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Creative Announces First USB 2.0 Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Better Music and Movie Sound, Made Easy

Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced the Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Surround 5.1, the first USB 2.0 audio solution that provides users with the easiest upgrade from basic, built-in audio to the premium Xtreme Fidelity™ (X-Fi) audio experience for their PC and notebook.

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1's elegant black design in simple clean lines belies the state-of-the-art X-Fi technology and high quality connectivity that enhances users' aural enjoyment of their music, movies and games. Users can simply connect the device to their PC or notebook via the USB port and turn their MP3 and iTunes music into their own personal concert. The X-Fi technology also allows users to immerse themselves in full cinematic surround sound while watching their favourite DVDs or downloaded videos. Creative's EAX® ADVANCED HD™ effects also provide realistic game play.

The X-Fi technology comprises two main features:
X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer - The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer revitalises downloaded music and movies by restoring the details and vibrance that music and movies lost during compression. The X-Fi technology intelligently enhances all the highs and lows so everything can be heard in crystal clarity, making MP3s sound even better than CDs.

X-Fi CMSS-3D - The X-Fi CMSS-3D technology expands stereo MP3s and digital movies into virtual multi-speakers or headphones. Voices are centred in front of users with ambient sounds accurately positioned all around them, similar to a live performance.

With the built-in X-Fi technology, users of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 can now enjoy all their music, movies and games with one easy-to-use device that gives them premium cinematic sound quality and realistic surround sound effect on virtually any speaker systems or headphones.

Key Features of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

  • Supports USB 2.0 for high quality 5.1 audio
  • USB bus-powered
  • Gold plated RCA front outputs and mini-jack surround outputs for maximum fidelity
  • Optical Output for connectivity to surround sound systems
  • 24-bit Playback and Recording ADC, DAC
  • X-Fi audio enhancement technology
  • Easily accessible Headphone out and Mic In for connecting headsets
  • Convenient Volume Control with push to mute feature
  • Line-in monitoring
  • Host-based EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 and OpenAL support
  • Creative ALchemy software that restores DS3D Games' 3D audio in Windows Vista

Pricing and Availability
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 will be available at The CREATIVE Stores at Marina Square, Plaza Singapura and International Business Park, the online store at sg.store.creative.com and authorised dealers in Singapore in end May 2008 for S$99.00. The bundled Creative ALchemy software supports host-based EAX 4.0 and OpenAL. It restores surround sound for Windows Vista™ users and delivering the same great gaming experience. For more information about Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1, please visit www.asia.creative.com.

About Creative
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN® MP3 and portable media players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment —anytime, anywhere.

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This announcement relates to products launched in Asia Pacific. Availability is subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Xtreme Fidelity, X-Fi, X-Fi Crystalizer, X-Fi CMSS-3D, Sound Blaster and ZEN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand or product names are trademarks of their respective owners.