Creative X-Fi: A New World of Sound


In Entertainment mode, you see a screen that resembles a compact stereo with a series of icons that let you adjust numerous functions. Some of these are well known and not greatly different (at least in appearance) from those on previous Creative cards, such as the ten-band equalizer, mixing board, and loudspeaker configuration selection. Others are totally new, like the Crystalizer, or entirely reworked and therefore completely different from earlier ones that had the same names, like CMSS. We'll get back to these two functions in detail in a moment.

In Entertainment mode, the control panel looks like a stereo

The mixing board is quite classic

The well-known equalizer from earlier Creative cards is still here, with possibilities that are similar to previous versions

No surprises as far as speaker selection is concerned. Listening tests let you check whether they're correctly placed.