After creating the profile in the SXFI mobile application, we went ahead and installed SXFI Control for easy upload purposes, while leaving the EQ in neutral position. We did listen to quite a bit of YouTube clips, 1080P and 4K TV Shows/Movies but also played Injustice 2, SWTOR and Resident Evil 2: Creative’s implementation of holographic audio really makes a difference and offers a very nice experience even when only voices are involved. Besides really great virtual 7.1 positioning, we have found that the bass levels do not decrease when enabling Super X-Fi technology as we have seen with other surround sound implementations, which adds even more to the immersion.
By using the two dedicated applications, we can create/upload new profiles with ease and they will be computed with Gen2 algorithms for even more realistic positioning and quality. One aspect that must be kept in mind is that if we are listening to low quality audio files/tracks, the holographic effect will not be rendered as good; this usually happens when listening to poor quality YouTube clips and you may notice audio artifacts/sounds that should not be amplified as much.
In terms of microphone quality, the audio is great as well, more than we would have expected, considering that it is marketed as a “gaming” component.
With the SXFI THEATER, Creative does introduce wireless, low-latency audio thanks to the SXFI TX dongle; while we can confirm that we haven’t noticed any sound lags while using the product, we did find that the range is not as long as the manufacturer mentions, even when the signal needs to pass more than one wall. If the distance from the dongle was over six meters, we have started to notice frequent disconnects and loud popping at times. Considering that Creative has issued lots of feature updates for the dongle so far for this particular model, we hope that this range issue will be fixed in the future as well.
One other feature to notice is the battery life of the SXFI THEATER; we have managed to obtain no less than 25 hours of usage from a single charge with the LEDs off, which is pretty close to what the manufacturer advertises and impressive nonetheless!
Besides the range, which we have found to be better with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and CORSAIR VOID PRO, we would have liked Creative to include a thicker padding on the headband; however, if you configure the headband to be more loose on your head, you will barely notice it while wearing for longer periods of time.
SXFI THEATER is a premium product from Creative and could be found online for about 200 Euros at the time of the review.
Creative SXFI THEATER 2.4GHz Low Latency Wireless Headphones is Recommended for:
We would like to thank again to Creative for making this review possible!