In excess of 100 million people listen to music via MP3 players, ZEN players, iPODs, Macs, or WMA and AAC files on their PC’s.  What they don’t know is that their listening experience is highly compromised, due to the compressed files the music is stored on.  But Creative, a worldwide leader in the technology field, intends to change that with their new invention, the Xmod. 

The Creative Xmod is a device as large as a candy bar and it converts highly compressed music files to high-quality 24-bit surround audio, entitled X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity.  The beauty and rarity of such a device is the improvement in the quality of sound, as well as the time it takes to create such an experience. 

Once the Xmod is connected to speakers or head phones, as well as the source of the music (see list above), it instantly converts the music to X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity.  During the conversion, Creative’s Xmod enhances the low and high frequencies by isolating the parts of the audio stream that have been damaged during compression.  Once identified, it reparis the audio stream to its original form.  The result, according to Sim Wong Hoo (chairman and CEO of Creative) is “audio that sounds even better than CDs.”

The Xmod is also ideal for moves, for it places specific audio elements, such as a character’s voice, in the virtual center channel, amidst the ambiance played through virtual surround channels.  The Xmod produces surround sound which can be enjoyed from either headphones or speakers. 

This month, Creative is expected to release the Xmod to the public.  The suggested retail price is $79.99.  This is a bargain considering no software is needed to install and use this product.  However, if one plans on connecting the Xmod to an iPod, ZEN player, or other MP3 players, the purchase of an optional AC power adaptor is required.  For more information about Creative, the Xmod, or the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity technology the Xmods possess, visit Creative’s website at

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