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Creative 70SB072000000 USB Interface XMOD- Sound Blaster for PC & Mac

  • Experience studio quality MP3
  • Stereo speaker surround sound
  • X-Fi 24-bit crystalizer
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There’s no longer a reason to settle for “adequate” sound on your computer. Your cherished collection of music and movies deserves better. It deserves Xtreme Fidelity! Creative’s Xmod X-Fi module takes your music to a new level. Turn your MP3s into a personal concert hall, and hear movies in virtual surround sound over stereo speakers or headphones. Designed to restore and recreate the details and richness of the music you’ve recorded that has been diminished or eliminated by compression, the Xmod brings you brighter brasses, sharper guitar chords and deeper drums.

It connects in seconds to your notebook, PC or Mac to create an Xtreme Fidelity sound system. A true plug-and-play device, there’s no software installation necessary, and you can begin enjoying the richness of X-Fi right off the bat. Even if you have a computer with a good speaker system already, the Xmod improves the sound coming out of those speakers by widening frequency response and brings back the detail lost by compression and mastering the original performance. Get full enjoyment from your computer’s music and movie library today!

  • newegg X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer enhances MP3 and movie sound for cleaner, smoother and more audio that is even better than what you would expect from original CDs or DVDs! It even automatically upgrades existing games to Xtreme Fidelity quality.
  • newegg X-Fi CMSS-3D Intelligent Surround Sound Remixing X-Fi CMSS-3D intelligently upgrades your stereo MP3 music, movies and games to surround sound using your stereo speakers, headphones or multi-channel speakers.

Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB072000000

Model

Brand
Creative
Model
70SB072000000

Audio core

Audio Chipset
X-Fi

Spec

Interface
USB
System Requirements
PC Requirements
Windows XP (Service pack 2, x64 Edition or Media Center Edition)
Intel Pentium III (1GHz or equivalent) or AMD Processor
256 MB RAM
Available USB port

Mac Requirements
Mac computer
Mac OS X v10.3.4
Available USB port

Features

Features
Experience your MP3 music beyond studio quality

Instant entertainment center
Restore the details to your downloaded music and movies
Enjoy surround sound over stereo speakers

Instant entertainment center

Imagine being in the studio as your favorite artist records a new album. The sound is real and live the way it was meant to be heard.
When the album gets mass-produced on CD, it is being converted to 16-bit CD quality. And the sound quality of that original performance suffers.
When you compress the songs into MP3, you'll notice an even greater loss of sound quality. Your favorite album now sounds flat and lifeless.
X-Fi technology breathes life back into the songs. It restores the details, expands the music to surround sound and creates an experience that goes beyond studio quality.

Packaging

Package Contents
Xmod
Earphones
USB cable
User's Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Keason S.
  • 9/19/2008 7:23:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but not the equivalent of the internal cards

Pros: Works with Mac & PC, driverless installation, works on all versions of Windows including standard and enterprise server 2003, better sound quality than mid-grade audio cards (e.g Audigy series). Works great with most headphones and computer speakers.

A great solution for a Mac, which cannot accept standard microphones

Cons: 2 channel only, not as clear as the X-fi internal card series, insufficient output power to drive high-end headphones (e.g. Sennheiser 650), fewer output modes than internal cards.

Other Thoughts: I switched from a Creative X-fi music card after I found the internal card would not work correctly with W2003 server and was very noisy. I've used it with XP, Vista, Mac OSX 10.5, and Windows 2003 server enterprise. It's the only product that I've found that works on the server operating systems. This is a great, all around, 2 channel solution which doesn't require drivers or the flaky creative software. Highly recommended.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 5/30/2008 1:50:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Really well made product. Comes with a nice large volume knob, a carrying case, and a set of headphones. Sound quality is great with my Logitech speakers.

Cons: Only con is price. But you get what you pay for, and I'm a strong believer in that.

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  • Carlos G.
  • 2/19/2008 5:27:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIs Nice!

Pros: I have BOSE speakers and I'm using a fairly decent laptop.
After adjusting the Crystalizer setting on the XMOD I can hear all of the instruments and vocals clearly. I can blast it pretty much as loud as I want to and not have to worry about distortion.

