Excerpt: Creative has been producing various amount of audio visual related product for years. They include products like sound blaster, which are their main source of sound cards. They started producing Xmod products, which generally converts ordinary Stereo sound to virtual surround sound.
Summary: The only problem with this sound card.....is finding it. Creative Labs advertised this as an addition to your PC. They missed a larger market, you can add this to any audio system and increase your listening enjoyment. Your desktop, laptop,television,vehicle,on a trip with any audio player and a set of speakers this card will add depth, definition and dimension. Easy to set up,simple to adjust and tailor your sound to any atmosphere you desire.
Summary: Pretty amazing sound quality out of my Macbook Pro with this new toy. Crystalizer improves overall clarity of sound from compressed music files(according to the website). Does a amazing job in improving overall quality. CMSS-3D basically just provides 3D surround sound similar to PC Audio graphic card. However, at times, it distorts certain types of music especially R&B as well as Dance tracks.
Summary: I really like the plug and play aspect of this usb soundcard. No software to install. My computer hooks up to my home stereo via mini jack to rca jack and plays through my home stereo receiver, which pumps music to Bose 301s and a Velodyne 8 inch sub. Using the card help my highs sound a little cleaner, but i could not detect deeper bass. switching the 3d feature on added noise , and really over emphasized the high frequencies.
Summary: First off let me tell you if you are on the cusp of buying this and aren't sure? I highly advise you to save your money. I bought this for 20bucks on amazon and I feel that is about 15bucks more then what the product is worth. I actually think it makes my sound worse. I listen to alot of hiphop and it distorts the treble, and any windows sound effect, or *those yahoo messanger noises* will shatter your ears with ridicules sounding high pitches.