buy for only $34.99, not $71 like Amazon's current price. The ONLY other downside is that with iPod use, you have to be near a power outlet. However, I'm considering trying a USB Battery Pack such as this one Apple iPod / iPhone Portable Battery Starter Kit to see if the X-Mod can draw power (through its USB cable) from it so that it can be fully portable. It sounds like a lot of equipment but, personally, I think its worth it to listen in the highest quality possible.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A A/C POWER ADAPTER TO HAVE THIS WORK WITH AN IPOD
The USB cord that comes with the X-Mod can be used with an iPod's A/C charger such as this one: Apple MA592LL/A iPod USB Power Adapter
I think I paid around $60 shipped for it. Worth every penny. Let me elaborate.
I run these through a great set of Sennheiser 280 Pros, and previously HD590s. The 3d effect does not do this device any wonders; when you listen through good headphones, you hear high pitched noises since they pick up all the detail.
However, the x-fi crystalizer effect is EXCELLENT. Although slightly harsh at times, it does wonders to open up and make music sound "full". Again, if you don't have quality headphones, you aren't going to notice as much. I listened to the same music through one of my co-workers crappy cans and it sounded NOTHING like it did on my audiophile grade phones, and it did appear to make little difference when on or off. Additionally, I hear complete silence when I mute my sound, no static or noise whatsoever so I know I'm getting a good quality signal.
So, to that effect, I would say pass on this if you are expecting wonders out of your $15 set of headphones; you will probably be very disappointed. But for those that are serious about getting a very portable improvement to their sound, and have the headphones to back it up, this device will awe and amaze you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really makes a difference, and a good one. I was highly skeptical about a USB external sound card that could make my audio sound better and include these geekily-named sound... Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by $ecret@sianMan
Nice product, excellent sound fidelity.
Easy to use.
I use it with my music system and PS3.
Creates very realistic sounds with the 3D surround sound option enabled.
Works great, also controls sound level on the fly is a great plus. Very nice quality, although, note to audiophiles and enthusiasts, CMSS3D and Crystalizer not recommended. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Gary Woodsmith
It mutes the sound every time my computer comes out of sleep. Have to replug the USB cable for sound to come back...Very annoying!Published on May 13, 2011 by lichen98
buy it and you will love it , spend the money on good earbuds thoughPublished on November 7, 2010 by James Cheesman
Get the Apogee Duet. It is the real piece of equipment that this toy is copying. Duet has none of the (plastic) bells and (shrill) whistles and is a true audiophile... Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by Spencexxx
WARNING NO CUSTOMER SERVICE I purchased this for gaming and all I hear is popping noise in the background.... Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by tedsleds
This is a great device, and I'm satisfied with my purchase. I use it in a Mac running Snow Leopard; sometimes the device is unresponsive after a wake up the computer from "sleep... Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Chapulin Colorado
If you're looking for a great usb sound adapter/card, look no further. This product works perfectly, and produces GREAT sound, especially apparent in music. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by Stephen Huang