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Old 07-24-2008, 07:54 PM
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Default Review Update: X-Fi Enhancemnt Quality Issue

The recent firmware updated fixed issues with the poor quality of the X-Fi sound enhancement features.

Creative recently updated the firmware to improve X-Fi sound enhancement. With the update, I would no longer say that the X-Fi Crystallize and Expand sounds terrible. When I tested crystallize with my Shure SE530s and KRK RP5 monitors I'm not sure i would call the change better, but different- like someone tweaked the EQ in the higher end of the spectrum. I didn't really feel like it added or took anything away from the music. Now when I tested it again with the supplied headphones (EP-830) it was a slightly different story. I did hear some tracks marginally improved by X-Fi Crystallize. It was hit or miss and depended on the music. The X-Fi Expand was somewhat the same story, I don't feel like it added anything either set of headphones- it just kind of veiled and shifted some of the lower frequencies.

What it comes down to is, "Does the X-Fi Crystallize and Expand add to the Zen X-Fi?" To me its not. Even if I used the supplied headphones, the improvement is not enough for me to continually adjust the setting for each type of music / track i listen to. Other listeners may find otherwise, however, expect marginal to moderate improvements- don't expect to be blown away. My advice, leave it off, the Zen X-Fi sounds good without it. [Read the Full Zen X-Fi review]
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