X-Fi Sonic Carrier

X-Fi® Sonic Carrier

(Main Unit + Wireless Subwoofer)

(SRP at launch)

* Excludes shipping and installation charges. Shipping and handling fees are charged at $150 per unit. Shipments are made only to destinations within the contiguous United States. We do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories or elsewhere in the world.

Estimated delivery: December 2016 (Subject to change.)

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State-of-the-art X-Fi Sonic Carrier

Encompassing EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio and a wide array of advanced audio/video and wireless technologies

The X-Fi Sonic Carrier is a brand new concept in advanced audio and video delivery. Bringing together all the advanced technologies and convenience, this technology powerhouse hosts, bridges, and enhances a multitude of state-of-the-art entertainment platforms.

Comprising a main unit and a subwoofer, the X-Fi Sonic Carrier is a 17-driver system housed in a 11.2.4 speaker configuration. It incorporates Dolby® Atmos™ surround processing to bring you powerful 3D audio that flows around and above you, as well as Creative EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio to extract, enhance and upscale natural, enveloping sound from legacy material.

The audio and video engine of the X-Fi Sonic Carrier are powered by 8 processors with a total of 18 cores. It supports both local and streaming video content at up to 4K 60fps, as well as 15.2 channels of high resolution audio playback.

The X-Fi Sonic Carrier comes with 3 distinct wireless technologies that allow multi-room Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a zero-latency speaker-to-speaker link to up to 4 subwoofer units. It is also future-proof, as the intelligence and features of the system can be further upgraded in the future.

Dolby Atmos | EAX 15.2 | X-Fi Pro Studio

State-of-the-Art Speaker Architecture: 17-driver System

With the system arranged in an 11.2.4 configuration, these drivers are arranged in an array with 11 front and side-firing drivers reproducing front and surround sound, and 4 up-firing drivers reproducing a realistic sense of height. With each channel individually driven by a DSP controlled amplifier, the X-Fi Sonic Carrier delivers a total of 800 watts RMS power. The X-Fi Sonic Carrier also supports zero-latency wireless speaker-to-speaker link to up to 4 subwoofer units.

11 Front and Side-Firing Channels

11 front and side-firing speaker channels deliver spacious stereo and enveloping surround sound. They consist of 8 aluminum-magnesium cone midbass drivers and 3 titanium super tweeters.

6 midbass drivers and 3 super tweeters make up the front-left, front-center and front-right channels in a TMM, MTM, MMT configuration.

The 2 side-firing midbass drivers are arranged in a unique way which work together with Dolby Atmos or EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio processing to deliver the rear audio channels that create an enveloping 360° surround sound – this removes the need to install four side and rear speakers.

The 2.75″ midbass drivers utilize an extremely stiff aluminum-magnesium cone that is coupled to a carefully optimized motor and suspension system for high output capability and low distortion. Each operates as a perfect piston within its operational bandwidth. These provide precise midbass, detailed natural midrange with no loss of detail associated with softer cone and dome materials. With these drivers spreading across the 55″ body, the X-Fi Sonic Carrier delivers an astoundingly wide sound stage that is unmatched by conventional sound bars.

The 0.75″ super tweeters utilize light and highly rigid titanium domes, designed to operate as perfect pistons both within, and far beyond the audible bandwidth. This provides clean, uncolored and detailed high frequency reproduction. The super tweeters also feature wide dispersion and extended high frequency response to 40kHz, ideal for getting the best out of high bitrate, high resolution audio recordings.

4 Up-firing Channels

Two 2.75″ aluminum-magnesium cone drivers and two 0.75″ super tweeters form the up-firing channels. Pointing up at 70º, they project and deflect audio from the ceiling of a room for an enveloping audio experience.

With Dolby Atmos or our EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio processing, the 4 up-firing drivers deliver the sensation of sound above you, without the hassle of installing physical speakers over your head.

Inside the Subwoofer

The subwoofer unit houses two 10″ subwoofer drivers in a push-push configuration – providing the same surface area and bass output of a single 14″ driver, but with a much slimmer profile, and none of the unwanted vibration. Two dual-flared, port tubes loads each of the drivers equally for optimal performance. A conservatively rated 2 × 300W RMS channel amplifier is used in the subwoofer, individually driving the subwoofer drivers for maximum control and efficiency.

Consistent with the driver design philosophy of the Sonic Carrier, each of the subwoofer driver features a tremendously strong aluminum diaphragm, purely pistonic in behavior within operational bandwidth for precise bass reproduction. The subwoofer driver further features an extra long throw, low distortion motor system for deep and powerful bass.

Extendable Wireless Subwoofer

The subwoofer can be connected to the main unit via a zero-latency wireless speaker link. All speakers and subwoofers are subjected to inevitable deviation from the uniform response in the bass region, due to their placement-dependent interaction with the listening room. Placing more subwoofers around the room averages out these response deviations, resulting in a smoother bass response for a more natural sounding bass.

