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Old 09-02-2011, 01:45 PM
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Couldn't see this posted anywhere else, so thought i'd draw ppl's attention to it.
Creative releasing another mp3 player, this time a successor to the Zen X-Fi2, the Zen X-Fi3!



Key Features of the Creative ZEN X-Fi3

* Superior Wireless Connectivity with Bluetooth 2.1 and apt-X

The built-in apt-X codec allows users to enjoy superior wireless Bluetooth music transmission (that sounds as good as a wired connection) when Creative ZEN X-Fi3 is used with all compatible stereo Bluetooth devices such as Creative's comprehensive line-up of Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

* X-Fi Quality Audio

Creative ZEN X-Fi3 lets users re-experience their music in pristine crystal clear quality and detail through the revolutionary power of X-Fi. With X-Fi Crystalizer, users will experience their digital music the way it was meant to be heard, with lost details restored. With X-Fi Expand, users will enjoy the most natural sound staging available in headphone audio today.

* X-Fi Crystalizer
Digital Music today pales in comparison to the real thing.

That's because important details disappear in the high and low ranges when users rip their CDs into digital music. X-Fi Crystalizer intelligently restores lost details instantly to amazing clarity.

* X-Fi Expand
X-Fi Expand intelligently moves a conventional left/right earphone stereo source away from a user's ears, virtually expanding it for an audio experience with a breathtakingly realistic depth of field. Users will feel as if they were listening to their music from a pair of high-end speakers.

* Support for a Wide Range of Audio Formats that Include Lossless Audio

Creative ZEN X-Fi3 allows users to enjoy their music even in lossless audio formats (FLAC files) besides accessing all their content and music in various formats such as MP3, WMA and Audible 4. In addition, the player also supports iTunes Plus – also known as unprotected AAC (.m4a).

* Additional Space for Music with microSD Card Slot
Users can add up to 32GB* of music on top of the player's built-in memory

* Video-out

Users can enjoy movies or share images with family and friends on a larger screen, when they connect Creative ZEN X-Fi3 to a TV via the player's video-out connector (A/V cable available separately).

"With Creative, you will always get best value performance when it comes to portable media players. Earlier this year, we introduced the ZEN Style M300 that surprised everyone with how many features one could pack into a tiny device at such a low price point," said Ting Lai Chu, Vice-President of the Advanced Multimedia Group at Creative Technology Ltd.

"Now here at IFA Berlin 2011 with the ZEN X-Fi3, we're all set to amaze everyone once more, but this time with a portable media player that delivers the best possible wireless audio experience in the market. ZEN X-Fi3 will set a new benchmark in what premium audio performance should be for a portable media player."

Technical Specifications of the Creative ZEN X-Fi3

* Display: 2" TFT with 262K colors
* Capacity(1) : 8GB , 16GB
* Wireless: Bluetooth 2.1 (supports apt-X, AVRCP & A2DP)
* Audio formats(2): FLAC, non-protected AAC (*.M4A) from iTunes Plus® , MP3, WMA (DRM9), WAV(IMA-ADPCM), Audible Format 4, Audible AAX
* X-Fi™ Audio Enhancement : Adjustable Crystalizer / Expand effects
* Video formats(3) : WMV9, MPEG4-SP, AVI (DivX4/5, XviD)
* Video / Audio out : PAL or NTSC / Stereo (via A/V cable sold)
* Photo formats: JPEG
* Built-in Microphone for Voice Recording
* Built-in FM Radio with 32 station presets
* Built-in Speakers for sharing music out loud
* Battery Playtime(4) :
o up to 20 hours of audio (mp3,128kbps)
o up to 5 hours of video (640x480, stereo(128kbps))
* Dimensions: 65 x 45.5 x 12.5mm (est.)
* Weight: 45g (est.)

Pricing will be:

· Creative ZEN X-Fi3 8GB US$99.99

· Creative ZEN X-Fi3 16GB US$139.99
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:48 PM
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Well, I bet Bruce the Bluetooth fan wants one of these!
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Well Marv, I was going to draw ppl's attention to the fact that this player is the ONLY player that seems to be carrying the Apt-X Bluetooth Codec (which means VERY good bluetooth sq).

Weirdly tho their previous M300 mp3 player (although supporting 2.1 Bluetooth) is NOT using the Apt-X codec but this new Xfi3 is.

This has moved up my list as a serious contender for my dream 'in home remote control' for wireless music.
The alternative route (and only alternative thus far) would be to buy any player from the apple range (ipad, ipod, itouch, iphone etc) and use the supplied dongle's that Creative make to give the apple player Apt-X Bluetooth.

If im interested in this its for very basic listening, no IEMS or anything, just purely for in home wireless music. Look forward to a review on it.
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Creative is boring.

Actually it's just a Zen Style M300 with a bigger screen and the bad X-Fi effects. This sound engine just sucks compared to Cowon's JetAudio & BBE, Samsung's DNSe and even Sony's effects.
I can't understand why they put "X-Fi" in their product names. That's so pretentious.

The UI has not changed for 4 years now.
I assume the microSD card is badly integrated, the tags support still bad and no folder navigation, as usual.
The touchpad is a bad idea.

"up to 20 hours of audio (mp3,128kbps)" > so 15hrs with MP3 VBR V0 files, 10hrs with FLAC files and 5hrs with bluetooth enabled? -_-

Is there still a R&D at Creative labs?
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video after the break:

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/02/c...ands-on-video/
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engadget doesn't even seem excited about it.
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Creative is boring.
I don't find Creative boring. They are doing some bold and interesting gambles with other lines of products such as wireless speakers etc, so not boring. The word I would use is 'bad' lol.
I just read for example that the xfi3 won't support 'on the go' playlists :S
I mean c'mon, who in this day and age releasing an mp3 player doesn't support on the fly playlists :|

But it seems as tho we all have something to complain about when it comes to gadgets, too big, too small, not enough memory, too large!


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I assume the microSD card is badly integrated
I think that will be a safe bet. I would buy the 8gb model and use a 32gb card and skip the internal memory completely (at least for music). Specific questions relating to the navigation of the microsd card will be important.

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"up to 20 hours of audio (mp3,128kbps)" > so 15hrs with MP3 VBR V0 files, 10hrs with FLAC files and 5hrs with bluetooth enabled? -_-
Yep thats my concern, what is the battery life to be expected when its in BT mode.
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