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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Audio System with Phono Preamp
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- Creative Media Toolbox software allows you to record, playback, cleanup and organize your digital music easily
- Gold plated connectivity for maximum signal quality and easily accessible front mounted headphone and microphone jacks with convenient volume control
- THX TruStudio Pro is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios - to the PC
- Audiophile-grade components deliver unsurpassed USB audio quality with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 114dB
- Phono preamp with RIAA EQ allows direct connection of your turntable to convert your vinyl to CD or MP3
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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.
Thanks to its careful audio engineering, the X-Fi HD delivers excellent audio performance. It produces a signal-to-noise ratio of 114 dB, which ensures that audio playback is pure and distortion-free. The card's components make a particular difference when playing music: high and mid tones are reproduced with pitch-perfect detail, and lows are defined and tight.
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.
The X-Fi HD comes bundled with Creative's Media Toolbox software to make recording easy. Whether you're recording from your turntable or a microphone, the Media Toolbox helps you compress audio data and convert it into a variety of different formats. It also has several basic editing functions, which allow you to clean up, enhance, and embellish your music as you please.
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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|Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1290||Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1095||Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Audio System with THX SB1240|
|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|
Top Customer Reviews
Like other reviewers, I only got this because it is a high quality DAC (digital to analog converter) in the $100 price range. I am not ready to shell $300+ on a DAC yet. I may use the recording feature in the future to rip video game music, taking advantage of the SPDIF in port. When I do I will update this review.
The reason why I picked this DAC over other ones within the price range (like the Nuforce headphone amps) was because of the SPDIF in port. I did not want a DAC for just my computer. I wanted one that I could hook up my game consoles and TV to as well. Sound quality is huge to me; I find sound quality to be more important than picture quality. A good picture looks nice, but great sound is really what makes you feel like you are there. That is where I thought this DAC would really come in handy.
Now on to the actual review, since I have made clear why I bought this item.
This DAC is high quality. It sounds better than the Realtek HD Audio on my motherboard, it sounds better than my Insignia 32'' LCD, it sounds better than using analog output from my game consoles, and it sounds better than my Hanns G 21'' monitor (yes, that actually has a headphone out port that I can hook to speakers). Like all other reviewers who favor this item, I can hear all the more subtle parts of my music. If you have good speakers (I am using a pair of Alesis M1 Active 520s) and/or headphones, then you will hear the difference. After all, what is the point of having a high quality DAC if your playback equipment is not built to accurately reproduce music?Read more ›
First place I checked was creative.com to see what was new, and started doing research on some of the offerings. I looked at the X-Fi Go! which would have been my choice if ultra-portability was my priority but I liked the extra features of the X-Fi HD: everything I need and nothing I don't. I really loved the 1/4" jacks which make perfect sense for an audiophile targeted item, and the split line-in/phono-in and line out is just excellent. I've been using this for about 2 years now so have a pretty good idea on the pros and cons.
I agree that setup can be a pain, though it seems to mostly be a driver issue and poor ability to control the mixers and mute what you need to through logical software menus. Ironically I have more trouble with Win 7 than I did on XP. A few things to note: The phono-in and the line-in is a shared connection, though it's very difficult to tell through the software which was it's configured. I wish instead of controlling this through software there was a physical toggle switch on the rear of the unit to select.Read more ›
All in all, I am extemely impressed with this product. I bought it on a whim as a "try out" purchase(couldn't pass up the price), and it will now be staying in my system. The only gripe I have with it is that unlike its desktop specific brother (titanium), I can't upgrade/replace the op-amps. That drawback won't really be one to most of the people who shop this unit though. At this price (whatever price Amazon has it at when you read this), it deserves some serious consideration by the home audio enthusiast on a budget.
Just so everyone understands, I am not trying to allude that this dac is on par with the upper echelon, but it does sound way better than it has any right to given its price/s.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am in LOVE!!... I bought a set of Creative Gigaworks T-40 Series II powered hifi speakers, (2.0 because of lack of sub space), but my PC was still muddy sounding, so I bought... Read morePublished 14 days ago by George Switzer
Awesome sound quality. People keep talking about high quality DACs, those are a dime a dozen. I was looking for a high quality ADC, and this baby delivered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by 26oo
Delivery was quick and excellent but I'm unable to resolve an issue with the device, it appears that there is no way to remove the delay from the mic input. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Parisi
Very nice. I bought it for the optical input, and it works perfectly for that purpose. It solves a problem I've had for years - mixing laptop and PC output instantly without lag... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Russell
The product itself works okay. The problem is that their driver support is non-existent, so if you have windows 10, you will not be able to use this product at all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Guillermo Vargas
GUYS - Go look up Fostex HP-A4 and click the 'Purchase' button for your headphone/headset amp (DAC). Next, look up the Philips 9500 headphones and get a V-MODA mic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul T. Kimura
This item is typical of other products from Creative Labs.......superb!Published 4 months ago by Ron Gorski