Creative has announced two new soundcards, the Sound Blaster X-Fi HD for notebooks and the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD for desktop computers. The first is connected by means of a USB-interface and will feature several analog and digital audio-connectors, both in- and outputs. This allows the soundcard to be used to digitize analog audio from an external player as well.
The only specifications currently known are a signal-to-noise ratio of 114dB through the line-in and 108dB through the line/headphone input. The microphone and headphone jacks will be gold-plated and an optical TOS-link input and output will be present. This external soundcard is powered completely through USB, meaning an additional adapter is unrequired.
The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is a PCI-Express 1x based soundcard, featuring a new X-Fi audio processor. This soundcard sports a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio of 122dB, as well as the option to replace the Op-amp chips by higher grade ones. Features include EAX 5.0 surround sound, as well as Dolby Digital and DTS encoding. The X-Fi Titanium HD also has an optical input and output, as well as an RCA in- and output.
Both the X-Fi HD for USB and the X-Fi Titanium HD for PCI-Express 1x support Creative's ALchemy software. The X-Fi HD for notebooks will also feature software such as THX TruStudio PC and X-Fi HD Media Toolbox. The recommended prices are 90 euro for the external X-Fi HD and 190 for the Titanium HD card.