Originally posted by NosBoost300
i suggest the x-fi if you have good speakers... such as z-5500's or z-5300e's... the x-fi literally double my bass and treble clarity.... so if you got good speakers.. IMO, the x-fi is a must
i must disagree. if you have good speakers, you don't need any gimmicky "enhancements." all it does is boost bass and treble and ruins the balance and relatively flat response of good speakers. lots of treble and bass does not equal clarity.
also, it has been documented (google it) that the treble enhancement leads to excessive listening fatigue. while creative claims it can reduce fatigue, it rarely does so.
-edit- here's a site that shows the effects the crystalizer has on music. notice the dip in midrange in the first graph and the huge amount of distortion introduced in the second graph. http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q4...i/index.x?pg=3
later, in the listening tests, the listeners favor the crystalizer at first only because it's 3db louder. when the volume levels are made the same, the non-crystalized audio is preferred.