Excerpt: Creative is a little late to the wireless music-streaming party, but the company comes with a gift its competitors can’t match: the X-Fi Crystalizer technology lifted from its X-Fi soundcard line. The Xmod Wireless base station captures your PC’s audio stream and transmits it to a remote receiver.
Pros: Great sound quality at a great price. Stylish
Cons: No display on remote or receiver; no independent streaming; can't stream Internet radio.
Excerpt: With the popularity of laptops over desktop PCs, and the zillion other portable media devices that interface with your computer rather than with your standard stereo system, it comes as no surprise that Creative is looking for ways to cater to that segment as well.
Excerpt: Being audio purists, we typically piss on products that sit in the midst of an audio stream and manipulate what the artist intended to create. But when listening to music played through Creative’s X-Fi soundcards, we’ve increasingly found ourselves turning on the 24-bit Crystalizer—and liking it!
Pros: The 24-bit crystalizer helps audio sound more...real.
Cons: Only certain songs end up sounding like trash
Excerpt: The Xmod is Creative’s first external sound card to implement X-Fi technology. X-Fi has been securing Creative’s leading position in the sound card market for a long time thanks to its excellent sound quality enhancing functions.
Summary: The Xmod is a brilliant product. While the audio does have a slightly manufactured sound to it, it's nonetheless impressive. The portable form factor, combined with the cheap price make this an ideal solution for quality audio on a budget.
Pros: Great sound quality, Crystaliser has a big impact, Portable design, Low cost
Cons: USB connection somewhat limits the device, Sound is slightly manufactured