Bass quantity and quality could be upgraded phenomenally by adding up to 4 subwoofers wirelessly: averaging out response deviations, resulting in a bass response that is simultaneously smoother yet devastatingly powerful.

Dolby Atmos

The groundbreaking X-Fi Sonic Carrier’s 11.2.4 audio system incorporates the latest Dolby Atmos technology. Dolby Atmos for the home brings the ultimate cinema sound experience to your home theater to create powerful, moving 3D audio that flows around and above you. This will deliver the sensation of height to create an atmospheric, three-dimensional sound experience. Taking advantage of our in-depth knowledge of the way sound is perceived, the Sonic Carrier employs 4 upward-firing speaker drivers that perfectly reproduce the height information present in Dolby Atmos recordings by reflecting the sound off the ceiling and back down to the listener. This completes the surround sound performance delivered by the 11 front and side-firing speakers for a full 360° surround, three-dimensional audio experience.

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Advanced X-Fi Pro Studio™

Advanced X-Fi Pro Studio is a suite of adaptive audio technologies focused on giving users a 24-bit audio playback that is further enhanced by Creative’s proprietary Xtreme Fidelity (X-Fi) algorithms. It works by analyzing the audio signal to understand the spatial and dynamic nature of the program material, transparently enhancing the audio signal such that the quality of almost any audio source could be improved. The level and extent of processing can be customized via software, available on PC, Mac, iOS or Android platforms.

EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio

The Sonic Carrier incorporates EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio technology, which is able to extract natural, enveloping sound from legacy and surround material. These audio sources usually contain information about the recording venue’s ambience, and even a sense of height. However, existing stereo systems are typically unable to reproduce such latent information. EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio extracts these spatial and height cues in a manner analogous to the auditory system of humans. It separates the primary sound, such as those of the singers and instruments, from the recording venue’s ambience and process them into a 15.2 signal. The Sonic Carrier’s individual DSPs then process and upscale this 15.2 signal to 24-bit high resolution audio, and finally reproduce through its 11.2.4 channels.

X-Fi HD Crystalizer

X-Fi HD Crystalizer intelligently remasters your legacy audio material, freeing the audio from the constraints of the original, lower resolution mediums such as CDs and MP3s, conferring many of the advantages presented by high resolution recording and delivery formats. X-Fi HD Crystalizer was created with the realization that in many instances, legacy audio content has been compromised in order to optimize the listening experience within the dual constraints of the 16-bit precision of CDs and MP3s, as well as the typical limitations of playback systems.

Most audio systems on the market, regardless of claims of support for high resolution playback, do not have the dynamic range needed to reproduce realistic musical dynamics. The Sonic Carrier, on the other hand, has ample dynamic range and detail resolution. This allows the X-Fi HD Crystalizer to restore and enhance legacy audio material to its full potential. This is achieved by analyzing the audio signal in real-time, distinguishing specific transient sound events that suffer from dynamic compression during the recording process, and selectively restoring their lost dynamics. The typical effect of this restoration produces crisper highs, punchier mid-range percussion, and stronger kick bass hits.

X-Fi HD Crystalizer is particularly effective in improving the impoverished high-frequency sound of data-compressed audio, such as MP3s. It restores the highs and lows of music, giving users enhanced detail and clarity. It also intelligently upscales all output to 24-bit HD audio format.

X-Fi Smart Volume

Volume levels can change dramatically within a playlist, between different source content, during transitions between television programs and commercials, between different television stations, and within a movie soundtrack. Yet the listener generally desires to have the volume they hear remain at a consistently comfortable level. Setting the amplifier volume control constantly can be tricky and frustrating. It needs to be set high enough to overcome background noise during quiet passages yet it also needs to be set low enough to avoid ear-splitting levels during loud passages.

The patented X-Fi Smart Volume technology addresses the problem of changing volume levels by automatically and continuously measuring volume and smoothly applying gain and attenuation to compensate for those changes. X-Fi Smart Volume can actually look ahead of time at the incoming audio stream, determine the perceived volume level, and apply gain or attenuation just in time to compensate for a source volume change.

X-Fi Smart Volume also includes a specially tuned Night Mode, designed to keep the dynamics of the audio track under control, i.e. it suppresses the loudness of the explosion but gains up the soft audio conversation or nuance of dialog. The user is able to enjoy his favorite movie at night without disturbing his family or neighbors.

X-Fi Dialog Plus

X-Fi Dialog Plus enhances the voices in movies for clearer dialog, allowing the listener to hear the dialog over the rest of the soundtrack and over ambient noise in the listening environment.

X-Fi Room Calibration

The X-Fi Sonic Carrier is equipped with Room Calibration capability to intelligently adapt to the unique acoustics of any room it is in, so users can always get the best audio possible. This feature is needed because a room’s construction, material and layout, as well as the speaker’s placement in the room can alter speaker performance, affecting music and movie dialog clarity. With Room Calibration using a remote microphone, the X-Fi Sonic Carrier re-calibrates itself and adapts to your room’s unique acoustic environment, to ensure that your speakers always sound like what we hear in our labs.

