Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro Sound Card - 70SB055A00000

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I have owned one of these babies for almost a year now and I am still impressed with the performance. I use to use an Audigy Z2 with and without SRS Audio Sandbox, and the sound from this card is ten times better. The bass increase in value and clarity alone are worth getting this card. The Creative Console is easy to use and the mode switcher is great (it really improves the sound for the different situations) even though the software is a bit unstable (use the drivers from the website not the ones from the box then help tremendously but still a little glitchy). the card made my Klipsch Promedia 5.1 Ultras sound like 1000+ dollar home theater system. The input and outputs on this thing are insane. There are fiber optic, digital coax, MIDI, 5.5mm(for guitars and professional mics), 3.5mm,all with separate in/outs. There are also standard analog computer surround and RCA outputs and 2 mic inputs (one 3.5mm and one 5.5mm) . The only disappointment I have with the card is that the Dolby Digital is software decoded rather than hardware decoded, meaning that there is a delay even on high performance machines (e6600cpu, 4gigs Crucial Ballistix Tracer ram) when decoding an external signal via fiber optic or digital coax. This is really no longer a problem since I now have a separate receiver driving my speakers, but it was a problem when I was using my comp for all my audio processing. A simple solution to this(though it looses the benefit of digital sound) is to just hook up the audio via RCA or 3.5mm cable and switch on the virtual surround. however, this the delay only matters if your trying to match video from an external source, such as a Xbox360 or dvd player hooked up to a tv. The card used to be almost unsupported in Vista, but now ,thanks to recent driver updates, it is almost fully functional in the operating system. If you want the best sound and most features, then get this card. It will not regret your purchase.

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very good base

on 1/3/2008

I owned a blaster pc. This computer has sound blaster live platinum 5.1 on board. It sounds pretty good. I tried to up grade to sb audigy platinum. But I was so disappointed. The sound is so sucks. I returned in the next day. I thought that blaster pc is the best for the sound until I buy the sb x-fi elite pro. The elite pro produce good suond especially the bass. I listen to "hotel california" live version with the elite pro. The bass and the high is so much improve. I feel like I am in the eagle's concert. I feel the presure of the bass. I am using a ati power amp($600.00) and a pair of paradigm studio 40 bookself speakers($1100.00) and a paradigm sub-woofer(400.00). With the elitte pro I don't need to use my sub-woofer. I feel like 15-20 precent improve. I think the elite pro sound better than a $2000.00 pre-amp. I also try it with my ear phone shure e4c($250.00). It sound so good. Read More

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Best consumer sound card on the market

on 3/4/2008

I have owned one of these babies for almost a year now and I am still impressed with the performance. I use to use an Audigy Z2 with and without SRS Audio Sandbox, and the sound from this card is ten times better. The bass increase in value and clarity alone are worth getting this card. The Creative Console is easy to use and the mode switcher is great (it really improves the sound for the different situations) even though the software is a bit unstable (use the drivers from the website not the ones from the box then help tremendously but still a little glitchy). the card made my Klipsch Promedia 5.1 Ultras sound like 1000+ dollar home theater system. The input and outputs on this thing are insane. There are fiber optic, digital coax, MIDI, 5.5mm(for guitars and professional mics), 3.5mm,all with separate in/outs. There are also standard analog computer surround and RCA outputs and 2 mic inputs (one 3.5mm and one 5.5mm) . The only disappointment I have with the card is that the Dolby Digital is software decoded rather than hardware decoded, meaning that there is a delay even on high performance machines (e6600cpu, 4gigs Crucial Ballistix Tracer ram) when decoding an external signal via fiber optic or digital coax. This is really no longer a problem since I now have a separate receiver driving my speakers, but it was a problem when I was using my comp for all my audio processing. A simple solution to this(though it looses the benefit of digital sound) is to just hook up the audio via RCA or 3.5mm cable and switch on the virtual surround. however, this the delay only matters if your trying to match video from an external source, such as a Xbox360 or dvd player hooked up to a tv. The card used to be almost unsupported in Vista, but now ,thanks to recent driver updates, it is almost fully functional in the operating system. If you want the best sound and most features, then get this card. It will not regret your purchase. Read More

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Product Overview

The Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Elite Pro is the highest-quality, most feature-complete Sound Blaster ever developed. The “top of the line” Sound Blaster X-Fi solution, the Elite Pro includes all of the standard features, application software, power and performance capabilities of the entire family of Sound Blaster X-Fi cards, in addition to professional-quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with 116dB SNR, and an external break-out box that provides comprehensive connectivity for your headphones and all your audio gear.

Make the most of your latest recording
This smart sound card gives you a dedicated audio creation mode plus digital and analog connections for all of your audio gear. You'll get near transparent sample rate conversion, digital-matched recording, and ASIO recording with latency as low as one millisecond and zero CPU load for the most precise audio recording capabilities in any class!

Powerful gaming performance
Rejuvenate your games with faster, smoother frame rates, intense, realistic sound effects, and X-RAM that boosts audio quality and performance even further. The X-Fi audio processing engine boosts real game performance by more than 15% over ordinary motherboard audio.

Hear your enemies before they find you
Slip on your headphones or put your multichannel speakers to work for you with positional audio that's so accurate you can locate enemies by sound.

Battle in a realistic 3D soundscape
Bullets whiz past your head. Explosions shake the room. EAX® ADVANCED HD™ delivers realistic sound effects that take your gaming experience to the next level.

Revitalize your compressed game sounds
X-Fi Crystalizer makes gunshots sound crisp and sharp and explosions really boom for the most intense gaming experience yet.

Make MP3s sound better than CDs
X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores the detail and vibrance to your compressed music and movies. All the highs and lows are intelligently enhanced so you'll hear everything in crystal clarity.

Turn stereo music and movies into surround sound
X-Fi CMSS-3D technology expands your stereo MP3s and digital movies into surround sound over multichannel speakers, stereo speakers or even headphones. Experience headphone surround sound so good, you'll swear you're listening to multichannel speakers. Voices are centered in front of you and ambient sounds are moved all around you.

Enjoy clearer voice chat
Hear the difference Sound Blaster X-Fi makes to your voice communications. Whether you're chatting in game or catching up with distant friends, every voice comes through loud and clear.

Specifications

Manufacturer Creative Labs
Mfg Part# 70SB055A00000
SKU 204959669
UPC 054651136182
UPC 14 00054651136182
Features
Interfaces/Ports 1 x 3.5mm FlexiJack Audio Line In - Microphone / Digital out / 3 x 3.5mm Mini Jack Audio Line Out - (Front / Rear / Side / Center / Subwoofer) / 1 x 4-pin Molex - AUX_IN on Card / 1 x 26-pin - AD_Link connector for linking to the X-Fi I/O Console
Manufacturer Part Number 70SB055A00000
Product Line Sound Blaster
Product Name Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro Sound Card
Manufacturer Website Address www.creative.com
Product Series X-Fi
Manufacturer Creative Technology, Ltd
Product Type Sound Board
Standard Memory 64 MB
Package Contents Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro Sound Card X-Fi I/O Console Remote Control 2x Batteries (AA) Rubber Foot (x4) Vertical Stands 3.50 mm (1/8-inch) to 6.35 mm (1/4-inch) plug adapter Power Splitter Cable Volume Control Cable (9-pin DIN) AD_Link Cable Quick Start Leaflet X-Fi Music application CDs Installation and applications CD
Sound Channels 7.1
Host Interface PCI
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
Tech Specs
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
64MB of X-RAM
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