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Creative Sound Card
Why settle for basic, built-in sound? Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Add the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card to your PC and turn your downloaded music into your own personal concert. Plus watch DVDs or downloaded videos with full cinematic surround sound.
From the Manufacturer
The Creative SB1040 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card features cutting-edge technology to give you outstanding sound when you listen to music, watch movies, or play games. Why settle for basic, built-in sound when you can turn your downloaded music into a personal concert, experience movies as though you were in a cinema, and play games with 3-D audio effects? The SB1040 X-Fi sound card delivers the audio experience you deserve.
Positional 3-D Audio
Whether you're using headphones or speakers, Creative's X-Fi CMSS-3D technology delivers outstanding surround sound. When used with a pair of headphones, the technology creates nine virtual speakers for exceptional surround effects, letting you feel like you're sitting in the best seat of a movie theater. You'll get an advantage in games, too, with the ability to locate enemies by sound before they see you.
When used with multichannel speakers, you'll be able to hear exactly where the audio cues are--even between speakers. Voices will be right in front of you and ambient sound will surround you, just like a live performance. CMSS-3D works with both desktop stereo speakers and full surround speaker systems.
X-Fi Crystalizer Restores Lost Details
X-Fi-Crystalizer technology restores the audio detail that is lost in compressed audio files so you'll regain vibrancy and clarity in your music and movies. The technology restores the highs and lows that are often lost due to compression, so whether you're listening to cymbal crashes or wailing guitars, you'll hear the music as it was meant to be heard.
Realistic Sound Effects for Gaming
With support for EAX ADVANCED HD technology, the SB1040 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers rich environmental effects in your games, giving you a more immersive experience. You'll hear bullets whizzing by your head, and experience explosions that seem to shake the whole room.
And if you're using Windows Vista, Creative ALchemy technology restores surround sound to DirectSound3D games for an exceptional gaming experience.
Intense Cinematic Sound for Movies
The SB1040 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers THX-certified surround sound for a cinematic experience right at your computer. Cyberlink PowerDVD software is included (via free download) and supports DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding for an unmatched DVD movie-watching experience.
Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP; Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent; available PCI Express (x1, x4, x8, or x16) slot; 256MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Vista); 600MB of free hard-disk space; CD or DVD-ROM for software installation; headphones or amplified speakers; Internet connection to download PowerDVD player software.
What's in the Box
Creative SB1040 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card, Quick Start leaflet, and installation CD.
Easy Capture into Popular Music Formats Just plug the Instant Music into a USB port on your computer and you are ready to begin recording from any analog audio source into the most popular digital audio formats available such as WAV and WMA (Windows Media 9 Audio) and OGG. Once in a digital format, you can create Audio CDs and play them back on your iPod or any portable music player. You can even import your files into iTunes for playback on your iPod. Convert your old collection of cassettes and LPs into crisp, clear digital audio and keep a personal archive of your collection that will not degrade or deteriorate over time with Instant Music and Acoustica Spin It Again bundled software. ADS Tech respects the rights of copyright owners and asks that you do the same.Acoustica Spin It Again. Spin it Again is an easy to use Wizard driven software tool that allows you to quickly and easily record your old LPâ€™s and Cassette tapes to digital music files. You can save the music files on your computer and import to iTunes or other music players or create an audio CD. Spin it Again includes a simple interface to split music tracks, name tracks and tools for noise removal, declick and decrackle LP recordings. Choose to record from LP, Cassette or load an existing audio file from your hard drive. Follow the steps to record your music. Once recording is finished, detect tracks, use cleaning and effect tools, then name the tracks, add album name, artist and genre, then create audio files or an Audio CD. Spin it Again makes converting all your old tapes and LPâ€™s into digital music fast and simple.
From the Manufacturer
With ADS Technologies RDX-150 Instant Music, you can easily begin recording from any analog audio source into the most popular digital audio formats available such as MP3, WAV and WMA (Windows Media 9 Audio) and AAC. Simply plug the RDX-150 into a USB port on your computer and you are ready to begin. Once in a digital format, you can create Audio CDs, MP3 CDs or have the audio ready to be played for your personal music enjoyment on a variety of MP3 player devices.
The ADS Technologies RDX-150 allows you to convert your old collection of cassettes and LPs into crisp, clear digital audio and then create audio CDs and MP3 CDs so you can keep a personal archive of your collection that will not degrade or deteriorate over time. Use the LP or cassette to audio CD Wizards in the included Nero SoundTrax software to go from LP to CD audio in 4 simple steps. Please note: ADS Technologies respects the rights of copyright owners and asks that you do the same.
What's in the Box
RDX-150 converter and software CD-ROM.
Record Your Old LPs and Cassettes to Audio CD and MP3
Save music as MP3, WAV, WMA and AAC iPod audio formats
Burn professional quality CDs
Capture from any audio source - cassette, turntable (with preamp), TV, radio, DVD
Mac Users can use Instant Music with Garage Band or Sound Studio 2.1