Creative Labs Sb0460 Manual

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System Requirements. Basic Requirements. About Your Hardware. Your Remote Control.

Installing and Uninstalling Software. Installing Drivers and Applications.
Using Creative Software Autoupdate.

Updating Directx. Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Applications and Device Drivers. Uninstalling All Audio Drivers and Applications. Installing/Uninstalling Selected Audio Drivers or Applications. Connecting Peripherals. Playing/Recording Music.

  • Connecting Speakers.
  • Positioning Your Speakers.
  • Connecting Digital Speaker Systems.
  • Connecting Analog Speaker Systems.
  • Entertainment Mode. Summary of Software Features.
  • General Specifications. PCI Bus Mastering.
  • Professional Digital Audio Processing.
  • Flexible Mixer Control. Creative Multispeaker Surround (CMSS). Inputs and Outputs On Rear Panel.
  • Stereo and 4-Pole Jack Diagrams. Pin Configuration.
  • Troubleshooting and Faqs. Problems with Sound.
  • Problems with Sound and CD-Roms.
  • Insufficient Soundfont Cache. Problems with Multiple Audio Devices.
  • Problems with Digital Audio Devices.
  • License and Copyright.
  • The X-Fi (for "Extreme Fidelity") was released in August 2005 and was initially released in XtremeMusic, Platinum, Fatal1ty FPS, and Elite Pro configurations.
  • Three additional models were added in October 2006; the X-Fi 'XtremeGamer', X-Fi 'Xtreme Audio' and the X-Fi 'XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro'.
  • The 'XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro' is a mainstream gaming model which is identical to the high-end gaming Fatal1ty FPS but lacks the additional I/O box and remote control accessories; the 'XtremeGamer' is a model optimized for gaming which lacks the I/O extensibility of the higher end X-Fi models; the 'Xtreme Audio', despite the "X-Fi" label, is the only product in the X-Fi line not using the EMU20K1 chip (CA20K1) but an older chip similar to the Audigy SE and SB Live!
  • cards (CA0106-WBTLF) and thus lacks the hardware acceleration of 3D sound and EAX sound effects, gaming and content creation features and the I/O extensibility of all the other X-Fi models.
  • It is not marketed as supporting gaming or EAX. Creative also released an external solution (named x-mod) in November 2006 which is listed in the same category as the rest of the X-Fi lineup, but is only a stereo device, and lacks the specifications of the internal offerings.
  • The 130 nm EMU20K1 audio chip operates at 400 MHz and has 51 million transistors.
  • The computational power of this processor, i.e. its performance, is estimated as 10,000 MIPS (million instructions per second), which is actually about 24 times higher than the estimated performance of its predecessor—the Audigy processor.
  • It is interesting to note that the processor’s computational power is optimized for the work mode selected in the software.
  • With the X-Fi's "Active Modal Architecture" (AMA), the user can choose one of three optimization modes (Gaming, Entertainment, and Creation), each of which enables a different combination of the features of the chipset.
  • The Xtreme Audio model lacks the EMU20K1 chip and thus only supports the "Entertainment" mode via software emulation, while all other models support all three modes.
  • X-Fi models that support "Gaming" mode use EAX 5.0, which supports up to 128 3D-positioned voices with up to four effects applied to each.
  • The X-Fi, at its release, offered some of the most powerful mixing capabilities available, and made it a powerful entry-level card for home musicians.
  • The audio processor on X-Fi was by far the most powerful at its time of release, offering an extremely robust sample rate conversion (SRC) engine in addition to enhanced internal sound channel routing options and greater 3D audio enhancement capabilities.
  • A significant portion of the audio processing unit was devoted to this resampling engine.
  • The SRC engine was far more capable than previous Creative sound card offerings, a limitation that had been a major thorn in Creative's side.
  • Most digital audio is sampled at 44.1 kHz, a standard no doubt related to CD Digital Audio, while sound cards were often designed to process audio at 48 kHz.
  • So, the 44.1 kHz audio must be resampled to 48 kHz (Creative's previous cards' DSPs operated at 48 kHz) for the audio DSP to be able to process and affect it.
