toggle

AAPL Stock: 123.38 ( + 0.61 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Creative X-Fi Surround brings 5.1 sound to USB

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon May 12, 2008

Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1

Creative expanded its lineup to the underserved notebook audience with the Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1. The USB device is claimed as the first to both boost audio quality and output in full 5.1-channel surround sound; Dolby and DTS movies, as well as games that support surround through DirectSound or OpenAL, automatically have their video processed and split across a speaker setup. Compressed audio is also cleaned up through the Crystalizer hardware that Creative says restores lost details.

Multi-channel sound is sent either through multiple minijack connectors or through a single optical out cable for surround speakers that support the feature. Creative also notes that the extra demands don't affect power draw, as the new X-Fi is entirely capable of running from just its host system's USB bus. The Surround 5.1 model is already shipping worldwide and, in the US, sells for $60.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate ...

Typo keyboard for iPad

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physica ...

Entry-level 27-inch Retina iMac

The 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display is already one of the best value-for-money Macs that Apple has ever released. It was som ...

toggle

Most Commented