Creative has always had a reputation for terrible driver support and it's nice to see that it continues with this xFi Go Pro. I tried it in a windows 10 laptop and the driver that is installed by Microsoft automatically works just fine.
Since this is branded as an Xfi product and the web page for it does advertise EAX support, I went ahead and installed the driver package from Creative.
Then I ran the auto updater.After all that, the software was installed including Alchemy which is how I suspected they were deriving their EAX support. No big deal, I didn't expect an actual hardware implementation in this little thing.Anyhow, that was all great except..
The sound no longer worked. The Xfi go pro was errored out in device manager. I tried uninstalling and updating a few times to no avail. What worked was letting windows do a driver rollback. Then the xfi was working properly and the Alchemy software was still active.
There is only one odd glitch and that is I can no longer adjust the volume level. I tried with the mode switch in speaker and headphone mode. Neither windows nor the creative Volume Panel can lower the volume from 100%.I am giving up for now..
1,817 downloads·Added on: August 20, 2015·Manufacturer: CREATIVE. It is highly recommended to always use the most recent driver version available.Try to set a system restore point before installing a device driver.
This will help if you installed an incorrect or mismatched driver. Problems can arise when your hardware device is too old or not supported any longer.
The product comes with a mini DSP-like array of features that allows you to tune the sound stage the way you would like it to sound. This means that you will never be constrained by the recording quality of any MP3 song or game as you would be able to tune the sound accordingly.
However, even if you leave everything at default settings, the sound is already enhanced as compared to the onboard sound chip/card of your notebook/PC. This product is best matched to a 5.1 sound system. I was using a system (low budget at $55) with a 25 watt RMS subwoofer and the highs and lows, clarity and deep bass from the system has blown my friends away when played as it matches and even surpassed systems that would cost ten times more.
They simply could not comprehend that music can sound so good with strong separation of channels and enhanced through stereo surround from 5 speakers. THe whole front area becomes a huge sound stage.
The pinnacle of sound came when I managed to hook up a Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 megaworks with THX Certification and 500 watts of pure RMS power.
Though old technology and already a defunct model, the whole setup made the same group of friends realise that you do not have to spent thousands to enjoy incredible sound. This also has caused them to rethink about going wireless when analogue can actually sound so good.
My only grouse is that it would be great if the product can be a little smaller and come with a retractable/adjustable USB connection.
The one given is a little too long. Highly recommended with 5.1 setup. This performed better than I had anticipated. The audio was crystal clear and LOUD. Recommended for any AudioPhile.
I'm not a creative fanboy, I have a Xonar DX in my PC for Gaming and Music.