Friday, March 12th 2010

Creative Announces Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD and USB Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio

Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the PCI-E Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD and USB Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD, setting the gold standard for PC audio with the first discrete audio card and USB digital audio system to include THX TruStudio PC audio technology.

"The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD and Sound Blaster X-Fi HD provide the highest quality audio playback of any sound products we have ever introduced, over a period of time where we have sold more than 400 million Sound Blaster cards," said Steve Erickson, Vice President and General Manager of Audio and Video at Creative. "We are thrilled to announce that our newest additions to the Sound Blaster line include THX TruStudio PC audio technology, bringing together two of the most respected names in sound quality to provide an unparalleled audio experience on the PC."
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is powered by the second-generation Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor for PCI Express slots. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD combines captivating industrial design with audiophile grade Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) and components to produce a 122dB signal-to-noise ratio, the highest SNR ever produced by a Creative sound card. A replaceable Op-amp is also a distinguishing feature allowing users to customise audio output with colouration that is refined to their personal tastes.

Additional product specifications include:
  • RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 122dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
  • RCA Line Input for recording up to 118dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC)
  • 0.001% Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N)
  • Headphone output for audio listening up to 115dB 33 Ohms, and 117dB, 330 Ohms, at 24bit/96kHz
  • Replaceable Op-amps
  • Hardware-accelerated 3D positional audio and EAX 5.0 effects that provide a truly immersive experience with headphones and speakers
  • Dolby Digital and DTS encoding enables one-step single-cable connection to home entertainment systems
  • TOS-link optical-in/out
  • 1/8" microphone-in
  • 1/8" headphone jack
  • Creative ALchemy to restore EAX and surround sound that is otherwise lost in DirectSound game titles running under Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load
  • Works with Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HDDesigned as a high definition USB audio solution for notebooks and desktops, the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB digital audio system features audiophile-grade recording and playback. It is the only USB digital audio system that includes an analogue phono input, as well as standard audio inputs, enabling users to effortlessly convert analogue audio from their record albums or cassette tapes into MP3, AAC, FLAC and other digital formats. The systems comes with Media Toolbox, a comprehensive software package, including an advanced noise reduction programme that easily remove unwanted clicks, crackles, hums, pops, rumble and other sound imperfections from the tracks after they have been recorded, substantially improving the audio quality for playback.

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB digital audio system also features THX TruStudio PC, bringing the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to laptop and desktop PCs.

Additional product specifications include:
  • RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 114dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
  • RCA/Phono Line Input for recording up to 108dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters
  • TOS-link optical-in/out
  • Gold-plated 1/4" microphone-in
  • Gold-plated 1/4" headphone jack
  • USB-bus powered, no external power supply required
  • Creative ALchemy to restore EAX and surround sound that is otherwise lost in DirectSound game titles running under Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Works with Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems
THX TruStudio PCTHX TruStudio PC is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to the PC. THX TruStudio PC provides groundbreaking PC audio technologies, the result of collaborative research and development from Creative and THX. Together, these technologies deliver the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artistes who created it. THX TruStudio PC includes:

THX TruStudio PC Surround
THX TruStudio PC Surround provides immersion control to enhance the natural sense of audio depth and spaciousness by creating virtual surround sound channels. Stereo content or multichannel content played over stereo speakers and headphones will sound as if it is coming from all sides while voices remain centred in front and original balance and timbre is preserved.

THX TruStudio PC Crystalizer
THX TruStudio PC Crystalizer restores the natural dynamic range that is lost when iTunes and MP3 music get compressed. This makes the music sound as good as the artiste originally intended, and adds an enhanced level of realism for movies and games.

THX TruStudio PC Speaker
THX TruStudio PC Speaker fills in the missing low frequency tones and gives the extra impact for a better entertainment experience. Consumers no longer have to tolerate lack of bass in speakers built into notebook PCs, 2.0 speakers or headphones, as THX TruStudio PC Speaker technology dramatically improves the sound experience without a subwoofer.

THX TruStudio PC Dialog Plus
THX TruStudio PC Dialog Plus enhances the voices in movies for clearer dialogue, allowing the listener to hear the dialogue over the rest of the soundtrack and over ambient noise in the listening environment.

THX TruStudio PC Smart Volume
THX TruStudio PC Smart Volume addresses the problem of abrupt volume level changes during playback and between songs by automatically and continuously measuring volume, and intelligently applying gain and attenuation to compensate for those changes.

Pricing and Availability
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD and Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD will be available at The CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina Square, the online store at sg.store.creative.com and authorised dealers in Singapore from March 2010 onwards at the suggested retail prices of S$299.00 and S$149.00 respectively.
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124 Comments on Creative Announces Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD and USB Sound Blaster X-Fi HD Audio

#1
Tannhäuser
pr0n Inspector said:

if I play the 44.1k first, the card will switch to 44.1k but when the 48k song plays the card still think it's 44.1k audio and it will play slower! and as you can imagine, 48k then 44.1k would cause the 44.1k song to play faster.
HOLY S***! And I always had the feeling, that the tracks played with Winamp on my ASUS P5W DH Deluxe-Board with a Soundblaster-Card were running faster than those, played with my Car-HiFi! :eek: This COULD be possible??
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#2
imperialreign
Kinda funny how the audio market has been going the last couple of years - more users have gone over to ASUS, the more users the Xonar recieves, the more complaints are cropping up about their drivers. I still swear that in over 90% of all cases, it has to do with the users hardware/software configuration, more-so than the drivers themselves.