Cons: It won't make your mp3's sound like the best recording ever made (the company would have you believe this makes everything sound better than studio quality), but it's very close. A lot of the quality depends on your speakers, so don't buy this for use with generic-they-came-with-the-desktop speakers. Also, could be cheaper and not really portable since it requires a USB connection to power it.

Other Thoughts: Contrary to what some posters might tell you, it IS possible to improve compressed mp3's, to a certain extent of course. What this audio device basically does is run an algorithm to fill in and output the missing bits in a compressed (quantized) audio file. It can't fill in everything because that would require downright guessing, but it's thorough enough so that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference it did. Buy this if you don't have a good sound card already and are using a laptop.

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  • James P.
  • 1/22/2008 12:27:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Buy

Pros: Easy to use, I just plugged it in and it worked.
While it can't do the impossible, it did improve the audio on my laptop. Works great not just for mp3's, but for games also.

Cons: I will get a popping sound while using some brands of headphones, seems to be a random occurance.

Other Thoughts: I saw this at CES 2007 and really liked it. I picked one up when I got home and have been using it without problems ever since...

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  • Anthony C.
  • 1/19/2008 10:59:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA great device with a lot of uses

Pros: Light, easy to use, and comes with everything you need for it. Plus the best part, NO SOFTWARE NEEDED. You don't even need a computer to use it. Great for Laptops

Cons: As some stated the CMSS-3D is not for everybody.

Other Thoughts: As I said you need a computer to use device. If supplied with usb power it will work as a external sound device for iPods, Zens, and other PMPs. That not all, you can also use this device for your PS2, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360. Just plug it into one of your usb ports for power and the sound output from the console into the line-in on the device. Now you don't have to wake your roommate or family members to game at night.

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  • John D.
  • 9/19/2007 6:55:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsgood buy on a budget

Pros: This is a nice little upgrade for people like me, who don't have a lot of money but want an upgrade from their on-board sound cards. It has virtual surround sound, which works really well with headphones. Set is fairly painless on both mac and pc. The best part is you don't need drivers to use this card. I originally used a program to digitally enhance my music in iTunes, but this card does the job a bit nicer. It's portable. The price isn't to bad either.

Cons: Virtual surround doesn't to good with my 2.1 Altec Lansing sound system. Tuning is a bit of a pain. The features are kind of limited. There is no visual indication of the maximum adjustment for each setting, so you have to adjust it by ear. Thankfully there is a way to reset the defaults.

Other Thoughts: My normal computer is a Power Mac G5, but for right now I am using my roommate's laptop. When I was testing the virtual surround on my mac I was testing it with music only and on my 2.1. However I used headphones with the laptop an I was playing FEAR, an I have to say it really added to the experience you get from playing fear with headphones. It actually felt like there was a sense of space in the sound with the Virtual Surround on.

Short explination
Virtual Surround
-Good for headphones
-bad if you have a 2.1
The crystalizer is good no matter what you use if for.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/10/2007 5:06:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsA Very good sound solution

Pros: A dedicated sound solution that doesn't require drivers, that works on any OS, and doesn't need to be physically installed. A perfect solution for Macs and average users. There's a very real sound advantage with this.

Cons: Virtual 3D sound doesn't work with all things, including some songs. It's very minor, though. Doesn't come with power supply, so another purchase is needed to get real portability.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 8/18/2007 7:37:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

Pros: Sounds great, plug and play with mac and windows. Creative doesn't include a driver CD because there is no need for one. Great for everyday users who want better sound without any hassle.

Cons: none so far!!

Other Thoughts: This is an excellent product; props to Creative for this one!

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  • Soon W.
  • 8/2/2007 8:05:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It make my Mp3 sound alive again!

the bas is deep and the vocal is crystal clear

the surround is amazing!!

Cons: not at the moment

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/11/2007 8:52:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssounds pretty cool

Pros: really improves the sound of my mp3 music, and the 3-d effects sound cool on my games. also, the unit looks cool on my desktop, and i love having the knob instead of having to click the volume bar.

Cons: takes up desk space? i don't know, there really aren't any

Other Thoughts: this is a good deal for the price. i guess i'm kind of an audiophile, so i really am not much for digital music, but this helps because i just don't have space for the necessary audio equipment to listen to albums.

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