Intelligent Sonic Carrier

Featuring a whopping 8 processors with 18 cores, the X-Fi Sonic Carrier is an intelligent technology powerhouse that not only delivers life-like 24-bit 192kHz high resolution audio, but it also has an Android-based video playback engine that supports 4K 60fps video.

In addition, the Sonic Carrier supports a wide variety of network audio protocols, popular online music services:

  • Compatible Network audio protocols: including Airplay, Miracast, Chromecast, and DLNA
  • Online music services: including popular online music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and more
  • Android based video playback engine: Supports up to 4K (60fps) video content playback, as well as most popular online movie streaming services such as: Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go. VPN compatible so that you could watch your favorite content all over the world

(Services that require certification are pending)

An Expansive Array of Connectivity

The X-Fi Sonic Carrier incorporates state-of-the-art networking capabilities and connectivity options, including:

  • 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (also supports multi-room)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Bluetooth 4.0/NFC
  • 2 digital optical inputs
  • 4 HDMI 2.0a inputs
  • 3 microSD card slots
  • 1 SD card slot
  • 2 analog inputs
  • USB storage (hard disk, flash drive)

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Design

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The X-Fi Sonic Carrier is a work of art. It is a masterpiece in form and function, with an aesthetically designed and well crafted chassis that lives up to the stunningly impressive technologies inside. It exemplifies our pride in decades of audio product development, even after having sold over 400 million Sound Blasters. It's built with an immensely strong and acoustically inert double walled enclosure, painstakingly crafted with extreme precision on an extensively CNC machined, finely polished and anodized aluminum chassis in cool black.

The X-Fi Sonic Carrier is a nexus of design and technology. Underneath its exquisite chassis lays a 15-driver system and slew of audio and video electronics wizardry. With the Sonic Carrier’s front and side-facing drivers spreading across the 55″ body, it delivers an astoundingly wide soundstage that is unmatched by conventional sound bars. Furthermore, the Sonic Carrier’s spectacularly generous width matches 65″ or larger TVs perfectly. The Sonic Carrier is also appealingly slim at a mere 3.5″.

The subwoofer unit features an exciting new designer look. The design intent behind the new ID is to create a perception of an inner module floating magically within an outer frame. An elegant glowing backlight is placed behind the unit's metallic badge that is capable of transforming into an amazing 16-million color light-show if desired.

Our Audio Heritage

Famous for our Sound Blaster sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions which include premium wireless speakers, wireless headphones, powerful audiophile-grade amplifiers and digital audio converters, and ultra high-end home theatre systems.

Today, Creative re-invents the Sound Blaster, which has a user base of over 400 million, with the Sound Blaster Roar, Sound Blaster X7, and the newly launched Creative iRoar and Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier that aim at the new networked generation by bridging the worlds of the computer, smartphones, and tablets. Creative's proprietary technologies, innovative hardware, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience the best in high-quality digital entertainment - anytime, anywhere.

As Seen On

We loved what we heard from the system’s ability to produce the low rumbles of bass heavy sequences.
Hardware Zone
In a word, impressive. We were able to listen to the Sonic Carrier in a closed room environment, and several demos were played. Everything from classical concerts to Avatar was demoed.
Maximum PC
Even in the middle of the loud show-floor, the sound demoed through it (a Dolby Atmos demo) had convincing enough audio and it had a premium sound to it. It also got very loud without any distortion.
Tweak Town

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Hardware Specifications*

System Configuration Main Unit + Wireless Subwoofer
Total Output Power 800W RMS
Peak Power Output 2000W
Weight Main Unit: 16 kg / 35 lbs
Subwoofer: 25 kg / 55 lbs
Dimensions (H × W × D) Main Unit: 90 × 1440 × 145 mm / 3.5 × 56.7 × 5.7 in
Subwoofer: 583 x 530 x 300 mm / 23.0 x 20.9 x 11.8 in
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0
2x Line level
2x Mic analog input
1x USB host and 2x USB power
3x microSD card slots
1x SD card slot
4x HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 Inputs
1x HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 Output
2x Optical Digital In
802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Up to Gigabit Ethernet
Drivers Main Unit
10x 2.75″ Aluminum-magnesium Midbass
5x 0.75″ Titanium Super Tweeter

Subwoofer
2x 10″ Drivers

* Specifications subject to change

Package Contents*

  • X-Fi Sonic Carrier Main Unit
  • X-Fi Sonic Carrier Wireless Subwoofer
  • IR Remote
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cables
  • Other relevant accessories

* Package contents subject to change

Warranty

2-year limited hardware warranty
X-Fi Sonic Carrier

X-Fi® Sonic Carrier

(Main Unit + Wireless Subwoofer)

(SRP at launch)

* Excludes shipping and installation charges. Shipping and handling fees are charged at $150 per unit. Shipments are made only to destinations within the contiguous United States. We do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories or elsewhere in the world.

Estimated delivery: December 2016 (Subject to change.)

0313
Units sold!