Creative announces Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
Creative is famous for their line of audio products for computers, so it is no surprise to see the company roll out yet another addition to the sound card family which they’re noted for, in the form of the Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro. I clearly remember back in the days when I was running a 486DX 33MHz, and was extremely envious of my friends who had an 8-bit Sound Blaster since they enjoyed games in a totally different way while I had to settle for lousy beeps and boops on the PC speaker itself. The only game which I was thoroughly impressed with using a PC speaker was Loom by LucasArts, boy did that blow the mind (and ears) away! But I digress – back to the topic at hand, which we will look at the Creative announces Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro in greater detail after the jump.
This is a portable sound card since it is actually an USB audio solution, so that means plug and play magic right from the get go. First of all, your ears will be able to enjoy THX TruStudio Pro audio technology that allows you to easily enhance your onboard audio for notebook or desktop PCs. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro is capable of offering maximum entertainment for the home in true 5.1 surround sound, giving you a more or less instant upgrade to a THX TruStudio Pro entertainment system with 5.1 surround sound when plugged in. Among the features of the Creative announces Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro include :-
- High-quality, gold-plated RCA stereo and optical digital out for 24-bit/96kHz playback performance when connected to the PC via USB 2.0
- Recording capability up to 24-bit/96kHz
- Dolby Digital Live! with a single cable connection to a decoder or home theatre system for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source
- Cyberlink PowerDVD software (free download) with DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding delivers a cinematic DVD movie experience
- Compact IR remote controls mute, volume and playback
- Microphone and headphone jacks
- XP, Vista and Windows 7 compliant
It will arrive in markets from the middle of next month onwards for $59.99 a pop, which isn’t too expensive when you think about it. After all, to see so much technology packed into something this small is always a joy and wonder to behold.