Anyhow - not exactly buying into the THX hype. Sure, it's marketing, but all companies are guilty of "logo brandishing."


What I find shocking, though , are the major design departures here for creative - user-replaceable OPAMPs, solid capacitors, much higher speced output quality . . . if I didn't know better, I would think that this is an Auzen licensed X-Fi that has been licensed back to Creative. This card is boasting (per specs) better output quality than even the ELite Pro . . .

Either way, I think it's a major step forward for Creative - both in the competitive output quality sense, and the competitive pricing.
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#3
SetsunaFZero
H82LUZ73 said:
Why no one has said this so here it goes

WHO CARES!!!

I hate Creative bad drivers and bad all around support,Why have this when there is far better sound cards on the market

1,ASUS Xonar 1.3HDMI
2,Forte
3,The Vanilla Xonar
4,Christ the built in sound on most ATI cards will sound better..

This is just my opinion.
same here, i very disappointed bout creative -.-"
bought a XF-i Titanium some months ago the sound is a bit better but the drivers are still bugy :wtf: creative :shadedshu
the hw is good but creative's driver support is pure bs. My next sound card will be an asus xonar :rockout:
I'll never buy an creative product again ;)
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#4
kenkickr
freaksavior said:
They needed HDMI out also for bitstreaming hd audio
+1 to that. For being roughly $200 bucks I'd spend $50 more and grab the Auzentech X-fi Hometheater HD or the Asus HDAVI if I could do it all over again just to have the hdmi bit sampling.
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#5
Animalpak
H82LUZ73 said:
Why no one has said this so here it goes

WHO CARES!!!

I hate Creative bad drivers and bad all around support,Why have this when there is far better sound cards on the market

1,ASUS Xonar 1.3HDMI
2,Forte
3,The Vanilla Xonar
4,Christ the built in sound on most ATI cards will sound better..

This is just my opinion.
Yes, when changing effects in the console X-fi sound is not changed at all seems to be a joke, I have a logitech 5.1 system Z 5400.


Try a Xonar and you will impress every button has a real and concrete change in sound reproduction.
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#6
Tannhäuser
Asus HDAVI: Is the black thingy a catch basin für a leaking water coolage system? :D
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#7
dimensi
Onkyo SE-200PCI Limited Edition ... no one come close .... IMHO

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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
IMO it looks like they're trying to compete with the Asus Xonar STX somewhat with the added benefit that it fully supports EAX unlike Asus's DS3DGX EAX emulation which is pretty hit or miss when it comes to Direct Sound games (I payed £140 for a STX to find out the hardway -_-)

Id say this is a kick ass card so long as driver support pulls through
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#9
dimensi
FreedomEclipse said:


Id say this is a kick ass card so long as driver support pulls through
second that!

im M-Audio Revolution 7.1 user ... till now they closed the development of Windows 7 drivers .. crap
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#10
KainXS
Trustudio is only X-Fi with a different name and different tweaks.

old news though . . . . .
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#11
bim27142
creative driver support sucks big time as it has always been. i've been dying to look for a xonar in my area and damn just couldn't fine one. i'll stick with realtek on-board for now using the mobo's optical out going towards my z-5500... sounds good for me now...
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#12
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Id still pick this card up. Id really love to have an all in one Auzentech with the HDMI, but also not just for hometheaters but music, games, movies, etc.
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#13
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
bim27142 said:
creative driver support sucks big time as it has always been. i've been dying to look for a xonar in my area and damn just couldn't fine one. i'll stick with realtek on-board for now using the mobo's optical out going towards my z-5500... sounds good for me now...
If your a gamer, id highly suggest you stick with Creative. Xonar's are good card but are a bit of a let down when it comes to gaming until they manage to stablise the DS3D EAX emulation engine they use. but for music & movies it will wipe the floor with the XFi's. as far as driver support goes - its almost none. since Windows 7 started beta testing 7100 till full on RTM release there has only been 3 driver updates, their not all bug free either so a fair few people have had issues with their cards on Windows vista/7 systems. & from what i have seen & heard, Asus staff dont moderate/visit their own forums for feedback on drivers. leaving pretty much in the shit when they have problems but on the other hand there are a handfull of really knowledgeable audiophiles that lurk around the forums & they are a great help if you have minor issues but unfortunately their help doesnt stretch to driver support.

so for the time being, pick up a really really cheap XFi Xtreme gamer or something & save your pennies
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#14
Unregistered
I bought an Azuntech Prelude on sale as kind of fill the empty slot idea. I could argue that this was the best part of build. The difference in quality was incredible. Even through my somewhat cheesy logitech (Z2300) 2.1 speakers. The sound through my headset is fantastic.

