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Creative XMod External Sound Card - £29.99 @ PC World
Creative XMod External Sound Card - £29.99 @ PC World

Creative XMod External Sound Card - £29.99 @ PC World

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Creative's Xmod upgrades audio from low fidelity to Xtreme Fidelity in seconds! Compatible with PCs and Macs® and requiring no software installation, it delivers an incredible audio experience over headphones or stereo speakers with MP3 and movies! It incorporates Creative's award winning X-Fi audio technologies; X-Fi Crystalizer, which restores the details and vibrancy lost during MP3 and movie compression, plus X-Fi CMSS-3D, which converts audio to surround sound over headphones or stereo speakers. The ultra-compact Xmod features convenient connectivity and easy controls for volume and effects, plus a clever push to mute' feature. For better audio with Xmod, just connect, enhance and enjoy!


* Connects in seconds to notebook and desktop PCs and Macs to create an Xtreme Fidelity sound system. No drivers/software required!
* Replaces low-quality on-board audio, adding powerful hardware-accelerated audio enhancement features.
* X-Fi Crystalizer restores the detail and sparkle lost during MP3 audio compression.
* Enjoy music and movies in surround sound on stereo speakers or headphones with X-Fi CMSS-3D.
* Convenient access to headphone and microphone inputs for internet telephony services such as Skype.
* Compact and portable design. Convenient controls give instant access to volume and effects, plus clever push to mute' feature.

24 Comments

Is this any good guys???

i've heard this kind of thing makes a big difference, but having only ever listened to my Pc music through built-in sound i've no idea how much of an impact it is.

i'm going to look for reviews


EDIT:, i just read some reviews, all very good feedback. this product is good for laptop users who listen to a lot of music through headphones or external speakers.

i really should get one


EDIT2: they've released an expresscard version:

pixmania.co.uk/uk/…tml

£20 more but a hell of a lot more portable, but i just found its for the larger expresscard slot, thats lame

s1lang

Is this any good guys???



I'm sure it's fine, but for a desktop PC definitely buy this one instead, except in the very unlikely event you have no PCIE or PCI slot:

ebuyer.com/UK/…761 - PCI
ebuyer.com/UK/…740 - PCIE

Apparently make your stereo speakers sound like surround sound. It's something i've thought of buying before. This is the best price i've seen it. Usually £49.99

dudedude

I'm sure it's fine, but for a desktop PC definitely buy this one instead, … I'm sure it's fine, but for a desktop PC definitely buy this one instead, except in the very unlikely event you have no PCIE or PCI slot:http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/121761 - PCIhttp://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/129740 - PCIE



Both my PCI slots are used, what advantage to the internal cards have over external?

TehSheep

Apparently make your stereo speakers sound like surround sound. It's … Apparently make your stereo speakers sound like surround sound. It's something i've thought of buying before. This is the best price i've seen it. Usually £49.99



This certainly won't be the case because that would require a technical change to your speakers itself. It is simple a superior DAC (digital to analogue convertor) which is the most important part in a soundcard or cd player for example. The onboard DACs on a laptop will be terrible so this will improve the overall sound. Unless you have decent pc speakers or headphones you will probably not hear any difference though.

Here's a review:

reviews.cnet.com/ext…tml

Just ignore the bit about surround sound. It can't make non surround sound speakers into surround sound speakers. It obviously does something to the music to give it a different soundstage.

mirrorsaw

Both my PCI slots are used, what advantage to the internal cards have … Both my PCI slots are used, what advantage to the internal cards have over external?



no advantage then.... I was just pointing out to anyone with a desktop PC that a tidier built-in solution that doesn't need USB cables etc. is available.

Definitely worth getting for headphone use or for decent speakers, as the sound quality improvement will be noticeable with a discrete sound card.

Don't forget the Quidco!

Thanks for this....have been looking at the reveiws and sounds great. Resevered mine to collect tonight so will let y'all know the verdict after a night of fine music.

