SXFI AMP is the first of its kind from Creative. It uses Super X-Fi to introduce the magic of holography into audio… for headphones. By using SXFI AMP with your headphones, you will get an expansive audio experience as if you’re listening from a super high-quality multi-speaker system in a professional studio.
Essentially, this amplifier for headphones will change your life for the better. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but good quality audio is important to me. It’s made for music lovers, movie addicts and avid gamers.
To be honest, the packaging doesn’t look like it’s a S$219 (including tax) high-tech product. In fact, my colleague even commented that it looks like a cigarette box… and I kind of agree with him. If Creative wants to sell it on the shelves, I’d suggest adding a cooler, “techier”, feel to the box.
You’ll find the following parts in the box:
- 1 x SXFI AMP
- 1 x Type-C Female to Micro USB Male Data Adapter
- 1 x Compliance & Warranty Policy
- 1 x Quickstart Guide
Research & Product Breakdown
Take away the packaging, the SXFI AMP is an expensive technology. According to CNET, the Super X-Fi technology costs the company “$100 million in R&D over two decades”. And with that much research and development, Super X-Fi technology is quite a powerhouse.
- DAC (AKM AK4377)
- SNR (Up to 120 dB)
- THD + N (Up to -110 dB (0.0003%))
- IMD (< 0.0022%)
- Cr (< -75 dB)
- Supported Input Format (2.0/5.1/7.1 channel, 24 bit/96 kHz)
- MAX POWER for 16 ohms (425 mW)
- MAX POWER for 32 ohms (370 mW)
- MAX POWER for 300 ohms (51 mW)
- MAX POWER 600 ohms (26 mW)
Holographic audio is what you’ll hear if you were to sit in the middle of a circle, surrounded by 7 speakers. The SXFI AMP transforms your standard stereo headphones into a detailed, full of depth, rich audio system.
It’s comparable to listening to Dolby Atmos System that costs over $3000. Moreover, this is something you can bring along everywhere you go so you can have holographic audio at all times. So, you’ll get similar effects of streaming a movie on your laptop/mobile as you would in a cinema.
I passed it around the office to record their reactions to this new audio experience and well… this gif explains it.
For me, as a music lover, SXFI AMP transports me to my favourite bands’ concerts! I can’t begin to explain the adrenaline rush and heart thumping experience I’ve gotten due to this small, amplifier for headphones. It’s not about the loud bass or clean and crisp sounds but it was the realism of the audio that just… wows me.
Set Up & Profiling
It’s easy to start using the SXFI AMP. Just by connecting your headphones and phone, you can hear the difference. HOWEVER, to get the best results, you need to map your ears and face. If you’re going to spend over S$200 for an audio improvement, you might as well go all out to get the best experience.
The entire technology revolves around altering the audio delivery to suit your listening traits. Due to how our ears are born, we perceive sounds different from one another. Think about it… Have you and your friend ever listened to the same audio but heard different words? Alright, a simple example is the controversial Yanny vs Laurel audio clip.
Hence, the way we perceive audio is due to to the shape of our ears, and the pathway of the audio source into our ears. SXFI AMP allows you to map your ear & head shape to give you a personalised audio delivery in the best way that you are built to listen.
Here’s how to map your SXFI AMP:
Using the SXFI AMP, you’ll understand the full cinematic capabilities of Super X-Fi. The real-life holographic audio experience allows you to immerse yourself in the gaming landscape and adds reality to your virtual world. So using SXFI AMP for games like Until Dawn, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and A Way Out makes it sound so real!
My team and I got it connected to the PS4 and played Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4. SXFI AMP is so powerful that when I connect it to the headphones, the shots whizzing past me made my goosebumps rise. I didn’t have a heart monitor connected to me but if I did, I’m pretty sure it’d have shown my spiking heartbeats.
Gaming verdict: You’ll feel as though you’re right there on the battleground!
As much as I love SXFI AMP, I’m slightly disappointed that it is not fully compatible with iPhone. You can still use it with an iPhone but you’ll have to use an Android phone to load your head-mapping profile into SXFI AMP. Plus, you’ll need dongles and adapters before you can use SXFI AMP with an iPhone.
If you’re wondering what are the compatible devices, here’s a list for you:
- Windows 10 Creator’s Update (ver. 1703)
- macOS 10.13 High Sierra
- Nintendo Switch
- Android 7.0 and later only
Get it from SXFI Website HERE at S$219.
Right now, it’s only available in Singapore and we are the early adopters. Also, early adopters will get a FREE Aurvana SE Headphones worth S$99, while stocks last. For those from other countries, you can reserve your early adopters’ slot HERE to enjoy the FREE Aurvana SE Headphones.
Award Winning Technology
The Super X-Fi technology won the prestigious AVS Forum Best of CES 2018 Award in the largest electronics consumer show. CES awards are given to only the highest-rated product or technology in their fields, and Creative’s Super X-Fi technology is the best of CES 2018. If you want to read more about it, head over HERE.
It has also gotten the Most Outstanding Overall IP Champion & IP Champions – Most Innovative awards from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Why should one buy
I’m gonna say this is a want; not a need. If you’re an audiophile or someone who loves great audio, this amplifier for headphones will make your listening experience 100x better. However, if you don’t really care for audio or music, you might not appreciate it as much.
If you’re a gamer thinking about purchasing this, I’d wouldn’t recommend it for competitive gaming or esports as it takes time to get used to hearing where your enemies are via holographic audio. But, if you enjoy cinematic games, SXFI AMP is essential.
Personally, I feel that all this testing and reviewing does not bring SXFI AMP its justice because it’s an experience beyond words. You need to use and experience it to understand how incredible the technology is.
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- Super X-Fi Technology, Offical SXFI Website
- AVS Forum Best CES 2018 Award, AVS Forum Website
- Dolby Atmos – From The Cinema To Your Home Theater, LifeWire Product Review