Pros Sound is AMAZING! Seriously it's that good. It is also sharp looking.
Cons Just as reviewer said, it's not too portable. But it can be used in your car with a USB car charger.
Summary So I read about this product and was intrigued. I saw it on the store and out of curiosity decided to buy it with the intention of returning a day or two later. Well that plan is out the window. I've had my headphones on all day long. I've starting noticing entire instruments in some of my favorite songs that I never knew where there before. The effect is especially noticeable on drums (in terms of crispness; rim shots and cymbals jump out) and keyboards (you can actually hear them when they are only providing filler). The overall effect is nothing short of wonderful. Having had an Ipod the last 2 years, I simply forgot about the sound quality lost in 128 mp3s. Well now I'm never going back. One more time, the sound is nothing short of stellar.
The reviewer pointed out the lack of portability as a problem citing the lack of it's own power source as the culprit. While this is true, the unit would be rather bulky to carry around in addition to Ipod if it had a battery anyway (notice the giant volume knob). It clearly was not designed with the idea that it would be carried around.
Another worry I have is that creative is not doing a good job selling the Xmod so far. For starters its packaging doesn't really explain to well what it is and what it does. An Ipod can have its packaging be the way it is (stylish and minimalist) because everyone knows what an Ipod does. For the Xmod, however, it is not intuitively obvious what it does. Creative needs to explain what it does in big letters that don’t get hidden behind price tags.
Creative also needs to get stores to set the Xmod up in the store so customers can try it out. I would imagine a lot of customers would be dubious about how good the Xmod actually works. I was. If they set these up in stores and let people listen to the difference in sound with it off and on, they'd sell millions of these things.
Finally, if creative can get this into one of their mp3 players and markets it right, there might finally be a serious challenger to the Ipod. I know I would switch instantly, and I love my Ipod.
"WOW, WOW, WOW"on by TPendo
Pros Amazing Sound
Cons Needs a battery pack, can't take it on the go
Summary This thing is AMAZING. I'm one of those people that dislike MP3's that sound tiny. I like to hear good quality music. I plugged this thing in and used it with a pair of cheap noise canceling headphones. I didn't read the directions right off the bat so I had a difficult time getting the music to sound good. Once I scanned the booklet and got the Crystalizer and 3D turned on, my chin was on the floor. All I could say was WOW. I heard things in the music I never heard. I then tried it with my Shure EC2's, and it got even better. I play the Nora Jones CD and was blown away because it was as if she was right in front of me singing. Voices, sounds and instruments hang in space infront of you. If you close your eyes you swear your in the studio. The quality is almost too good as I have to take my headphones off to find out if the sound was real or off my mp3 player.
I took the XMod into work and tried it with a friends Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones and some mp3's ripped at 128k. To say I was amazed again was an understatement. I kept having people come over and listen. I'd turn off the Crystalizer and 3D then turn each on seperately. Not to be redundant when both were enabled everyone of them when, WOW!!!
Ok, now the bad. It can only be used with a laptop or PC unless you get the power adapter. Can someone make a powerpack for this thing??? I'm now spoiled.
I would have giving it a 10 except for the portability drawback.
Creative, build the technology into a 30 gig IPOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros Easy to use, great improvement in sound, inexpensive
Cons Front button hard to push
Summary Makes a huge difference w/ my iBook -- a much fuller and more dynamic soundstage, with detail that jumps out at you. I haven't had a problem w/ static, either -- something I've read about. Used it w/ two 2.1 systems (JBL Creature II and Acoustic Energy Aego M), and it's improved both -- the latter less, but still noticeably.
Pros Good sound, easy to use, easy to reach.
Cons None for me yet. Takes up another USB port, but thats what hubs are for.
Summary My sound port on my main board was no longer putting out sound on the left speaker, and all my PCI slots are full. Plus my wifes laptop headphone jack is not working, so it fills my needs. Plus its nice that I now have my sound port up on my desk where I can easily get to it. I must say this for sure. The sound is even better than that of my older creative internal card.
Pros The sound is crisp and not distorted. Bass is deep. Normally I like my music bass heavy but this bring out th trebles so nicely it amazed me.
Cons Would have like to have seen pasue and next/prevous track controls for media player
Summary Overall I think this is a great product it greatly exceeded my expectations. I have it hooked up to Sony's high end headphones and the sound is fantastic. I have it hooked up at my laptop at work. I can't wait to go to work tomorrow morning just to listen to this. I but it on sale at Best Buy for $60 Highly recommend