Ngaru

Thanks for this....have been looking at the reveiws and sounds great. … Thanks for this....have been looking at the reveiws and sounds great. Resevered mine to collect tonight so will let y'all know the verdict after a night of fine music.



what speakers you got with it?

I just ordered me these

overclockers.co.uk/sho…-AE

The best PC speakers you can buy - no question

I would say the JBL and/or Harman Kardon/JBL are the best, each to their own

Original Poster

I do not recommend this for desktop, cause there are better sound cards out there. In my opinion this is strictly for laptops, where sound cards are with terrible quality (not always of course). I recently bought a Vostro 1500, so I was looking for an external solution.

marcosdjcm

EDIT2: they've released an expresscard … EDIT2: they've released an expresscard version:]http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/568206/art/creative/expresscard-54-sound-blas.html#fichetechnique£20 more but a hell of a lot more portable, but i just found its for the larger expresscard slot, thats lame


I also stumbled across that one, but it's more expensive and to be honest I think there is not much of a difference between both. And it's the larger for factor, cause most laptops use that one, right?

Can anyone recommend a better external solution?

CYPER

I do not recommend this for desktop, cause there are better sound cards … I do not recommend this for desktop, cause there are better sound cards out there. In my opinion this is strictly for laptops....



Well it'll suit those people who don't fancy taking their desktop PCs apart. Also should be great for listening to your mp3 player in hotel rooms etc.
I'm picking one up tonight and if it's **** I'll come back and eat my words tomorrow

Voted [COLOR="Red"]hot[/COLOR] btw

logindetails

Well it'll suit those people who don't fancy taking their desktop PCs … Well it'll suit those people who don't fancy taking their desktop PCs apart. Also should be great for listening to your mp3 player in hotel rooms etc.



actually I would have thought a pair of speakers would be more useful for that :thumbsup:

I would like a usb sound card like this, but the one I already have can only be volume adjusted by using the wave volume control rather than the main. This renders my pc remote useless as well as the buttons on the front of my laptop. Does anyone know how to fix this at all?

dudedude

what speakers you got with it?I just ordered me these … what speakers you got with it?I just ordered me these http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=SP-000-AEThe best PC speakers you can buy - no question


I'm going to be getting those soon too, had no idea overclockers were capable of a competitive price, impressive!

KILOCHARLIE

I would like a usb sound card like this, but the one I already have can … I would like a usb sound card like this, but the one I already have can only be volume adjusted by using the wave volume control rather than the main. This renders my pc remote useless as well as the buttons on the front of my laptop. Does anyone know how to fix this at all?


can't you tell your PC that the external sound card is the default one? It should then make the main volume control work on the external speaker.

sounds to me like windows still thinks its using its own soundcard

marcosdjcm

I'm going to be getting those soon too, had no idea overclockers were … I'm going to be getting those soon too, had no idea overclockers were capable of a competitive price, impressive!



not actually cheaper than super-fi when you factor in delivery

superfi.co.uk/ind…o+m

Banned

I have one of these sound cards connected to my my tv's headphone socket and then six speakers running out of it sounds amazing it really does make the tv sound a 1000 times better

I have an XFi card and the Crystalizer really adds to the quality of even low-bitrate music. Personally, I highly recommend this and am considering getting one at this price just so I have an easily accessible volume control and headphone/mic sockets! (if I can find a way to easily use it on a pass-thru)

Edit: Just for comparison, the Creative store has this listed at £60!!!

not bad :thumbsup:

it was 50 when i saw it. so i got this one instead from play the other week.

play.com/PC/…e=0

marcosdjcm

can't you tell your PC that the external sound card is the default one? … can't you tell your PC that the external sound card is the default one? It should then make the main volume control work on the external speaker.sounds to me like windows still thinks its using its own soundcard



Even if I set the external sound card to default in my audio settings its still the same unfortunately. :-(

KILOCHARLIE

Even if I set the external sound card to default in my audio settings its … Even if I set the external sound card to default in my audio settings its still the same unfortunately. :-(


i've no idea then, try a technical forum like hexus.net
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