Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro series ReviewDesja - October 10, 2007
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For this section, I will be using the gaming mode as an example. The other two modes should have similar options. In this screen you'll notice the options for the Equalizer. You can either customize your own settings, or choose from a variety of presets. I prefer the 'rock' preset myself, but believe me - there is something for everyone. Below the EQ menu, I have selected the speaker menu. This tab allows you to choose which speaker system you own (i.e. 2.1, 5.1 etc). You can also synchronize with the standard control panel settings from here.
I have now selected the mixer tab in this section. Much like the Windows mixer, you can adjust various volume controls and mute controls. Below that is the bass menu. In this menu, you can fine-tune the bass frequency and also allow bass boost of +15dB. As with menus shown above, master volume can be controlled from this panel.
The Crystallizer tab shown below allows you to select how much crystallization you prefer. The Crystallizer is used to repair damaged MP3's to make the sound clarity better. Below you will also notice the X-fi CMSS-3D tab which creates nine virtual speakers over stereo headphones for positional audio that's so accurate, you'll swear you're in a room full of speakers. Multichannel speakers are even better with audio cues that are so accurate you can actually locate enemies by sound. In this tab you can select type of surround sound and fade from front to back speakers.
If you want to fine-tune your speakers even more, I suggest jumping right into the THX menu, as mentioned above in the toolbar description. You can fine-tune everything, right down to the distance of your speakers from each other, to where you center speaker is located, be it above or below the monitor. This software even goes deep into speaker size and sub woofer configuration.