Creative Announces Four New Sound Blaster Audio Solutions Featuring THX TruStudio Pro Audio Technology

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Multiple new Creative audio products featuring THX TruStudio Pro Technology

Sound Blaster Titanium HD

Creative has always been recognized for creating the finest PC audio solutions, and by featuring THX TruStudio Pro in our Sound Blaster audio range, we’re taking the best audio products in the industry and introducing an unprecedented level of listening quality

Creative today announced four new audio solutions featuring THX® TruStudio Pro audio technology, Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Titanium HD, Sound Blaster X-Fi HD, Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro, and Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro. These products will be demonstrated at IFA Berlin in the Creative stand 17, Hall 113 from 3-8 September.

“Creative has always been recognized for creating the finest PC audio solutions, and by featuring THX TruStudio Pro in our Sound Blaster audio range, we’re taking the best audio products in the industry and introducing an unprecedented level of listening quality,” said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio at Creative. “Sound Blaster once again leads the industry in innovation with the only audio solutions in the world to offer THX TruStudio Pro audio technology.”

THX TruStudio Pro technology is featured in the following Creative products: Sound Blaster, X-Fi Titanium HD, Sound Blaster X-Fi HD, Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro, and Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro.

Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
Designed to deliver outstanding audio performance from desktop PCs equipped with PCI-Express slots, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD combines THX TruStudio Pro audio technology with audiophile grade Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) and components to produce a 122db signal-to-noise ratio. Swappable OpAmps allow users to customize audio output to their personal tastes. Additional features include:

  •     RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 122dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
  •     RCA Line Input for recording up to 118dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC)
  •     0.001% Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N)
  •     Headphone output for audio listening up to 115dB, 24-bit/96kHz, 33 Ohms
  •     Hardware-accelerated 3D positional audio and EAX 5.0 effects that provide a truly immersive experience with headphones and speakers
  •     Dolby Digital and DTS encoding enables one-step single-cable connection to home entertainment systems
  •     TOS-link optical-in/out
  •     1/8” microphone-in
  •     1/8” headphone jack
  •     Creative ALchemy™ to restore EAX® and surround sound that is otherwise lost in DirectSound game titles running under Vista and Windows 7
  •     ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load
  •     Vista and Windows 7 compliant

Sound Blaster X-Fi HD
Engineered to be the ultimate high definition USB audio solution for notebooks and desktops, the Sound Blaster X-Fi HD provides THX TruStudio Pro audio technology with audiophile-grade recording and playback. It is the only USB digital audio system that includes an analog phono input, as well as standard audio inputs, enabling users to effortlessly convert analog audio from their record albums or cassette tapes into MP3, AAC, FLAC and other digital formats. Additional features include:

  •     RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 114dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
  •     RCA/Phono Line Input for recording up to 108dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters
  •     TOS-link optical-in/out
  •     Gold-plated 1/4” microphone-in
  •     Gold-plated 1/4” headphone jack
  •     USB-bus powered, no external power supply required
  •     Creative ALchemy™ to restore EAX® and surround sound that is otherwise lost in DirectSound game titles running under Vista and Windows 7
  •     XP, Vista and Windows 7 compliant

Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro connects to a desktop or notebook PC via USB to upgrade it to a THX TruStudio Pro entertainment system with 5.1 surround sound. Features include:

  •     High-quality, gold-plated RCA stereo and optical digital out for 24-bit/96kHz playback performance when connected to the PC via USB 2.0
  •     Recording capability up to 24-bit/96kHz
  •     Dolby Digital Live! with a single cable connection to a decoder or home theatre system for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source
  •     Cyberlink PowerDVD software (free download) with DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding delivers a cinematic DVD movie experience
  •     Compact IR remote controls mute, volume and playback
  •     Microphone and headphone jacks
  •     XP, Vista and Windows 7 compliant

Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro
The most portable Sound Blaster, this USB solution is only about the size of a thumb drive so users can easily take it with them to experience THX TruStudio Pro audio technology at home or on the go. Features include:

  •     The performance of a Sound Blaster sound card in a USB thumb drive format
  •     1/8-inch stereo jack for microphone-in
  •     1/8-inch stereo jack for analog line-out or headphones
  •     Gaming support includes EAX 5.0 for accurate audio environments in-game
  •     Creative ALchemy™ to restore EAX® and surround sound that is otherwise lost in DirectSound game titles running under Vista and Windows 7
  •     XP, Vista and Windows 7 compliant

THX TruStudio Pro is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to the PC. THX TruStudio Pro provides the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it. THX TruStudio Pro includes:

THX TruStudio Pro Surround
Surround 3D provides immersion control to enhance the natural sense of audio depth and spaciousness by creating virtual surround sound channels. Stereo content or multi-channel content played over stereo speakers and headphones will sound as if it’s coming from around, above and below you while voices remain centered in front and original balance and timbre is preserved.

THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer
Crystalizer restores the natural dynamic range that is lost when iTunes and MP3 music gets compressed. This makes the music sounds as good as the artist originally intended, and adds an enhanced level of realism for movies and games.

THX TruStudio Pro Speaker
Speaker fills in the missing low frequency tones and gives the extra impact for a better entertainment experience, for outstanding bass reproduction even without a subwoofer.

THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus
Dialog Plus enhances the voices in movies for clearer dialog, allowing the listener to hear the dialog over the rest of the soundtrack and over ambient noise in the listening environment.

THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume
Smart Volume addresses the problem of abrupt volume level changes during playback and between songs by automatically and continuously measuring volume, and intelligently applying gain and attenuation to compensate for those changes.

Pricing and Availability
The Creative Sound Blaster Titanium HD is priced at USD$179.99 and will be available in September. Sound Blaster X-Fi HD is priced at USD$99.99and will also be available in September. Sound Blaster X-Fi 5.1 Surround Pro is priced at USD$69.99 and will be available in October. Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro is priced at USD$39.99 and will also be available in October. For more information about Sound Blaster products visit http://www.soundblaster.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.

This announcement relates to products launched in Europe. Availability is subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Sound Blaster, X-Fi, EAX and ZEN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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