The Xi-Fi ExtremeGamer soundcard is a great all around sound card that excels in gameplay and movie audio for your PC. I bought this device as a replacement for my onboard sound card that recently failed. I was really excited to hear the incredible clear sound that it produced while playing my games and I was also impressed by the quality it produced during playback of my dvd movies.
INSTALLATION & SETUP
To install the sound card just firmly push the card into an available PCI slot on your motherboard. The back of the card has 1 mic port, 3 output ports, and one AD link port. This card unfortunately doesn't have an optical out, so if you want to transfer the sound to a reciever you will have to purchase a "Toslink to 3.5mm adapter". During software installation, Creative includes useful pictures and diagrams to make sure you dont get confused and have everything hooked up right. There are 3 modes you get to choose from Entertainment, Game, and Audio creation mode. The Game mode is for the 'tech' savy and includes lots of configuration modes such as speaker location setup, loudness setup etc. The Entertainment mode is basically the same thing except that it features a very friendly visual platform so users without much experience can navigate without getting confused. And the last mode "Audio Creation" is for the music junkies and audiophiles who want the most configuration options available.
I personally just use the Entertainment mode because it is very user friendly and straight forward compared to the other 2. Some of the cool features within the software are Xi-fi CMSS-3d and the Xi-fi Crystallizer. The CMSS-3d feature allows you to listen to 9 virtual speakers over your normal stereo headphones. And it does a pretty good job as I felt like sound was coming from all different angles while I was watching my movies. But the best feature is the Crystallizer. The Crystallizer is used to repair damaged MP3's to make the sound clarity better. It's kind of like the 'loud' setting on your reciever except that this time it doesnt just make the audio louder it also makes it sound 'crisper' and more 'detailed'. This is great while listening to your mp3 archive because it makes the vocals and music seem more 'enhanced'. This is definitely a product I would recommend if your in the market for a new sound card.