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We even tried it with some music CDs, putting Creative’s claims to the test, and found similar improvements, though not as dramatic. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Our MP3s sounded much livelier when it was activated. Close all application and Windows Explorer windows that are currently running on your computer. In a worst case scenario it’s possible that it might be necessary to select the Xmod as the Default device in Sound and Audio Devices in the Windows Control Panel Mac users may need to do similar. Only then can we can turn our backs on the desktop for good. While the audio does have a slightly manufactured sound to it, it’s nonetheless impressive.

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If you see an error message, click the OK button to install the firmware again. The whole unit is smaller than a deck of cards and is extremely lightweight.

Creative Labs Xmod USB Sound Module for PC and Mac 70SB

It automatically starts up when connected via the USB and has three small blue LEDs that indicate which features are currently turned on. At the heart of the technology are algorithms that upconvert or as Creative says, “restores” music to bit surround audio audio CDs are bit.


Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. What we really want is all-singing, all-dancing multichannel surround sound, preferably with a digital out as well.

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There is no interpolating going on–instead, Creative sound engineers have come up with a secret formula that identifies certain instruments such as xmpd or kick drum and fills in the data that was originally trashed during compression.

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Creative Xmod

See any errors on this page? We wouldn’t recommend this mode for music listening, but for enjoying other media, such as games or movies, it was quite effective. The device is compatible with both Mac OS X On the side opposite the USB port is the headphone jack.

MP3s do sound better The Crystalizer upconverts music to bit audio and fills in the missing gaps in lower and higher frequencies. Creative Labs 70SB reviews. It works with both stereo speakers and headphones to keep voices in front of you and ambient sound all around. Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world.

Our MP3s sounded much livelier when it was activated. While the effect is effective, it’s the aptly named Crystalizer that gives the Xmod its street cred.


Simply connect it to an available USB port. For Has its own carry pack Makes laptop music sound good. In addition to the headphone and USB jacks, the Xmod has both line-in and line-out, meaning it could be used as a portable headphone amplifier for iPods and other digital music players.

This download contains an improved version of the firmware found on your Creative Xmod. Creative Xmor Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.

The real gem of this product, however, is the X-Fi Crystaliser mode. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the instructions on the screen.

Creative Xmod review

After upgrading the firmware, disconnect and reconnect your Xmod. Basically, the device takes source audio and, in real time, applies Creative’s X-Fi Xtreme Xmoc technology to the audio, and the results are pretty substantial.

The Xmod’s rubber feet keep it in place on your desktop where the attractive unit fits right in. The Xmod is a 4. We noticed deeper bass and more prominent highs. Creative emphasizes that the surround effect does not utilize reverbs, unlike many other surround technologies.