Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment
products, today introduced the Creative Xdock HD, the ultimate iPod dock for
your home theatre system. It is the only iPod dock that upconverts your video up
to 1080i resolution and your music to X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™. The Creative Xdock
HD plays video on an HDTV in full DTS surround sound and it can also wirelessly
play music through Creative X-Fi Wireless Receivers connected to speakers
throughout the home. The Creative Xdock HD is designed for use with the iPod
Touch, iPhone, iPod Classic, the new iPod Nano and previous-generation iPods.
"We designed the Xdock HD so that all the movies, music and photos that you
carry with you on your iPod can be experienced in HD in your home,” said Steve
Erickson, Vice President of Audio for Creative. "The Xdock HD transforms your
iPod from a portable device into a high-quality HD entertainment system."
The Creative Xdock HD connects to a home theatre system via HDMI, or it can be
connected with component or composite for video and analog line-out or optical
line-out for audio. While it docks and charges an iPod, the Creative Xdock HD
outputs a menu to an HDTV screen which users can navigate with the included
wireless remote to select videos, music, photos and podcasts stored on select
iPod models. Users can also adjust video settings including skin tone
correction, luminescence sharpening and colour saturation. The remote also
controls audio functions including volume and the X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi
Creative’s award-winning X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity is produced with X-Fi Crystalizer
and X-Fi CMSS-3D technologies. The X-Fi Crystalizer makes MP3s sound better than
CDs by analysing and identifying which parts of the audio stream have been
truncated or damaged during compression. It then intelligently and selectively
restores the highs and lows from instruments and vocals that are lost during the
compression of MP3s. The X-Fi CMSS-3D creates virtual surround sound through
speakers or headphones. It expands audio for superior headphone listening so
music completely surrounds the listener.
In addition to connecting directly to your home theatre system, the Creative
Xdock HD can wirelessly distribute music throughout your home to Creative X-Fi
Wireless Receivers up to 100 feet away without requiring a wireless network.
There are two different modes you can select for wireless distribution of music
in your home: broadcast to all receivers simultaneously or select individual
zones. The Creative Xdock HD and each Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver can be
controlled with its own remote, to activate X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D,
adjust volume, and control video and music playback.
Pricing and Availability
The Creative Xdock HD includes one Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver to wirelessly
connect to a pair of remote speakers, and will be available at a later part of
this year for S$ 619.00 (US$ 399.99). Additional Creative X-Fi Wireless Receivers
will be available for S$ 159.00 (US$ 99.99) each.