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Old 17-09-2008
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Creative X-Fi Notebook ExpressCard

Creative, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, announces the Sound Blaster X-Fi? Notebook sound card, designed to make MP3 and iTunes music, movies and games sound better on notebook PCs. This new Sound Blaster fits easily into a standard ExpressCard slot to upgrade the latest notebook PCs to premium sound systems with award-winning X-Fi audio technology.

When used with the Creative Wireless Receiver, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook frees users from the need to run wires from their notebook PCs to their speakers. Instead, they can enjoy top-quality audio anywhere around the home, without cables! Audio is ‘broadcast' from the Sound Blaster to the Creative Wireless Receiver, which can be connected to powered speakers or to a hi-fi system. As many as four Creative Wireless Receivers, each with powered speakers, can be supported around the home and up to 30 meters/100 feet away from the notebook. Users can enjoy all the freedom of wireless flexibility and hear their favourite audio without any delays or dropouts. Individual ‘zones' can be created around the home to control playback independently in specific rooms.
“The Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook and Creative Wireless Receiver were designed to make a dramatic improvement to the sound quality of music, movies and games on the notebook PC and to let users enjoy their entertainment anywhere in their homes,” explains Steve Erickson, Vice President and General Manager of Creative's Audio business. “Now people can position their speaker systems wherever they choose without being tied to a laptop or restricted to a desk.”

Creative's award-winning X-Fi audio technology provides significant benefits to any audio listening experience. For music, X-Fi Crystalizer? technology utilises audio algorithms to selectively restore the instrumental or vocal highs and lows that may gave been damaged or diminished during the MP3, iTunes or other compression processes.
For PC gaming, X-Fi CMSS?-3D technology provides a compelling surround sound experience for headphones, enabling gamers to hear the precise position of their opponents even when they cannot see them. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook also features Creative's EAX ADVANCED HD audio technology, for stunning positional audio realism in today's hottest games.
For movies, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook includes a free download of PowerDVD software with full DTS and Dolby Digital decoding support. CMSS-3D technology provides virtual surround sound through stereo speakers or headphones for an immersive cinematic movie audio experience.

About Creative
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster? sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN MP3 players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.
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Sound Blaster X-Fi notebook ExpressCard is meant for folks who want something much better compared to standard integrated audio found in majority of notebooks these days that have an unoccupied ExpressCard slot.
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The X-Fi is able to up-sample MP3 playback to 24-bit, 48kHz output, while CMSS-3D processing will recreate surround sound effects whenever you listen using your headphones. For folks running on a gaming notebook, the EAX Advanced HD format ensures gaming sound effects are supported for enhanced gameplace
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If you're a huge movie buff, then Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround formats work great while watching DVD. You can pick up the Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook for $90, and each purchase is bundled with earphones with a built-in microphone.
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Old 20-09-2008
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Some more news with Pictures included

Creative has recently launched a new sound card for laptop and would also be about to announce two new maps for desktop, all three from the range X-Fi (for Extreme Fidelity).

Creative X-Fi Platinum PCI Express Sound Card

The company specializes in digital audio already unveiled last May soundcards Titanium X-Fi Fatal1ty stamped and targeted at players. It is now the turn of the classic versions, the X-Fi Titanium and Titanium X-Fi Professional, to the eardrums vibrate the most demanding. These cards are housed in a PCI Express 1x a computer and are equipped, in addition to the circuit X-Fi, key technologies including Creative's EAX 5.0 and Alchemy for its tri-dimenssionnel in video games and CMSS 3D creates virtual surround sound. These cards are housed in a PCI Express 1x a computer and are equipped, in addition to the circuit X-Fi, key technologies including Creative's EAX 5.0 and Alchemy for its tri-dimenssionnel in video games and CMSS 3D creates virtual surround sound. They are THX certified, are compatible with Windows XP and Vista drivers and have low latency ASIO for musicians. Finally, they integrate input / output analog and digital, across which can pass 24-bit sound sampled at 192 kHz.

The X-Fi Platinum is expected to be 100 euros, the X-Fi Platinum Professional, which provides additional shielding against interference and 64MB of X-RAM, it is expected to be negotiated 150 euros. The dates of availability are still unknown.

Creative X-Fi Notebook Sound Card

Their mobile counterpart has also recently been formalized. This new model, the X-Fi Notebook, merely a housing Express Card 34, equipping most recent laptops, while its predecessor, the X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook, required a housing Express Card 54 less common. However an expansion card of 34 mm wide can take place in a housing 54 mm, the reverse was obviously not possible.

It incorporates most of the features of X-Fi Platinum above-mentioned, including hardware decoding of DTS and Dolby Digital, the technology Alchemy, the EAX (this time in version 4.0) and CMSS 3D. It has a microphone or line input, a headphone or line stereo, both limited to 24 bits at 48 kHz. It also is adorned with wireless connectivity to distribute the sound to a receiver Creative sold separately.

Creative Wireless Receiver

Across the Atlantic, it will pay $ 100 for purchase from October, the wireless receiver being proposed for its share to 270 dollars.
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