  • A poor resampling implementation introduces artifacts into the audio which can be heard, and measured as higher intermodulation distortion, within higher frequencies (generally 16 kHz and up).
  • X-Fi's resampling engine produces a near-lossless-quality result, far exceeding any known audio card DSP available at the time of release.
  • This functionality is used not only for simple audio playback, but for several other features of the card such as the "Crystalizer".
  • The 20K1 chip is able to utilize a significant amount of RAM to store sound effects for faster and improved processing, just like the previous E-mu 10K-series and E-mu 8000.
  • This feature, dubbed X-RAM by Creative and found on the higher-end models in the X-Fi line (the Elite Pro, Fatal1ty and XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series), is claimed to offer quality improvement through audio processing capability enhancement, in addition to further reduction in host system CPU overhead.
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional SeriesSound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion SeriesSound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusicSound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamerSound Blaster X-Fi PlatinumSound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1tySound Blaster X-Fi Elite ProSound Blaster X-Fi EliteSound Blaster X-Fi.
  • Download the .exe file below, then run on the machine you want to install the sound card on as an administrator.
  • Separate bass and treble control
  • Front and rear balance control
  • Muting, soloing and panning control for mixer sources
  • Mode Selector Control:
  • Three exclusive working modes (Entertainment Mode, Audio Creation Mode and Game Mode), optimized to perform key tasks within each category of usage
  • Creative MultiSpeaker Surround (CMSS):
  • CMSS-3DSurround: Up mixes mono or stereo sources to 4, 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 channels
  • CMSS-3DHeadphones: Provides a multichannel playback experience over headphones for all types of content
  • CMSS-3DVirtural: Provides a multichannel playback experience over two loudspeakers for all types of content
  • CMSS-3DInteractive: Delivers multichannel 3D audio positioning for 3D games and 3DMIDI. Works in conjunction with CMSS-3DHeadphone and CMSS-3DVirtual to provide advanced 3D positional audio over headphones and two or four loudspeakers
  • THX Certification:
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi has received the prestigious THX Multimedia Certification award, making it the perfect choice for PC audiophiles seeking the very best music and movie experiences.
  • Dolby Digital and Digital Surround EX Decoding:
  • Decodes Dolby Digital Surround EX to 7.1 or 6.1 channels, or will pass through a compressed SPDIF bit stream to an external decoder
  • Bass Redirection: Enhances bass output to subwoofer for small satellite speaker systems
  • Crossover Bass Frequency (10-200 Hz): Adjustable to standalone subwoofer units for desired bass level
  • Adjustable Center, Rear Center and LFE level control
  • DTS-ES:
  • Support DTS decoding for 5.1 audio
  • Support DTS-CD playback and decoding for 5.1 audio
  • Support DTS-ES for 7.1/6.1 audio
  • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 for decoding 5.1-channel soundtracks with a back surround channel matrix encoded into the left and right surround channel
  • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 for 6.1 soundtracks mastered with a discrete back surround channel
  • Support DTS Neo: 6 for up mixing two-channel matrix-encoded sources
  • I/O Ports:
  • One (1) AD Link connector
  • One (1) FlexiJack (3-in-1 function jack Microphone in/Line-in/Digital I/O connections)
  • One (1) Line-out jack (number one)
  • One (1) Line-out jack (number two)
  • One (1) Line-out jack (number three)
  • Power Consumption:
  • Vcc, nominal current 1000 mA
  • +12V, nominal current 150 mA
  • -12V, nominal
  • Internal Headers:
  • One (1) CD IN analog input
  • One (1) Power (powers the X-Fi I/O console not included)
  • One (1) AD_EXT connector
  • One (1) SPDIF_10 connector
  • Regulatory Approvals:
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • MIC
  • WEEE

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