Just a few days word broke that Creative was about to release onto the world the Creative Xmod, small device that supposedly makes MP3s (and other formats of lossy digital music compression) sound better. Laptop magazine got a chance to play around with it and reports that it's not a complete piece of garbage, going so far as to say "[i]t could change the way we listen to music." How's that for bombast?
The Xmod works by upconverting the digital music using Creative's X-Fi CMSS-3D technology. Here's the kicker: the Xmod "restores" part of the audio information that was originally stripped in order to make the lossy music file. So we're led to believe that the Xmod generates missing information on its own. Laptop seems to think it does, everything from Lauren Hill to Queen. Quite an eclectic bunch they've got over there.
The Xmod is still scheduled to be released later this month for $80.The urge to call "shenanigans" on this product is so immense right now.
Creative Introduces the Xmod [Laptop Magazine]