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Comparison: X-Fi Xtreme Music vs. X-Mystique HDA
March 7, 2006
Author: EscapeYourMind Manufacturer: N/A
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Introduction




In June of last year, we had a look at--and a listen to--the HDA/Blue Gears Xmystique 7.1 sound card (read it here), and came away very much impressed. We were very excited by its performance after a few driver bugs were ironed out. Creative must have felt the pressure from the little sound card that could because they had a new line of cards out less than half a year later--the subject of today's review--the X-Fi Xtreme Music.

Box Contents and Card Details


The Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card comes in an extremely large box for such a small card. On the back of the box, Creative crams in as much info about all the possibilities that it can. They make sure to highlight the three major modes the card can be used in which are Entertainment Mode, Gaming Mode, and Audio Creation Mod. Inside the box, you should receive the X-Fi XtremeMusic card, a quick start guide, the installation cd--and, what’s this??--an AOL cd? That’s right, somehow an AOL coaster made its way into the box as well. I guess that’s what all the extra packaging is for.

For those of you into computer fashion shows, I must say, I like the look of the card with its dark PCB and gold highlights. The connections on the back of the card consist of what Creative refers to as a FlexiJack as it has three functions: a port for Digital I/O; Line In; and Mic In. It also has three line out jacks for front, rear, side, center, and subwoofer connections. The X-Fi XtremeMusic also has an AD_Link connection for connecting to an X-Fi I/O console.


Technical Specifications

  • 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at 96kHz sample rate
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at 96kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources at 192kHz to stereo output
  • 16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
  • ASIO 2.0 support at 16-bit/44.1kHz, 16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/44.1kHz 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/96kHz with direct monitoring
  • Enhanced SoundFont support at up to 24-bit resolution
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)
    • Stereo Output: 109dB
    • Front and Rear Channels: 109dB
    • Center, Subwoofer and Side Channels: 109dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (20kHz Low-pass filter) = 0.004%
  • Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ) = <10Hz to 46kHz
  • Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/192kHz input) = <10Hz to 88kHz (Stereo only)
For tec specs on the X-Mystique please see our full review here.

 
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