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CREATIVE ZEN X-FI:WIRELESS 16 GB AND 32 GB FOR PERFECT MP3/MP4 SOUND. REVIEW AND SPECS – PEMAIN LAGU MP3 PALING BAGUS

By • May 5th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Electronic & Electric

CREATIVE ZEN X-FI:WIRELESS 16 GB AND 32 GB FOR PERFECT MP3/MP4 SOUND. REVIEW AND SPECS - PEMAIN LAGU MP3 PALING BAGUS

Creative Zen X-Fi :The sound of perfection:
The ZEN X-Fi in its 16GB & 32GB versions delivers the pleasure of pure music listening, with wireless support for extra versatility. The glossy case gives the player a distinctive look, and inside there’s Xtreme Fidelity technology, which restores crystal clarity to MP3s and takes all your music to a higher level. The top-quality in-ear earphones give you the best music playback, and Wireless LAN support lets you stream music and video from your PC to the player around the home, download content and chat online. The large, full-colour screen is great for watching videos and photos, while the built-in speaker lets you share your music. With FM radio, voice recorder and SD card slot for extra storage, the ZEN X-Fi is the ultimate premium MP3 player.

CREATIVE ZEN X-FI: 16 GB AND 32 GB FOR PERFECT MP3/MP4 SOUND:

-Designed for pure music listening, with X-Fi technologies to restore MP3 audio to crystal clarity.
-Wireless LAN technology supports content streaming and download on a home network, plus live chat to contacts on MSN Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger.
-Enjoy music over the supplied high-quality EP-830 in-ear earphones, or share audio with friends using the built-in speaker.
-SD card slot for extra storage.
-Watch videos and photos on the large 2.5-inch vibrant screen.
-Listen and record with the built-in FM radio and voice recorder

-16GB
Up to 8,000 WMAs/ 532hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 64kbps WMA)
Up to 4,000 MP3/ 266hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 128kbps MP3)
Up to 4,000 AAC/ 266hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 128kbps AAC)

-32GB
Up to 16,000 WMAs/ 532hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 64kbps WMA)
Up to 8,000 MP3/ 266hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 128kbps MP3)
Up to 8,000 AAC/ 266hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 128kbps AAC)

MP3 players have exasperatingly poor sound quality. And because they all come with shockingly cheap earphones, it’s easy for people to not even notice – the manufacturers get away with it. It makes sense then that Creative would be in a good position to fill this one area of the market that hasn’t been given too much attention. The X-Fi technology it puts in its PC soundcard products is an ideal solution to these sound quality issues.

The Creative Zen X-Fi is essentially the same size as Creative’s last flagship MP3 player, the Creative ZEN. The semi-clunky interface is also pretty much identical. But there the similarities end. Because while the Creative ZEN was a solid performer, it lacked a distinguishing feature. The Zen X-Fi, on the other hand, has four secret weapons.

CREATIVE ZEN X-FI:WIRELESS 16 GB AND 32 GB FOR PERFECT MP3/MP4 SOUND. REVIEW AND SPECS - PEMAIN LAGU MP3 PALING BAGUS

 

Four Zen X-Fi weapons

The first is the aforementioned X-Fi audio processor, for superior sound quality. The second is a startlingly good Wireless LAN Wi-Fi function which allows you to wirelessly stream and download music from a web server, a PC on your home network as well as to and from other Zen X-Fi players.

The third is an internal speaker which makes the one on the Apple iPhone sound fairly pedestrian. And finally, the fourth is a pair of high-quality Creative Zen earphones which come as standard.

Let’s start the analysis with the X-Fi audio enhancement. The X-Fi menu in the interface give you two different options to choose from, X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi Expand. The X-Fi Crystalizer uses a special audio processing chip to restore the parts of music which gets mauled when a lossless track is compressed into an MP3 or WMA file.

Compression makes cymbals sound muffled and bass sound flat. X-Fi changes that by upmixing those parts of the music to artificially restore audio fidelity.

The X-Fi Expand option, on the other hand, aims to widen the soundstage of a song, so that instead of listening to a flat audio file, it sounds more like the band are playing live right in front of you. In the right conditions, both of these technologies work brilliantly – but whether they are implemented well on this portable player is another matter. And rather predictably, the results were a bit hit and miss.

The X-Fi Crystalizer does improve sound quality – MP3’s do sound much better when you switch that feature on. However, the same cannot be said for X-Fi Expand. When you turn on the Expand setting, it makes the music sound rather flat and lifeless – the exact opposite of what is supposed to happen. Still though, that’s not too much of a big deal – it’s the crystallization which makes X-Fi so good. And on that score, we’re more okay. This is the best-sounding Creative MP3 player ever.

the Wi-Fi function:

Surprisingly, the wireless features really do work fantastically well. If you add all your music to Windows Media Player on your PC, you can then make it accessible via your network. Which means you can play (and even download) music from your PC, to your MP3 player without having to plug it in via USB (you can do that too if you prefer).