This is the only sound card I have used and I am sure that there are better cards out there.

If companies would do more demo's, then they might sell more cards. The consumer has to be able to hear the difference. Graphics are cool, but when you couple decent graphics to an awesome sound card, the immersion becomes that much better.

If I was to buy a new system and could afford say $600 (dreaming) on a card, I would spend $400 on a card and then get a sound card.

The sound card companies have to get the average Joe/Jane to listen to the difference. They could sell more cards and could then sell cheaper etc.

Long post short. If you never thought about a sound card and think onboard is o.k., then save a little bit up and look for a sale and buy one, whichever brand you like. $100 cdn for mine on surprise sale.
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#15
fluxc0d3r
jasper1605 said:
yay for good sound. I wonder how my p7p55d deluxe onboard compares against the titanium? I think it does a pretty darn good job and I for sure have the speakers to test it lol
Your motherboard's VIA onboard sound is horrible. It has a lower dynamic range, stereo crosstalk, etc than most realtek chipsets. The best onboard chipsets are found on Asrock motherboards, such as the Realtek alc890, or get the alc885 on DFI motherboards, which are top performers in onboard sound. People think the alc889 is the best chipset right now, but in fact, its worse than the alc890 and the alc885. This information was based on tests conducted at hardware.info.
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#16
pjladyfox
Normally I'd be pretty excited by this but based upon past experience with Creative this is just another money-grab where they quickly "obsolete" their older cards stopping all driver support for them. And then there is the other issues I see right off the bat:

Titanium HD

- No provision for Toslink output
- No provision for analog optical output
- No provision for HDMI output (mainly for those using NVIDIA video cards)
- Removal of 3.5mm front/center/rear jacks
- Addition of unnecessary metal bracket/casing around the card itself
- Removal of support for XP
- Needlessly expensive compared to previous generation cards
- Historically buggy drivers and over-complicated interface
- Historically buggy 64-bit drivers

X-Fi HD

- No provision for analog optical output
- No provision for HDMI output (mainly for those using NVIDIA video cards)
- Removal of 3.5mm front/center/rear jacks
- Removal of support for XP
- Historically buggy drivers and over-complicated interface
- Historically buggy 64-bit drivers

If I'm going to spend $200+ on a sound card I'll go with one based on the C-Media CMI8770 or Oxygen HD and never again on a Creative card. I got burned with the X-Fi Fatal1ty and I'll not do that EVER again. :mad:
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#17
jasper1605
fluxc0d3r said:
Your motherboard's VIA onboard sound is horrible. It has a lower dynamic range, stereo crosstalk, etc than most realtek chipsets. The best onboard chipsets are found on Asrock motherboards, such as the Realtek alc890, or get the alc885 on DFI motherboards, which are top performers in onboard sound. People think the alc889 is the best chipset right now, but in fact, its worse than the alc890 and the alc885. This information was based on tests conducted at hardware.info.
That was painful to read for my bank account :( Thanks for putting it straight though good sir :)
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#18
johnnyfiive
I've never had any issues with my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer and anyone who thinks on-board is better than even the lowest X-Fi card needs to have their ears checked. Take any decent pair of cans and you will hear a complete difference in overall quality. Why do you think my BC2 knife kills are so high? Cause I hear people and sneak around them with ease. :)
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#19
Unregistered
I concur. The first time I heard a guy coming up behind me, I spun around and emptied a clip into him. It went from a knife kill for him to a stat for me. Love that sound card
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#20
LAN_deRf_HA
Uh, are they insane? Releasing more useless pcie hardware when the crap they already have on the market doesn't even work? Put this money into drivers instead and you'll get a larger profit from increased sales then you would from adding a new half-asses highend part. The majority of their driver issues they won't even acknowledge as existing.
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#21
REVHEAD
I hve a xfi Fatality, and a Xonar Essance STX, and a Xonar 1.3 for my HTPC, I see this new XFI card as a way to compete with the latter 2 cards, EAX is dead, but positional sound will never die.

I play BFBC2 on windows 7 with 7.1 emulation, and running a set of Sennhieser HD595s, I have had both my XFI and STX in game and the Asus Version is in a legue of its own, I am now falling out of favour with Creative.

This new card looks good on paper and most likely is, but not having the larger HP and Mic jacks is a real let down , because for such a high end card most users would or should be running high end Headphones, other than that the card looks awsome, but I see no reason for someone not to buy the cheaper Essance STX with superb sound.
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#22
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
REVHEAD said:

I play BFBC2 on windows 7 with 7.1 emulation, and running a set of Sennhieser HD595s, I have had both my XFI and STX in game and the Asus Version is in a legue of its own, I am now falling out of favour with Creative
Had any CTD's with that STX in Win7+BC2??? its happend a few times to me
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#23
RejZoR
Looks like an ASUS Xonar STX competitor.
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#24
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
RejZoR said:
Looks like an ASUS Xonar STX competitor.
thats exactly what I said ;)
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#25
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Will avoid. Hardware is useless without good, unbloated drivers.
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