The mid-range remains unchanged for the most part, although it seems a little richer, and detail remains about the same whether the Crystaliser is on or off. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. The real gem of this product, however, is the X-Fi Crystaliser mode. We’ve changed, we promise. It automatically starts up when connected via the USB and has three small blue LEDs that indicate which features are currently turned on. It does this by taking certain frequencies at extreme ends of the spectrum and fills in sounds that it calculates are missing.

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Restart your computer when prompted. What it does offer are two key technologies that have an impact on movies and music, namely CMS-3D and Crystaliser. The device is compatible with both Mac OS X Cretive Xmod’s connectivity is understandably limited – it is a stereo, 2-channel unit after all.

The giant silver knob acts as both a volume knob and effects level adjustment.

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Support for such products is limited to online materials, such as Knowledgebase Solutionsdrivers, application updates and product documentations available on the Creative Customer Support website. Crystallizer expands the sound field of a stereo signal. Overall we were thoroughly impressed with how well the Crystaliser did in our tests and creatice improvement will be obvious to the vast majority of listeners.


The coolest thing about this device is that it is portable. I need power and lots of it. At the heart of the technology are algorithms that upconvert or as Creative says, “restores” music to bit surround audio audio CDs are bit. For all practical purposes, there’s only one difference between this laptop and a PC: The portable form factor, combined with the cheap price make this an ideal solution for quality audio on a budget.

However, some of the audio became stunted, sounding clipped, and a lot of the detail was lost when this feature was activated. CNET may get a commission from these offers. We wouldn’t recommend this mode for creatiive listening, but for enjoying other media, such as games or movies, it zmod quite effective. Basically, the device takes source audio and, in real time, applies Creative’s X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity technology to the audio, and the results are pretty substantial.

CMS-3D is quite funky. How To Receive Warranty Service.

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To be completely fair however, Creative makes no explicit promotion of this capability anywhere on the packaging, so it’s unlikely to be a major selling point anyway. Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Our MP3s sounded much livelier when it was activated. We noticed deeper bass and more creativ highs. Connect your device to your computer.

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There isn’t really much else to the unit. On the side opposite the USB port is the headphone jack.


If it could be battery powered as well, it would be ideal to carry around cretaive you on the road, but the reliance on a computer means it is severely limited. The whole unit is smaller than a deck of cards and is extremely lightweight.

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We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. The Xmod’s rubber feet keep it in place on your desktop where the attractive unit fits right in. We were a little skeptical at first, concerned it would simply increase the range on certain sounds, but creayive few seconds of comparative listening quickly turned us into believers.

Gigantic-screen phone for a gigantic price. This palm-size, slick-looking device x-ri designed to improve the quality of MP3s and other compressed audio, as well as audio CDs.

Our only concern is that with the Crystaliser running, the music does have a slightly manufactured digital sound to it. The Good Creative’s Xmod enhances compressed audio by effectively converting it to bit audio; attractive and easy-to-use hardware; no drivers required; PC and Mac compatible; works with any audio source; priced right.

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