It’s great for those times in the summer when you’re sitting out in the garden and you want to listen to a track you’ve not yet added to your player’s own memory. The only catch is that battery life suffers astronomically for every second you leave the wireless switched on. If you stream music with X-Fi switched on, get ready for your battery to die quicker than a kitten in a bucket full of water.

Next we come to the internal speaker. Have you ever wanted a friend to hear the song you’re listening to without having to make them use one of your grubby earphones? With the Zen X-Fi, if you unplug your headphones, it’ll switch straight to the external speaker so you and those around you will be able to hear the song you’re playing. It goes surprisingly loud, without a hint of distortion. A really great little feature, albeit with the potential to irritate those people travelling on the same bus as you.

And finally we come to the earphones. The sets you usually get with MP3 players (including all previous Zen’s, all SanDisk Sansas and all iPods) are universally, unequivocally, undeniably awful.  But still, they’re light-years better than anything we’ve seen come bundled with an MP3 player before.

So far then, this review has been overwhelmingly positive. And it’s actually hard to find something to complain about.

The only real problem we have is the interface, which is a bit fiddly. The buttons on the front are rather cumbersome and the on/off/hold switch is curiously hidden away on the back which is surprisingly inconvenient.

But really, this is a great MP3 player. It’s very light, and it’s even got an SD card expansion slot which enables you to boost the 16GB of internal memory (also available in 8GB and 32GB – the 8GB version does not have Wi-Fi built in).

 

CREATIVE ZEN X-FI:WIRELESS 16 GB AND 32 GB FOR PERFECT MP3/MP4 SOUND. REVIEW AND SPECS - PEMAIN LAGU MP3 PALING BAGUS

Reviews MP3 players Creative Labs Inc. mp3 players Creative Zen X-Fi

The good:
 The Creative Zen X-Fi is an incredible value given its low price and laundry list of features, which include photo, video, Audible, and subscription music support; an FM radio and voice recorder; an SD card expansion slot; WiFi capability; multiple EQ settings; X-Fi sound enhancement technology; and upgraded EP-830 earphones. Sound quality is top-notch, the screen is lovely, and the rated battery life for audio is impressive.

The bad:
 The Creative Zen X-Fi plastic construction does not feel high-quality, and the SD card content does not get integrated into the general libraries. Videos often need to be transcoded through the included software, and the button pad can be confusing at first. Audio battery life is dismal.

The bottom line:
 The Creative Zen X-Fi’s plastic design leaves a little to be desired, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that the player is an incredible value overall: for an extremely competitive price you get a boatload of features and great sound quality.

 

Creative Zen X-Fi specs:
Product type: Portable network audio player / radio
PC interface(s) supported: Wi-Fi , Hi-Speed USB
Flash memory installed: 16 GB
Integrated Digital storage:None
Weight: 2.4 oz
Dimensions:(W x D x H) 3.3 in x 0.5 in x 2.2 in
Voice recording capable: Yes
Included accessories: Earphones , USB 2.0 cable
Software type: Creative Centrale , Drivers & Utilities

Digital Player / Recorder:
Digital player supported digital audio standards: AAC,  MP3,  WAV,  WMA,  ADPCM,  Audible

Built-in Display:
Audio system built-in display: TFT
Diagonal size: 2.5 in
Resolution: 320 x 240
Backlight display:Yes

Audio Features:
Sound output mode: Stereo
Built-in clock: Alarm
Additional features: Calendar,  Bass Boost,  Volume control,  Voice recording,  Wi-Fi compatible,  Built-in organizer,  X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity,  USB 2.0 compatibility,  X-Fi Crystalizer technology

Video Playback Features:
Video playback support: Motion JPEG , WMV , MPEG-4 , DivX , XviD
Still image format: JPEG , BMP , GIF , PNG , TIFF

CD System:
CD system type: None
Digital audio standards supported: MP3 , WMA , AAC4 , WAV , Audible 2 , Audible 3 , Audible 4

Speaker System:
Speaker(s): 1 x Speaker Built-in

Equalizer:
Equalizer type: Built-in
Equalizer factory preset qty: 8
Equalizer factory presets: Pop , Jazz , Rock , Disco , Vocal , NewAge , Classic , Acoustical
Equalizer band qty: 5 bands

Radio:
Tuner type: Digital Radio tuner
Station preset qty: 32
Tuner bands: FM

remote Control:
Remote control: None

Microphone:
Microphone type: Built-in
Microphone operation mode: Mono

Headphones:
Headphones type: Binaural In-ear ear-bud
Sound output mode: Stereo
Connectivity technology: Wired

Connectivity:
Cable(s) included; 1 x USB cable – External
Connector type: 1 x Headphones , 1 x Hi-Speed USB Mini-USB Type B
Slot(s) provided: 1 x SD Memory Card

Battery / Power:
Battery: 1 x Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated

System Requirements:
Peripheral / Interface devices: CD-ROM , USB port
Operating system :Microsoft Windows Vista , Microsoft Windows XP SP2 , Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Min hard drive space: 130 MB

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